The posters have arrived and there is only two weeks until the opening of the ‘Our Place’ exhibition…
All the artists have works so hard and I am so proud of the amazing work that they have all produced. I can’t wait to see the work within the Old Fire Station gallery.
The project is the culmination of work created over 7 months by Crisis artists who have experienced homelessness. Together we have looked at exploring their sense of place in relation to Crisis and The Old Fire Station building, and the work has produced some really exciting explorations.
The exhibition opens on the evening of Friday 16 November and at 7.45pm you will have an opportunity to hear directly from the artists.
Exhibition Dates: 20th January – 10th February 2018
Curators: CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit
Artists: Alissar McCreary, Janice Howard, Robin James, Ray Hedger, Katie Taylor, Alex Newton, Fiona Harvey, Anna Yearwood, Aldobranti andBlanca Rodriguez Beltran …as well as those who participated in the disPLACED workshops.
Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit presents a group exhibition in the beautiful P21 gallery. The show includes a solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Alissar McCreary, which showcases her practice-based PhD research.
Upstairs on the ground floor, the exhibition brings together artists whose work evokes a wide range of responses to the title theme ‘disPLACED’. The works include photography, video, painting, prints, sculpture, as well as an accumulative installation of small figurines made by the public. Visitors are invited to create and add their own little person to the installation.
Downstairs, Alissar McCreary presents the culmination of her seven-year research into her experience of displacement as a Lebanese refugee. Her PhD, titled “Hybrid Residues/Memories: Utilising active participation within sculptural art practice as a direct form of communication to implicate experiences of war and displacement.”, explores the reciprocity between art, active participation, and traced memories of displacement. ‘The aim of my research is to examine what American philosopher and artist David Abram calls ‘sensorial empathy’. In my thesis I have appropriated the term and redefined it as the ‘silent sense’. I interpret this ‘silent sense’ as a kind of connection or ‘knowing’ that we intuitively recognise but cannot always articulate or express with language. I am interested in how and when sensorial empathy takes place, and how it might affect the viewer’s perception of the displacement which is happening every day to millions of people in the world.’
I will be showing the following three pieces of work:
I currently have two pieces of work in the 19th Mini Textiles Exhibition at Umelka in Bratislava, Slovakia. I was excited to be able to make the Private view on Wednesday 31st May.
The exhibition includes the work of 56 international textile artists and 22 students selected from 135 applicants. It is an exciting opportunity to be included.
Visitors to the Mini Textiles Exhibition
One of the two pieces of min exhibited within the exhibition.
Sum and Lay Waste
A lovely after show meet up, was arranged for all the exhibiting artists. This was a wonderful opportunity to make contacts and connections and I was invited to a graduate fashion show the following evening.
I travelled to Bratislava for the opening ceremony of the 17th mini textiles exhibition at Umelka Bratislava. Excited to see my work in an exhibition with other exhibiting artists!
A fantastic exhibition with a wide range of responses to the title ‘Memory’.
I was so excited to find my piece of work in the students area of the exhibition.
The opening ceremony was very well attended, but because of a language barrier it was difficult to meet some of the other artists.
It was however wonderful to meet Victoria Brown one of the other exhibiting artists from the UK. Her work is stunning, she has cast pewter within felt objects creating a physical memory of liminal space.
I also met Polish artist Magdalena Kleszyńska who was one of the three awarded artists.
There was some amazing work within the exhibition and I came away full of excitement and inspiration!
This term during my life drawing classes we have been working towards the potential opportunity to exhibit our work. This has pushed us to work harder and more experimentally.
Through the whole term we have had a theme of a red scarf used in all classes but approached differently each time.
I have been asked to co-curate the exhibition which I am really excited about.
The exhibition runs from 17th April to 19th April with the private view on the evening of 16th 6-8 pm.