Strange Bedfellows open event

11850900_10206439501659081_1121553486_nThis Friday (2 October) will see the opening event for the Barnsley town centre-based exhibition Strange Bedfellows, consisting of myself, and four very talented artists Terry Brookes, Rory Garforth, Rob Nunns and Elizabeth Sinkova. Here are some photographs of the exhibition after we set it up yesterday. PLEASE COME.

Contemporary Gallery, 2-4 The Arcade, Barnsley

Friday 2 October

6 – 8:30pm

and

until 7 October (in the daytime) 10 – 4pm

P1040276 P1040278 P1040279 P1040282 P1040285We had been thinking of putting such a show on for a long time, and all feel incredibly pleased with they way it’s ended up looking after yesterday’s installation in this former retail unit in our shared-home town of Barnsley. The reason for the title Strange Bedfellows is precisely down to how much our work differs, in both style and motives, but that we are all somehow part of a community of friends, here in this town of 230,000 people (the same population as Athens “In antiquity”, so I’ve heard…).

Although the five of us agreed that this is first and foremost a celebration of a selection of artists from/involved with Barnsley, I asked the other participating artists, earlier this year, if they would like our show to coincide with another event in town, so it could at least support it on some level.  As on the opening night we are giving away some prints of our works, as part of a raffle in aid of food-banks in Barnsley. It felt massively appropriate to partake on some level in this project, under the name of We Shall Overcome, which is a nationwide event, which also consists of many other events across our home town, but primarily focused on a two day music event at The Barnsley Rock and Blues Bar (formerly the Polish Club).

ON OUR OPENING THERE WILL BE….

free drinks/bites to eat

and there will be a decent place to go afterwards:

The Vinyl Underground: Stereo Bar, Peel Street, 8pm-1am

12042641_1045413988811257_1905438847023465697_nThe usual mad mix of Soul, Ska, 60s Beat, Mod, Garage, Punk and Funk all lovingly played on Vinyl. Friday night ‘afterparty’ special in the upstairs venue at STEREO BAR for the ‘STRANGE BEDFELLOWS’ art exhibition

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About John Ledger

A visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slowly-accumulating responses to crises inflicted upon the self in the perplexing, fearful, empty, and often personality-erasing human world.

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