This 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
until 7 October (in the daytime) 10 – 4pm
We 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
From mid-September to early October the main body of the last 4 years of my artwork will be stretched between two exhibitions of a quite different nature.
The first exhibition begins at 6:30pm on Friday 18 September, at Gage Gallery in Sheffield. I will be exhibiting in this large space alongside John Wilkinson, a painter whose work is more than certainly both as narrative-heavy as my own, and as critically engaged with the current state of play. I look forward to seeing how our two styles work together, whether this adds any further depth/dimension to way our works are viewed when exhibited as solo artist shows.
The exhibition will run to October 1st, 11-4PM
Gage Gallery, Ball Street, S3 8DB
On Tuesday 28 September I will be part of a show consisting of a group of 5 artists all from/ or with strong links to the town of Barnsley. The exhibition will be called Strange Bedfellows, due to the contrasting styles and approaches in making of those involved. What joins us together is our connection to Barnsley, and a desire to see a celebration of a selection of its visual artists.
Additionally, we will be holding a evening opening event on Friday 2 October. Where prints/artists’ merchandise will be donated to a fundraiser in support of local foodbanks. This is followed by a connected Vinyl Underground music event across the road at The No7 pub.
@Contemporary Gallery, 2-4 The Arcade, Barnsley
Tues 28 Sept – Weds 7 Oct
10:00 – 16:00
We were all incredibly pleased with the way the exhibition came together (and would still be very thankful to any more visitors to the show).
The exhibition tried to bring together a rather interesting mixture of work from working artists from the area around Barnsley, aware that after 9 years running, 2013 marks the end of degree courses at University Campus Barnsley being run by the University of Huddersfield. An Unofficial Alumni is a showcase of working artists who studied or taught at the campus during these years. These artists have go on to work in a diverse range on medias, including painting, photography, ceramics, design , installation art…and robots
The piece ‘Memoriae‘ draws on my own experience and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and aims to convey the feeling of watching a person disappearing, vaporising and fading away in front of our eyes, whilst also wanting to piece together the fragments of that person and save them.
I am captivated by light and its use within a space and as such my work is greatly influenced by light artists. I use artificial light as a raw material within my own work to show how memory alters and fades over time.
Linda graduated from the University in 2013
Rachel Guest has sought to explore these themes through textiles, print, collage, installation and photography. Where possible, she has tried to combine more than one medium to create interest on several levels.
This piece is a culmination of separate pieces all collaged together in one design. Her work aims to address the myth that art should always be comfortable to look at. Some of the pieces are confrontational, making them difficult to view or ignore, like pain, for her.
The print is an example of how pain can envelope and restrict a person, crushing dreams and ripping aspirations to shreds.
“Pain can drag you down. When you have a brain and spine infected with cancer, it literally drags you down. I’ve lost my hair, my fertility, my memory, and my dreams. Only infection and pain remain by my side, keeping me from sleep, reminding me that I am still alive. Life is not make-believe and it does not always end fairly”.
The folk art of Latin America inspires Rachel for its embodiment of passion, endurance and freedom. Rachel aims to encompass these ideals in all of her work.
Rachel Guest graduated from the University in 2013
Fay graduated from the university in 2011
The isolation that I plummeted into during this early stage of adulthood gave me the first chance since school to think my own thoughts. It wasn’t a particularly good time, but I found myself compelled to make art as a sort of coping method. I was a bit naive and a day-dreamer as a teenager; these events shattered this bubble. Making art was the only reaction I could find to this.
The ideas for my work always precede putting pen to paper; and their formulation in my mind takes much longer now, but when they come together it brings both great relief and great excitement. I want to do justice to all that hidden labour that has been underway in my head, and for this reason these ‘doodles’ have no choice but to become murals. Although my work was initially fueled primarily by ecological and personal issues. When I began to look into what I would argue has largely caused these ecological and personal problems, my work then began to gravitate towards socio-political issues. My landscape drawings allowed to be bring all these concerns together to reveal how they were interrelated.
Although I still now sometimes use paint and collage, I didn’t feel that I could always truly say what I wanted to say with it. Yet drawing always seemed like a ‘sitting’ down method of working, and I wanted to transfer as much energy as possible whilst working. Once I got hold of large sheets of paper, and realised I could work on a drawing facing it like it was a canvas, this felt so right and was a breakthrough point for me. I still sort of see myself as a painter, as I still view drawing as being a far less energetic, more relaxed way of working, and I often see my works more as paintings that drawings.
John Ledger was born in Barnsley, January 1984.
He graduated from the university in 2007
Questioning notions of acceptability, in regards to the female form, raises issues of idealized norms; the familiar is often paired with the uncanny, creating a sense of both presence and absence. Newton is fascinated by the way the human mind can be lured into making assumptions based on very little, especially focusing on how remembrance compresses both time and space creating a new reality. Symbiotic repetitious behaviors manifest throughout her practice, alongside ongoing phobias and fixations, inherent anxieties’ reveal themselves to the viewer, through the defamiliarisation of the seemingly banal.
Julie graduated from the university in 2013
Rob is a Yorkshire based photographic artist, living and working in Leeds and Barnsley. He is also an official photographer for Barnsley Football Club.
Rob Nunns graduated from the University in 2009.
@PitchsidePro – Twitter
This series of work aims to capture an essence of the individuals within it. A care home can be dark place at times, a real final resting place, a culmination of life experience, emotion, pain and memory, a place where raw, solid, emotional imagery can be seen on a daily basis. These people all shared their penultimate years together and for some this maybe their only legacy. These are just a few of the faces that will soon be forgotten by most.A.W.Parker @ FacebookAndrew William Parker graduated from the university in 2013
As an abstract painter my work focuses on the relationship between
hard-edged geometry and gestural chaos and how the interaction between
these elements represents, for example, the interplay of man and
nature or reason and emotion. Most of my paintings also feature
heavily abstracted references to landscapes and these two pieces are
Michael Graduated from university in 2012
Richard Turner worked at the university from 2005 to 2013.
Throughout my education I had been working in a town centre pub and had grown close to the family who ran it. On deciding to take year out, I was offered a full time position there. During the year I went to see a careers advisor who was adamant that I should go to university. Still not knowing what I wanted to do I decided to return to education and increase my points score in order to qualify for a degree.
In the summer of1999 I enrolled to do an English Literature, Classical Studies and Modern History A Levels at Barnsley college. I enjoyed being back in full time education And worked hard in order to gain the qualifications that I needed. Although, with hindsight, I was defiantly missing the creativity and freedom of art.
In the summer of 2001 I decided to apply to Sheffield Hallam University to enroll on the degree course titled “The History Of Art And Architecture”. My hope was that I could combine both my academic skills and interest in art and enjoy the experience of being a university student. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. I found the Architecture side of the course incredibly tedious and realised early on that I had no passion for what I was doing. Ironically, my fondest memories of that time was hanging around the art studios.
After dropping out in December 2001 I returned to full time work. The experience severely knocked my confidence and I resigned myself to a life of pub work.
By the time I was 27 I had trained up to the level of Manager and was working for a Management company who took on failing pubs and attempted to build them back up into viable businesses. I had not done anything creative for the last seven years and new that the life I was leading wasn’t for me. It was well paid job and I was my own boss and was provided with free accommodation but I still felt empty.
On December the 6th 2009 I gave up the pub, my home and my income and moved back to my parents house in Barnsley. I attended an opening day at UCB and was accepted onto there Interdisciplinary Art And Design Degree and new instantly that I had made the correct decision. Rediscovering my love of art and creating has changed my outlook on life and me as a person. It is something that I will do for the rest of my life and I feel very lucky to have something in my life that I am so passionate about.
Corinne White Art @ Facebook
Shane graduated from the university in 2013
Louise Graduated from the University in 2009
Emma Wroe graduated from university in 2013
Emma Wroe Fine Artist @Facebook