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
Very grateful to friend and photographer Rory Garforth for taking some really good quality photographs today. He also took some photographs of me with my works, perhaps the only kind of photograph I’m comfortable with (protected by the shield of my body of artwork, which I do, to some extent, see as my arsenal). Rory currently has an exhibition at Civic Barnsley
Here are a few of the photographs: