Myself and Sharon Mossbeck are preparing an Open Call to artists on the theme of Alternative Portraits.
Alternative Portraits will be an exhibition of non-traditional portraiture. It could be figurative or non-figurative. We are looking for work which pushes the boundaries of traditional portraiture, or explores what portraiture can be. We are particularly interested in the use of new technology, including 3D printing and laser cutting, although all formats will be given the same consideration.
Artists may submit one piece of work each. We will consider any 2D or 3D works. We regret that we cannot consider audio visual or performance works.
The call for work will be going out in the coming months, and the exhibition itself will be in Sheffield during Summer 2017. Keep an eye out for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
FLUX is an exhibition that seeks to ask questions of change and what change means to the individual. FLUX is devised and curated by myself with the support of the artists involved, and showcases work by 17 artists both from Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield and SOUP Collective, Liverpool.
The exhibition is hosted at Exchange Place Studios, in an area of Sheffield currently undergoing a major change process; the Castlegate Redevelopment essentially seeks to replace an old indoor market with a green open space with potential to expose some of Sheffield Castle.
Something that sets FLUX apart from other exhibitions I have coordinated is it’s ability to possess a relevance in relation to its location. The Castlegate redevelopment is a constant and prominent source of inspiration for artists not just working within the area, but all artists familiar with the affecting nature of city-scale change processes.
FLUX allows us to comprehend such redevelopment from a more personal and reflective space. Whether that be a visual imagining of the philosophy of change; the documentation of movement and flow and associated affecting properties; the nature of travel; the pull of nostalgia; the force of protest or the individual stories brought about by change.
As well as organising and curating the exhibition, I also contributed a piece of work. The work, a collaboration with Sharon Mossbeck entitled ‘The Living Dead River’ speculates upon how found objects can be elevated in order to fit into a philosophical frame, based on the work of Heraclitus:
The exhibition has been met with success, with hundreds of people visiting within the first week and during Castlegate Festival. The exhibition runs weekdays 11-4 until 10th July. Whats-more, each day will see one of the artists involved being present to chat about the exhibition and their work, which is a great way to find our more and meet those involved. So do try and pop along if you can!
With many thanks to Yorkshire Artspace, SOUP Collective and all the artists involved:
Jacqueline F. Kerr
Last Friday saw me manage and curate ‘Sweet Tooth’ – a group exhibition around the theme of food at Funky Aardvark Gallery, Chester. It was the first time I had been fully responsible for organising and curating an exhibition since my solo show at Gage Gallery, Sheffield in March.
The difference here was the refreshingly positive impact my show had on the other artists involved. Learning from the struggles of producing a body of work and promoting it alone, I decided that this particular venture would be appropriate for collaboration – with each artist approaching the subject of food differently and as such exemplifying the scope the subject of food provides to an artist.
We have my own work; a physical narration of a three course meal which seeks to exploit the physical properties of food, rather than the pleasurable effects food has upon the individual. We also have artists concerned with re-imagining the fairy tale; those using food to contain information that reveals itself to you through knowledge of your environment; those harnessing food’s capacity for metaphor and personal reflection,; and those who speculate what food could become. Whilst there is a diversity in the work shown, there is also a cohesiveness that underpins the experience, allowing for an inherently satisfying and engaging exhibition.
Each artist has contributed something which seeks to highlight, exploit of disrupts our relationship with food. From a collaborative point of view, and keeping in mind that not many of the artists knew too much about each other beforehand, the show works very well: It successfully provides an audience with an experience that broadens their perceptions of food and what food can be – with work that provides an inclusive sense of solace and work that seeks to challenge pre-conceived notions.
It is certainly one of the most enjoyable endeavours I had been part of, and fittingly acts as a neat way to call time on my entirely food-based work. It was enjoyable due to the diversity of the artists involved, and the social experience of meeting artists with similar artistic concerns. Although my practice is now moving away from food to look in particular at memory, I do hope to work with these artists again, as it was great!
So anyway, I press on – feeling as though I am emerging from this year ever more established and ready to further my own creative practice. I am sure this experience will inform my future endeavours and provide a marker for which to gauge future successes.
You can see ‘Sweet Tooth’ up until 17th September at Funky Aardvark, Chester.
With special thanks to the artists involved: