20-21 Visual Arts Centre has five gallery spaces showing inspiring work by leading contemporary artists and cutting edge craft and design makers from the UK and abroad. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and explore the exhibitions in the spectacular former St Johns Church.
10 and 11 May
Over the last six years, aside from producing her own work, artist/ filmmaker Kerry Baldry has been curating, promoting and distributing a self initiated, project titled One Minute.
One Minute Volumes 1-6 are an eclectic mix of artists moving image constrained to the time limit of 60 seconds and includes over 80 artists at varying stages of their careers from established figures such as Guy Sherwin, Cate Elwes and current Turner Prize shortlisted artist Laure Pouvost to relatively newcomers through a multinational roster of those inbetween.
The programme includes a range of techniques, media and processes including stop frame, video, Super8 and 16mm, split screen, superimposition, animation, digital and live action. Originating as a idea for a screening at her studio in Salford, Manchester, these programmes have since toured to many galleries, film festivals and artist run spaces around the world.
Screenings will take place throughout the day at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre with screening days as follows:
Volume 1 - Friday 10 May
Volume 2 - Saturday 11 May
Volume 3 - Friday 19 July
Volume 4 - Saturday 20 July
Volume 5 - Friday 11 October
Volume 6 - Saturday 12 October
Friday 17 May
Cullinan Richards - The Ultimate Materiality of Women Part II
Connect10 is a national programme to allow galleries and museums across the UK the opportunity to host world-class contemporary artists during Museums at Night 2013. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre have been selected by public vote to be one of 10 winners of this national competition and will host artist duo Cullinan Richards.
‘The Ultimate Materiality of Women Part II’ is a unique evening of temporary installations, classic 60’s tunes, impromptu re-enactments, chips, female boxing and film lectures, taking place throughout the venue including a specially constructed go-go bar.
Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards have worked together since 1997, working primarily within the area of painting, paintings relationship to the structure of the exhibition and painting as performance. They have instigated and participated in numerous projects including exhibitions, performances and events at the Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Whitney Biennial, Eastside Projects, John Moores Painting Prize and British Art Show 7. They curate The Savage School Window at Vyner Street, London and were invited selectors for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012.
The event takes place on Friday 17 May from 7.30pm til late. Attendance is free but spaces are limited, please book a place in advance at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6260034933 or by calling gallery reception on 01724 297070.
27 April to 29 June
Simon Woolham is concerned with public and private spaces and the stories that unfold in them, often working with the simplest of materials such as biro on A4 paper. His work is delicate, enchanting and often unsettling, unearthing memories from the places we use or overlook in our everyday lives. He depicts tree stumps, broken fences and areas of grasslands; spaces and objects are full of meaning and have a tale to tell, a tale Simon seeks to unearth and attempt to tell through his work.
More recently Simon has been working on a series of pop-up drawings and a new hand-cut pop-up book. Often including words and text the works inhabit the space between two and three dimensions, transforming folded paper into emotive sites for memory and recollection.
For this new exhibition Simon has spent a week occupying the front-of-house and behind the scenes areas of 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Interviewing the staff, recording sounds and collecting stories, his aim is to build a picture of the building from the memories and recollections of those that have had it as their workplace over the last 10 years. From these discussions he has made a new series of drawings and pop-up paper artworks that will be on display alongside soundworks, drawings and prints.
20 April to 6 July
Jason Carlisle won the 20-21 Open exhibition in 2011. His clear painterly talent and the way his portraits instantly grabbed the viewer’s attention impressed the judges, offering him first prize and an exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.
Jason was born in Cleethorpes and has been painting and drawing since childhood. Painting young and old alike, his depictions are full of character and charm. Working mainly from his home studio he paints friends and family, as well as working on commissions. Whether it be a fresh-faced youngster or the creviced and age-worn face of a subject in their later years Jason’s striking portraits have enchanted gallery visitors across the region.
Jason says of this work “My biggest thrill is to create the sitter in oils on canvas, make or break with the stroke of a brush”.
20 April to 6 July
Pippa Llewellyn and Heather Pickwell
The Lineaments of a Coast
Heather Pickwell sculpts biomorphic-like forms from rope. Working with the nature and twist of the rope and her own intuition, her sculptures are poetic explorations into the imperceptible growth of plant and cells, the incremental growth observed in shells and coral and the explosive growth of mutating organisms.
Pippa Llewellyn ’s paintings explore landscapes. Forms, some boat-like and others less distinct, emerge from canvases that aim to harbour a vitality, sensuousness and lyrical richness.
Although the works of both artists is inextricably linked to the Humber and Lincolnshire coastlines where their makers live and work, they present paintings and sculptures that are not necessarily bound to any a particular place; alluding to an undiscovered place where the forces of nature, and characteristics of land, sea and sky reside.
18 May to 13 July
Signs for Sounds
Signs for Sounds is a major new exhibition that explores the contemporary practice of letter-forming from traditional calligraphy to the use of digital technologies and performance art.
Featuring examples of outstanding skill in letter-forming by leading practitioners, this exhibition explores how writing communicates meaning and how this is changing with the use of new media in the digital age. Exhibitors include letter-engraver Tom Perkins, calligrapher Ewan Clayton and performance artist Julien Breton, who dances letterforms using light.
The exhibition features artists who concentrate on or create the text we see every day, from traditional letter carving to modern day text speak, alongside work by more unexpected exhibitors such as graffiti artist Bunny Bread and Ina Saltz who looks at words tattooed on the skin.
Performance calligrapher Timothy Donaldson will be producing a new artwork in the gallery on Saturday 25 May.
Signs for Sounds is a Harley Gallery touring exhibition curated by Jeremy Theophilus.