Newark Park | 6 July to 18 August
Cheltenham Art Gallery + Museum | 12 October to 6 November
‘Cloud Chamber’ by Beatrice Haines
An exhibition of contemporary art, bringing together the work of 46 artists, is being put on show at the National Trust’s hidden Cotswold gem, Newark Park.
For 2013 the open west will be exhibiting at two distinctly different venues – Newark Park and Cheltenham Art Gallery. Lyn Cluer Coleman and Sarah Goodwin have curated the exhibition which crosses a wide spectrum of art disciplines; from contemporary portraiture to cgi video, from feather installation to ceramic tableaux, from digital tapestry to complex drawing structures and from site specific architectural investigations to ephemeral foil sculptures.
An annual open competition and exhibition, the open west invites work from national and international artists practising contemporary and conceptual art. Continuing an exploration of fine art forms, the selection of work for 2013 examines the skills of the contemporary maker and includes experimental and digital technologies together with traditional processes.
Newark Park provides an unusual setting for the open west exhibition, opening on 6 July by allowing the artworks to be displayed among the existing collections in the house.
Jenny Rogers, Newark’s House and Visitor Experience Manager said: “Newark is an intriguing and fascinating house but it has been transformed by having the artworks installed here. It’s also really exciting that some of the artwork is actually inspired by NewarkPark. The pieces are found in a variety of settings from bedrooms and drawing rooms to walled gardens and ante-chambers. This is a challenging and exciting exhibition and having it here is already adding to the history and story of Newark Park, in particular our previous tenants’ commitment to collecting and commissioning new works of art.”
The exhibition will be on display at Newark Park until 18 August.
In October the open west will then move to Cheltenham Art Gallery + Museum as part of the opening exhibition programme after a significant new build and re-development. This is a unique opportunity to show work selected by the open west throughout varied permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. The themes of making and materiality will resonate strongly with Cheltenham’s important Arts & Crafts collections. Work will be exhibited in public gallery spaces, projection areas, the roof terrace and within existing collections.
Rebecca Turner lives and works in Cheltenham – Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at University of Gloucestershire (2008) and BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art (2011). Has work in the Saatchi collection, and has exhibited internationally. About her work: “The space around us and the way we move through it plays a key role within my work. Dead Air is a large mass that is placed within the path of the viewer and asks them to negotiate and move through the space in a different way. The large astronomical forms which I associate in unlikely ways to surrounding objects and architecture can be somewhat baffling“.
Kim Francis lives and works in Stroud – Foundation Diploma (1994) and a BA in Jewellery Design (1998) at Central St Martins. Kim’s work has grown from jewellery to sculpture. She has developed her modelling and metalwork skills through working in foundries, and her carving skills through frequent trips to Italy where she carves marble. She is now an established sculptor working in bronze and marble, as well as paper and ceramics. About her work: “Her exploration of decay and regeneration is in contrast to her interest in the structural beauty of organic forms which she celebrates in her stone carving. Notions of beauty and ugliness are challenged within these two aesthetics“.
Beatrice Haines lives and works in Wiltshire and London – BA in Illustration with Animation at Manchester School of Art (2008) and an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art (2010). A Fellow of the Royal Academy and recent artist in residence at Marlborough College. About her work: “The element of surprise is integral to my work. The viewer is often tricked into a false sense of security through the transformation of the subject matter into a detailed and embellished artwork that has undergone hours of scrutiny“.
William Lindley lives and works in Brighton – MA in Architectural Design at the University of Edinburgh (2000) and an MA in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2006). William is the co-founder of Fourthland, delivering and developing plans for reforming public spaces. His practice is currently concerned with exploring the evolution of place and landscape and its impact on people. Taking exhibition venue Newark Park as a source for investigation he is developing a site specific installation titled New Work incorporating drawings, intaglio on wood and film
Virgile Ittah and Hitomi Kai Yoda work as a collaborative artistic practice, both currently live and work in London. Virgile (born in France) MA in Photography at Speos, Paris (2011) and an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2013); Hitomi (born in Japan) BA in Environmental Information at KBO University, Kanagawa, Japan (2006) and an MA in Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art (2011). Both are recipients of major awards and have exhibited internationally. Their current project focuses on a meditation on the nature of power and control within human relations, through a ghost-like fabric floating in the air filled with balloons. In addition to a series of photographic works, Ittah and Yoda are developing a temporary performance artwork for the opening weekend of the exhibition
Nicholas Lees lives and works in Hampshire – BA in Ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic (1992), an MA Ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (1997) and an MPhil at the Royal College of Art (2012). His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and is held in private and public collections including York City Art Gallery, Westerwald Keramikmuseum in Germany and Royal Caribbean International. About his work: “Investigation into cast shadows as an example of a two to three dimensional transition have led me to focus on the penumbra, the boundary between light and shade“. His porcelain objects cast exquisite, finely engineered shapes and shadows.
Artemis Herber‘s single segments of painted cardboard create safe, warm realms . They are pliable, easily formed and changeable; inclusive, exclusive and interactive. The material used is visibly imperfect and vulnerable.
Caroline Gorick‘s investigations take shape in the form of large oil on paper paintings of objects found in modern shopping centres, casinos and hotels; elaborate spaces designed to visually intoxicate.
Daniel Richardson lives and works in Cornwall – HND in Fine Art Practice and FDA in Fine Art at CornwallCollege (2001/2007). He produces large scale, multi textured and layered paintings using a range of cross cultural iconographic references to explore personal and shared narratives.
Kate MccGwire lives and works in London – BA in Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (2001) and an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2004). Kate is an internationally recognised artist who creates spectacular sculptures using feathers (often from pigeons), a medium both repulsing and attracting in equal measure. “The finished work has a consistent ‘otherness’ to it that places it beyond our experience of the world, poised on a threshold between the parameters that define everyday reality.” Kate is installing a site specific work titled Heave in the Panelled Room at Newark as well as showing free standing pieces
Julia Winter‘s stark installation Parade presents rows of black trousers as a symbol of uniformity and absolute dependence and the surrender of individuals to a system
Juliette Losq employs shifts in scale and detail to evoke an uncertain world in which the uncanny can coexist with the mundane. Her drawing style, where the image is built up in multiple layers, references watercolour and etching processes
Jaana Fowler‘s still life compositions in cement, steel and wood offer a surprising contrast between the monumentality of the medium and the lightness of the form.
More information is available on theopenwest.org.uk and at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newarkpark