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Six Artists 

02 February – 01 March 2019 

Vivi Mari Carpelan, Jo Shapland, Lou Lockwood, Gemma Jayne Paine, Rachel Wellbeing and Jan Williams.

This exhibition is a partnership project with Disability Arts Cymru. These artists all possess a particular voice and a form of articulation. Some use their art to reflect upon their various disabilities, sometimes through humour, sometimes as critique or as challenge. Some are investigating material itself through their own physical capabilities or are using materiality as metaphor. They are artists who all show serious commitment to developing their own ‘voice’ and furthering their individual practices. There is no overall conceptual criteria or thematic link other than all of the artists being members of DAC, and the exhibition will highlight their particularities and individual strengths. 

The work ranges from ceramic figurative sculpture that might form installation ‘groupings’; bronze sculpture that includes sound which responds to issues of sight loss; drawing that stems from performance and dance; mixed media wall based images; clothing as biographical commentary on gender issues; and general mixed media, collage and painting that evokes memory and a sense of place alongside other works that might depict the body or plot inventive narratives. This collective is rich, varied and idiosyncratic.

The exhibition broadens the range of artists that usually exhibit with us and also expands upon the nature of our usual audience and constituency. We aim to highlight issues of disability and artistic practice through the exhibition itself and also educational events/workshops.