Exhibitions
TRANSITION
Reconnecting Arts
Tuesday 15 August - Saturday 2 September

Reconnecting Arts an artist led platform presents, TRANSITION a showcase of over 30 emerging Middle Eastern Artists reflecting on the ways transition has taken place in their life.

Ranging from fine art, calligraphy, sculpture, photography to video and installation, the artists explore topics and issues that shape the lives of Middle Eastern artists both locally and internationally. This includes the affect of urbanisation as well as displacement, the impact of balancing East and West, as well as gender roles, embracing faith and the future of the Middle East.

The exhibition showcases a diverse and refreshing selection of work that encourages dialogue about the power of connection and the complexities of change geographically, personally or artistically.

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Craft Continuum
Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 September

Craft Continuum is an eclectic group of makers specialising in textiles, glass, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography and jewellery. It was formed in 2016 by a core of new MA graduates from UCA, Farnham and held its inaugural exhibition at the Menier Gallery.

One year on the group, together with an invited selection of PhD students and Artists in Residence from UCA and artists from West Dean College, has reunited to showcase its developing practice.

A number of makers have already achieved recognition Ceramic artist Julie Massie was selected by the Crafts Council to exhibit her work on fragility at 'Collect 2017' and scooped the Rising Stars award at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.

Teresa Munn's unique ceramic writing fired the interest of the Craft Potters Association and she was invited to exhibit at their prestigious international show 'Ceramic Art London'.

PhD student Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris, recent Artist in Residence at Watts Gallery, is a multi-media artist using her experience in medicine to inform her work investigating what shapes us into who we are.

QEST Scholar Kate Boucher incorporates photography, drawing, forged metal and felt sculptures into her practice. Her work is held in private collections including The Edward James Foundation.

In Dreams
Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 September

An exhibition exploring the sensory experience of sleep, dream narratives and internal visual landscapes. Twenty artists share with vividness and wonder the internal world of sleep, treated with the same careful observation and curiosity as the physical world.

Featuring artists: Esra Alhamal, Becky Brewis, Ruth Calland, Regina de Barros Carvalho, Alisia Casper, Sophie Charalambous, Michael Chance, Clare Dudeney, Abigail Edgar, Aisha Farr, Bobbye Fermie, Christabel Forbes, Dasha Klyachko, Emily Morey, Oliver Mulvihill, Veronika Peat, Amelia de Rougemont, Lottie Stoddart and Anthony Waters.

Public talks on 'Society in sleep': Thursday 28 September 2017 (6.00 - 8.30 pm) with artists, psychologists and leading neuroscientists giving different perspectives on the role of sleep; what dreams say about us as individuals & wider society.

Image: Anonymous 'Underneath'
The Male Perspective
Tuesday 17 - Saturday 21 October

Every painter faces the dilemma of what image to work with as they explore new mediums and techniques. Painting is both a physical and imaginative act. The male figure is a shared experience amongst these artists. It can take us on an unusual pathway and invites us to explore and inquire and search for the male physical form. We can start out as a stranger, but through the process of developing an image, we become familiar with the figure emerging from the surface.

The shared exploration amongst these eight artists expose individual experiences and observations of looking at men. The journey artists explore with how to convey more than just a representation, is an ongoing dialogue between artist, subject and viewer. The work in this exhibition covers a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, photography, and x-ray.

The artists include: Axel Bottenberg, Brian Dennis, Martin Ireland, Brad Kenny, Chrissy Lessware, Rupert Record, Ernesto Romano, George Meyer-Wiel.