CGP London, Bethlem Gallery and Outside In have today (Thursday, 31 January) announced the three artists who will be taking part in Realm, an innovative residency and public exhibition to be piloted this spring at CGP London (Southwark Park).
The two pioneering galleries and award-winning arts charity have each selected an artist to work together on the new collaborative project, to create new multi-disciplinary installation artworks.
Outside In held a call out for its artist, pitched at those based in Greater London. After a long and tough shortlisting process, the charity’s director and founder Marc Steene along with CGP London’s director Judith Carlton, selected the artist they felt would thrive best in this collaborative way of working. Marc said: “The quality, breadth and originality was breath-taking and making a decision from such a quality field extremely challenging. I am very much looking forward to seeing what the three artists realise in their creative collaboration!”
The result means Outside In artist Richard Downes (pictured left), who describes himself as an ‘emerging socially engaged activist poet who also uses photography’, will join Hazel Brill, a visual artist based in Southwark, chosen by CGP London; and Mr X, who is known for his temporary structures – many of which he can drive around – selected by Bethlem Gallery (profiles on each below).
CGP London’s director Judith explained: “Realm is a new way of working for all of us; our fantastic three artists, but also for us as organisations – all of which have partnered previously over the years. Together we will explore the beautiful surroundings of our gallery situated in the heart of Southwark Park; investigating the contemplative and restorative environment of a busy public park in the centre of the capital city; and in effect celebrate the crucial role our parks and open spaces play in all our lives. Our three artists will explore these themes together and collectively, via the residency on site, create an ambitious and immersive mixed media installation in the gallery.”
Realm, referring to a kingdom and also that of a field of interest, was chosen to encapsulate the exhibition’s study of the public park, its role in society and the ongoing study of green space’s positive effects on our health and wellbeing. As a collective theme for the exhibition, it is something of shared interest between all three artists and can therefore be developed further in the collaborative new artwork, responding directly to the gallery’s usual park setting.
“’Realm’ is a very promising residency/partnership which will assist the artists to enrich their own practice and, through a pubic exhibition of their work, help us all to learn more about ‘park life’,” said Lucy Owen, programme coordinator at Bethlem Gallery. “’We welcome, and are looking forward to, this opportunity to work in a collaborative way with artists who we might not otherwise have had the chance to meet and exchange experiences with,” she added.
The results of the residency, produced over 13 days, will then be showcased in the public exhibition Realm at CGP London (The Gallery).
About the artists:
Richard Downes, selected by Outside In:
“I’d like the project to be as exciting as the excitement I feel to have been asked to participate.” Those are the words of Outside In artist Richard Downes when he was asked about his hopes for the Realm residency and exhibition. The artist and author explains that his work focuses on his personal experience of disability along with ‘ideas of forming and working with communities’.
Regarding Realm, he added: “I am hoping for fun, a learning opportunity, an introduction to another world that becomes less strange the more I interact with it and somewhere I can continue to emerge from as an artist, a poet, a community worker, a more complete person.”
To see Richard’s online Outside In gallery of artwork, click: HERE
MR X, selected by Bethlem Gallery:
Mr X is an incredibly industrious artist who makes structures and vehicles from his room and a temporary workshop within the Bethlem Royal Hospital.
Known for creating temporary structures, such as the ‘Truck’ which he drives himself, Mr X’s practice also has a strong element of performance which is described as ‘a sophisticated engagement tactic where he can generously share the joy of his inventions’.
Capitalising on the ubiquity of cardboard and various found objects from the hospital to make his work, Mr X constantly recalibrates around obstacles and restrictions encountered within the psychiatric institution and finds ways to continue his practice and keep building.
Mr X said: “I am rather curious how these two artists will see my work and where this ‘Realm’ project will take us. I wonder what we can build together.”
For more work by Mr X, click on the Bethlem Gallery link: HERE
Hazel Brill, selected by CGP London:
Hazel Brill works across film, sound, animation, text, sculpture and installation. Her theatrically staged videos are described as ‘creating ‘shows’ that feature multiple protagonists, both human and non-human, who enact a plurality of narratives’. The fractured stories parallel authoritative architectures and structures from seemingly hostile contexts, such as free market financial systems and the formation of her epileptic fits. Utilising fictionalised autobiography, Brill creates intimate worlds that cannibalise in on themselves and dissolve a notion of the private internal and public external.
Hazel Brill graduated in 2017 with a MFA Fine Art Media from Slade School of Art, London and and recent exhibitions include: Survey, Jerwood, London (2018); Shonisaurus Popularis, Turf Projects (2018); Woke Up In Spring, Zabludowicz (2018); Artagon III, Paris (2017); Ident, East Bristol Contemporary (2017); Workplace, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017); In Succession, Museum Of London (2016); Sails Pitch, Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London (2016); In Bardo; Act Two, part of Baltic 39 Fig2, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014).
For more information on Hazel’s work click: HERE.
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 20 March – Sunday 28 April
Exhibition Opening Hours: 11-5pm, free admission
Venue Address: CGP London, The Gallery. Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA
Venue website: www.cgplondon.org
Telephone: 0207 237 1230
NB The exhibition was formerly, for the purpose of the Outside In Open Call in 2018, referred to as Park Life, as a working title.
Realm is generously supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Council, RIVA and Investec.