Friday, 27 March 2015

Exhibit B Presents: Out Of The Bag

EXHIBIT B presents
curated by Rachel Ballard & Josie Mottram

The Resource Room at AirSpace

PUBLIC PREVIEW - Monday 30th March, 6-9pm

Exhibiting Artists - Laura Smith, Laura Cartlidge, Gary Plant, Tom Bailey, Matt Doyle, Charlotte Mycock, Josh Woodward, Tom Graham, Poppy Edwards, Stein Pointon, Jess Jones, Shannon Downward, Amy Stanway, Becky Sherratt, Tara Sewell, Ash Carr, Tom Bourne, Hana Gregorova, Matt Chetwynd, Maisie Taylor, Steph Machin, Dannie Sharrat, Ian Brigham, Ginny Hughes,
Sam Dean & Aiden Jones.

AirSpace Gallery is happy to host Out Of The Bag, a short exhibition by current Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) students.

Out of the Bag is the first in a series of exhibitions put on by Exhibit B who are a collective group of contemporary art practice and graphic design practitioners. Comprising works of 28 students, this exhibition has been entirely produced by them, from an initial approach to AirSpace to secure exhibition space, through to design, branding and promotion, fundraising and hanging the work.

Curators Rachel Ballard and Josie Mottram say
Exhibit B is a collective of students studying Foundation Degrees in Contemporary Art Practice and Graphics and Digital Design at Newcastle under Lyme College. As part of our final degree show we were asked to consider the phrase“ Out of the bag”. This has conjured up a multitude of responses, bags are everywhere and closely linked with travel and journeys but they can be linked to personal change and possessions or consumer society.

As an initial response to the brief we have created 28 works to be displayed in the Resource Room at AirSpace Gallery. We have explored ideas ranging from the concept of homelessness to the current environmental problems caused by consumerism today, using photography, video, textiles, mixed Media and sculpture, to create the first of three exciting new exhibitions. The exhibition opens on the 30th of March and runs until the 1st of April

The second smaller exhibition will take place at Middleport Pottery (date to be confirmed) followed by the third and final show taking place at Newcastle under Lyme College on the 20th of June.

Exhibit B would like to thank Joyce Iwaszko for initiating the setup of the first two exhibitions at Airspace and Middleport Pottery.

It's been great to see this level of self-initiated endeavour - no sense that anyone is waiting for things to be done for them - the approach is "How Can I Do?...." rather than "Can You Do?..." - which is really refreshing to see and will definitely be a great starting point for these new practitioners' careers in the arts.

The exhibition showcases works of students on the Contemporary Art Practice and Graphics & Digital Design Foundation Degrees, and early signs are that it's going to be an interesting mix of 2d, sculptural, film and photographic works.

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