An artistic collaboration at the Halsetown Inn – a tribute to the legacy of J.Henry Irving.
Halsetown Inn is pleased to announce a group exhibition where thirteen artists explore mixed media. All practitioners are from a strong artistic background, some of whome are international award winning creators, and many who diversify their training across research-led fields.
The location of the exhibition holds cultural significance. Halsetown was home to Henry Irving (1838 – 1905), a successful English Victorian stage actor. In addition Irving was a respected director and stage designer and considered a master of mis-en-scene; the use of scenery, props, lighting etc to give meaning to the performance.
The exhibitors borrow theatrical devices to create an intriguing interval in the rich life of Halsetown Inn, through various art practices including painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, performance video, film and light installation.
Kirsty Lowry tests theories around environmental psychology including the investigation of the effects of light and dark through installation work. There are a selective range of film works by Ann Haycock and Liam Jolly which examine elements of music and site-specific philosophy, assessing human and social conditions. Derya Erdem’s photo installation takes a critical view of societal, political and cultural issues, exploring social identity and gender binary.
The range of diversity in media continues – Virginia Bounds and Sara Aziz are showcasing their paintings, which investigate, within the coda of painting, Expressionism, sensibility and freedom. They use contemporary methods to create a distinctive experience for the viewer. Additionally, the audience will be struck by the recognition of Michael Broughton who specialises in drawings and paintings. He has featured in the Art Space Gallery in London, so to be included in this exhibition will be an exclusive opportunity for spectators in the South West to see his work.
Peter Skerrett and Ilker Cinarel display a collection of drawings. Ilker Cinarel is an international artist who won the Sandra Blow Award in 2011. His artworks are autobiographical investigations and evolve through thematic art practices. The drawings involve universal and political themes with a humorous edge.
Katri Paakkari explores the composition of body sculpture through the use of materials such as space and sound. Space is further explored and extended in the works of Christiane Berghoff with her embroidery installation and Janet McEwan, an interdisciplinary artist who investigates our contingent dynamic with the natural world.
Daniel Barnard is exhibiting not only his sculptures, but also an accumulation of drawings. The artist describes his work as misdirection, fraction, and impudence and refers to his techniques as “survival”.
These featured artists have taken up temporary residence at Halsetown Inn, to collaborate before the pub undergoes renovation to its former glory as a traditional inn.
Curated by Ilker Cinarel and Gemma Norris