New Exhibitions: 27 November 2010 – 23 January 2011
Opening Reception on Friday 26 November, 6.30-8pm. All welcome.
FLAW: The New Work by Derek Hill
Derek Hill works on up to ten paintings at a time - all of which are made on canvas prepared on a stretcher of wood and board, often laid flat on the floor. Hill’s process of painting combines industrial paint and solvents with oil painting. As the result, the canvases develop rich luminous quality, appearing almost three dimensional and become transformed under both natural and artificial light.
Hill’s practice presents the paradox of the industrial processes, which involves using toxic and combustible materials, to achieve something alive and organic. Hill presents a unique vision of abstraction in painting that explores the artist’s unenviable task of pursuing the art of perfection.
Derek Hill is the co-founder and lead artist of the Art Studio, Sunderland, where he has been based since 1986.
Jerwood Drawing Prize
Mirror Gallery and Atrium
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. It aims to promote and reward excellence and talent in contemporary drawing practice, through the support and recognition of work by established and emerging artists.
From just under 3000 entries, the 2010 exhibition is selected by Charles Darwent, Art Critic, Independent on Sunday; Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre; and Emma Talbot, artist.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is part of Jerwood Visual Arts, a major initiative of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Fantastical Drawings by Rosamund Farmer
Guildford based Rosamund Farmer creates drawings of homes and public spaces such as museums, which reflect how inhabitants relate to the space. Within the domestic, she focuses on the imprint of inhabitants and life’s necessities and comforts on a personal and individual level whilst celebrating “unnecessary” beauty and decorative elements. The work represents an idealised view of both domestic and invented rooms which fulfils the artist’s desire for the extraordinary.
For the Community Gallery, Rosamund will also create a site-specific wall drawing.
Rosamund has exhibited extensively, both collaboratively and independently throughout the South-East, and won the Art at Work prize from Guildford Arts (2009).