Art Couples - the DNA of art
16 January to 27 February 2010
This exhibition is a tongue-in-cheek experiment in creativity. Artists often gravitate towards other artists and many end up sharing their lives together. They may work in different disciplines and use different media but to the outside world these duos seem enviably to live and breathe creativity.
The exhibition takes several artistic couples and invites them to engage in a process of collaboration. We will showcase a piece of work by each individual artist, alongside the collaborative Art Baby that they have created together for this exhibition.
For some of our couples working together will be an easy segue, for others it might be a bit more of a struggle. We hope these collaborative works will show the DNA of art.
Will the audience be able to tell whether the Art Baby is more like one parent than the other, will our artists be able to work harmoniously? Can we detect the obvious passion and care that is required for two people to collaborate and produce something they can both be proud of?
We are programming events around this exhibition that highlight the debate of ownership and copyright. We hope to discuss some of the consequences of working in collaborative creative partnerships.
We will be showing films, running workshops, hosting a Love Poetry Slam, and our Artists café will be a special edition ‘Any Questions?’ panel discussion chaired by Ian Wilson, writer and art critic. New Brewery Arts will be a whirl of creative energy during January and February.
Felicity Aylieff & Takeshi Yasuda
Sian Bonnell & George Meyrick
Gaynor Dowling & Malcolm Martin
Kathryn Faulkner & Robin Sewell
Sally Fawkes & Richard Jackson
Jude Jelfs & John Jelfs
Jenny Murrell & Graham Murrell
Cleo Mussi & Matthew Harris
Wendy Ramshaw & David Watkins
Mariette Voke & Nigel Lambert
Patricia Volk & Stephen Volk
Carole Waller & Gary Wood
Events linked to Art Couples
TE01 Love Poetry Slam - Friday 19 February
EW01 Rag Rug Hearts - Weekend workshop 6 and 7 February
Special Edition Artists Café - Tuesday 2 February
Tango Argentino - learn the dance of love with with experts Janet Earl and Claus Schley
Beginners - Weekend workshop 23 and 24 January
EW04 Improvers - Saturday 20 February
EW05 Improvers - Sunday 21 February
History of Art Lectures with Laura Mellor
Picasso's Women: his muses and his mistresses - Tuesday 26 January
EW07 Gwen & Augustus John: Sibling Artists divided by Rodin - Tuesday 23 February
Friday Film Club
FE01 Camille Claudel - 29 January
FE02 Surviving Picasso - 26 February
Performance in the Theatre
TE02 Darling, we should quarrel more often... - Saturday 27 February
Visitors to the exhibition said...
Wonderful! Clever and inspiring!
Turner Prize should include some of these wonderful exhibits.
Brilliant exhibition – what a wonderful idea. I have had to come in several times to take it all in!
Exciting. Repeat visit essential.
The wooden drawers were fantastic, all the history and magic in one place.
What a delightful surprise. A treasure trove. Thank you.
That set of drawers was so creepy and random.