An international exhibition of drawings about the experience of work
Invited artists: David Bade, Vivien Blackett , Adip Dutta, Engin Hassan, Maartje Hinse, Melanie Jackson, Marleen Kappe, Jan Knap, Evalien Lang, Henk Olijve, Serge Onnen, Fahrettin Orenli, Michael Pattiruhu, Paolo Piscitelli, Siobhan Wall.
Curated by Siobhan Wall
Opening exhibition: thursday 25th of february at 5 pm
This exhibition of drawings by 17 artists is an eclectic collection of images on paper focusing on the diverse experiences of work. Many photographers have shown people working in extraordinary places, from Brazilian mines to garment workers in the Far East. But few artists have shown a more intimate side to the experience of work, in more subtle mediums such as pencil, chalk, charcoal or ink on paper. Instead of dramatic scenes shot from the ‘outside’, these drawings are more about what happens ‘inside’- showing some of the more private experiences rarely talked about in the workplace.
Both paid and unpaid work are shown in these diverse drawings, raising questions about why we work and who we work for. Themes include boredom at work, childcare, domestic or unpaid labour, conflict at work, joblessness and not being allowed to work. There are even a few fantasy jobs, including idyllic scenes of angelic children being taught by gentle female teachers. This is a rare opportunity to see drawings about work by Turkish, French, Czech, Indian, Dutch, Indonesian, British, Turkish Cypriot and Curaçao-born artists in an exciting, publicly funded location.
The exhibition runs from 26th February to 24th March 2016