For its centenary year the Young Gallery successfully received a Grant for the Arts award from the Arts Council South West for preSENSE a project that aims to develop audiences of and raise awareness for the gallery through a programme of new exhibitions and innovative participatory arts programmes inspired by the art collections and working with target communities including, families, the military and older people.
preSENSE also welcomes two Artists in Residence to use the collections to build audiences
The project will invite two Guest Curators to devise an exhibition inspired by and using the art specifically with families, older people and military communities in Wiltshire.
The preSENSE Creative Team
Helen Brown, Guest Curator
Helen Brown is a curator with many years experience in curating exhibitions in museums and galleries. Based in Cheltenham until recently she worked at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum where she was Collections Manager and Curator of Fine Art. As well as curating exhibitions from the collections she recently developed two major artist commissions as part of the Arts Council New Expressions programme working with Edmund de Waal and Neville and Joan Gabie.
She has chosen to work with the Young Gallery’s John Creasey collection of contemporary art. This has some exciting work by a number of important figures from British art from the last thirty years. Inspired by this she has chosen to create an exhibition based on the idea of pairing, putting two pictures together to highlight their similarities and differences.
Prudence Maltby, Guest Curator
Prudence Maltby is a practising artist and lives in Salisbury, Wiltshire. She spent 35 years in Africa and much of her work reflects this period. Her work is mostly studio based, the framework of reference nearly always autobiographical. As Guest Curator Pru was drawn to the work of Robin Tanner and has chosen his work to develop The Plant Project as part of preSENSE. She is also involved with Cicatrix which will be exhibiting in the gallery later in the year.
Linn OCarroll, Guest Artist
Linn’s work has always focused on environmental issues and walking has been an integral element of her work, collecting objects and how we can re-define these as part of our social world. The nature of objects, her studio and house are littered with finds. These objects are often cut adrift from their pasts, uncertain futures and she is curious about their story, their provenance. She was recently invited to work with walkwalkwalk at Mac Birmingham and is currently researching collaborative partnership with artists/anthropologists/psychologists in the field of cognitive and spacial mapping in our daily lives.
As part of the project preSENSE Linn O’Carroll Guest Artist brings us ‘Glimpse’, a project that encourages us to be curious about the world and enjoy a ‘child-like sense of wonder’ and is using John Creasey’s collection of walking sticks; a collection she ‘glimpsed’ and was excited about to engage audiences in a myriad of ways.
David Davies, Guest Artist
David Davies lives in Frome, Somerset and works in Wiltshire, Dorset and Cornwall. He is a writer and arts and wellbeing practitioner and works mainly with poetry, objects and dialogue. David’s background includes community work and radio feature making. His work is both community and studio-based and often uses group-work participation, dynamics and transition as a way of producing and showing work.
David’s focus for preSENSE is ‘Landscape and Settlement’, referencing the Young Gallery collections alongside personal and community responses. This work will be shown at the Young Gallery in July and August this year.