Artists announced for Realm residency and exhibition

Photograph of Richard Downes

The project is in partnership with Bethlem Gallery and CGP London

CGP London, Bethlem Gallery and Outside In have today (Thursday, 31 January, 2019) announced the three artists who will be taking part in Realm, an innovative residency and public exhibition to be piloted this spring at CGP London (Southwark Park).
The two pioneering galleries and award-winning arts charity have each selected an artist to work together on the new collaborative project, to create new multi-disciplinary installation artworks. 

Outside In held a call out for its artist, pitched at those based in Greater London. After a long and tough shortlisting process, the charity’s director and founder Marc Steene along with CGP London’s director Judith Carlton, selected the artist they felt would thrive best in this collaborative way of working. Marc said: “The quality, breadth and originality was breath-taking and making a decision from such a quality field extremely challenging. I am very much looking forward to seeing what the three artists realise in their creative collaboration!”

The result means Outside In artist Richard Downes (pictured), who describes himself as an ‘emerging socially engaged activist poet who also uses photography’, will join Hazel Brill, a visual artist based in Southwark, chosen by CGP London; and Mr X, who is known for his temporary structures – many of which he can drive around – selected by from Bethlem Gallery (view the profiles).

CGP London’s director Judith explained: “Realm is a new way of working for all of us; our fantastic three artists, but also for us as organisations – all of which have partnered previously over the years. Together we will explore the beautiful surroundings of our gallery situated in the heart of Southwark Park; investigating the contemplative and restorative environment of a busy public park in the centre of the capital city; and in effect celebrate the crucial role our parks and open spaces play in all our lives. Our three artists will explore these themes together and collectively, via the residency on site, create an ambitious and immersive mixed media installation in the gallery.” 

Realm, referring to a kingdom and also that of a field of interest, was chosen to encapsulate the exhibition’s study of the public park, its role in society and the ongoing study of green space’s positive effects on our health and wellbeing. As a collective theme for the exhibition, it is something of shared interest between all three artists and can therefore be developed further in the collaborative new artwork, responding directly to the gallery’s usual park setting.

“’Realm’ is a very promising residency/partnership which will assist the artists to enrich their own practice and, through a pubic exhibition of their work, help us all to learn more about ‘park life’,” said Lucy Owen, programme coordinator at Bethlem Gallery. “’We welcome, and are looking forward to, this opportunity to work in a collaborative way with artists who we might not otherwise have had the chance to meet and exchange experiences with,” she added.

The results of the residency, produced over 13 days, will then be showcased in the public exhibition Realm at CGP London (The Gallery). See full details on the exhibition  to read more about the artists involved.

Realm is generously supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Council, RIVA and Investec.

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