After her recent exhibition ‘Bling!’, Lucy Wright joins us as our very first Folk Artist in Residence. ‘My work challenges narrow portrayals of the traditional arts—typically associated with historical depth, rurality and masculinity— through emphasis on the dynamic cultural contributions of working class communities, particularly women.’
We’ll be spending most of April getting on with routine gallery maintenance and our opening hours this month will be limited. If you’re interested in viewing our 5 current exhibitions, Taken to Pieces: Peculiar Wood, IOTA, Atrium Occupation, Mania, and The Nymph and the Shepherd, we’ll be open from Wednesday 5th- Saturday 8th April only and for Oliver Manning and James Ewan Tait’s co-headline gig on Friday 21st April from 6pm.
Artist Jessica Harby spent all of last year filling herself with as much information as she could about the machinations of the United States and the United Kingdom. She’s currently undertaking a residency at Bank Street Arts that is exploring how the decisions of 2016 become the consequences of 2017. The plan is to, as Jessica notes, ‘Slow things down. Feel every terrifying moment in real time’.
Have you got a story that’s urgent? That you want to tell now? Do you have a great idea for a film, TV drama, radio drama or stage play? Over the course of six workshops you’ll cover the principles of scriptwriting and you will write, discuss, share and receive friendly and constructive feedback to help you towards writing the first working draft of your script.
From February 17th
Laura Smith is interested in the attachments that people form with inanimate objects and her work involves giving charity shop figurines a surreal makeover. Her Mania exhibition, which takes place in our newly-refurbished Keyhole Gallery, features three textbook examples of mantelpiece kitsch and car boot sale tat, to which Laura has added her own twist.
From Friday Feb 17th at 6pm
Ben Lewis’s Taken to Pieces: Peculiar Wood – ‘an attempt by the artist to fail better’- takes an album you know, a few that you don’t, a pair of scissors, a failed career as a DJ, and uses both chance and certainty to create… something else.
In Summer 2016, BSA residents Bryan Eccleshall and Chris Graham launched a set of twenty-four books that began as a documentation of their Sans Terre/+ exhibition, a complex and disorienting installation that offered a dense re-thinking of the current refugee crisis and the various Gulf Wars that have precipitated it. The resulting books are now available to buy, either online or directly from Bank Street Arts.
2nd Nov onwards
A complex, nuanced and dazzling blend of radical dissent, catharsis, and critique of institutional power, the work of BSA resident Chris Graham- who’s going to be occupying our atrium over the next few months- is as likely to reference Mickey Mouse or Kate Moss as it is Zygmunt Bauman.
09/02/17 – 06/07/17
A writing course from one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction. Comma Press is always looking for new voices in short fiction and it’s hoped that this course will unearth and develop contenders for one of their showcases of new writers.
The wall in our atrium is the largest single exhibition space in Bank Street Arts. We’re looking for proposals from anyone with an interest in exploring its possibilities.
Our Keyhole Gallery is the smallest of the various exhibition spaces that make up Bank Street Arts. We’re interested in hearing from artists, makers or curators who think that they could do something interesting with it.
Exhibiting at Bank Street Arts doesn’t necessarily have to mean committing to a show of a week or longer, and our micro exhibitions offer a way to present work within a much narrower time frame.