The Production House, The Sorting Office, Eastleigh
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
The Production House, The Sorting Office, 37 Wells Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5FY
South West England
The Production House, The Sorting Office, Eastleigh

Open Wednesday 19 – Monday 24 April 10:30 am – 5pm

Private View: Friday 21 April 6.30-8.30pm

The two interweaving moving-image installations celebrates a uniqueness and an acceptance for people living with mental health conditions.

The first installation, entitled ‘Blinds’, features the footage of a young girl (actress Hattie Gotobed, Game of Thrones), and an older man (actor Dean Kilbey) as they debate the existence and prominence of their own “shells”. They engage in a dialogue about our exact moment in time, bridging the analogue and digital age with the realities pre and post. The moving image is projected onto venetian blinds, a visual metaphor for viewing reality through our own imperfect perceptions.

The second installation, entitled ‘Nets’, is a more direct exploration of the stigma surrounding mental illness. The work looks at famous people throughout history who have suffered from mental illness, featuring stock imagery projected onto ragged nets. This installation features a voice-over by actor Nigel Bradshaw (Prisoner: Cell Block H).

“At the Arts Council we believe that art and culture enhance every part of our lives. They bring us joy, and help us to make sense of our own experiences and to empathise with others. So we’re very pleased to be supporting Shells through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts programme, a project that will explore new ways of presenting often undiscussed fundamental issues.”

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England

Shells is supported by Tec Hub Eastleigh and public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

James Paddock is an Associate of the Digital Arts Programme Eastleigh.