Asking Andover – Interactive Exhibition
An ‘Interactive Project Space’ by James Aldridge, artist-in-residence at Andover Museum, which invites people to ‘share memories, photographs and artefacts’ relating to the Andover’s recent history. Structured as an evolving, co-curated installation, the work consists of interactive displays, developed by Aldridge with help from museum volunteers. Visitors are invited to ‘write, draw, loan photographs and objects’ and can take part in associated arts and heritage events. As more material is added, the space will develop into a richly textured exhibition.
Until 31 August 2019, Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age, 6 Church Close, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1DP. www.a-n.co.uk/events/asking-andover-interactive-exhibition
An exhibition of photographic portraits by Paul Cabuts, looking at how contemporary nonconformist chapels across Wales ‘continue to play an important role within their respective communities’. Despite a decline in worship a significant number of these buildings can still be found, with names such as Zion, Nazareth and Tabernacle evoking biblical stories and visions of ‘great religious revivals in Wales’. Other chapels such as Harmony, Rock and Gospel are suggestive of charismatic preaching and ‘earnest congregational hymn singing’ – oral traditions that have contributed to the survival of the Welsh language.
Until 18 May 2019, Workers Gallery, 99 Ynyshir Road, Ynyshir, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF39 0EN. www.a-n.co.uk/events/chapel-paul-cabuts
To the Moon and back
A group exhibition of work by artists exploring outer space, referencing the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969. The show brings together video, photography, animation, printmaking and installation by national and international artists including Lewis Andrews, Steve Barritt, Nadim Chaufi, Sarah Edmondson, Simon Gregory, Claire Scherzinger, Mita Solanky and Pale Blue Dot.
12 May – 9 June 2019, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA. www.a-n.co.uk/events/to-the-moon-and-back
An exhibition of paintings by Alan Pergusey hosted in a gallery space set within the artist’s home. Exploring themes of landscape, Pergusey picks out ‘unusual structures’ such as RAF Menwith Hill surveillance installation as well as sea defences, boats on stilts and landscapes specific to excavation sites. By working from ‘memory, observation and imagination’ the artist’s work employs colour and texture to build strong, emotive compositions.
18-19 May 2019, Gallery 16, 16, Sholebroke Place, Leeds LS7 3HJ. www.a-n.co.uk/events/blue-and-exhibition-of-paintings-by-alan-pergusey
The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked)
A project by Ryan Kearney and Intervention Architecture, retracing past venues of Birmingham’s oldest queer space, The Nightingale Club, which opened in 1969. Working from recollections provided by attendees of the club’s preceding venues – a terraced house, a working men’s club, an anglers association – the project maps the ongoing threats of regeneration. It also highlights the ‘need to shift, occupy and adapt heteronormative structures’ for queer purpose. Architectural plans and models accompany descriptions of walls, floors, doors and windows, to position ‘both personal and collective narratives’ that have archival significance.
Until 1 June 2019, Recent Activity, 80-82 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SR. www.a-n.co.uk/events/the-clubs-conception-or-how-the-egg-was-cracked
All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members
1. James Aldridge, volunteer memory boxes from the ‘Asking Andover’ project, 2019
2. Paul Cabuts, ‘Chapel’, 2019, exhibition invite
3. ‘To the Moon and back’, 2019, exhibition image
4. Alan Pergusey, ‘BLUE’, 2019, exhibition poster
5. Ryan Kearney and Intervention Architecture, ‘The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked)’, 2019, exhibition poster
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