Tate artist to create unique exhibition for Bonington Gallery

An artist featured in the Tate collection says he is excited at the prospect of creating a unique exhibition for the Bonington Gallery with local creatives and fine art students.

Simon Callery
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Simon Callery

An artist featured in the Tate collection says he is excited at the prospect of creating a unique exhibition for the Bonington Gallery with local creatives and fine art students.

Simon Callery will work experimentally with an open brief for his exhibition, Soft Painting, which is open to the public until 15 May.

"There are times when it's important to collaborate with other people to create an energy and a dialogue," says Callery, whose painting, Archive, is in the national collection.

"I want to do this at Nottingham Trent University and I want to expose the entire material-generating and decision-making process that goes into producing works for an exhibition.

"It will be exciting to see how working with this group of students will influence what can be made."

The exhibition, which opened on 13 April, aims to reveal the expressive physical qualities of contemporary painting rather than working with the conventions of images and narrative.

The first two weeks of the exhibition will expose to visitors the unfolding live creative process as Callery collaborates with the four local artists and nine students to make a number of large scale paintings in the gallery. This will involve impregnating 150 metres of canvas with highly coloured distempers, cutting, sewing and forming the physical paintings. The completed works will be installed by the team as the process moves forward.

As part of the project one of these paintings will enter the University art collection and will be put on permanent display in the Newton building to serve as inspiration to students for years to come.

Tom Godfrey, Resource Manager of the Bonington Gallery, said: "Simon's work creates a relationship between painting and sculpture, and because of the physical qualities and sheer scale, you become very aware of yourself in relation to it.

"You become aware of the processes involved in looking at his work, and it's hard to be passive during this experience.

"Simon invites you to peer inside the work. You can literally stick your head inside some of the paintings."

Visit Bonington Gallery's website for more info.

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Tate artist to create unique exhibition for Bonington Gallery

Published on 16 April 2015
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