Industrialised is an opportunity to recognise the powerful links between manufacturing industries and artists. Artists have continued to rely on the skills of fabricators, forgers, casters and welders to realise their creative works and place them in the public view; and artists from Lowry to Rauschenberg have been inspired by the visual imagery of factories and the humanity of the people working inside them.
Industrialised is a showcase of contemporary artists and current approaches to working with, or reflecting on these same subject matters. In this we can see a new set of social commentaries on manufacturing’s deeply resonant effect on global and local politics, social structures and our environment today. The exhibition explores the wider context of making, taking in the heritage skills or hand making that informed and evolved into small scale factory industries, and eventually large scale manufacturing.
The works of 12 artists set out to reflect on the stories found in these industries and recognise the shared identities of factories, as we see buildings and workforces across Europe appearing interchangeable in appearance.
A group show celebrating work inspired by or made alongside industry; showing the work of Jasleen Kaur, Charles Freger, Kate Haywood, Katie Watson,Maria Kapajeva, Karen Mathison, Pascal Ungerer, Mandy Payne, Andre Stitt and Chrisoula Kostankakou, Sue Rossiter, Zoe Robertson, Jason Taylor.