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Notes on a Periphery

4 October 2019 until 18 October 2019
Gray's School of Art, RGU

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Opening from 1700-1900 on Friday 4 October.

A new exhibition of recent photography and video work by four artists, reflecting on themes of “peripherality”.

Whilst “peripheral” regions have loomed large in traditional histories of art made in the British group of nations, the history of art has largely been the history of art in national capitals and larger cities. What then does making art in a so-called “peripheral” region mean? What contributions do artists make in developing a civic and local sense of self, and who buys, engages and supports this work? What crossovers are there between differing perceptions of the peripheral?

The exhibition features established and emerging artists who respond to notions of the periphery in its broadest sense in their work. The new work features a mixture of themes including hauntology, suburbia, edgelands, remoteness and wilderness.

Taking part in the show are Anne Campbell (Aberdeen) with a new body of landscape work from the Flow Country; Lottie Davies (Falmouth) with her series “Observations”; Sapphire Goss (Folkestone / London) with a new video work, and Eugene Schlumberger (Middlesbrough) with a series of urban photographs from Peterlee and the wider Durham / Teesside region.

The exhibition, curated by Jon Blackwood, is hosted to accompany the Gray’s School of Art research conference on Peripherality, which will take place on Friday 4th October. Amongst the guest speakers for the conference will be Stephen Pritchard and curatorial duo Mother Tongue (Tiffany Boyle / Jessica Carden).

Please e-mail for further information on the conference or the exhibition.


Posted by: Jon Blackwood

Eugene Schlumberger,

Eugene Schlumberger, "The Future is Now the Past no. 20", 2019. Reproduced with permission