Curated by Lungs Project
Featuring Ella Ray Barnes // Fang Qi // Jill Tate
21 April 2018 – 30 June 2018
@Gosforth Civic Theatre
Regent Farm Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm and Sat 10am-5pm
I am delighted to have curated this group exhibition which I developed in collaboration with Gosforth Civic Theatre. “A Study of Imaginary Chasms” brings together the work of three women artists; Ella Ray Barnes, Fang Qi, and Jill Tate, all of who are connected to the North East through unique pathways. The exhibition thematically responds to “The Class Project”, a one-woman play written and performed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord.
The series of works featured in the exhibition correspond to the overlapping anecdotes within “The Class Project”. Each artist’s body of work expands on the themes underpinning the play, presenting personal commentaries on identity, home and belonging as embedded within historical, socio-economic and contemporary narratives. The exhibition is conceived as a reflective study of the power dynamics which drive a wedge between individuals and communities within the U.K. It aims to examine the dominant narratives influencing our public and personal relations. In doing so, it wishes to reveal the cultural judgement systems which shape and maintain social stratification, dividing us into our economic class, regional identity, and status, creating “imaginary” chasms often seem impossible to overcome.
Please visit https://www.lungsproject.org/a-study-of-imaginary-chasms/ for more details.