Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Open West - Award Winners exhibition

4 Seen: The Open West 2011 Award Winners will be at The Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham from 7 September until 13 September.
The exhibitors are Shan Hur, Helen Murgatroyd, Ellen Nolan and David Theobald. Examples of their work appear below, together with blurbs supplied by Open West.
Open West 20112 will be held in Gloucester Cathedral: the deadline for applications is 31 October 2011 - details and application forms on the Open West website.
Shan Hur, Ball in the Pillar, 2010
Shan Hur will be exhibiting a site-specific sculpture, expanding on his maxim ‘one brick cannot make a wall’ and continuing the themes of intervention and surprise that run through his work. Shan sees language and images in the debris of construction sites and plays with the disruption of normal perception. He completed his MFA at the Slade in 2010 and was spotlighted in The Independent as one of the year’s 40 most promising UK art school graduates.    
Helen Murgatroyd, Five Onions Printing Jig, 2010
Helen Murgatroyd will also be creating an installation in response to the site and influenced by her recent residency in rural North Cornwall. Inspired by Royal Mail sorting offices, kitchen utensils and the ideals of cottage industries, Helen invents tools and workstations to allow the duplication of her drawings. Helen is the recipient of a number of awards including the RCA Sustain Award and the Wooda Residency Award, and has work in private collections including the Conran Foundation. She completed her MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2010.
Ellen Nolan, Safety in Numbers: Untitled (Group 1)
 Ellen Nolan’s photographic project, Safety in Numbers, was developed as a result of a short but intensive collaboration with Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre. Safety in Numbers is an observation on the dynamics and identities of a group of Cheltenham school children within the context of a modern school. These photographs explore and reflect the collective realism of an institutional dynamic. Since graduating with an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2008, Ellen has been exhibiting internationally. Gallery commissions and shows include The Photographers Gallery and Grimmuseum, Berlin.
David Theobald, Trill (2010) Screen shot from digital animation of original photographs and downloaded images.
 David Theobald’s new animation Workers Playtime is a playful contemporary reboot of the morale raising radio show of the same name broadcast from the factory floor throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His films are animated loops structured from photographs, scanned images or single fames extracted from video footage, blended together to create a familiar yet alien environment. Recent exhibitions include this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Re:Animate at the Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales. David completed his MFA Art Practice at Goldsmiths College in 2008.

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