The Slaughterhouse, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP

Thursday 26 January 2017 – Sunday 05 February 2017
Private View 26th Jan 6-9pm
Opening Hours: 11am-4pm Tues-Sun

Exhibiting this month, a collective of local artists will be showcasing entirely new bodies of work in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. The exhibition, titled Shambles, hosts an eclectic mix of individual works which result from a range of different practices. Shambles, meaning a butcher’s slaughterhouse, refers to the space once used as an abattoir where the exhibition will take place. Titling the exhibition site-specific highlights the importance of space for artists, an environment in which a creative community can show work, share ideas, and spark inspiration. Though currently empty, the listed building will be transformed through a showcase of paintings, projections, sculpture and installation.

The collective of artists involved in this project are: Joe Allen, Jamie Morrison, Francesca Hawkesworth, Llyr Davies, Kieran Walsh, Lee Jackson, Rhys Morgan, Jack Carberry-Todd, Andy Meredith, and Mo Bottomley 

Joe Allen turns every-day encounters into heavily-textured paintings, which are formed through repeatedly building up and scraping back layers of paint. He shares a residency at Ocean Studios with fellow artist Kieran Walsh, whose paintings distill perceived landscapes into minimal and abstract forms. 

Jamie Morrison is an artist working predominately with installation. Interested in making ‘the viewer aware that they are perceiving themselves perceiving,’ his work will involve a live-feed of visitors to the exhibition, projected through a self-constructed tank.

Rhys Morgan and Jack Carberry-Todd have previously worked together, having held a joint exhibition of their work in 2015. Rhys Morgan works across a variety of mediums, often combining and collaging image with text. For Shambles, he will be exhibiting work which involves both sound and installation. A painter interested in light and space, Jack Carberry-Todd will be presenting his first work since starting his Masters studies in Plymouth.

Combining collage and installation, Francesca Hawkesworth who is currently on the AA2A scheme with Plymouth University, pays attention to colour, light and space. Bold in terms of both geometry and colour, the artist will be experimenting with the windows of the space. Also on the residency Llyr Davies a multi-media artist will also be exhibiting paintings, the inspiration for these works are a response to everyday interactions. Also showcasing paintings is artist Andy Meredith, exploring the space surrounding our existence, also on the AA2A.

Lee Jackson, local Stonehouse resident, who currently has a studio with Alamo Project will also be displaying work along with  Mo Bottomley who will be adding a performance element on the night of the privet view.

All based locally, these artists have undertaken the entire project themselves from creation to curation. A non-commercial endeavour, Shambles aims to present the work of local artists to the community of the city. It is increasingly difficult to find either time or space to work and exhibit as an emerging artist; this exhibition shows the possibility of tackling this, not through funding but through the collective support and cooperation of local artists.

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