• Image: Benny Nemer, À Fleurer
  • Image: Shallal Dance Theatre, photo by Steve Tanner
  • Image: Participant cross-stitching for Klaas Rommelaere project
  • Image: Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis, A Net to Catch Everything

24 Jul — 16 Oct 2021

Newlyn Art Gallery

In Your Hands is a group exhibition connecting international artists with people in Cornwall in collaborations to realise or fabricate their artwork. The artists have put the making of their art into the hands of others, placing their trust in them, and embracing serendipitous outcomes.

While the pandemic has brought restrictions to travel, there is an ever-growing desire to be part of international networks. Touch has been very much missed, and In Your Hands explores new connections, inviting a dance between continents; a call and response with words and flowers; and an ode to the home we have all spent so much time in.

Arinda Daphine, a poet and dancer, and civil rights lawyer, in Kampala, Uganda, has devised a new multi-discipline performance-for-camera with Shallal Dance Theatre, who have been celebrating diversity, ability and community in Cornwall for 25 years. Daphine is supported by BLACK* Artists on the Move.

Lenka Clayton & Phillip Andrew Lewis, both based in Pittsburgh, USA, commissioned the oldest existing net-maker in the UK, Henry Cowls, still working from a factory in Helston, to make a vast single net that incorporates every variation of mesh that they produce. One impossible net that theoretically could catch everything, and nothing.

Benny Nemer, a Canadian artist based in Paris, will send a personal card each week during the exhibition to a local florist, who will respond with a different floral arrangement for the gallery – an intimate conversation developing over the summer.

Klaas Rommelaere, a textile artist based in Antwerp, has created a fabric room, furnished with cross stitched objects, ornaments and possessions created by over 80 people across Cornwall and the UK, including members of our Tea, Cake & Art group, and others who took part in our recent Extraordinary Postcards exhibition.

Georgia Gendall is inviting her international networks to participate in her ongoing project Forced Collaboration, by devising instructions for our collective of young artists The Collaborators to create new artworks for In Your Hands.

Kate Rich, artist and trader currently based in Tasmania, presents Feral Business, a redefinition of enterprise as ‘any productive activity that could bring us sustenance’. For In Your Hands, she will link Newlyn Art Gallery to a number of international endeavours by artists to establish alternative economies.

International artist networks will be represented by selection of books, including Mothers’ Days by An Artist Residency in Motherhood, The Videoart at Midnight Artists’ Cookbook and Sonntag – A Recipe for Social Practices

In the Studio, the artist instructions created for Forced Collaboration are displayed again for visitors to make their own artworks in response.

In Your Hands is curated by Blair Todd, Programme Curator.


Join us on SAT 24 JUL to celebrate the launch of our Summer Exhibition Programme

  • NEWLYN ART GALLERY open 19.00 – 20.30
    Join us from 19.00 for a look at the exhibitions, In Your Hands, and Facing The Sun by Kitty Hillier. At 19.15 there will be a welcome from James Green, Director of Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, an introduction to In Your Hands from curator Blair Todd, and an introduction to Outside The Algorithm from curator Heather Pasfield.
  • THE EXCHANGE open 19.30 – 21.30
    Enjoy a look at the exhibitions, Outside The Algorithm and work by Shelley Anderson, plus top tunes from DJ Chewy from 20.00 in the cafe area.

We suggest starting your evening at Newlyn Art Gallery and then moving on to The Exchange if you would like to visit both venues on the night. You can, of course, go to just one

FREE entry, and all welcome. Pay bar at both venues, and food at The Exchange.

Venue: Newlyn Art Gallery
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Open: DAILY, 10.00 - 17.00

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