• Image: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, À Fleurer
  • Image: Shallal Dance Theatre, photo by Steve Tanner
  • Image: Participant cross-stitching for Klaas Rommelaere project

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 will be putting 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, is devising 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, are commissioning 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 Nemerofsky Ramsay, 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, is creating 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.

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, our collective of young artists, the Collaborators, will be invited by artist Georgia Gendall to participate in her ongoing project Forced Collaboration, devising instructions for visitors to create artworks.

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


Venue: Newlyn Art Gallery
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