Northbound | Nordgående
26 May to 15 July
BIOSENARIO (Kjersti Sletteland, Tone Boska), Jenny Mackenzie Ross, Ingeborg Blom Andersskog, Rebecca Brown, Siri Brekke
Northbound | Nordgående, has now set off on its exciting journey northwards with exhibitions in Thurso, Shetland and Norway over the coming year. It will be showing in Thurso Gallery from 21 July to 8 September and more details are available here.
Information about the exhibition and artists is available to download here.
An essay with reflections on the exhibition by art critic, Giles Sutherland, is available to view here.
A feature on the exhibition by writer, art critic and cultural historian, Ian Mackay, which reflects on the artists and their work as well as considering in some depth the background to the themes explored, can be viewed on Ian's Hatchett Green website by clicking this link.
Northbound | Nordgående is an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, drawing and performance with a focus on process and place, and is the work of a group of six artists from Scotland and Norway.
Not all of the artists have a traditional background in ceramics, but their creativity is strongly connected by ideas of narrative, lines and traces. Each has developed a practice that explores both the sculptural dimensions of clay and how the ceramics artform meshes with other disciplines from illustration to performance. Together, their work creates an exhibition that serves to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of contemporary ceramicists.
The exhibition also looks to highlight the influence of place on the artists’ work, exploring in particular the cross-border, cultural connections across northern Europe and the region’s ancient and traditional maritime routes. The artists - who came together for this project - are all at different stages of their careers and are located across a wide geographical area. Over the past few months, they have formed a group that is dynamic, supportive and full of its own exchanges, using social media to to discuss their developing ideas and share images (@northboundnordgaende).
Much of the work shown here has been commissioned especially for the show and created as a direct result of international exchanges by the artists: BIOSENARIO spent six weeks in Ullapool in 2017 through a residency awarded by An Talla Solais through the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition and Brown travelled to Norway to spend time researching coastal folklore to inform her practice. Andersskog will also undertake a residency in Ullapool during the first week of the exhibition and has been commissioned to create a new work in situ in the An Talla Solais gallery during the residency, using her ideas of the physical line.
As suggested by the show’s title, the work will continue to develop its international connections by making a journey northwards over the next year. Starting here, the work will travel to Thurso Art Gallery in July and then to Bonhoga Gallery in Shetland in September. Its voyage will be completed at Fjell Festning Museum near Bergen in 2019. In each new venue, the exhibition will be reconfigured by different curators, creating four versions of its own narrative.
The exhibition was initiated by An Talla Solais as part of its ongoing curatorial project, which explores how artists and art organisations can best work together in creating an body of work through a collaborative process of conversation, reflection and making. The project, and this exhibition, are made possible through the generous support of Creative Scotland, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Henry Moore Foundation.