Selected works from Norwich Castle's art collection, artists working with
Illustration: Study of a Skvader, Lawrence Leaman
A Skvader ﬁnds common ground between paintings and objects from historic, modern and contemporary art, all of which have a particular relation to Norwich. The exhibition echoes some of the qualities of Norwich Castle’s displays, where diverse categories of objects are combined for visual pleasure and wonder, like in a cabinet of curiosities. To do this it invokes the Skvader; a fantastical hybrid - half-hare and half-wood grouse - which was fabricated in the early twentieth century by a Swedish taxidermist.
The paintings in the exhibition, and one sculpture, come from Norwich Castle’s collection. Most of these invent images of nature, while others invent a history, or invoke the transformative act of looking. Throughout history artists have invented as much as they have depicted reality, sometimes by accentuating a point of view or detail, or by confounding our perceptions like conjurors.
Works by contemporary artists in the exhibition reﬂect contemporary art's sometimes hybrid character. Some of these artworks appear like strange artefacts. Other works re-imagine or re-purpose objects from the natural world. By transforming the everyday contemporary art can question habitual experience.
Contemporary art works have been selected which reﬂect the robust health of the Norwich art scene. Coco Crampton, Robert Filby, and Simon Liddiment, who have all made editions for arts agency Kaavous-Bhoyroo, exhibit alongside three consecutive solo presentations by Zoe Williams, Simon Davenport, and Matthew Noel-Tod, who are members of Norwich's artist-run gallery OUTPOST. OUTPOST's presentations will take place on a specially designed platform.
A Skvader has been curated by artist Lawrence Leaman, and Raven Row director Alex Sainsbury, who were invited by OUTPOST and Kaavous-Bhoyroo respectively to exhibit works from Norwich Castle's collection alongside works by contemporary artists. To accompany the exhibition, Norwich-based writer Krzysztof Fijalkowski has been commissioned to write about the idea of collecting. An edition of Fijalkowski's text is exhibited in A Skvader. A series of talks, will coincide with the start of each OUTPOST artist's presentation.
11 December 2010 to 1 February 2011
Zoe Williams graduated from Bristol School of Arts Media and Design in 2006. Solo shows include: The Flight of O, Spike Island, Bristol (2010) and The Sickly Trickle, Trove Projects, Birmingham (2009). Williams served on the board for Plan 9, Bristol. She currently lives in Glasgow where she is studying for her MFA.
5 February 2011 to 5 April 2011
Simon Davenport graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2006. Solo presentations include: Friedrich Nietzsche vs. Art Garfunkel's Haircut vs. Paul Simon's Haircut at OUTPOST, Norwich (2008) and New Work at Galerie Misteeq, San Francisco (2010). Recent group presentations include Meridian Tumblr: Diggit Ha-ha at Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire (2010). He currently lives and works in Norwich
9 April 2011 to 5 June 2011
Matthew Noel-Tod studied Film and Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design and Goldsmiths. He is Senior Lecturer in Moving Image at University of Brighton. Solo exhibitions include: End Again Week (Pop-Up!) at The Two Jonnys’ Project Space, London (2009), Blind Carbon Copy (2008) at Picture This, Bristol and Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (2008).
Kaavous-Bhoyroo has commissioned academic and artist Krzysztof Fijalkowski to produce a text to accompany the exhibition exploring ideas relating to collecting. He has chosen to produce a series of replica index cards that can be read in any order, acting as a series of reference points to his ideas about collecting, museums and the Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosity). The collection of cards is produced as a limited edition packaged set and is available from www.kaavous-bhoyroo.com
Simon Liddiment studied at Goldsmiths’ College and lives and works in Norwich. Recent shows have included: V22 Presents, London, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and EASTgoesEast, an EASTinternational project with exhibitions at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Studio FKSE, Budapest. Liddiment showed with OUTPOST at Zoo Art Fair in 2009.
2010 is the Contemporary Art Society's centenary year. For over 100 years they have played a pioneering and unique role in donating more than 8,000 works to public collections in the UK where they are enjoyed by audiences everywhere. The Contemporary Art Society continues to act as a catalyst for visual arts through the provision of highly strategic programmes that focus on public collection development across the UK. Throughout 2010 the Contemporary Art Society is marking its centenary through a programme of events, talks, displays and projects developed in close partnership with over thirty Museum Members.
Norwich Castle Museum is part of the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service (NMAS). Norwich Castle holds the most comprehensive collection of paintings by the Norwich School of Artists, including works by John Crome and John Sell Cotman. There is a selection of British, Dutch and Flemish landscape paintings and a collection of almost one hundred Rembrandt etchings. The modern collection covers a range of different movements with notable works by Alfred Sisley, Gwen John and David Bomberg. The contemporary collection is modest but contains works by artists based regionally and internationally including Derek Morris, Richard Billingham, Christine Borland and Ruth Ewan. Alongside the fine art collections are galleries devoted to the natural history, archaeology and decorative art collections.
OUTPOST is an artist run gallery based in Norwich. It was founded in November 2004 with financial support from Arts Council England East, Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council. OUTPOST is committed, in a region with few such venues, to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art, resulting in a core programme of 11 exhibitions per year. Selected from the membership archive and a wider remit each exhibition opens on the 1st of each month. A programme of events is also run that includes film nights, critical forums, group exhibitions and artists' talks. Its operating systems limit committee members to two years service. www.norwichoutpost.org
Kaavous-Bhoyroo is an arts agency founded by Jane Bhoyroo and Kaavous Clayton in 2008 to commission and show new work by emerging and established artists and to curate contemporary art projects. Kaavous-Bhoyroo’s Editions project commissions the production of multiple artworks released on a seasonal basis that provides an opportunity for the artists to explore the nature of an edition, often resulting in a series of unique and individual works that are based upon a common theme. The editions are launched in a variety of ways appropriate to the nature of the work. www.kaavous-bhoyroo.com
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Saturday Talks Programme
A series of talks have been programmed to support and extend the exploration of ideas related to the exhibition. The talks coincide with the launch of each OUTPOST artist member’s presentation and will include a talk by the artist. There will also be talks by invited speakers who engage with collecting through a variety of approaches and levels including amateur, professional, academic and artistic. The first set of talks will include representatives from all of the participating organisations, who will offer insight into the processes and thinking that led to the exhibition.
The talks will take place from 2pm to 4pm
Admission is included in the price of the Special Exhibitions Ticket