Following his three month Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate, we are delighted to present Oliver MacDonald’s solo exhibition, 'Dog Basket Baboon' at Artlink Hull from 20 May to 30 June - part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Oliver MacDonald is the recipient of Shape Arts' 2017 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary.
Trained as a willow weaver, he explores traditional craft through a conceptual lens, utilising word play and layers of reference to often absurd and humorous ends.

During his 3-month residency at Turner Contemporary as the ARMB recipient, Oliver engaged local audiences in the rich heritage and materiality of basket weaving, drawing on links to the gallery’s seaside location, occupational therapy, and the obsolescence of craft. In his durational performance piece 'Underwater Basket Weaving’ Oliver wove a traditional lobster pot inside a fabricated diving bell. The performance reflected the title phrase, commenting on the presumed worth of an arts education.

This exhibition presents recent works alongside an installation in which audiences are invited to immerse themselves into Oliver’s pseudo-studio.

Private View: 19 May, 6-8pm - all are welcome & the event is BSL-interpreted

ArtLink Hull is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm: www.artlink.uk.net. The space is wheelchair accessible and both Audio Description and easy-read information are available.
This event is part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017: www.hull2017.co.uk


Banner image: Oliver MacDonald - Whirlie Wheelers. Image c. Andy Barker

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