In Out There showcases the enduring influence of renowned disabled artist and activist Adam Reynolds, namesake of Shape's flagship art award, the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) which is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary. The exhibition features newly commissioned work by 2018 ARMB recipient Terence Birch, as well as work by Sarah Carpenter, Nicola Lane and Catherine Cleary, who were all shortlisted for this year's award.

Taking place at Attenborough Arts Centre, In Out There places this new work alongside seldom-seen examples of Adam Reynolds’ own practice, archival material, and interviews. The exhibition sees The Adam Gallery, Adam’s pioneering artist-run, labyrinthine gallery housed in an ex-cobbler’s shop in South London, re-imagined within the walls of Attenborough Arts Centre – re-affirming AAC’s and Shape’s commitment to supporting disabled artists.

The exhibiting artists include Sarah Carpenter, who has a background in dance choreography and theatre directing. Carpenter’s inspiration comes from her experience of mental illness, likening her artistic process to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Nicola Lane explores themes of fragmentation and absence, informed by her peripatetic childhood and experience of disability. She has worked as an artist since graduating in 1972, her practice evolving from painting into sculpture, installation and filmmaking.

Catherine Cleary’s paintings are populated by a diverse range of references to film, myths and stories, animation, folk memory and historical artefacts and are loosely in conversation with the history of English Neo-Romantic painting.

In the tenth ARMB recipient Terence Birch’s sculptural work, elements of class structure, consumer desire and aesthetic prejudice are explored by means of restriction, hindrance and limitation in puns and word associations, alongside the assemblage of contrasting materials and media. 

All are welcome to attend the Private View on 13 April from 5.30 - 8pm - please click here to book a spot.

Attenborough Arts Centre is open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm and Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm.


Banner image: Adam Reynolds - 'Pit', exhibited in 'Garden' at The Adam Gallery, 1995

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