Unfolding Shrines

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You’ve been surrounded by the same four walls for some time now. Outside, the structures of society are shaking. Shape Arts invites you to explore the captivating worlds of four artists; rooms of cartoon strangeness, tender tribute, and unfolding shrines. Allow these augmented realities to seep into your own as the walls around you expand. 

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Unfolding Shrines is part of the Adam Reynolds Award programme, Shape Arts’ flagship award established in 2008 in memory of the life and work of sculptor Adam Reynolds. It is designed to support a mid-career disabled artist or artists through funding and exhibition opportunities. Jason Wilsher-Mills was the recipient of the ARA in 2020 and it is largely due to his ongoing collaboration with Hot Knife Digital Media that this group show was possible.

This exhibition features the work of artists Jason Wilsher-Mills, Sophie Helf, Rebekah Ubuntu, and Uma Breakdown, developed and designed in collaboration with Hot Knife Digital Media. The Shape Arts team are: Jeff Rowlings, Elinor Hayes, and Jane Sammut, the visual identity was designed by Mina Owen, and the access providers and creators: Ian Rattray, Hugh O’Donnell and Nikki Champagnie Harris.

With thanks to Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Cultural Recovery Funds, and schuh for making this exhibition possible. Supported through the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund and the Creative Land Trust, we also thank the National Lottery Community Fund for their emergency COVID-19 Coronavirus Community Support Fund grant, supporting Shape artists under COVID-19 lockdown.  

The works in this show are products of the continued innovation and dedication of artists working through lockdown.

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Within a gallery-like room of vivid colours, with every surface covered by swirling designs and prints, framed artworks are mounted along the walls while before us stands a goddess-like figure with four arms - reminiscent of depictions of Kali, altho In a greyish evening New York street setting, photographs of shops, cafes and graffitied walls seem to come to life, framed by the overhead decking of the local train line. In the centre of the frame, an oversized image of graffiti reading ‘Cheat death in NYC’ attracts attention.
A digital field full of grass, with trees surrounding a large black screen. On the left of the screen grows a small plant with purple flowers, also digitally rendered. On the screen itself, text in capital letters reads “Rebekah Ubuntu.” On top of a grey and white grid, illustrated comic figures - in bright pinks and greens - sit, surrounding a box of text. The text, written in pink font, reads: “Alien rays cut through the padding of propranolol. Nerves should be soft not sharp, or at least they should be kept safe and held, like enamel holds a smooth bone around the networks in a tooth. That bit above the surface, the bit of the tooth in your mouth.”

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Unfolding Shrines is the 2021 Adam Reynolds Award shortlist exhibition. The augmented reality exhibition features the work of Jason Wilsher-Mills, Sophie Helf, Rebekah Ubuntu, and Uma Breakdown and was created in collaboration with Hot Knife Digital Media. You can experience the show via a free app, available on the App Store and Google Play, or on our website.Audio described symbol

The audio description for this exhibition has been provided and creatively produced by Ian Rattray and Hugh O'Donnell.


Audio Description of the artist rooms

Jason and his Argonauts (Jason Wilsher-Mills, 2020)

In a gallery-like room of vivid colours, every surface is covered in swirling designs & prints. Framed artworks are mounted along the walls. Before us stands a goddess-like figure with six arms.

Myrtle Avenue (Sophie Helf, 2021)

A grey evening New York street scene. Photographs of shops, cafes, and graffiti come to life, framed by the overhead decking of the train. Centre frame, an big image of graffiti reads ‘Cheat death in NY.’

Despair, Hope and Healing: Three movements for climate justice (Rebekah Ubuntu, 2019)

Despair

A dark and dangerous landscape. Flowing red lava oozes over dark rocks. A power plant of some kind is visible on the horizon. On the right of the image, Rebekahs name is lit up in neon-like lights.

Hope

A digital field full of grass, with trees surrounding a large black screen. On the left of the screen grows a small plant with purple flowers, also digitally rendered. On the screen itself, text in capital letters reads “Rebekah Ubuntu.”

Healing

Digital image. Along the floor, bright blue water ripples. Luscious trees grow out from the water, surrounding a yellow neon text that reads Healing Movement 3. To the left of the trees, a turtle floats past.

Mansions of Mist 1 (Uma Breakdown, 2021)

On top of a grey and white grid, illustrated comic figures - in bright pinks and greens - sit, surrounding a box of text. The text, written in pink font, reads: “Alien rays cut through the padding of propranolol…”


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