International non-profit arts organisation ArtCan is launching a new group exhibition, ‘Alchemical’, at Gallery 475 in Fulham Broadway, London from 18th – 28th April.
The exhibition focuses on the materials and processes which create each piece, as well as the finished works themselves – hearkening to the medieval practice of alchemy, and involving seemingly magical transformations, creations, or combinations.
Participating artists are also invited to give talks on their practice throughout the exhibition, giving visitors additional insight into the myriad of processes which create such a wide variety of works; for instance, how metal, glass and clay can be affected by heat and pressure, how chemicals can change light into an impression of an object, or even how kitchen waste can be transformed into artwork.
Curator Catherine Sweet says: “ArtCan has a brilliant variety of international members who work in incredible and inventive media. It’s a privilege to bring this collection together from 26 member artists, and to highlight their talents.
Each of the artists included in this show are breathing stories into the materials they work with – whether that be from the places they have gathered rocks to make their pigments, or through the clay, glass, fabric or plastics that are altered from their original form to create something new.”
The private view will take place on Tuesday 18th April, 6pm – 8.30pm, and free tickets are available via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alchemical-exhibition-private-view-tickets-603594646837
NOTES TO EDITORS
Gallery 475, 475 Fulham Road London SW6 1HL; open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm.
Alison Lam, Anna Walsh, Candice Wu, Caroline Banks, Catalina Christensen, Catherine Jacobs, Despina Symeou, Diana Burch, Gillian Brett, Hedy Parry-Davies, Henryk Terpilowski, Jane Higginbottom, Jean Gillespie, Julian Emsley, Kira Phoenix K’Inan, Léa Layeux, Lisa Pettibone, Lisa Marie Price, Qin Yue, Rebecca Tucker, Roberta De Caro, Shelly Pamensky, Stathis Dimitriadis, Sue Gunn, The DnA Factory MRSS.
ArtCan is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally. ArtCan’s work is supported by the efforts of artist-member volunteers and contributions from Founder Friends and Friends of ArtCan. ArtCan has expertise in producing collaborative art exhibitions in London, across Britain and internationally. ArtCan works with galleries, but also seeks new spaces where art becomes a part of everyday life and with the aim of involving audiences in an organic and personal way.
ArtCan’s artist-centred ethos means that the model does not involve charging membership fees or commissions on sales, to help artists focus on developing a sustainable practice.
About the Curator
Catherine Sweet is an ArtCan artist and a member of our Advisory Group. Catherine is the founder and director of BobCat Gallery, an independent curator, and she is also the Chair of Visual Arts for South West London charity Arts Richmond.