Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Trident Way: A Departure Gallery residency and exhibition


Trident Way: A Departure Gallery residency and exhibition

Departure Gallery has invited 14 artists to inhabit an empty warehouse on a busy trading estate on the outskirts of London. Throughout September they will develop artworks in response to these surroundings, culminating in an on-site exhibition. This project offers artists a unique opportunity to experiment with the aesthetic, sculptural and conceptual possibilities of this vast space, which is dominated by dramatic, pier-like storage structures.

The importance of the trading estate as part of our urban landscape is often overlooked. It is a site of distribution and exchange; a liminal stage between industrial producer and public consumer. Here, light industry takes place side by side with the local community, yet is kept out of bounds to the public by fences and barriers. Trident Way provokes a re-examination of the cultural complexities of this familiar yet under-explored environment, highlighting the mystery in its functionality, the beauty in its vulgarity and the theatricality in its mundaneness.

Trident Way follows the success of Boeing Way, a similar site-specific residency and exhibition organised by Departure Gallery, which took place in an adjacent 32,000 sq ft warehouse on the same estate in March/April this year. We are planning ongoing projects on this estate throughout 2009/10.
Artists: Louise Ashcroft, Helen Barff, Nathan Birchenough, Anka Dabrowska, Elizabeth Hancock, Doug Jones, Helene Kazan, William Mackrell, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Neil C Smith, Jeni Snell, David Snoo Wilson, Jennifer Taylor and Sara Twomey.

Artists will be in residence on site throughout September 2009. The exhibition runs 3rd-5th October 2009. Please call Louise Ashcroft on 07861375101 or email if you would like more information.
7 Trident Way, The International Trading Estate, Southall, UB2 5LF.Private View: 2nd October 2009, 6pm-9pm (a minibus shuttle will transport guests from Southall Station). Exhibition runs 3rd-5th October 2009, 11am- 5pm.

Departure Gallery is a nomadic platform for contemporary art, which temporarily reclaims empty urban space to provide unique architectural contexts for exhibitions showcasing work by exceptional emerging and established artists.

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