Friday, August 04, 2006

Darren Banks, Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Peter J Evans and Richard Forster in "The Opposite of Vertigo"

Above: "Big Blob" (Detail) 2006, Darren Banks, Ink on Paper.

The Burren Annual is an annual exhibition of international significance that enables experimentation and innovation in the curation and site-specific exhibition of new work in visual art. This exhibition is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Bank of Ireland.

In 2006 the Burren Annual has been curated by Locus+, a UK based organisation of international significance that has been described as "one of the foremost agencies for the promotion of public art" by Greg Hilty, Chief Executive of the London Arts Board.

Jon Bewley, of Locus+ said "There is a group of emerging artists in the North East of England who are developing a genuine profile and impact on the art world. This group of young artists who have either decided to stay after college or moved there have become visible in group shows, competitions and public art commissions at home and abroad. In addition these artists have been successfully represented at art fairs in New York,Chicago and Zoo (London).

A sample of this group are Cath Campbell, Richard Forster, Darren Banks, Kevin Mason, Layla Curtis, Catherine Bertola, Graham Dolphin, Peter Evans and Karl Nattress. This exhibition presents a body of work that is mainly abstract drawing and painting. The main principle behind the selection of these works is that they exercise an obsessive quality either through the process of their making or through their aesthetic. In many cases it's both."

The exhibition, which has the sub title 'The Opposite of Vertigo' consists of new work by nine artists from North East England. They are:

Darren Banks; Catherine Bertola; Cath Campbell; Layla Curtis; Graham Dolphin; Peter Evans; Richard Forster; Kevin Mason; Karl Nattress

The exhibition will take place in The Gallery at Burren College of Art, 12th August -22nd September 2006 and will be open 9.30am - 5.30pm Mondays - Fridays. There is no admission charge and all are welcome.

This exhibition has been jointly funded by the Bank of Ireland and Locus+, which is financially supported by the Arts Council England