Friday, December 21, 2012

Seasons Greetings from all at Workplace Gallery

Image: Eric Bainbridge Jesus 2011 (detail), Decorative Concrete Blocks, Styrofoam, Paper, 133 x 52 x 52 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Seasons Greetings from all at Workplace Gallery

Our current solo exhibition by Marcus Coates runs until Saturday 19th January 2013.

To view the exhibition on our website click here

Opening times:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm (or by appointment)

Seasonal opening times:
Closed from Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Tuesday 8th January 2013


Friday, December 14, 2012

Catherine Bertola: "Wildness Between Lines" Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK

Image: Catherine Bertola Residual Hauntings, 2011, Photograph (detail), Commissioned for The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth UK Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Wildness Between Lines

Leeds College of Art
Blenheim Walk

14th December 2012 - 2nd February 2013

Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; these are just some of the works produced by the Brontës which have an enduring and universal appeal. The inspirational legacy of the Brontë family can be seen in a wide variety of contemporary creativity. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see, in one place, the work of a number of emerging and established artists from the USA, Canada, Israel and the UK, all of whom cite the Brontës as a source of continuing inspiration for their own creative practice.

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.

Jennifer Douglas: "Winner of Salon Art Prize 2012"

Image: Jennifer Douglas Fun 2012, Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm 76 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Workplace Gallery would like to congratulate Jennifer Douglas on winning The Salon Art Prize 2012.

Selection Panel:

Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum)
Gavin Delahunty (Head of Exhibitions, TATE Liverpool)
Anthony Spira (Director, Milton Keynes gallery)
Godfrey Worsdale (Director, BALTIC centre for contemporary art)

Friday, December 07, 2012

Jennifer Douglas: 'Would You Care For Anything?' 36 Lime St Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Jennifer Douglas

Would you care for anything?

Friday 7th November, 6pm - 8pm

Open: Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th, 11am - 3pm

Through a dialogue between an informal and chance methodology of sculptural arrangement and a purposefully codified register of materials, Jennifer Douglas explores the relationship between installation, incident and its implied significance. Her most recent body of works employ the inherent properties of materials that are combined as constituents to echo linguistic syntax creating a sculptural phraseology that conspires to an allusion of narrative structure and points reflexively to the irreconcilable dynamics between social conformity and individual ambition.

A series of works based upon the 1990 film Misery Directed by Rob Reiner and adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name, utilises cut sections of found VHS tape of the aforementioned film. Thrown randomly against large sheets of black acrylic, the tape is attracted to, and held in place upon the surface of the acrylic by the static charge between the acrylic and the videotape. Playing upon the strategies of Modernism (post-Cage), Douglas refers to the reductive formalism of Minimalism, whilst also toying with clichés of Expressionist painting through both the dead black mirror-like finish of the plastic, an indolent disregard for compositional arrangement, and the emotive titling of the works: Misery.

"I am purposefully making things from mediums that tell a story or communicate, and I seek to mis-communicate this: to twist it, and disguise it. I think that often there is a sense that the works create a scene where something has happened, or is just about to... That the materials are reduced to a base-state and then re-presented is both destructive and sinister."   Jennifer Douglas - 2012

A similarly dark scenario is pointed to in Still Got It (2012) with its tangled mess of household electrical cords coiled into 'hangman's' knots, that dangle sporadically flashing tungsten Light bulbs into cans of coloured paint. Powered via a sequencing component they intermittently spell out a looped excerpt of the first line from the film Misery:

_ _ _S_ _T_ _I_ _L_ _L_ _ _ _G_ _O_ _T_ _ _ _I_ _T_ _ _ _

Spread across a modest area of floor space, the vertiginous linearity of the mass of cables draws upon Douglas' interest in the inter-relating shared origins of her drawing and sculpture. The relentlessness of the Morse message and the tension between the electrical elements of the light bulb, the liquidity of the Paint, and the household ubiquity of the electrical cord evoke a tormented sense of the Unheimlich and a ciphered disclosure of the autobiographical. A territory divided and negotiated between the humdrum obligations and responsibilities of ordinary domesticity, and with the mode of 'Artist' as autonomous and authoritarian visionary.

Jennifer Douglas was born in 1975, in Amersham, UK; and studied at Newcastle University and Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK; Collecting Contemporary Art, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead; The Short Score, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham; FANTASTICA, Grundy Art Gallery & Museum, Blackpool; ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society, London; Northern Futures, The Civic, Barnsley, UK. She was the winner of 2D Salon Art Prize 2012, and Northern Futures. Jennifer Douglas lives and works in Gateshead, UK and is represented by Workplace Gallery, UK

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Marcus Coates "185x49x26cm" Preview - Friday 30th November, 6-9pm at Workplace Gallery

Image: Marcus Coates Turtle Mountain 2012, High Definition Video, Produced in association with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery as part of their Intersection International Residency program. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Marcus Coates


Preview: Friday 30th November 2012 , 6 - 9pm

Exhibition continues:
1st December 2012 - 19th January 2013
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment)

Workplace Gallery is delighted to present 185x49x26cm our second solo exhibition by Marcus Coates.

Marcus Coates' new work takes us into the separate worlds of postcolonial exploration, modernist fetishism and new age ritual. Through installation, sculpture and video Coates addresses ways of defining a perceived essence, and strategies of quantifying the unknown.

Coates' new installation All the Grey Animals, 2012 comprises of over 80 cuboid forms each representing an animal that has been defined by its greyness. From a sixteen foot newborn Grey Whale to a one inch Grey Dagger Moth this amassed grouping of animals as objects is a brutal rendering of a vast diversity. Coates presents such a pragmatic and rational representation as a crass abstraction, a generalisation that challenges the viewer to extract an essence of a being from a  human-centric  definition. In parallel to All the Grey Animals is the new sculpture Marcus Coates, White British, 185x49x26cm, 2012 in which Coates turns this reductivist strategy on himself, to be represented by a prosaic counterpart - a tall, thin, white box.

Turtle Mountain, 2012 was filmed near the summit of this mountain on the fringes of the Rocky Mountain range in Southern Alberta, Canada. With The Rockies in the distance and overlooking Oldman River a naked man enacts a ritual with the setting sun whilst another films him; both are played by Marcus Coates. Seemingly concerned with a 'spiritual alignment' the performer of the ritual is autocratic and impatient, fixated on the correct way to conjure this elusive experience. The clichéd procedures and terminologies of this spiritual ritual reveal a narcissistic human tendency to commodify the most basic experience.

The Trip, 2011 is a fixed camera single channel video work that was created as part of the Serpentine Gallery's project Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care. Marcus Coates worked with outpatients at St. John's Hospice, London for 2 years from 2009. Wondering what skills and reflections on the world an artist might offer to people in the final stages of their lives, Coates began his project with the question, 'What can I do for you?' Through the ensuing conversations between Coates and his collaborators at the Hospice, many proposals emerged. One of these requests, made by the late Alex H. - the name by which he asked to be referred, was realised by the artist in 2010. Coates was given precise instructions for the trip he was to undertake on Alex's behalf. He was to travel to the Amazon Rainforest and to ask the people he encountered there a set of questions. He decided not to film or photograph the experience, but rather to rely on his own memories, impressions and the stories he collected, to enrich Alex's vision of this already imagined trip. This poignant and moving dialogue between Marcus Coates and Alex H. documents their conversations both before and directly after this journey.

Marcus Coates was born in 1968 in London. Recent solo exhibitions include; Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care, Serpentine Gallery, London, Implicit Sound, ESPAI 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona,  Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, and Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland. Group exhibtions include; Now I Gotta Reason, Jerwood Space, London, Synthetic Ritual, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, USA, Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, Steps into the Arcane, Kartause Ittingen, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland, The Perfect Exhibition, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany, THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney Biennale, Australia, A Duck for Mr. Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, ALTERMODERN, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, Grand National - Art from Britain, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, MANIFESTA 7, Trento, Italy, Experimental Marathon, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, Micro-narratives: tentation des petites réalités, Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, France, Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London, Hamsterwheel, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden and Venice Biennial, and Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London. In 2008 Marcus Coates was the recipient of a Paul Hamyln Award, in 2009 he won the Diawa Art Prize, and he was shortlisted for The Jarman Award in 2012. He currently lives and works in London.

Kindly supported by

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Paul Merrick: "Angelika Open 2012" Angelika Studios, High Wycombe, UK

Image: Paul Merrick Untitled (Wedge) 2011 Melamine, Chipboard, Wood, Paint, 150 x 56 x 7.5 cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Angelika Open 2012

Angelika Studios Gallery
High Wycombe HP11 2RH

Private view: 9th November 2012 6-9pm.
Exhibition continues weekends of 10,11,17,18,24,25 November and 1,2 December 2012 12-4pm.

Hermione Allsopp, Siobahn Barr, Juan Bolivar, Darius Chang Jui YU, Malcolm Crocker, Martyn Cross, Olly Fathers, Tom Goddard, Robert Land, Jess Littlewood, Nigel Massey, Paul Merrick, Elisa Noguera Lopez, Daniella Norton, Aimee Parrott, Tessa Payne, Michael Pybus, Tom Rapsey, Mark Scott-Wood, Gagan Singh, Sarah West, Kazuaki Yamane, Geoffrey Ziccardi

Selected by:
Rod Barton, Gallerist
Paul Kindersley, Artist and Curator
Boo Ritson, Artist
Danny Rolph, Artist

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Marcus Coates: "Galápagos" The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Image: Marcus Coates Human Report, 2008, Single Channel video, Duration 7:16 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


The Fruitmarket Gallery
Market Street

2nd November 2012 - 13th January 2013

Jyll Bradley, Paulo Catrica, Filipa César, Marcus Coates, Dorothy Cross (with actor Fiona Shaw), Alexis Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Tania Kovats, Kaffe Matthews, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) and Alison Turnbull.

Curated by Bergit Arends and Greg Hilty

The Galápagos archipelago uniquely exemplifies the delicate tension between a pristine environment and human curiosity and intervention. Over 5 years, 12 artists visited these remote and beguiling islands returning home with film footage, drawings, photographs, sculptures, sounds and imaginings. The resulting exhibition offers a surprising and contemporary insight into the cultural reality, the human stories and the living laboratory of Galápagos.

The Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists Residency Programme and Galápagos exhibition were organised by the Galapagos Conservation Trust in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with additional support from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Natural History Museum, London.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Richard Rigg: The Inhabitant of the Watchtower, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California, USA

CIRCA Projects presents

Richard Rigg: The Inhabitant of the Watchtower

High Desert Test Sites
Joshua Tree
California USA

Broadcast on Basic FM:
Mon 22 October at 01:08PM
Tue 23 October at 02:32PM
Wed 24 October at 06:52PM
Fri 26 October at 06:52PM
Sat 27 October at 07:22PM

The Inhabitant of the Watchtower is a durational project by artist Richard Rigg. A recording apparatus was installed in the barren stage of the Mojave desert in California the device employed there records, erases then plays sound. It takes a field recording, including extremely low and high frequencies; it erases those sounds within the human audible bracket, then it broadcasts that which is remaining ultrasonic sound.
This device remains in situ and will continue to broadcast an ultrasonic portrait of its environment indefinitely. A portrait void of information for a human audience but full of information out-with the physiological limits of our perception.
The audio is a field recording taken from beside the apparatus while it completes this process of recording, erasure then broadcast in the Mojave desert. It contains the ultrasonic sound broadcast by the devise, the static sound of the apparatus completing this task of sound erasure, as well as the other sounds around it, which the machine is erasing.

CIRCA Projects is a not-for-profit curatorial arts organisation. Its main goal is to present the viewer with coherently researched exhibitions that are embedded in the present. Our work is mainly based in the presentation and production of new art works and projects within lens-based and time-based practices. Hence our aim is to encourage a critical discussion around contemporary art production and we stress the importance of regularly organising artist talks, debates and lectures in order to create an access point to art and its contexts. Exhibitions, screenings, talks, publications and commissions, in both gallery and off-site contexts, are some of the means by which CIRCA Projects works with artists.

Richard Rigg has recently had solo exhibitions: Lacuna at BALTIC, UK and Holography at Workplace Gallery, UK. He has recently exhibited as part of: Glamourie, PSL, UK; The Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK; and Quiet Works, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, USA.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Event Reminder: Tues 23 Oct. Artist Talk: Jacob Dahlgren at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Image: Jacob Dahlgren Porto 1968 2011, Cloths Hangers and Aluminium, 190 x 300cm Photo: Colin Davison, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Artist Talk and Exhibition Tour: Jacob Dahlgren colour-time-structure

Tuesday 23 October 2012 6.30pm-8.00pm

Workplace Gallery, The Old Post Office, 19/21 West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AD

Hosted by Contemporary Art Society North East

Join us next Tuesday for a talk by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, and a tour of his first UK solo exhibition colour-time-structure at Workplace Gallery.

Dahlgren's materials are often banal and quotidian, objects for everyday use produced for another purpose than art; plastic clothes-hangers, yoghurt containers, dartboards, coloured pens, mirrors, silk ribbons and so forth. Far from being read as trash, Dahlgren's formal language refers back to visual experiences which are reminiscent of various artistic modes of the twentieth century such as Constructivism, Op Art, Minimal Art and Pop Art.

Born in Stockholm in 1970, his recent exhibitions include Units of Measurements, Skärets Konsthall, Sweden; Forward, Back, Right, Left, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle USA; It's a Set-up, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York. Dahlgren represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Stockholm.

Please RSVP, stating whether you a bringing a guest, to / 07815 830 182

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eric Bainbridge: "Steel Sculptures" Camden Art Centre, 28 Sept - 2nd Dec 2012

Image: Eric Bainbridge Steel Sculptures 2012, Installation view: Camden Arts Centre. Photo: Andy Keate

Eric Bainbridge 

Steel Sculptures

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom

Exhibition continues
28 September - 2 December 2012

Selected installation photographs:

Eric Bainbridge presents a series of new works made from reclaimed steel and other more incongruous materials, drawing himself closer to the modernist abstraction of the 1950s and '60s embodied by sculptors David Smith and Anthony Caro. The sculptures extend his practice of collage, combining both formal and unexpected elements and reveal the duality which has run throughout his career.
Bainbridge has always been interested in the surface of things and previous sculptural works have incorporated materials such as fake fur and wood-effect melamine. Often described as kitsch, his preferred materials are found in second hand shops, scrap metal yards and DIY stores; his sculptures reconsider the value of the readily available and cheap. He has blown objects up to outsize proportions, covered them and piled them up in a variety of balancing acts. Bainbridge incorporates multiple components and reference points, including concepts and inspiration from art history and today's cultural field.
Working across a wide array of media spanning video, installation and collage, Bainbridge's interests continuously expand to absorb society's constant changes in style, thought, fashion and taste.

For more information please contact Miles Thurlow:
or Paul Moss:

Matt Stokes: "Give to Me the Life I Love" Whitechapel Gallery, London UK

Image: Matt Stokes Research photograph for Give to Me the Life I Love. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

The Street: Matt Stokes

Give to Me the Life I Love

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

25 September - 2 December 2012
Outset Project Gallery (Gallery 5) & 176/Zabludowicz Collection Project Gallery (Gallery 6)

The Street is a programme of artist projects, events and research taking place both in and beyond the Gallery. Artist Matt Stokes has made a film tracing a story set within the local Bangladeshi community.

Matt Stokes (b. 1973) immerses himself in communities to look at the culture that shapes people's lives. His projects develop into films, installations, archives and events that utilise the collective knowledge and skills within these communities.

The film Give to Me the Life I Love shows two stories mirroring each other across different moments in time. Iqbal, shown in the present day, has a curious friendship with Mohib, a teenager who works in his uncle's food emporium. Iqbal is also shown in the late 1970s, when a young person himself, caught up in an area beset by racial tensions. The story draws on accounts of the struggles faced by Bangladeshis when first arriving in the UK and the experiences of younger generations living in East London today. Stokes collaborated with scriptwriter Syed Rahman to weave these sources together into a story uncovering possible tensions between friendships and communities in the face of hostility.

Presented alongside the film is a collection of Bengali books spanning 38 years. Transforming the gallery into a library and archive these books underpin the significance of language to Bangladeshi identity.

The idea for Give to Me the Life I Love was formed when Stokes visited the 40th anniversary celebrations of Bangladesh's liberation in 2011. Over the last year he has searched archives, talked to people locally and travelled to Bangladesh, learning about language, music and activism.

Matt Stokes (b. 1973, Penzance, Cornwall, England) lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle, England.

His recent solo exhibitions include Cantata Profana, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2011); Nuestro tiempo (Our Time), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain (2011); The Distant Sound, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands (2011) and No Place Else Better Than Here, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2010). Recent Commissions include The Stratford Gaff: A Serio-Comick-Bombastick-Operatick Interlude, Art on the Underground, Jubilee Line, Stratford Station, London, England (2011). Stokes won the Beck's Futures Award in 2006 and was nominated for the Northern Art Prize in 2009. He is shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Award.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Jennifer Douglas & Paul Merrick: "Salon Art Prize 2012" Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK

Above: Jennifer Douglas, Fun, 2012 Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm 76 x 61 cm
Below: Paul Merrick, Untitled (Table|Table), 2011 Wood, Steel, Acrylic 130 x 130 x 68 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


12th October - 3rd November 2012

Private view 11th October, 6.30 - 9pm

Selection Panel:
Gavin Delahunty (Head of Exhibitions, TATE Liverpool)
Godfrey Worsdale (Director, BALTIC centre for contemporary art)
Anthony Spira (Director, Milton Keynes gallery)
Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum)

Matt Roberts Arts
25b Vyner Street,
E2 9DG

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Jacob Dahlgren & Miles Thurlow: "MARKETPLACE" Division of Labour, Malvern, UK

Jacob Dahlgren Untitled endless column, 2006, Coat hangers, height 420 cm, Installation View: P.S.1 New York. Miles Thurlow My Photo, 2010, IKEA print and frame purchased by the artist. Courtesy of the artists and Workplace Gallery, UK


Sam Curtis
Ned James
Craig Barnes

Guy Ben-Ner
Jacob Dahlgren
Andrew Sunderland
Helmit Smits
Miles Thurlow

6th Oct - 22nd December
by appointment

Unit 1 (rear), Cowleigh Road
Gt. Malvern
WR14 1QD


Friday, October 05, 2012

Tanya Axford: "Whitstable Bienale 2012" Whitstable, UK

Image: Tanya Axford The Path Made by a Boat in Sound (3 Down) 2012 Performance and video projection. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

The Path Made by a Boat in Sound (3 Down)


Saturday 15 September, 2-2:45pm and 3:30-4:15pm
Sunday 16 September, 2-2:45pm and 3:30-4:15pm

Whitstable Youth & Community Centre, Tower Parade, Whitstable CT5 2BJ

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK


The Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art exploring performance and film. The sixth Whitstable Biennale will take place 1 - 16 September 2012.

Set in a small fishing town, Whitstable Biennale commissions artists at a formative stage in their career to create new and experimental work in film and performance.

Previous artists have included Lucienne Cole, Ryan Gander, Phil Coy, Katie Paterson, Anna Lucas, AngusH Braithwaite, Karen Mirza & Ruth Beale, Olivia Plender, Nick Crowe, Serena Korda, Richard Layzell, Clio Barnard, Oreet Ashery, Adam Chodzko and Will Hunt.

Cecilia Stenbom: "HF/Happy Fashion" VIA DELLE INDUSTRIE space, S.Eraclio di Foligno (PG) Italy

Image: (Left) Cecilia Stenbom Play Dead #1 2010 Coloured Ink on Paper, 270 x 150 cm. (Right) Cecilia Stenbom Play Dead #2 2010 Coloured Ink on Paper, 270 x 150 cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.


an inventory, a research, an exhibition

via delle industrie 9, S.Eraclio di Foligno (PG) Italy

 preview saturday 6th october 2012
h 12,00 / opening sunday 7th october 2012 h 16,00-19,00

Bettina Allamoda, Lisa Ann Auerbach, ATOPOS, House of Diehl, Katja Eydel, Goldiechiari, Hans Hejkelboom, Mella Jaarsma,  Marlon Griffith, Patrick Killoran, Antonio Riello, Joke Robbard, Gabi Schillig, Cecilia Stenbom, Emilia Tikka, UNREALAGE, Stephen Willats.

curated by Emanuele De Donno
a project by VIAINDUSTRIAE / project room (7) i.stanza contemporanea

exhibition dates: 6th october 2012 | 10th february 2013
hours: 16,00 - 20,00 on appointment / 39 349 5240942

Viaindustriae will present an inventory, an exhibition on a specific issue, opening 7th october 2012.

Happy Fashion is a wide research about the "high and the low" fashion in Italy in which a series of stories connected to companies and manufacturers of the region-district of Umbria describe a piece af history of italian fashion; from Lancetti to Armani, from the xenophilous Ginocchietti to the sport innovation of Ellesse brand. A cultural trip also made of minor voices tied by "poor" clothing, tailing, pret a porter. Small companies of creative people who designed sundresses and aprons, franciscan rubber-sandals and rosaries made of coloured prayer beads. A sociological research which describes a split of the "happy society" of the 60's, 70's, 80's, (an happiness interrupted by the Years of Lead), contrasting with the crisis of the present age.

The exhibition presents in the disused factory of one of this companies, the interventions of international artists who use fashion as "antisystem", metaphor of the contraddictions of society and crisis of the language.

The editorial project starts from a research/dossier about a textile's district, conceived after the finding of documents and materials located in an abandoned building of a small firm named Happy Fashion.

Begining for a wider range of inventory the editorial staff found a world of fashion designers, cloth hactivists, fashion victims, workers à façone, producers, master craftmen working in external laboratories in the umbrian countryside. Among these, we meet Felice, trustworthy knitter who works in his house for the high society of the italian fashion scene, the so-called made in Italy.

The exhibition catalogue will be out 10th november 2012

Richard Rigg: "20/12 London Art Now" Lodge Park, Gloucestershire, UK 26th Sept - 7th October 2012

Image:  Richard Rigg Cloth Arranged to Look Like a Jacket (Self Portrait) 2010, Cloth, 10 x 60 x 44cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Lodge Park, Gloucestershire 26 September - 7 October 2012

Lodge Park, Aldsworth, near Cheltenham, GL54 3PP
Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Armsden is delighted to announce 20/12 London Art Now. Showcasing twenty of the most innovative contemporary artists at work in London today, the exhibition presents 'one to watch' as selected by twenty influential and dynamic individuals in the contemporary art sector.

CAROLINE ACHAINTRE  |   Sebastian Buerkner
MILA ASKAROVA   |   Saad Qureshi
DAVID BIRKIN   |   Amelia Newton Whitelaw
ROBERT DEVEREUX   |   Richard Rigg
ZAVIER ELLIS   |   John Stark
LISA LE FEUVRE   |   Daniel Shanken
FRANCESCA GAVIN   |  Morley Hill
NICK HACKWORTH   |   Barry Reigate
JUSTIN HAMMOND   |   Tom Howse
REBECCA MAY MARSTON   |   Matthew Smith
JANE NEAL   |    Hugo Wilson
OVADA   |   Tom Woolner
LISA PANTING   |   Helen Cammock
SECRET ARTS    |    A Secret Arts Curated Project
DIANE SMYTH   |   Olivia Arthur
#17 MICHAEL STANLEY   |   James Capper
#18 ROB TUFNELL   |   Aaron Angell
ANNE MARIE WATSON   |   Rachael Chanpion

In the year that sees London mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and host the Olympic Games, 20/12 London Art Now celebrates the very best of London's emerging artistic talent. Curated by Armsden, this exhibition explores the work of these rising stars within the exceptional surrounds of National Trust property, Lodge Park. Standing apart from London's conventional gallery spaces, this unique seventeenth century grandstand in the heart of the Cotswolds offers an inspirational setting in which to look afresh at the presentation and experience of contemporary art today.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eric Bainridge: "Steel Sculptures" Camden Art Centre, London 28th Sept - 2nd Dec 2012

Image: Eric Bainbridge Bobble/Bubble 2011 Steel, Cotton, 238 x 181 x 152 cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Eric Bainbridge 

Steel Sculptures

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom

Exhibition Preview
Thursday 27 September
6.30 - 8.30pm

Introductory Talk, 5.45pm
Artist Phylidda Barlow in conversation
with Eric Bainbridge and Simon Martin

Exhibition continues
28 September - 2 December 2012

Workplace Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary , UK. 27 - 30 September 2012

Image: Eric Bainbridge Jesus 2011 (detail), Decorative Concrete Blocks, Styrofoam, Paper, 133 x 52 x 52 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Workplace Gallery is pleased to announce our participation at The Manchester Contemporary

The Manchester Contemporary
Spinningfields, Manchester, UK

27 - 30 September 2012

For a full list of available works please contact

Monday, September 17, 2012

Workplace Gallery at EXPO CHICAGO 2012: Laura Lancaster & Richard Rigg

Image: Laura Lancaster Me 12-25-35, 2012 Oil on Canvas, 180 x 140 cm, 70 x 55 in (LL0477) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Workplace Gallery is pleased to present new works by

Laura Lancaster
Richard Rigg

Booth #800
Navy Pier, Festival Hall,
600 East Grand Avenue

20th - 23rd September 2012
Chicago, USA

for a preview of available works please email:

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Jacob Dahlgren "colour-time-structure" Preview - Wednesday 12th September, 6-9pm at Workplace Gallery

Image: Jacob Dahlgren 'Demonstration' Frankfurt 2011, Single Channel Video, Photo: Cem Yücetas, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.

Jacob Dahlgren


Preview: Wednesday 12th September 2012 , 6 - 9pm

Exhibition continues:
13th September - 27th October 2012
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
(or by appointment)

Workplace Gallery are pleased to present colour-time-structure the first UK solo exhibition of works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren.

Jacob Dahlgren (b.1970 Stockholm, Sweden). Exhibitions include Units of Measurements, Skärets Konsthall, Sweden; Forward, Back, Right, Left, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle USA; It's a Set-up, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Altered, Stitched and Gathered, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York. Dahlgren represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Darren Banks: 'Deep Space' François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Deep Space

Dan Bayles
Neil Beloufa
Darren Banks
Sayre Gomez
Shawn Greenlee
Joel Kyack
Anthony Lepore
Candice Lin
Jory Rabinovitz

July 21 - August 18 2012

François Ghebaly Gallery
2600 La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jo Coupe: "Pertaining to things Natural..." Chelsea Physic Garden, London, UK

Image: Jo Coupe Deep Impression 2012,  Lead, 18 x 15 x 15cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK

Pertaining to Things Natural...

10 July - 31 October 2012
Chelsea Physic Garden
London, UK

Artists: Owen Bullett, James Capper, Annie Cattrell, Jo Coupe, Joe Currie, Judith Dean, Chris Drury, Tessa Farmer, James P Graham, Greyworld, Tim Knowles, Tania Kovats, Keith Rand, Peter Randall-Page, William Peers, Michael Shaw, Cathy Ward & Eric Wright, Julian Wild, Hugo Wilson and David Worthington.

This major outdoor sculpture exhibition presents monumental sculptural works, ephemeral land art projects and delicate interventions by over twenty leading artists. Curated by David Worthington, Vice President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Pertaining to Things Natural... takes its name from the 17th century definition of 'physic' and is a reminder of the Physic Garden's founding mission as a place for the study of useful plants, especially those used in medicines.

The exhibition takes place throughout the entire site, with works installed in greenhouses, the café, the entrance lobby and the composting area, as well as the garden itself. This is a unique opportunity to discover the response of contemporary artists to the history of the garden and to wider environmental issues.