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Bearing Liability and Collateral Drawing at Strange Cargo


Strange Cargo Gallery, 43 Geraldine Road, Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent. CT19 4BD.

3 September to 5 November 2017

Opening times: Thurs – Sat 11am – 5pm    Sun 11am – 4pm or by prior arrangement.

Eva Gold | Adam Shield | India Mackie | Sam Austen | Dmitri Galitizine | Jessy Jetpacks | Matilda Moores | Jack Burton | Ben Doherty | Deborah Olakigbe | Lucas Dillion | Gabriella Boyd | Fani Parali (AIR) | Roland Carline (AIR) | Richie Moment (curator).

Bearing Liability brings 15 artists who all study or have recently graduated from The Royal Academy Schools in London, to the Folkestone suburb of Cheriton during the period of the Folkestone Triennial arts festival. The RA Schools has been an integral part of the Royal Academy of Arts since its foundation in 1768 and this is the first time artists from the schools has exhibited in Folkestone.

Strange Cargo Gallery is situated in a residential street, occupying an old electricity board substation in an area that was until recently, culturally under resourced.   Strange Cargo has commissioned RAS artists in residence Roland Carline and Fani Parali to create new work in the month prior to the exhibition and invited a further thirteen artists to exhibit recent work for Bearing Liability.  All of the artists use a variety of media including sculpture, film, painting and performance and the exhibition promises to bring a range of perspectives about art to the gallery.

Editors Note:

The Royal Academy Schools offers up to 17 artists each year the opportunity to participate in an intense three-year programme that provides an open, informed and critical environment for the personal and professional development of the artist.

Strange Cargo is about participation and building relationships between the wider public and the arts.  Free participatory events, including the Charivari Day Carnival and Cheriton Light Festival actively involve hundreds of local people and attract large audiences to experience art in public space.  This is Strange Cargo’s open door for people to feel involved in the cultural offer of their community.  The company has a portfolio of award winning participatory public artworks that actively involve local people in a conversation about fine art – which can often feel out of reach to the uninitiated.

Contact Strange Cargo: Brigitte Orasinski, Artistic Director 01303 278821 for further information

Funded by: Arts Council England, The Royal Academy, Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, PRS, Shepway District Council, Kent County Council, Folkestone Town Council, The Tory Family Foundation. Cllrs. Rory Love, Peter Gane & John Collier.


BEASTON Projects presents the fifth exhibition and publication

Strange Cargo, 43 Geraldine Road, Folkestone, CT19 4BD

2 September - 5 November 2017

Thursday - Saturdays 11:00 - 17:00 and by appointment

 Rose Wylie | Jonathan Wright | Jonathan Parsons | Tim Noble | Nicole Mollett | Andrew Kötting and Eden Kötting | Gary Hume | Georgie Hopton | Matthew Herbert | Darrell Hawkins | Edgeworth | Bella Easton | Billy Childish | Scarlett Carlos Clarke | Jemima Brown

Collateral Drawing 5 explores the relationship between finished artworks and the accumulative elements that feed into or result from their making, in an exhibition and publication with sixteen artists.

There’s more to an artwork than its finished state, but exhibitions concentrate on that, along perhaps with preparatory studies which act as preliminary versions of that state. Yet there may be any number of by-products from the making of an artwork, and that is what Collateral Drawing explores by showing the ‘collateral’ alongside the finished work. This fifth iteration to be shown at Strange Cargo in Folkestone features artists who have a connection with Kent.

The collateral may take such forms as the stage setting, models or constructions which are created in order to facilitate the work itself; the redefinition of past work as collateral to a future work in which it is repurposed; various means of recycling aspects of a practice; or the marks which result serendipitously, but with a more than accidental logic, from the production itself.

Every artist has their own unique working method that habitually causes repetitive marks to be inflicted onto or alter their working surroundings. Whether dripped, scratched, taped, erased, smeared, hammered or edited: all are repetitive and typically unguarded instances of the process of drawing through any medium.

Everything in the studio, within the paintings and around them, is a physical manifestation of the paintings’ thoughts and ideas. Biggs and Collings Collateral Drawing 4, UCS, East Anglia 2016

The results hold a fascination of their own: not just as a documentation of the artist’s creative process and an indicator of the thinking which led to the finished work, but as an insight into the relationship between what is subconscious and conscious in the artist’s practice.

The Collateral Drawing Series was launched at Plymouth College of Art in February 2014. Since then it has had further editions in Athens, Berlin and East Anglia.  In conjunction to the exhibition held at Strange Cargo, Collateral Drawing will be reveal for the first time its archive of over forty donated by-products from the artists that have shown in the project so far. This will comprise of two Kent based exhibitions at The Margate Washhouse and The Brewery Tap UCA Project Space in Folkestone.    +44 (0) 7931 747049

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