Cradle | Bournemouth Gardens Contemporary Visual Annual Art Exhibition 2009 | Arts Institute at Bournemouth

Lead artists The Girls, Zoe Sinclair and Andrea Blood

Art Exhibition previously on in Dorset, United Kingdom. Published by The Girls, artist duo Zoe Sinclair and Andrea Blood on Wednesday 22 April 2009. Saturday 25 April 2009 to Monday 04 May 2009. Opening Friday 24 April 2009 10am - 5pm daily.

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Fine art undergraduates from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth are transforming Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens into an ornamental public playground in which to exhibit a collection of new art works inspired by the gardens themselves. The selected students will exhibit alongside lead artists – artist duo ‘The Girls’, Zoe Sinclair and Andrea Blood.

Scarecrows for squirrels? A floating inflatable bandstand? Mushrooms made of communion wafers? Mothering trees using knit? It can only be the annual outdoor art exhibition in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens.

Fine art undergraduates from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth are transforming Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens into an ornamental public playground in which to exhibit a collection of new art works inspired by the gardens themselves. The exhibition, entitled CRADLE, runs from 25 April until 4 May 2009. For the first time in the history of the six year project, the selected students will exhibit alongside lead artists – artist duo ‘The Girls’, Zoe Sinclair and Andrea Blood, who have also made a new site-specific photographic art work for the show, exploring the ritual of the British white wedding.

The annual exhibition is a collaborative project that has been developed in partnership between the Arts Institute Bournemouth, and Bournemouth Borough Council’s Arts Development and Parks and Countryside departments. CRADLE marks the sixth collaboration, the project was established in 2003. Leading art magazine a-n described last year’s exhibition as ‘an anarchic outdoor event’ and celebrated the ‘sterling efforts’ of this endeavour in bringing contemporary visual arts to Bournemouth’s attention.

CRADLE responds to the visual, historical and child-focused qualities of the Lower Gardens, and aims to engage visitors of all ages. Fran Morris will be exploring what constitutes safety versus freedom using an army surplus parachute suspended from a tree. Jess Hill questions the security of time by mothering the trees using the traditional craft of knit. Marc Aubert and Jessica Bell are creating a scaled-down replica of the bandstand, which will float with helium balloons above the grass, slowly deflating throughout the day until the building becomes a flat unrecognisable piece of material on the floor. Jody Hamblin is creating a new history for Bournemouth from an amalgamation of ‘true’ and ‘false’ sources, engineered into a garden trail.

Lead artists The Girls studied at the Arts Institute before going on to Central Saint Martins in London. The Girls are known for quirky, staged, photographic self-portraits – described by the London Evening Standard as ‘Sexy, irreverent post-feminism. Think Angela Carter crossed with Cindy Sherman’. The Girls’ self-portrait as the Obama daughters is currently on the cover of Trespass Magazine , and their work is also featured in the latest issues of Amelia’s Magazine and Chroma Journal. They have exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the ICA and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Councillor Barry Goldbart, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Bournemouth Borough Council said: “This is a fantastic project that we are pleased to be involved with each year. It provides a real opportunity for emerging artists to gain experience of showing work in a non-gallery town centre setting and I would welcome residents and visitors of all ages to come down and see their work.”

“Bournemouth Borough Council Arts Development supports the development of this project because it provides a real opportunity for emerging artists to gain experience of showing work in a non-gallery town centre setting. In creating the exhibition, students and council staff consider a whole range of important issues, and working in a meaningful partnership of this kind ensures that each year the exhibition gains in quality and integrity”, said Gill Horitz, Arts Development Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council.

CRADLE features new site-specific work from lead artists The Girls, and Institute fine art students Marc Aubert and Jessica Bell, Harriet Beck, Kirsty Bunker, Robert Cavell-Clarke, René Farda, Laura Faulkner, Foz, Elizabeth Green, Jody Hamblin, Jess Hill, Lizzie Latham, Fran Morris, Emma Sophie Prior, Chilli Skinner, Jesse Tuck, Leah Watts, Chi Hang Wong and Rachel Yates.

To experience the playful and eclectic works of art for yourself, visit Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens from Saturday 25 April to Monday 4 May between 10am – 5pm. Pick up a free map from the exhibition information point, near the aviary, to read about and find all of the works of art which will be dotted through out the gardens (or download a map from ArtBournemouth.co.uk). The art works are in a variety of media, including performance art – some of which will be timetabled, please check the website (ArtBournemouth.co.uk) for details.

Artist-led guided walks of the exhibition will be at 1pm on Saturday 25 April and 1pm on Saturday 2 May. Meet at the exhibition information point near the aviary, no booking is required, free.

Several council gardeners will be involved in selecting a winner in a new ‘Gardeners Choice Award’ for the art work which most suits the garden setting. The Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth (Councillor Anne Filer) will present the award on the opening night at 6.45pm, for which Waterstones have donated a prize.

The opening night is Friday 24 April 2009 from 6pm to 9pm, when all the artists involved in CRADLE, including the performance artists, will be in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens.

http://www.artbournemouth.co.uk

Location

Bournemouth Lower Gardens (town centre)
Bournemouth
BH1 1BU