Bermondsey-based artist Hazel Brill joins artists Richard Downes and Mr X in a new collaborative exhibition called Realm, launching on 17th March. Realm is a new way of working with our longstanding partners Outside In and Bethlem Gallery, where we bring 3 artists together to develop a new body of work, following an intensive 13-day residency on-site at The Gallery // CGP London
About the artists:
Richard Downes, selected by Outside In:
“I’d like the project to be as exciting as the excitement I feel to have been asked to participate.” Those are the words of Outside In artist Richard Downes when he was asked about his hopes for the Realm residency and exhibition. The artist and author explains that his work focuses on his personal experience of disability along with ‘ideas of forming and working with communities’.
Regarding Realm, he added: “I am hoping for fun, a learning opportunity, an introduction to another world that becomes less strange the more I interact with it and somewhere I can continue to emerge from as an artist, a poet, a community worker, a more complete person.”
To see Richard’s online Outside In gallery of artwork, click: HERE
MR X, selected by Bethlem Gallery:
Mr X is an incredibly industrious artist who makes structures and vehicles from his room and a temporary workshop within the Bethlem Royal Hospital.
Known for creating temporary structures, such as the ‘Truck’ which he drives himself, Mr X’s practice also has a strong element of performance which is described as ‘a sophisticated engagement tactic where he can generously share the joy of his inventions’.
Capitalising on the ubiquity of cardboard and various found objects from the hospital to make his work, Mr X constantly recalibrates around obstacles and restrictions encountered within the psychiatric institution and finds ways to continue his practice and keep building.
Mr X said: “I am rather curious how these two artists will see my work and where this ‘Realm’ project will take us. I wonder what we can build together.”
For more work by Mr X, click on the Bethlem Gallery link: HERE
Hazel Brill, selected by CGP London:
Hazel Brill works across film, sound, animation, text, sculpture and installation. Her theatrically staged videos are described as ‘creating ‘shows’ that feature multiple protagonists, both human and non-human, who enact a plurality of narratives’. The fractured stories parallel authoritative architectures and structures from seemingly hostile contexts, such as free market financial systems and the formation of her epileptic fits. Utilising fictionalised autobiography, Brill creates intimate worlds that cannibalise in on themselves and dissolve a notion of the private internal and public external.
Hazel Brill graduated in 2017 with a MFA Fine Art Media from Slade School of Art, London and and recent exhibitions include: Survey, Jerwood, London (2018); Shonisaurus Popularis, Turf Projects (2018); Woke Up In Spring, Zabludowicz (2018); Artagon III, Paris (2017); Ident, East Bristol Contemporary (2017); Workplace, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017); In Succession, Museum Of London (2016); Sails Pitch, Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London (2016); In Bardo; Act Two, part of Baltic 39 Fig2, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014).
For more information on Hazel’s work click: HERE.
About Outside In:
Outside In was founded in 2006 by Marc Steene at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex. Its aim then, as it is now, was to provide a platform for artists who face a significant barrier to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstances or isolation.
In 2016, Outside In became an independent charity in its own right and in 2017 it joined the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.
Since its inception, Outside In has engaged with more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, reached a quarter of a million audience members and gained more than 80 partner organisations nationally. It has held more than 50 exhibitions to date and now provides opportunities and support for more than 2,600 artists. In the next three years the charity will work to create a national platform to support the delivery of its programmes through working in partnership with key strategic arts organisations across the UK to act as hubs of activity and support.
About Bethlem Gallery:
The Bethlem Gallery, established 1997, is situated on the grounds of The Bethlem Royal Hospital. Managed by a small, artist-led team, the gallery provides a professional space for high-quality artwork and fosters a supportive artist-focused environment.
Bethlem Gallery has worked with artists, communities and cultural venues to deliver a range of exhibitions and collaborations both on-site within the grounds of the Royal Bethlem Hospital and off-site with partner organisations. The exhibition programme focuses on developing solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, collaborative opportunities and residencies for artists who are current or former patients of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It campaigns for access to the arts in healthcare environments and engage audiences in learning and debate on the subject of mental health and artistic practice.