A local art collective has opted to display its latest work at an open exhibition in one member’s house, rather than the more traditional gallery.
The group chose to show off their project, called ‘Homeworks’, at a house in Stokes Croft. The exhibition featured numerous pieces and although relatively small in size, the artists managed to find separate and suitable locations for their art around the house.
One piece used different angles of the walls and ceilings up up two flights of stairs. Another, involving polaroid photographs, stemmed from a window blind and spread out into other rooms, including the bathroom.
Although exhibiting in a residential property is a fairly new concept to Bristol, it’s not unknown in other UK cities.
While Bristolians will be able to see various window art displays this coming weekend at ‘Winter Wanderland’, it seems we may not be as trusting as our counterparts in places such as Dulwich and Brighton.
Dulwich Festival enables 200 local artists to open their doors to the public once a year. In Brighton, the ‘Artists Open Houses’ event runs every May and December. Through the initiative the public has free access to chat to the artists and view their work.
Yet the six members of the Bristol collective aren’t new to unusual gallery spaces. Previously, they spent a period of three months at a disused shop in The Arcade.
“A more inviting space”
Speaking to Wired, group member Flavia Terzian explains how she actually prefers open house exhibitions to the more traditional counterparts.
“We love to see how people use and move around the space. For my piece, I opted to use the walls and ceiling of the staircase. It’s quite interesting to see if the viewer will take their time to consider it, or quickly go past it, or maybe not even notice it at all.”
Furthering this sentiment is another member, Maria Carvallo, who says that traditional gallery space can be quite limiting. She explains how art galleries are often seen as alien to some members of the public. She believes this can be off-putting, whereas a house is more “informal and therefore more inviting.”
As exhibition space can be expensive, and is often reserved for more established artists, open house galleries may become the latest trend to take Bristol by storm.