A group of artists from the thriving artist-led organisation neo: artists in Bolton, is hosting the second part of an International Exchange Exhibition with Studio44, a group of Swedish artists, based in Stockholm.
The exchange was the inspiration of Bethan Hamilton, a member of neo: artists who was living in Stockholm and based at Studio44 in the city centre. The selected artists from both groups were excited by the opportunity of collaborating in a dynamic sharing of creative ideas, research and practical artworks. They were invited to explore the question: What does it mean to live in a post-industrial northern town or city in this tumultuous time? How, as artists and European citizens, do they interact with the physical environment and what impact does this have on the larger world?
The exhibition promises some intriguing new works and draws from personal and universal concerns about identity, the environment, consumerism, language and place in relation to the questions posed. It considers the past, present and future through historic art practices such as oil painting, drawing, printmaking and embroidery to modern day video, digital photography, installation and performance.