Curators Talk / 'Sleeper, Giant'

11 Aug 2018

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Tour from 10.30am, Launch Event from 11am

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Join curator David John Scarborough for a tour of Modern Painters, New Decorators latest exhibition 'Sleeper, Giant'. Gain a unique insight to this extenstive project from the perspective of one of its creators.


David John Scarborough is an artist-curator based in Loughborough, East Midlands and is the Creative Director of Modern Painters, New Decorators. 

The tour will be taking place 30 minutes prior to the 'Sleeper, Giant' opening event, so that you can enjoy both the tour and opening event in the same morning. 

No prior experience or knowledge of contemporary art is required to attend this event. Tickets are limited due to capacity.


When you think of public sculpture, where does your mind go? 

This strange meeting point between a private mind and a public space. History, identity, community made physical.

So often when we come across public sculpture we feel indifferent. This exhibition and book were brought together to build new relations with the artwork around us. The sculptures that stands alone in our town centres, which mark and frame our motorway landscapes. Art that belongs to us, the public. 

The project started with an invitation from Modern Painters, New Decorators to artists from across the UK to write texts that created new emotional, intellectual or physical connections to pieces of public sculpture. In return we received poems, essays and short stories as diverse as the monuments that litter our land. But they are united by this common goal. To engage. 

Using these texts as a starting point the Modern Painters, New Decorators team, which is made up of artists, curators, illustrators and craftspeople, has made prints, sculptures, fabrics and installations that combine together to respond to and present the texts. 

The book, an 84 page soft back bound colour book, will be exclusively for sale across the course of the exhibition in limited supplies. It features texts by George Chinnery, Coco Crampton, Claire Davies, Mateus Domingos, Adham Faramawy, Colette Griffin, Ian Jackson, Aoife Mullan, John Plowman, Sarah Roberts, Ariane Schick, Tom Sewell and original prints by David John Scarborough. 

With thanks to donations from the general public.


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