28 Nov 2021 – 19 Dec 2021

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Haarlem Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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  • 6.1 Buss Bakewell & Derby
  • Cromford Train Station
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From prehistoric sites to folk rituals & rave music, ten artists explore the communal act of intimacy through ‘Gathering’.
Join us for the Public View in Haarlem Artspace’s new gallery at the Red Lion Hotel on the 26th of November 6-8


From prehistoric sites to folk rituals & rave music, ten artists explore the communal act of intimacy through ‘Gathering’. Curated by Verity Birt and Jonathan Michael Ray, Gathering features artists, Simon Bayliss, Verity Birt, Ilker Cinarel, Georgia Gendall, Steven Claydon, Jonathan Michael Ray, Dan Howard-Birt, Abigail Reynolds, Lucy Stein, and Tom Sewell.

This belly of the universe, this womb of things to be, and tomb of things that were this unending story. 

Ursula Le Guin

The first cultural device was likely a recipient or container to bring food and special objects home, rather than a weapon for killing with. Gathering-in and holding objects together in a powerful relation and sharing them with others, is what we humans first learnt to do as a curious and altruistic species.

Initially inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, ‘Gathering’ reflects a communal act of intimacy shared between people, site and materials; creating connections, bonds and empathy with community and landscape. From prehistoric sites of community gathering and contemporary folk rituals, to rural ‘honesty’ customs, group therapy and rave music, 10 rurally based artists explore the act of gathering and its value today after a year of travel restrictions and social isolation.

If it is a human thing to do, to put something you want, because it’s useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket …and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of …container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it …or put it in the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred— if to do that is human, if that’s what it takes, then I am a human being after all.

Evening private view opening on Friday 26th of November 6-8pm.


Jonathan Michael Ray

Verity Birt

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Jonathan Michael Ray

Lucy Stein


Verity Birt

Simon Bayliss

Dan Howard-Birt

Abigail Reynolds

Tom Sewell

Steven Claydon

Georgia Gendall


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