For the Guests series, Limbo invites an established artist who either lives, works or has worked in Kent to take on the role of host, and to themselves invite others to collaborate with them on a project of their choosing.
Guests does not prescribe the nature of this collaboration, or its outcomes, except that it should be in some way accessible to the public over four consecutive weekends. For the first show in the series, Limbo approached Rochester-based Matthew Darbyshire. He has opted to produce an exhibition in collaboration with the ten artists that make up his tutor group on the graduate sculpture programme at the Slade School of Art, London.
Big Dinner is a sardonic response to the invitation to âhost'. The exhibition uses the dinner-table as its central motif - a huge 24 foot table beneath a bright red tablecloth becomes a support mechanism for staging a range of aesthetic, physical and political positions using film, painting, sculpture, printmaking and performance.
Big Dinner might also be approached as a response to the peculiarities of Margate's design environment. The artists' utilization of the table and cloth stems from their first communal visit, when a similarly dressed trestle in Limbo's project space was the first of several incongruous objects and settings encountered as they explored the town.
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