"Five Times More" is an exhibition of artworks by Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021 Highly Commended Artist Margaret Scott and curated by Katie Lynch. Maggie Scott’s practice is informed by the experience of being black, British and a woman. With Five Times More she depicts the intimate relationship between mother and child, reflecting on both personal and collective experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood through her textile artworks.
"Hold Me Closer" is an exhibition of artworks by Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021 Highly Commended Artist Thomas Hjelm curated by Niya Ruseva. This series of works incorporate ‘the screen’ and its role in human connection and mass media. Distorted imagery, slogan-like texts and the distinct structural body of the artworks pull the viewer into the artist’s understanding of reality. Hjelm uses a combination of modified printers, scanners and painterly techniques in the creation of his artworks. This synthesis is the perfect representation of the digital and physical worlds we occupy, balancing our existence within them.
"Perpetual" is an exhibition of artworks by Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021 Highly Commended Artist Sueyon Yang and curated by Taniya Dharani. This show sets one’s eyes on the concept of the inescapable reality of existence: Life and death. Though humanity recognizes this unavoidable fate of the mortals, they are yet gravitating towards endeavoring to overcome death and its finite lives. The fear of death has led to the formation of myths and superstitions which aim to serve the humanistic desire for immortality.
"Dis Em Body" is an exhibition of artworks by Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2021 Highly Commended Artist Thiago Sancho and curated by Anna Bondarenko. As a professional theatrical dancer, Sancho perceives his most recent works through the prism of dramaturgy. For him, the body embodies a vessel that carries various characters with their fables of life and, at the same time, is in constant motion. The title of the exhibition per se represents a complex semantic game, as does the philosophical narrative behind the show and the artworks, sublimating the artist's reflections on the leading theme of Sancho's practice - the body and its movement, its transformations and in metamorphosis, while in motion, over its lifetime. The specially created body of work is marked by a shift from floating kinetic sculptures disembodied to static corporeality. Sancho's objects, nevertheless, are full of dynamism and create a unique visual language of a symbiotic interweaving of the surrealist fantasies of Morris Desmonds, the simplicity of Lucio Fontana's art povera ceramics.