‘Intimate’ is a playful and thought-provoking exhibition which brings together a range of North-West and London-based artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, print, video and digital art. Several of the artists have made new works for the show, which is curated by Paula Fenwick-Lucas and Martyn Lucas and supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
The concept of ‘intimate’ is explored directly in the content of many of the art works where the interplay of human relationships is depicted through narrative - a moment of exchange or closeness which appears tender, awkward, beautiful or compelling.
Other art works invite close inspection because of their scale; revealing their secrets through close encounter and quiet dialogue. These draw us in to a parallel world where found, altered and hand-made objects take on new meanings or resonate with memories. Several of the artists in this exhibition bring into focus the overlooked every-day or imagined scenarios which witness a private or personal moment. As viewers, we are not sure we should be there.
For three weeks, the Isherwood Gallery will be inhabited by a collection of images and objects which evoke stories, personalities and memories – an exhibition which invites viewers to linger, to reflect, to become closely acquainted.