The Novas gallery is exclusively bringing together an exhibition of Romany Gypsies and Travellers- none of which have exhibited together before, in pursuit of the truth behind the headlines.
'No Gorgios' is an invitation to consider what it is to be culturally denied due to pervasive stereotypes.This exhibition showcases work by people who are not all on the contemporary art scene.
Using a variety of artistic media from paintings to catapults, knitting to sculpture, the boundaries between the fine and applied arts have disappeared, bringing together aesthetic materials that are both decorational and functional.
The name 'Gorgios' is the name that Romany Gypsies give to the non-Romany community, and the title of the exhibition 'No Gorgios' bears direct reference to the 'no traveller' signs that used to inhabit our villages, towns and high streets.
The 'no travellers' signs may have come down, but Romany people still remain on the periphery of society and are perceived by the public as being thieves, beggars and a general blot on modern civilization.
All exhibitors answered a call for Gypsy and Traveller visual artists by The Open Society Institute in Budapest.
One exhibitor who answered the call was Celia Baker, a widowed woman in her eighties. Her exhibit highlights the role of the matriarch in the Romany community. Celia's text is not a canvas but is knitting- not made to be clothes, stitches are added and dropped creating amazing amorphous shapes.Racism in an overt sense has largely been confined to history, however, there still seems to be an inherent, and accepted overt prejudice towards Gypsies and Travellers.
'No Gorgios' will subvert these perceptions and enable people to see the truth behind the myths and headlines