Siblings Cannot Agree

16 Sep 2018 – 29 Sep 2018

Event times

The Opening Event is on Sunday 16th September (3-6pm), with an opportunity to meet the artists. The Closing Event is on Saturday 29th September (11am-3pm), with a guided tour by the artists of their work, plus readings by both artists from their own writings. There will also be a Board Game Event with an opportunity to play Cally Trench's original board games on Saturday 22nd September, 2-4pm.

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The Heseltine Gallery

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Regular bus service to Middleton Cheney from Banbury
  • Free parking. Nearest railway station: Banbury. Trains from London (Paddington or Marylebone)
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An exhibition of self-portraits and portraits by brother and sister Nick Trench and Cally Trench


When Cally Trench came across two pencil drawings that she and her brother Nick Trench had made of each other over 45 years earlier, this rediscovery became the catalyst for this exhibition by the two artists.

The title of the exhibition reflects a seldom-acknowledged phenomenon: that brothers and sisters can have a shared background, family and upbringing and yet end up with very different visions and ways of doing things.

Nick Trench's focus is on mood and situation, rather than on identity and character, with recent drawings experimenting with distortion and double-vision of facial features. He explores figures in different environments or treats them in different ways. Sometimes the figure may disappear entirely – perhaps merging into the surroundings or disappearing behind them.

For Cally Trench, one aim of a portrait is to present to the viewer what they would not usually see if they met the person: a total openness and lack of pretence. In her Triptych drawings of herself, she gazes out at the viewer as if she has nothing to hide. She also uses a multiplicity of images to approximate to the way that we see a person in continuous movement.  

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Nick Trench

Cally Trench


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