The Correspondence

2 Jul 2020 – 26 Jul 2020

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12:00 – 18:00
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The Residence Gallery

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TRG is pleased to unveil a new collection of works on paper exchanged by post between 18 artists throughout lockdown. These collaborative compositions, created between the UK, USA and Europe, follow a loose variation of the exquisite corpse technique.


Klein / Morag Keil / Melika Ngombe Kolongo / Racheal Crowther / Nicholas Cheveldave / Rael Stone / Tiz Creel / Derek Mainella / Tabitha Steinberg / India Nielsen / Tom Hardwick-Allan / Jos Nyreen / Daniel Swan / Claire Barrow / Carson Foley / Barry Reigate / Kian Hardy / Joe Cheetham

As the world went into lockdown a distanced dialogue emerged. An urgency to retain a sense of connectedness in a culture of cancellations and postponed projects spurred a collaborative foot forward. This month TRG unveils a new collection, the culmination of a mail art project that began in early March. The exhibition presents the work of 18 artists who exchanged works and ideas, sustaining contact in the midst of far reaching distancing measures. Following a loose variation on the "exquisite corpse" format, artists sent each other partially finished works in concealed portions with the next artist developing the work. In a chain of participation and exchange, this communal act of making art played a relevant role in channelling these exceptional times.

Taking cues from the rich history of collaborative mail art projects executed by the likes of Ray Johnson in the 60s; Matthew Higgs’ Imprint 93 project in the 90’s; Moyra Davey’s ‘mailer works’; and Raymond Pettibon & Marcel Dzama’s 'Forgetting The Hand’ project in 2015; the exhibition consists of a collection of 6 final works on paper and an assortment of postal materials that document the project. Artists sent works from all corners of the UK, to the US, and into Europe. Some artists sent works to friends, others to strangers, others used the opportunity to maintain connection with people where lockdown intensifies already precarious circumstances. For example, Barry Reigate sent his work via Carneys Community, an outreach program for disadvantaged and excluded young people in South London. A text written by Ella Fleck accompanies the exhibition. 

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Ed Leeson

Ingrid Eva Lee Welsh

Ingrid Eva Lee Welsh

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Claire Barrow

Barry Reigate


India Nielsen

India Nielsen

Racheal Crowther

joe cheetham

Morag Keil

Tom Hardwick-Allan

Daniel Swan

Melika Ngombe Kolongo

Jos Nyreen

Tabitha Steinberg

Rael Stone

Derek Mainella

Nicholas Cheveldave

Tiz Creel

Tiz Creel

Carson Foley

Kian Hardy


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