The title ‘the tales we tell ourselves’ is inspired by the idea that contemporary society lacks overarching mythologies and archetypes that might help one navigate turbulent times. Making and viewing art allows one the space to tell stories, the most ancient and cathartic of pastimes. In this sense, two-dimensional images and three-dimensional forms encourage the viewer to daydream and create narratives, inflecting meaning and importance where they find it.
The group of female-identifying artists contributing work across a variety of mediums- paintings, pencil, pastels, porcelain, watercolour, photography- making for a diverse and dynamic show. The sale will go live on the 15th of November and will be available to browse and purchase from for the rest of the year. As we find ourselves going into another lockdown in the UK, online exhibitions and sales are more important than ever; providing young artists with alternative means of revenue and the ability to reach a wider, global audience. This is the first in a series of smaller, monthly shows- each sale will be raising funds for different charitable organisations.
Participating artists: Rafaela de Ascanio, Alice Joiner, Salome Wu, Valerie Sacvchits, Lara Cobden, Melissa Kime, Julie-Ann Simpson, Yang Xu, Victoria Cantons, Madeleine Gross, Yasmin Moore-Milne, Camilla Hanney, Emma Sargeant, Tuesday Riddell and Harriet Gillett.
As temperatures have begun to drop and a second lockdown threatens to put a further strain on charities, we felt it was fitting to dedicate our fundraising for this show to The Albert Kennedy Trust, who support LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. AKT support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.