25 Sep 2010 – 28 Nov 2010

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Lincoln Art Programme

Lincoln, United Kingdom


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Union - S Mark Gubb


The Lincoln Art Programme has commissioned Cardiff based artist S Mark Gubb, in collaboration with the Usher Gallery, to develop a series of flags which will fly atop the building this autumn. The hoisting and flying of Gubb's flags represents a symbolic act of new beginnings as the Usher Gallery re-opens following a recent redevelopment. Titled Union, S Mark Gubb has used the project as an opportunity to explore the history and representation of national identity within the Union Jack flag. Gubb will use each of the Usher Gallery's four flagpoles to hoist historical variations of the Union Jack flag design, showing how the collective nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been represented in the United Kingdom flags over the years. Collectively the flags depict the historical struggle to representing a united nation, a collaborative identity and single power. Union is a striking project that continues Gubb's ongoing interest in signs, symbols and their associated means by creating this new public artwork for the Usher Gallery that will be visible across the city of Lincoln. The project stemmed from Gubb's interest in being an English / Welsh artist and how the union of country's and patriotism is represented today. Union launches with a unique ceremony in the Usher grounds, on Saturday 25th Sept, 2pm till 4pm, allowing for the audience to witness the hoisting of the flags. A limited edition poster (Qty 100) will be available to purchase from the Collection gallery shop. S Mark Gubb is represented by Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool. Recent projects include: My Empire of Dirt, Ceri Hand, Liverpool; Here today gone tomorrow, The City gallery, Leicester; The death of Peter Fletcher, The ICA, London; future 50,axis at project space, Leeds. For further information please visit: www.lincolnartprogramme.co.uk www.smarkgubb.com Lincoln Art Programme is directed by Alan Armstrong and Amelia Beavis Harrison. Lincoln Art Programme is an independent organisation that commissions international artists to make new work in Lincoln. Union is a project developed in partnership with the Usher Gallery and The Collection, building strong and lasting partnerships between Lincoln Art Programme and Lincolnshire arts venues. The proceeds of the poster will be donated to Surfers against Sewage, a charity set up to protect recreational water users against polluted waters, a charity particularly close to Marks heart. S Mark Gubb was recently commissioned to create a permanent public sign for Nottingham Contemporary, one of the largest art galleries outside London. Lincoln Art Programme is supported by Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council. Union is also supported by The Collection and Usher Gallery.

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