What Cannot Be Contained: Contemporary British Painting

21 May 2015 – 4 Jul 2015

Event times

10.30am - 5.00pm

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Smiths Row

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom


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What Cannot Be Contained is a group exhibition which offers three, different propositions towards an understanding of contemporary painting.


The exhibition places its focus on the enduring appeal of the materiality of paint, through the work of artists who use painting as their primary medium or as a central part of their practice. Prioritising the very act of painting and the nature of paint itself, it can be said the works within What Cannot Be Contained speak as much of 'painting' as they do of 'painters'.

The use of abstraction weaves between the artists' works, with gestural, physical, performative and perceptual concerns all pronounced. Spirited and generous uses of colour, texture and layering shift the emphasis towards the technical and material parameters of painting.

The works explore the threshold and limits of both the surface and canvas that simultaneously resists and contains its form: the boundary between content and its container. 

This exhibition shows painting as a medium that materially, physically and theoretically, thrives when it is not contained. 

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natalie pace

Exhibiting artists

Robin Footitt

Loukas Morley

Clare Price

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