In early February we launched ’35 & Counting’, an exhibition and online auction, marking 35 years of supporting emerging artists.
All proceeds of the online auction, launching on Thursday 16 February (5pm), will support our artist residency programme.
To showcase the 29 artworks generously donated, we have asked each of the artists to remind us about their involvement with the gallery and what a residency means to them.
You can view all of the artwork on our auction site: 35andcounting.co.uk
Above: Installation view of 'Be My Guide Tonight' (2011)
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Adam Bridgland lives and works as an artist in Cambridgeshire. Since his graduation in 2006, he has exhibited widely in the UK, America, Europe and Asia.
Adam has worked closely with Aspex for a decade, first showing at the gallery in group projects for our launch at the Vulcan Building in 2006. A solo exhibition ‘Be My Guide Tonight’ followed in 2011 and he co-curated ‘Carousel’ in 2013.
“Since my graduation in 2006, Aspex has been a constant in my artistic practice helping me develop through support, advice and exhibitions in their gallery spaces, exposing my artwork to a wide audience. I was honoured to work with the gallery to create a special 30th Anniversary multiple in the form of a limited-edition tote bag. This is still one my favourite projects I have completed"
What does a studio/place to work mean to you?
"It is a place to make, reflect, react and develop. Without this you are not able to get the time and space you need to create"
How have funded residencies supported your professional development, and what impact have they had on your work?
"For me, funded residencies allow an artist to make work without constraint. They have allowed me the time to make work without the worry of financing a certain idea resulting often in more adventurous and interesting work"
About the artwork
'Yo Yo (Us)'
- Screenprint, emulsion, enamel & vinyl on found wire spindle
- 40 x 40 x 21.5cm
- 'Yo Yo (Us)' is a playful reinterpretation of a childhood toy using a found industrial wire spindle.
Auction code: 02-AB