Above: Installation shot of ‘35 & Counting’
On Thursday 16 February, we announced the official opening of our online silent auction, ‘35 & Counting’.
‘35 & Counting’ celebrates the gallery’s 35 year legacy of supporting emerging artists.
The exhibition and auction features 29 artists who have worked with the gallery in their recent history: David Blandy, Adam Bridgland, David Burrows, Alison Carlier, Suki Chan, Gordon Cheung, Susan Collis, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Simon Faithful, Jonny Hannah, Andy Harper, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Neal Layton, Delaine Le Bas, Jon Lockhart, Peter Lloyd, Tim Machin, Steve Moberly, Heather & Ivan Morison, Nils Norman, Harold Offeh, Roger Palmer, Jonathan Parsons, Ross Sinclair, The Caravan Gallery (Jan Williams & Chris Teasdale), Sadie Tierney, Charlie Tweed, Joella Wheatley, Tanya Wood.
All proceeds from the auction will support future artist residencies in our new, accessible artist studio. All of the exhibited artworks have been generously donated by the artists.
The auction will be used as an opportunity to launch a new fundraising initiative, supported by Arts Council England through its Catalyst: Evolve programme. Every £1 raised through the auction will be matched by Arts Council England, doubling the donation.
Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex, said: “Aspex supports emerging artists at critical points in their careers. It’s been a wonderful experience reconnecting with artists and reminding ourselves and the public of our past exhibitions and projects.
We are so grateful to all of the artists who are supporting our future residency programme, and to Arts Council England for their incredible support in providing match funding”.
Artist Harold Offeh first exhibited at the gallery in 2004. He said: “As a young artist it was an early opportunity to present a solo exhibition, and with amazing support from the gallery team, I learned a lot! The exhibition gave me a national platform and provided a springboard for the rest of my career. I’ve subsequently gone on to be a trustee at Aspex and I continue to admire the gallery’s commitment to nurturing artists and developing audience engagement.
A studio is not just about physical space, although that is very important. For me it's about space to think, space to experiment, space to interact and space to fail and ultimately discover”.
To view the artwork and find out more about the exhibition, please visit: 35andcounting.co.uk. The auction closes on 19 March 2017.
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