Pukaar News – Leicester

TWO YEAR PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR ARTIST-RUN GALLERY

Artist-run gallery and studios Two Queens, have announced a new two- year programme of exhibitions and events of which they secured just under £50,000, with the support from public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional support from Leicester City Council’s ‘Cultural Activity Partnership Scheme’ and the School of Arts, De Montfort University.

The new programme of exhibitions and events at Two Queens will run from 2016-2018, which will launch on June 10th with a solo exhibition of newly developed sculptures and digital artworks by Birmingham-based artist Joanne Masding.

Photo credit: Joanne Masding

Photo credit: Joanne Masding

Joanne’s exhibition titled, ‘stuffs wander off, a shape steps in’ is a new body of work that will run until July 24th. It combines sculptural and data-based processes, creating hybrid, animated objects that offer up layers of information that slip and loop on screens and sculptural surfaces. The exhibition is inspired by the way in which Joanne thinks about the worth, ownership and production of physical stuff, and how this translates to a world that is increasingly digital, immaterial and reproducible.

The not-for-profit gallery and artist studios, run by Leicester-based artists and co-directors Daniel Sean Kelly and Gino Attwood with a committee made up of fellow studio holders, has been based in Leicester’s cultural quarter since 2012, with the aim of providing regular contemporary art exhibitions and affordable studios for emerging artists.

Daniel Sean Kelly said “The funded support of this programme by our partners at Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and De Montfort University means that we are able to commission internationally recognised contemporary artists to present newly developed works for exhibition in Leicester. Our focus is on presenting artwork that is innovative and interesting, and we want to be able to reach out to the people of Leicester with this programme and say; come and see something new and exciting.”

Photo credit: Khush Nubian

Photo credit: Khush Nubian

Alongside the two year programme Two Queens have also been able to offer a series of smaller artist development bursaries for East Midlands based artists that will allow them to develop a small body of work for exhibition at Two Queens’ secondary ‘project space’. The first of these exhibitions will be by Nottingham-based performance artist Beth Kettel (9th-23rd July) followed by Leicester-based digital artist Khush Nubian (30th July-13th August)

For more information about the programme visit: www.2queens.com

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