Exhibition Launch: Hurvin Anderson

This summer we explore Hurvin Anderson’s practice through a solo exhibition of both existing and newly commissioned works. Born in England to Jamaican parents, Anderson’s work often stems from his experiences growing up within Birmingham’s African-Caribbean community, and his time spent living in Trinidad as an artist in residence. Dub Versions grew out of a re-investigation into two previous bodies of works; the first, a series depicting Anderson’s brother scrumping for fruit, and the second, illustrations of domestic barbershops- an industry taken up by many newly arrived Caribbean immigrants in the 1950s. For Anderson, these moments and spaces provoked questions of how personal and perceived identities continue to shift as time and place changes, particularly in the context of the Black-British experience. 


At the heart of the exhibition is the new painting, Is It Okay To Be Black? (2016). This piece has been commissioned to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Arts Council Collection. Now numbering nearly 8,000 works, the Arts Council Collection is the largest national loan collection of modern and contemporary art and includes many of the most important and influential British artists from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Dub Versions has been supported by Thomas Dane Gallery. 

Also opening during this launch event, is a new exhibition in our Mezzanine Gallery, Dissonance. Beverley Bennett makes monochrome, abstract drawings where layers of pigment and repetitive mark making add a sense of power and energy to the surface of the paper. In Dissonance, Bennett has collaborated with a number of Nottingham-based creatives who have interpreting the drawings into dance, poetry and sculpture. The artists collaborating with Beverley Bennett are: Antonio Abatangelo, Chiara Dellerba, Rob Flint, Jess Murray, David 'Stickman' Higgins and Honey Williams. 

Dub Versions runs until 18 September 2016 and Dissonance runs until 11 September 2016. 

Admission: FREE 
Age range: All are welcome
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