Community shows by definition, showcase the creative attributes of the people who work or live in the area. This exhibition is described as “vibrant and joyful”, and it certainly is that. Prospect Gallery is a brightly lit space that adjoins Prospect Library. Exhibitions such as this one not only showcase the creativity and diversity of Art but also the pride of place the community puts on such work. Prospect is a community that is famous for their creative culture. Since the inaugural community show in 1982 this show is a must see in the calendar year. This year it features 76 works in a variety of mediums; from photography, to stencilling, traditional painting to sculpture, there is something for everyone’s taste. Even a hand crafted working harp! The show is up on display until the 20th of January.
Photographs are courtesy of John Nieddu
Prospect Gallery Website
I attended the opening of this exhibition on Sunday and I must say it is a wonderful display, drawing together the talents of several local artists. It is different in that the artists have created their works from objects that have been discarded by others. The overall theme of the show is recycling; giving new life to old objects, transforming them into things of beauty that evoke an element of contemplation. I was fascinated by the depth and sophistication that could be achieved by using such simple materials.
This exhibition is about reusing and recreating. I have included some images and statements from the Artists from the online catalogue available here
Reason for being online catalogue
Judith Carletti’s whimsical soft sculpted creatures combine animal and human body parts, and employ only supermarket packaging (flour bags, soft drink cans and foil lids from dips and yoghurt) in their production.
In this throwaway society that we live in, I love finding things that people have thought to keep, to mend, to not throw away. That someone might have a garment that is no longer of use, but they would first cut off the buttons and collect them in a tin.
This exhibition is open until the 17th of June at Prospect Gallery, just next to the Prospect Library. If you are able to, please take the time to see it for yourself.
Prospect Gallery website