A Room of Words South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford 5th December 2009 - 24th January 2010
Alice Bradshaw, Amelia Crouch, Annie Carpenter, Shaeron Caton-Rose, Emma Fotherby, Livia Garcia, Jenny Hall, Peter Lund, Denise McIlroy, Merry Swarbrick, Giulia Resteghini, Emmy Twigge, Simon Warner, Lois Whitehead and Amy Wong. Curated by Deborah Britton
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Here we play with words. A Room of Words is an exhibition of work by fifteen Yorkshire based visual artists all of whom advocate playful and experimental use of text within their work.
The exhibition is inspired by the location of South Square Gallery in Thornton, Bradford, the birthplace of the Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Central to the show is the artistic legacy of these siblings timeless and courageous use of language as a form of expression. In particular artists can be seen to reference Charlotte Bronte's instinctual pushing at the boundaries of convention and her infamous exaltation, 'I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.'
The exhibits reflect the broad spectrum of text based art practice in Yorkshire today. Visitors will encounter bold and provocative works in a wide range of media. Alice Bradshaw stamps directly onto the walls of the gallery with intervening swarms of ghostly text. Whilst Leeds based Lois Whitehead engages the local community in conversation before producing her works which preserve the memory of ephemeral spoken word. Alongside the critically commenting work there will also be the opportunity for audience members to contribute their own words, writing themselves into the display.