text + work Publications

The publications and essays produced by our text+work concept are commissioned writings and interviews from some of today’s most prominent curators, critics, artists, designers, filmmakers and writers.

text+work is a Gallery initiative, which invites artists to develop exhibitions and events in partnership with writers and critics, who provide a supportive narrative in the form of published text to accompany the exhibitions.

These publications and essays promote a forum for challenging dialogue between innovative contemporary art, design and media practice and its theoretical context.

The text+work concept was developed in 2003 by TheGallery Group as a need was identified for the then Arts University College’s community to discuss the theoretical contexts surrounding different art practices. It was recognised that the majority of the audience attending the exhibitions at the Gallery formed a small demography: the University and the local community.

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A Short Grand Tour

text + work – Published 10th Mar 15

Professor Simon Olding writes about Jim Hunter’s featured watercolours in the publication accompanying A SHORT GRAND TOUR, detailing the time he spent in Venice:

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Strangers In Paradise

TheGallery text + work – Published 10th Mar 15

Hew Locke: Strangers in Paradise is a detailed monograph into the fascinating and multi-layered work of artist Hew Locke. Using a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture and extensively found objects and collage Locke’s work addresses recurring themes of visual expressions of power, trophies, globalisation, movement of people and the creating of cultures.

Hew Locke: Stranger in Paradise combines essays on Locke’s work, with sections of full page visuals, showing the real power of Locke’s artwork.

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…In the Footsteps of Henry Taunt

TheGallery text + work – Published 1st Mar 15

This publication accompanied the exhibition …In the footsteps of Henry Taunt, curated by Graham Diprose and Jeff Robins, offering a unique insight into one of England’s most prolific Victorian photographers Henry Taunt.

Taunt’s maps, guides, postcards and lectures provided inspiration for books such as ‘Three Men in a Boat’ and ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as well as nurturing the Victorians’ love for London’s river Thames.

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