Shades of grey

Barker, Garry (2010) Shades of grey. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

This symposium and exhibition set out to explore how art and artists respond to issues of ageing: in particular to expectations, perceptions and fears, loss and memory and generational boundaries. Speakers included Mick Ward and Caroline Starkey from Leeds City Council as well as three artists: myself, Jo Lee and Geoff Broadway. As well as providing a text for the symposium, I exhibited two sets of work, one responding to my father’s death and the other to the death of my mother. This exhibition was important in that it was the first time I was able to exhibit work that responded to deep personal experiences, in conjunction with the giving of a lecture that was written to specifically relate my art practice to wider human interests, in this case how we as a society deal with death. In particular it opened a door for my own research into how art and life can be usefully linked together and it firmed up my belief in undertaking projects as both a way of making allegorical images and as a way of shaping responses to life events. Thus confirming my decision to engage more in community events and to allow my art practice to reflect on these experiences.

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