Bluecoat to welcome Survey, a major exhibition of new work, to the North West

Installation view at Jerwood Space. Photo by Anna Acra

Bluecoat to welcome Survey, a major exhibition of new work, to the North West

Sat 13 Apr – Sun 23 Jun

Bluecoat, Liverpool’s Centre for the Contemporary Arts, will host a major exhibition of new work by 15 early-career artists from across the UK this spring.

Survey presents artists who have been selected from nominations made by over 50 established artists. Nominating artists include, amongst others, Ryan Gander, Andy Holden and Rachel Maclean.

The exhibition includes work spanning a range of disciplines including film, performance, ceramics, installation and painting. Developing throughout 2019 as it moves between venues, the exhibition explores myriad themes including familial and personal identity as well as social and political frameworks. Many of the works use playful strategies, from Lindsay Mendick’s I’ll Always Love You But I Don’t Always Like You, a display of raku fired ceramics, made in collaboration with her close family, to Frank Wasser’s 02.11.20, a newspaper page detailing the assassination of Donald Trump. Other works in the exhibition show how we connect to one another creatively, such as Anna Raczynski’s The Movie Makers, a film made through dialogue with the ageing Pendle Movie Makers, a society of film makers in Colne, East Lancashire.

Originally commissioned by Jerwood Arts, the exhibition also forms a partnership with g39 (Cardiff) and Baltic (Gateshead), organisations dedicated to supporting artists and showing new work.

Finalised from a long-list of 72 artists, the selection has been narrowed down to 15 by a panel including Jerwood Visual Arts’ Head of Programme Sarah Williams.

Nominating artists include: Simeon Barclay, Joseph Buckley, Ryan Gander, Emma Hart, Andy Holden, Rachel Maclean, David Osbaldeston, Steven Paige, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Alessandro Raho, John Sealey, Matt Stokes and Bedwyr Williams. Taking into consideration all UK regions, each nominated two artists for the exhibition. The regional focus ensures a range of the most outstanding and dynamic new voices currently spanning the UK.

Exhibiting artists include: Chris Alton, Simeon Barclay, Hazel Brill, Flo Brooks, Emma Cousin, Joe Fletcher Orr, Tom Goddard, Ashley Holmes, Lindsey Mendick, Nicole Morris, Milly Peck, Anna Raczynski, Will Sheridan, Rae-Yen Song and Frank Wasser.

Adam Smythe, Head of Programme at Bluecoat, says “We are delighted to bring this range of extraordinary work to Liverpool, and to be the host venue for the North West region. This exhibition is an exciting representation of the new work being made in the UK right now, and indicates the degree and range of artistic talent out there. Bluecoat has a long history of supporting artists at all stages of their career, and this exhibition reaffirms our commitment to showing new work by early career artists.”

The exhibition will open with a special launch event on Friday 12th April at Bluecoat, from 6-9pm, featuring a performance of Good to Us by Survey artist Ashley Holmes at 7pm.