The group show makes obvious reference to the age-old geographical and traditional social tensions between both ends of the country. This opposition is brought into focus by the locations of the two collaborating venues: WW gallery and Platform.
Artists: Alison Wilding, Kate Davis, Annie O’Donnell, Phil Illingworth, Deb Covell, Tony Charles, Boa Swindler, Chiara Williams
WW and Platform A are pleased to present North South Divine, an exhibition of works by eight artists which will be spread across two cities, in the North and South of the country. Organised in partnership between the two galleries, the exhibition will open in London at WW Gallery and tour to Middlesbrough’s Platform A Gallery.
North South Divine makes obvious reference to the age-old geographical and traditional social tensions between both ends of the country. This opposition is brought into focus by the locations of the two collaborating venues: WW gallery is situated in Hatton Garden, the diamond district of London and home to purveyors of expensive decorative finery; while in contrast, Platform A exists within a North Eastern railway station, located deep in the heartland of heavy industry.
The artists exhibiting in North South Divine have paid no heed to this dichotomy in the making of their work, yet all the artworks in the show possess a fusion of stereotypical bi-polar characteristics which suggest the gracefully gritty, the silently strong and the richly real. These are works which complement or overlap in their processes, materials, concepts and reference points. Strength meets sensitivity, serious creative practice meets humour; ultimately, the show expresses the very simple beauty of shared belief, the unity of ideas and the pleasure of real conversation.
Established in 2008, WW is one of London’s leading contemporary artist-run spaces with a reputation for consistently forward-thinking and innovative projects. Spread across 1200 square feet of sky-lit rooms, the exhibition space, shop and lounge occupy the premises of a former jeweller's workshop in the heart of Hatton Garden, Clerkenwell, conveniently located between Farringdon and Chancery Lane tube stations.
About Platform A
Founded as an extension to Platform Art Studios in 2011, Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions. Located in the railway station of central Middlesbrough, Platform A represents emerging and established artists and is committed to working creatively, exploring new approaches to arrive at the best outcomes to provide the highest calibre exhibition programme.
Alison Wilding appears courtesy Karsten Schubert, London
Kate Davis appears courtesy Fred [London]
Phil Illingworth, Boa Swindler & Chiara Williams appear courtesy WW, London
Annie O’Donnell, Tony Charles & Deb Covell appear courtesy Platform A, Middlesbrough
For more information please contact Francesca Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 3 April - Saturday 11 May 2013
Preview 6-9pm Tues 2 April
Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough
Friday 17 May - Thursday 20 June 2013
Preview 6-9pm Thur 16 May
Opening 2 April 6-9pm
34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm during exhibitions only. Other days open by appointment only.