The Stables Gallery
London TW1 3DJ
July 13th – September 3rd
An open call for works answering to the call – ARCADIA.
LONDON BIENNALE IN ARCADIA – July 13th – July 30th
ITALIAN ARCADIAN – Italian artists and artists working on an Italianate theme – August 1st – August 13th
ARCADY – Migration – the search for a New World
August 15th – September 3rd
There has been a considerable response from artists worldwide to join in this celebration of art and it is possible now to make a more specific outline of how the show will take form.
As there are nearly 7 weeks available to us I decided to divide the time into 3 shows.
– at the time of the French Revolution many French people emigrated in search of a better life and founded Arcadia in Canada. Driven out by the English they then founded a new home in New Orleans. This movement of peoples was not restricted to the French as there was a general exodus of peoples from Europe to the New World at that time.
In the context of this show it is relevant that the Duc d’Orleans chose to live in Orlean’s House, Twickenham as emigre finding his own Arcadia, already made famous as such by the 18th century Arcadian poets of the Enlightenment centred around Alexander Pope,and Robert Walpole, and at an earlier time the Arcadists Francis Bacon and John Dee. As an aside The Duc d’Orleans was a friend of Turner who lived nearbye as did Dickens. Today the landscape between Hampton and Kew is promoted as – Arcadian Thames – in an attempt to conserve its remarkable history and beauty.
It is because of these links with Arcadia, that The London Biennale would like to invite artists to show artworks in response to ARCADIA
The Stables Gallery is 19m x 6m for wall hung and floor pieces. It is being renovated at the moment but should be open by the end of March.
Outside there is a stable yard and a woodland garden where the Curator at Orlean’s House has said we may site works but at our own risk.
VIDEOART – a day for showing videos is planned, formatt and date to be arranged.
FINNISAGE – On September 2nd there will be a Finnisage with a day of Performance and a Riverside picnic to close the exhibition.
MAILART _ GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS – unframed paperworks to run throughout all 3 shows.
The curator at Orlean’s House , Mark DeNovellis, has suggested that some artists might like to work with children in a series of workshops which he is running concurrently.
As is usual with London Biennale events each artist is responsible for their own work and expenses, also artists are asked to post an image of themselves with an arrow in front of Eros, Piccadilly, London
Artists wishing to take part – contact me by e.mail with an outline of your proposal, size and any limitations you have re dates.
The hanging of the shows will take place on Mondays when the Gallery is closed.
I would like to thank Mark DeNovellis and Richmond Arts Council for letting us have the use of the Stables Gallery for this show.
Jill Rock – curator.