Sunday 28 January 2018

Small World Futures - #unsettledgallery

Here at ColllectConnect we're starting 2018 with a fascinating little exhibition. Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as an inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.
Security Crow - Dean Reddick (#unsettledgallery 2017) 
In the autumn of 2017 Dean Reddick and Alban Low began cultivating a series of public exhibition spaces around London Bridge called the #unsettledgallery. These include flowerbeds, railings and gates, as well as spaces between bricks, in gullies and beside drainpipes - basically anywhere an artwork can rest and be seen by the public. Although these spaces change and evolve on a daily basis, several housed artworks for a longer period of time. The Small World Futures will find their homes in these public spaces. They may stay there for an hour or a week.  Perhaps they will plant a seed of an idea in the people who see them.

#unsettledgallery sites
Artists who have created worlds for the exhibition include: Sara Lerota, Ann Kopka, Bryan Benge, Bethany Murray, Wayne Sleeth, Dean Reddick, Lesley Cartwright, Melanie Ezra, Natalie Low, Stella Tripp, Tracy Boness, Jill Hedges, Jenny Meehan, Francesca Albini, Alan Carlyon Smith and Alban Low. As part of the exhibition we have invited 6 writers to create new works inspired by the worlds. Look out for the words of Kevin Acott, Rebecca Lowe, Natalie Low, Dean Reddick, Ed Arantus and Alban Low.

"Someone else seems to own my future at the moment. Politicians gamble with it, declaring that they speak for me, that they know my hopes and desires. The United Kingdom is in a state of flux as it prepares to leave the European Union. I feel disconnected from the future worlds that are being built in my name. I wanted to ask a group of CollectConnect artists to imagine what the future will look like. To envisage a world that they could call their own."
Alban Low (London, UK, 2018)

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