Actions. The image of the world can be different (part 1)
10 February – 2 April 2018, 11am – 5pm
38 artists including work by Oscar Murillo, Khadija Saye, Vicken Parsons, Barbara Hepworth and Idris Khan. Actions. The image of the world can be different (part 2) opened on 11 April 2018.
In the second part of Actions, there was a solo project of new paintings in Gallery 2 by Caroline Walker, titled ‘Home’, of women refugees living in London and screenings of John Akomfrah’s award winning film ‘Auto Da Fé’ in Gallery 1.
Work by the following artists continued to be on display until 6th May: Cornelia Parker, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Issam Kourbaj, Nathan Coley, and eL Seed in Arbury. Rana Begum’s installation in St Peter’s Church continued until 29th April.
The exhibition, with work by thirty-eight artists, marked the opening of the new Kettle’s Yard. Actions. The image of the world can be different sought to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world.
Inspired by a letter by artist Naum Gabo, Actions reflected the energising diversity and breadth of art in the modern and contemporary period within the UK and internationally.
Basel Abbas + Ruanne Abou-Rahme ~ John Akomfrah ~ Rana Begum ~ Joseph Beuys ~ Anna Brownsted ~ Candoco Dance Company + Laila Diallo ~ Alice Channer ~ Nathan Coley ~ Edmund de Waal ~ Jeremy Deller ~ eL Seed ~ Jamie Fobert ~ Helen Frankenthaler ~ Naum Gabo ~ Regina José Galindo ~ Anya Gallaccio ~ Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ~ Barbara Hepworth ~ Callum Innes ~ Mary Kelly ~ Idris Khan ~ Issam Kourbaj ~ Linder ~ Richard Long ~ Melanie Manchot ~ Julie Mehretu ~ Gustav Metzger ~ Oscar Murillo ~ Ben Nicholson ~ Harold Offeh ~ Cornelia Parker ~ Vicken Parsons ~ Katie Paterson ~ Zoran Popović ~ Khadija Saye ~ Emma Smith ~ Caroline Walker ~ Kate Whitley
Actions occupied spaces across Kettle’s Yard, including the House (among the collection), outdoors and online. There were live events, talks, discussions and activities. The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated publication edited by Sarah Lowndes and Andrew Nairne.
The exhibition included nine new commissioned works by: eL Seed, Melanie Manchot, Cornelia Parker, Caroline Walker, Idris Khan, Issam Kourbaj, Harold Offeh, Rana Begum, Candoco Dance Company (choreography by Laila Diallo) and Regina José Galindo. Including painting, photography, performance, film and video, installation and new media, many of the works in Actions were presented for the first time, including new works by Callum Innes, Oscar Murillo, Julie Mehretu and Linder.
Actions is in two parts. The first part including all artists ended on 2nd April. The second part was from 11th April to 6 May. During this period there was a solo project of new paintings by Caroline Walker, titled ‘Home’, of refugees living in London in Gallery 2, and screenings of John Akomfrah’s award winning ‘Auto Da Fé’ in Gallery 1. Work by the following artists continued to be on display throughout until 6th May: Cornelia Parker, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Issam Kourbaj, Rana Begum, Nathan Coley, and eL Seed.