Past Exhibitions

Take a look at a selection of past exhibitions to have featured at WCG.

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DUFFY ARCHIVE

David Bowie

2013

This exhibition marked the 40th anniversary of one of Duffy’s most iconic David Bowie images, the famous Aladdin Sane album cover which is still considered to be the most memorable album cover of its decade, and the Mona Lisa and the pop world.

This world exclusive exhibition was at White Cloth Gallery for over three months and displayed 30 prints of the legend and his band over a number of years. Through talks, Q&A’s and film screenings we were able to show the journey Brian Duffy took with Bowie, along with the progression of Bowie’s long and varied career.

DUFFY - DAVID BOWIE

SHARON BOOTHROYD

They All Say Please

2015

Sharon Boothroyd is a photographic artist based in London. She is a photography lecturer at Ithaca College, London Centre and Roehampton University. Sharon is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art commencing September 2016.

“After finding prayer cards in a church I became interested in other peoples’ prayers as a way of learning about our shared inner desires and wishes. I discovered online prayer forums where people post their prayers anonymously. I selected and edited some of these prayers down and created photographic interpretations for them.

I realised that, at some point in my life, many of these prayers had subconsciously been my own.”

This exhibition explored people’s inner most wishes and desires.

SHARON BOOTHROYD

 

PIPPA EASON & EMILY TOMASSO

Penny $dols

2016

A synthesis of sculpture and photography, Penny Idol$ highlights a pound shop aesthetic, glamorising kitsch, or defamiliarizing the mundane.

The show aimed to target nostalgia, and questions of taste using ambitious photographic manipulation to push the ordinary object into higher realms of being.

The gaudy, the tacky, and the downright daring are explored within this set of photographs, to which we imagine experimentally curated, make for a vibrant ‘pop’.

Pippa Eason & Emily Tomasso are collaborated to bring the notions of ‘objecthood’ and photography together, adjoining the two mediums in an overload to the senses. One of our favourites!

PIPPA EASTON

JONNY PICKUP

Flush

2016

This exhibition documented the globalised product of Darjeeling tea in a linear narrative, illustrating all stages of production from the planting in India, through to sale of product in England.

The project aimed to highlight contemporary concerns of rapid urbanisation and tourism in Darjeeling, investigates anthropologically into the lives of plantation workers, and depicted globalisation as a phenomenon of Modernity.

JONNY PICKUP

SIR PETER BLAKE

POP SM-ART METERS

2016

Sir Peter Blake ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, famous for work including The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sleeve design, created a unique work of art to mark the coming of smart meters to every home in Great Britain.

The ‘Pop Sm-Art’ art was an exciting mark to the coming of smart meters, which will be installed in every Great British household by 2020.

Sir Peter’s piece of original art featured the new smart meter in-home displays, which are provided with smart meters, and show households exactly how much gas and electricity they are using in pounds and pence.

Sir Peter Blake commented prior to the launch: “Pop art has always been designed for a mass audience so is the perfect medium to capture the significance of smart meters and their arrival in homes across Britain. I am looking forward to getting started and producing a piece of work that serves to record such a big historical and cultural change.”

PETER BLAKE

JONATHAN STRAIGHT

SHOT!

2017

Straight began photographing people in the urban environment in 2014 following a successful career in business. He works exclusively in black and white giving a timeless quality to his images without the distraction of colours. His work was initially posted on Instagram where it continues to attract a growing and appreciative audience. This was the first formal exhibition of his photography.

Subjects are either unaware they have been photographed, are uncertain or make some attempt to pose to the camera. None will have any idea that their portraits are being exhibited.

JONATHAN STRAIGHT

DEBBIE HARMAN

A PLACE GREATER THAN HOME

2017

Debbie Harman explores the relationship between two ‘twinned’ towns, her hometown of Goole, East Yorkshire and its twinned site Zlotow, Poland.

The journey was eased by finding comfort in the lands visual similarities, be that waterways or post-industrial landscapes. Debbie diced between clarity and confusion. In the act of attempting to form visual ties between the towns, constantly confronted with the difficult politics of immigration that surrounded the project.  The final exhibition is not geographically identified, ‘A place greater than home’ exists in the space between the two destinations. It is a space where you can identify your own sense of home.