This project offered an insight into the development of the exhibition The Trouble with Painting Today, curated by Hannah Conroy and Members of the Wandsworth branch of University of the Third Age. For Pump House Gallery’s second annual open call exhibition, Gallery Assistant Ella Lewis-Williams was invited to attend the curatorial sessions and produce a weekly blog post to document the process of the exhibition’s formation. This work further provided a focus for this display in the Project Space and enabled the re-positing of an often unseen process back into the public realm.
The images, documents and books presented offered a look behind-the-scenes of staging an exhibition. Visitors were invited to leaf through the books and share their thoughts. One vitrine display showcased the voices, conversations and debates that shaped the exhibition. Texts and images summarised the curatorial team’s weekly sessions and their discoveries and decisions along the way. A second vitrine paid attention to some of the critical conversations surrounding the exhibition’s concerns on painting’s status today. Proposals submitted by three successful applicants were presented alongside art historical references discussed in relation to their work and wider exhibition themes.
Pump House Gallery would like to thank Ella Lewis-Williams and Hannah Conroy for preparing the displays. You can read Ella’s blog here.
Drop-in workshop for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.