is the latest exhibition at Oriel Davies to be produced and created
by the Young Curators group. Now in its second very successful year,
the Young Curators project has proved again that nine months of
graft and energy given over by these young people is time and effort
very well spent! This ambitious exhibition brings together the work
of twenty-six artists from Wales and the Border regions, and is
a real testament to the Young Curators’ genuine enthusiasm
and vision for contemporary visual art.
of the twenty-six artists was made from over ninety high quality
submissions, and presented just one of the many tasks taken on by
the Young Curators. Those selected, the group thought, were perhaps
at critical points within their careers or practices: some may have
not yet necessarily ‘made it’; some are new, young and
emerging artists, just out of college; others may have been working
for a while, but have not yet had many an opportunity to show work
at such a level. The Young Curators felt that by targeting artists
in this way, they could present a particularly fresh and exciting
exhibition in the gallery space, which would not only reflect their
ideas about what they as Young Curators found interesting in contemporary
art, but which would also give lesser-known artists the chance to
surface - hence the title.
Surface is the
result of strong and professional curatorial team-work. Careful
consideration and appreciation by the Young Curators for each of
the group’s selections, together with a keen eye for the relationships
between the pieces chosen and the artists’ varied practices,
has brought to fruition an exciting, visually stimulating and thought
provoking exhibition. Importantly, the show also reflects the Young
Curator’s impressions of what can constitute contemporary
art and some of its varied and dynamic aspects.
The Young Curators
project introduces the curating and exhibiting practice to a group
of enthusiastic young people who are at the early stages of their
exploration the contemporary visual arts field. Their participation
in every stage of the curation of this show, from initial concept
and selection, through to marketing and hanging the final show,
has been vital to the great success of the project.
The 2006 Young Curators were: Jon Cooke, Kim Davies, Naomi Eagles,
Sarah Evans, Ffion Griffith, Zoë Human, Bonnie Phillips.
artists are: Karen Bennett, Sonja Benskin Mesher, Richard Bevan,
Helen Booth, Morag Colquhoun, Barrie J Davies, Carwyn Evans, Robyn
Gittins, Mair Hughes, Kevin Hunt, Matthew Jenkins, Jools Johnson,
Justine Johnson, Maggie Jones, Petra Mills, Tim Long, Thomas Newton,
Alan Palmer, Matthew Richardson, Mari Roberts, William Roberts,
Hugh Sanders, Antonia Spowers, Angharad Taris, Liz Toole, Maureen
Colquhoun, Red House, Green House, 2003, wood, plant dyes,
poplar, 180 x 190 x 106 cm. Copyright of the artist and courtesy
of Oriel Davies.