GIFT - The Ideas Exchange

Katy Beinart, Alex Buhagiar, Clare Carswell, Catherine Charnock, George Mogg, Darla Oglesby, Ann Rapstoff, Kay Sentance, Louise Taylor, Jo Thomas & Vicky Vergou

GIFT is an exhibition of new work presented at OVADA Gallery and at sites around Oxfordshire by The Ideas Exchange (TIE) based on the themes of reciprocity, currency and exchange. TIE is a group of 12 artists from a range of disciplines, nationalities, ages and backgrounds that was formed two years ago. A core aim of group is to develop new ways of thinking, and communicating with each other, about their art practice and as such provides a supportive critical forum in which to create and evaluate new work and to connect with others in the wider community. Their practices span video, installation, painting, photography, performance, text and social intervention.

The exhibition takes the broad theme of GIFT, a concept that underpins the groupís commitment to exchange and reciprocal dialogue. Gift, in this exhibition, is less the giving and receiving of material goods, and more about other forms of generosity and exchange. Compassion and social connection are brought into the gallery setting, for example, in the work of Ann Rapstoff, who has constructed an Office for the Dissemination of Sympathy, and by Alex Buhagiar in whose work local Amnesty International members play the major part.

These interpretations of exchange also go beyond the gallery into the city of Oxford, with several of the artists working directly with the public or with specific community groups. Katy Beinart, explores her family background drawing on history, geography and horticulture to make a site-specific work in Oxfordís Botanic Gardens. Contrasting imagery drawn from local Medieval sculptures with mobile phone Bluetooth technology, Clare Carswell will be out in rural Oxfordshire making a series of interactive performance works that offer a private Ďart-momentí to a new audience, challenging the conventions of intimacy and exchange in public places.

Alongside the artworks in GIFT, TIE will be hosting a programme of associated events, live art performances and workshops around the city of Oxford and at OVADA.

EVENTS

Meet the Artists
Join the TIE artists for an informal exhibition tour and discussion about their practice.
Thu 10 Apr 2008, 6pm and Sat 24 May 2008, 2pm
FREE. Booking essential.

Gal. A Performance work by Clare Carswell
Thu 17 Apr 2008, from 6pm
FREE. Booking essential.

Film Night
A special screening of related works by several TIE artists, followed by a chaired discussion.
Thu 15 May 2008, 6-8pm
FREE. Booking essential.

Tour of Oxford Botanic Gardens with Katy Beinart
An unusual tour of the gardens, visiting artworks made as part of the exhibition.
Sat 17 May 2008, 2pm
FREE. Booking essential.

Office for the Dissemination of Sympathy
Artist Ann Rapstoff, from the Office for the Dissemination of Sympathy, invites the public to participate in research concerning the need for sympathy. To attend a consultation with the representative of the company, please visit the gallery on any of the following dates:

Preview, Fri 4 Apr; 6-8pm
Sat 5, Thu 10, Fri 11, Sat 12, Wed 23, Thu 24 and Sat 26 Apr 2008, Thu 1, Fri 2, Sat 3 and Wed 7 May; 1-4pm

For further information, and to book your place for an event please contact
Sophie Williamson: sophiewilliamson@ovada.org.uk or 01865 201782
GIFT - The Ideas Exchange


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Contact Email: email sophiewilliamson@ovada.org.uk or tel 01865 201782