This Will Ruin Everything – 10 Years of Recoat
“Recoat is a Scottish, grass-roots arts organisation that specialises in contemporary urban art. This year marks its 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of exhibitions, mural projects, and education programmes.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, The Lighthouse in Glasgow has invited Recoat to curate the exhibition, ‘This Will Ruin Everything’. The exhibition features forty Scottish and international artists and designers exhibiting a broad range of creative practices, from architecture to digital art to painting. The show will also feature the Lighthouse’s first ever mural, a Recoat Gallery retrospective installation and screenings of films about Recoat’s projects.
‘This Will Ruin Everything’ was a comment directed at Recoat during a mural project. It sums up the debate around public art, its purpose, function and value.
The exhibition and programme of workshops, panel discussions and screenings aim to encourage dialogue around the distinctions between design and art in contemporary creative practice and celebrates the talented creatives who move between them. Through discussions, screenings and workshops, Recoat aims to challenge audiences on their ideas around function, value, ownership and elitism.
Exhibiting artists include- 44 Flavours, Ade Adesina, Jennifer Argo, Askew, Will Barras, Erin Bradley Scott, Rebecca Davies, Elph, EMA, FiST, Emily Fong, David Galletly, Good Wives and Warriors, Fraser Gray, Lee Ivett, Jamie Johnson, Kidacne, Chris Macfarlane, Mark Lyken, Lucy MacLeod, Radik Liwen, Tommy Mason, Neil McGuire, Lucy McLauchlan, Matt,W.Moore, Matt Mignanelli, Morag Myerscough, Nawer, Tommy Perman, Risotto, Rue Five, ROID MSK, Sheone, Emer Tumulity, Kirsty Whiten, Maya Wild, Susie Wright, Denise Zygadlo.
At the Lighthouse Gallery, Glasgow 15th - 30th July 2017
Open Mon to Sat: 10.30am - 5pm & Sun: 12 - 5pm
Within my ongoing ‘investigation’ into some of Birmingham’s more unapparent areas, ‘Birmingham By Pass’ features new works referencing my time spent along the canals and waterways of Digbeth. Culminating in an installation at the intimate gallery space located just off the canal within Centrala.
Over the next month this residency shall see murals painted along the Grand Union canal. As they appear and disappear the process will be documented and finally presented as a zine. Centrala will host weekly updates as the month progresses, providing an insight into this journey - one which is not revealed when you simply look at the murals or view them online - for it is not the finished mural that is the driving force, but the process of painting and the full absorption of those surroundings. In those hours you witness things often missed when passing by, meet and hear many people’s stories and from up high on the ladder gain new vantage points.
Residency runs from 9th June to 8th July.
Closing event 7th July.
I've donated art work for a charity auction, linked to the Paradox show in Tauranga New Zealand and the Youth Street Art Exhibition initiative, please read on for more info.
"Paradox is kicking along well with huge visitor numbers continuing at the gallery (we will hit 19,000 today) with popular Live & Local events.
One of our key initiatives for the Live & Local strategy has been the Paradox Youth Art Auction.
In addition we wanted to run an auction to help out our neighbours in Edgecumbe who were recently hit by serious flooding and many of them have lost everything they own. "
Here are the details of the fund Trade.me/paradox
'Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival 2017'
28th March - 15th June
Gallery takeover by Fintan Magee, Lucy Mclauchlan, AskewOne, Rone, Sofles, Charles and Janine Willians and Jacob Yikes.
Big thanks to Shannon, George, Rob, Michaela, everyone at Toi and as always a massive thanks to Matthew Watkins for supporting, helping and filming.
Due to many requests I've made a small giclée print run of the Grand Union Canal piece.
Available in the shop at £30.
Edition of 13
35.5 x 50.5 cm (actual image size 27.5 x 42 cm)
Giclée print on heavy weight archival acid free paper
Signed & numbered by the artist
Printed in Birmingham 2016
Original photo by Matthew J Watkins.