Beautiful Life – Memory and Nostalgia, press release

A new exhibition, Beautiful Life – Memory and Nostalgia, will be opening in The Atkins Building at Creative Hinckley Gallery on 28th November 2011, and will run until 13th January 2012.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Ming Turner and was developed by South Hill Park, Bracknell and De Montfort University in partnership with the Arts Council, Charnwood Arts and Sin Pink Art Space (Taiwan). The exhibition has recently been on view in Bracknell, Berkshire, and after its time at Creative Hinckley it will be toured to the Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in March-April 2012.

The initial idea behind the curation of this project was to bring together artists from the five continents, by which it aimed to respond to the forthcoming London Olympics in 2012. The exhibition features work by ten artists from around the world, who were specifically selected from established and emerging artists from diverse backgrounds, and whose art covers the various themes of post-colonialism. Migration and travelling across geopolitical borders have always been important elements of man’s activity throughout history. In recent decades, owing to the rapid development of transportation, travelling across borders has become a more influential issue in modern society, and it has created the phenomena of displacement and hybridised cultures. The exhibition explores the ideas of travelling, nostalgia, memory, and the issues of identity, postcolonialism, diaspora, the sense of belonging and authenticity.

This is one of the first major group shows to feature in the wonderful, recently completed gallery space in Lower Bond Street. Visitors can expect to see a range of styles and media, including photography, paintings and video works by contemporary artists from Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

Dr Turner approached Creative Hinckley in the summer of 2010, at which time the partnership was agreed with Beverley Chandler. Since then, all plans have been put in place, the works have been gathered from around the globe and the first leg of the tour for this project was succesfully launced in Bracknell. It is anticipated that the enthusiasm shown for the work by vistors to South Hill Park will be replicated in Hinckley, as it is a rare opportunity to view such a variety of contemporary art on such an important theme.

Bev Chandler, Creative Hinckley’s gallery administrator said ” …………..this exhibition will put the International flavour into that which Creative Hinckley are striving to achieve; we are all really looking forward to a great show”

The Private View will be hosted on Wednesday 7th December, although the doors will open to the public from Monday 28th November
What Would You Take With You? (2011).