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Contemporary Art Exhibitions

Joanna Whittle: On Shifting Ground

Joanna Whittle’s On Shifting Ground includes paintings from recent years and current projects as well as some of her signature works on loan from private collections. The work will showcase her exploration of painting through real and imagined landscapes and the artefacts that emerge from unknown worlds. The exhibition will also include items selected from the Whitaker’s collection, selected by Joanna, opening conversations between these artefacts and her own works.

Whittle is a painter who explores transient rituals concealed within the structures we leave in the landscape. Many of her works also explore themes of memorial, evidencing unseen and repeated rituals conducted in acts of mourning. They are often painted onto copper to allow the ground to glow through, illuminating darkened scenes and giving them the appearance of icons or meticulously laid on to ephemeral paper postcards which become heavy with paint.

Throughout her work Whittle explores themes of ungroundedness and loss, of shifting perspectives and hidden activities and their fragile residue in the landscape and through an almost forensic attention to detail she attempts to hold this fragility in a frozen but elusive moment.
  • Dates
    Saturday 22nd October 2022 – Sunday 18th December 2022
  • Tickets

    Free.

    Join us for our opening event on Saturday 22 October at 2pm – no need to book, just come along.

Joanna Whittle is a member of the Contemporary British Painting Society and has had solo exhibitions at Agnews, London and the Museum of London, whilst taking part in numerous group exhibitions and projects including Heavy Water, at Site Gallery, 2021 where she became a founding member of the Heavy Water Collective.

In 2019 she was the winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize and in 2020 was awarded the New Light Valeria Sykes Award. In 2020 she was awarded Arts Council funding to work with the Portland Collection, Nottinghamshire, culminating in a solo exhibition at the Harley Gallery on the Welbeck estate.

Between 2019-22 she undertook a residency with the Freelands Foundation at Site Gallery, Sheffield. In 2022 she collaborated with the archaeologist, Dr Lizzy Craig-Atkins, from the University of Sheffield, to explore material culture and funerary landscapes as part of the Festival of the Mind, exhibiting work produced at Millenium Gallery (Sheffield). She is currently undertaking a research project at the National Fairground and Circus Archive at Sheffield University which will culminate in a solo exhibition at the archive in 2023, supported by an Arts Council England Project Grant.

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