Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Outing Ageing

4 - 24 October 2013
Private View: Thurs 3 October, 2013 18.00 - 20.00
Outing Ageing, A Discussion: Fri 18th October 19.00 - 21.00

The Holy Biscuit is pleased to present ‘Outing Ageing’, a group exhibition curated by artist Kay Steven, tackling the topic of ageing, from 4-24 October 2013. The exhibitions features new work by a variety of artists and creative voices including, Wayne Medford, Rachel Magdeburg, Cath Walshaw, L.A Powell, Marcia Ley, Ron Moule, David Foggo, Jeff Lee, Sarah Crisp and Kay Steven.

In Coming of Age, Simone de Beauvoir referred to old age as society’s secret shame. Ageing affects everyone, yet it is often pushed to the margins of society, like a relative we are embarrassed. People respond to ageing in different ways – from embracing it to trying to manipulate its impact on their physical appearance. Exhibition curator, Kay Steven, says: “I am both fascinated by my own responses to ageing and slightly perturbed by its quiet presence. Changes happen every day - mentally and physically. Some changes are more perceptible than others.” Artists in this exhibition have responded to the call to out ageing through surprising subjects, memories and processes, putting ageing at the centre of conversations and communities.

The Private View is on Thursday, 3rd October 2013, 18.00-20.00 and will feature a performance piece by Sarah Crisp, which will engage us with our fears and questions about ageing. On Friday, 18 October, 19.00-21.00, there will be a public conversation event, with reflections by the artists, as well as academics from Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities, on how the work engages with religious themes of ageing, wisdom, maturity and death, providing new insights and understandings on the subject.

Kay Steven won best in show at The Holy Biscuit’s annual Advent exhibition in 2012. Her practice is rooted in freeform textiles, crocheted/knitted pieces and sculpture, which emerge from a reflective exploration of connected and unconnected moments.

For more information, follow the Outing Ageing blog or go to the facebook event to let us know you are coming!

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