images courtesy of @MattJWilkinson
Here/ There is an exhibition by artist Charlotte Dawson, containing pieces developed during Abingdon Studios’ 2020 Work/Leisure Residency and produced remotely in her Sheffield-based studio. The exhibition ties both locations together through a body of work that utilises the forms of commonplace homeware. The sculptures allude to the use of ordinary objects as both purposeful facilitators of work and as commemorative and complex harbourers of sentiment.
Dawson’s artistic practice is often concerned with the capability of overlooked objects to become important cultural and personal touchstones. Here/There presents a collection of sculptures that directly questions the worth of objects used in both service and embellishment, by eliminating their practical nature and approaching the objects as a multiple collective, inhabiting the gallery space in familiar and dissenting ways. The pieces included in the exhibition settle somewhere between sculpture, functional object, souvenir, and commemoration.
Charlotte Dawson (b. 1997) is an artist currently based in Sheffield, having studied at Norwich University of the Arts (2018). Charlotte has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions including the Bloc Projects Members Show and had her debut solo exhibition, Set in Sediment at Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent (2019). In 2020 Charlotte received recognition as part of the Henry Moore, Artist award Scheme and completed Chisenhale Studios, Into the Wild artist Development Programme.
To find out more about Dawson’s period of residency that preceded this solo exhibition you can visit: https://work-leisure.org/charlotte-dawson-2020/
For a recent interview with Dawson visit: http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2020/11/objects-can-be-used-to-explore-contrasts-or-boundaries-a-conversation-with-artist-charlotte-dawson/
The exhibition is made possible through a successful application to Arts Council Englands National Lottery Project Grant Fund, led by artist Charlotte Dawson and supported by Abingdon Studios, Blackpool and Bloc Projects, Sheffield.
For documentation from the exhibition tour to Bloc Projects, please visit their website
With thanks to Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant Fund.