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Current Exhibition:

New Curators: TOAST

26 April - 9 May 2015

The next generation of Curators

TOAST: A 'New Curators' Exhibition

New Curators is a new approach to engage young curatorial ability. It has been developed by the School House Gallery and is run in association with York St John University.

Our New Curators are: Uriah Gabriel, Jacob Lomax, Helen Parker, Charlotte Sane and Charlotte Walsh.

TOAST will feature works by contemporary artists Andy Black, Jade Blood, Andrew Crane, Debra Fear, Karen Thompson and Louise Winter.

We live in a society in which the gallery space is one of alienation and exclusivity. Restraining our tentative movements around the white cube and regulating the production of meaning; exactly what powers do these intimidating white walls possess that influence us as viewers?

Our understanding of the objects within the gallery space is confined by our pre-existing notions of what art is. Through the muddle of our expectations and the ideologies thrust upon us by the institution, we interact only with what we already know. As the gallery space elevates objects to the position of art they become a means through which the agenda of the art market, the appropriation and commodification of art, are disseminated and reinforced.

This exhibition questions the role of the gallery in mediating meaning by playing with the possibilities of curation, asking the viewer to interact with art in different ways. Being art practitioners themselves, this New Curators' exhibition at the School House Gallery brings into light the fine line between art practice and curation; quite possibly leading to the exhibition standing as an artwork in itself.

See more at the TOAST website.




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Create 15: Degree Show by York St John Fine Art students

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Eleanor Worthington

4 - 12 June 2015

Eleanor Worthington Prize 2015: Art & Disability

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Michael Lyons

20 June - 15 August 2015

Michael Lyons: Half-Light

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