New Project//The Discursive Gallery

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If you follow me on instagram¬†you may have read some of my prattling on about wanting to go back to university and wanting to get a job using my art degree. I looked at some job adverts, if I wanted to be a designer, the world is my oyster, but that doesn’t suit me.

So I figured I’d give curation another go, but in project form (and hopefully no more offensive nipples).

It didn’t take me long to come up with the initial idea, build a gallery and then tour the gallery round the South East next summer. It didn’t take long to set up a facebook page and tumblr either; and if you share/like either of these you’ll instantly become my new best friend.

The Discursive Gallery

The gallery aims to bring the white cube exhibition space outside, on to our seafronts and in to our parks, displaying emerging artists. The gallery will be able to exhibit up to 12 individual works centred around a theme.

At each new location the exhibition will change; with a new selection of artists inhabiting the gallery, which will be in-situ for a weekend (or long weekend if bank holidays occur).

It goes without saying that the gallery will be free to visit; and it will be free to artists wanting to exhibit too. The whole project is based on bringing art to the people and bringing the white cube out. Artists will be able to sell their works through the gallery; of which no commission will be taken.

Due to the nature of the gallery, works will be wall-based, covering a multitude of disciplines, including:

  • painting
  • photography
  • illustration
  • collage/mixed media
  • fine art

Works can be no larger than A1, and although I don’t want to curtail anyones artistic freedom, artists need to remember that these exhibitions will be very public and so anything too offensive will not be shown.

So, what’s next?

I need to secure some funding and some locations and then figure out some themes (I think I have two already) and then send a call for submissions out. Exciting, no?

And you, reading this, can share this post, or the facebook page, or the tumblr – and if you’re thinking about exhibiting with The Discursive Gallery, signing up to the mailing list will make sure you get all the latest news to you before everyone elsem.

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I’m Taking A Ride With My Best Friend

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(She’s never let me down).

I’m on the train to Bexhill with Bex, travelling along the coast to visit LouLou of Inkscape, because obviously last minute tattoos are always a good idea, especially when they’re for a good cause.

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The Thursday Bex and I travel over to get tattooed (sorry Granddad) it’s raining and over-cast, and I can’t help but think of the last 13 years since I started self harming, and then I stop thinking about that because knowing it’s been 13 years is miserable. I think instead about how the semi-colon is used in writing. I think about the reason we’re going to see Lou specifically; I think about Project Semicolon.

  1. The semicolon or semicolon (;) is a punctuation mark that separates major sentence elements. A semicolon can be used between two closely related independent clauses, provided they are not already joined by a coordinating conjunction.

Visiting Inkscape is like visiting old friends, and Lou is softly spoken as she talks about why she started this project after seeing it plastered over social media. Lou wanted to give something back, a project that involves not just the tattooed community but those with mental illness, a project that has the potential to bring people together and forge connections. Lou tells Bex and I that mothers, daughters, and whole families come to share the experience of getting a semi-colon tattoo, that it becomes part of the healing process Рto share the stories of survival.

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While talking in the shop, a mother and her daughters are there, proudly showing off their semicolon tattoos and it’s easy to see the love and the connections of a family brought together in a shared experience. It’s moments like that that make me believe.

The nature of the project lends itself to personal stories of strife and upset and those getting these tattoos often bare their souls to Lou as she tattoos them, they share their stories and Lou struggles to find the words to explain how blessed and privileged she is to be part of this persons journey.

I’ve been struggling whilst doing this project… so it’s been close to my heart too… just had major changes in my life last 6 months so it’s helped me not fall when people are being so strong…

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So far Lou has raised over ¬£350 for Mind, the full cost of the tattoo being donated. Pricing the tattoos at ¬£10 makes it accessible, and the atmosphere at the shop is welcoming, as Lou shows me photographs of the semicolon tattoos that she has already done, it touches me, and it’s all so wonderful to remember that I too, am not alone.¬†That even though it’s the hardest thing in the world to remember, none of us are ever alone.

It’s not just the money though, it’s the experience of having a tattoo that carries so much meaning, personally and universally. It’s that tattooing can be a replacement for self abuse, it’s that beauty can come from the darkest of places and it’s remembering that it’s not over yet.

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