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Dream On Exhibition at V&A Museum of Childhood

A NEW exhibition is to be unveiled at the V&A Museum of Childhood which delves into the exploration of dreams, waking and conscious and what lies between the two. Dream On shall encompass several components including ceramic work by celebrated artist Christie Brown, installations from the museum’s projects with young people from St George’s Hospital Tooting and primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.

Hakeem by Exuma Final, 2017. By pupils at Lauriston Primary School Hackney
Hakeem by Exuma Final, 2017.  Photograph: By pupils at Lauriston Primary School Hackney.

The exhibition centres around the relationships we form with objects and our possessions and the power we give them, whilst also suggesting that, like in our dreams when we sleep, they come alive when we are not looking.

Brown’s contribution Ludus Est evocatively incorporates dolls and toys from her own childhood memories, displaying a narrative in which two dolls explore the museum once it is closed.

Ludus Est - Caroline and Godfrey go to school, Ceramic 2017. Photos by Sylvain DeleuLudus Est – Caroline and Godfrey go to school, Ceramic 2017. Photography: Sylvain Deleu.

The exhibition features work from artists from a variety of disciplines. On display is the ceramic work of Brown who is also Emerita Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in London. Also featured is the work of Katherine Tulloh, a painter and film maker from Hackney, whose work encapsulates ideas of memories within the present. The esteemed photography of Australian-native, Madeleine Waller, is also incorporated into the exhibition.

by Daisy Sewell

The exhibition is open from February 10, 2018 until January 20, 2019 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Pallant House Gallery Shows Award-winning Outsider Art

LIVELY dreamscapes by award-winning textile artist, James Gladwell are on display at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester this spring. As winner of the 2016 Outside In Award, Gladwell’s prize afforded him the opportunity to mount Dreams, his first solo show. Outside In is a platform for British and international artists who face barriers to participating within the art world owing to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Inspired by memories, TV shows and his home in Norfolk, Gladwell’s works meticulously to create playful designs that reflect calm and serenity.

Recently, Gladwell has become increasingly fascinated by his wonderful dreams of mermaids, make-believe birds and fabulous multi-coloured mushrooms which he records as soon as he wakes up. “I used to use a book to draw pictures, now I do it the way my mind tells me. Like at night time, you have a dream and you can put it straight onto cloth. If I get things in my head, I start drawing,” he says.

Pallant House Gallery, Outside In, James Gladwell, textilesJames Gladwell, The Horns and the Face. Courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery

Gladwell comes from a Romany Gypsy family and was taught as a child to cross-stitch flower motifs by his grandmother, a skill that he has developed further at the Barrington Farm art centre in Norfolk. He has experimented with other stitches but concludes, “I only do one stitch and that’s cross stitch. I can work quicker doing a cross stitch than anything else.”

Pallant House Gallery, Outside In, James Gladwell, textilesJames Gladwell, The Mushroom Field 1. Courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery

Gladwell also draws his designs on paper, and then transfers the imagery onto cloth via a screen. As he embroiders, James selects threads in vibrant colours and alternates them for a pleasing effect. In his lively piece, The Mushroom Field tiny satin stitches interpose the pastel-coloured pen, an effect which gives the impression of couched yarn. He explains, “I used ordinary cotton and a gold thread. There are 18 of them metallic threads. There’s one with all different colours it looks really nice. I change the colours. I do one colour then another colour to bring it out. Like one way I do green and then go back with a yellow.”

Pallant House Gallery, Outside In, James Gladwell, textilesJames Gladwell, The Tree with the Twirls On, Courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, James Gladwell: The Dreams runs from April 8 to 4 June 4, 2017 at the Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ

Telephone: +44 (0)1243 774557
Email: info@pallant.org.uk

Front Page Image: James Gladwell, The Mushroom Field 1, Courtesy of the Pallant House Gallery