Group Show at Smolensky Gallery Manchester
First in-person exhibition by In Transit
Curated by Celina Loh
Featuring works by Arabel Lebrusan, Charlie Fitz, Latifah A., Stranack, Mira Hirtz and Naomi Harwin
Cura takes from the Latin word which means ‘to take care’ or ‘to help’. Cura showcases the work of women artists Arabel Lebrusan, Charlie Fitz, Latifah A. Stranack, Mira Hirtz and Naomi Harwin. These artists undertook In Transit’s residency where they explored how access can be a creative and intellectual consideration in their practice - moving past the checklist for meeting the needs of disabled audiences in museums and galleries.
Cura brings together paintings, prints, sculptures and installations that unpack matters of care from the personal to the collective. The artists have produced the works with creatively integrated audio descriptions and used multisensory approaches – this means beyond seeing, you can listen, touch and be a part of some of the works. Together, the artists and their works propose more caring ways of being and making.
This exhibition is more than a display of art; it is a living research experiment. We invite you to be part of the process, to learn alongside us, and to help us test the effectiveness of creative access on audience engagement.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Digital collage "Breathing spaces" as part of "breathe • rest • play" here (link opens in new tap):
This is an end of residency exhibition with the platform In Transit showcasing works by myself, Abi Ola and Naomi Harwin. In a world that places a constant demand on productivity, this exhibition is dedicated to individuals in need to breathe, rest and play – as the title conveys. Whether you are going through a challenging time, living with disabilities, chronic illness, or facing mental health challenges, this exhibition is for you.
The works on display and its accompanying workshops invite you to hold space for yourself and others, both present and absent in this online space. This means opening your heart and granting yourself permission to let go of all judgments, even if only temporarily. Alongside the exhibited works are prompts that encourage you to interact with them and share your experiences/pieces to be displayed in the Open Gallery. Through this, the exhibition hopes to foster empathy and compassion, showing that strength and evolution can come from sharing a space.
Let this exhibition be a space where you meet yourself and others with complete openness, honesty and love. A space for you to breathe • rest • play, a time to heal.
Whitgift Centre, 46-47 Trinity Court, Croydon CR0 1UQ
Friday May 5th, 12-5pm
Sign up here!
Saturday May 6th, 12-4pm
Matinee with open exhibition, talk and performance
We invite you to join us in a twofold event at Turf project space!
We compose an installation of artworks and research within the space. This will serve as the starting point to participate, dialogue and perform. The installation circles around questions of how we share and articulate our experiences of being-in-the-world through sonic, visual and movement practices.
To take part in our Performative Encounters, sign up for Friday - see below.
To see the culminating exhibition, talk and performance, join us on Saturday.
Friday, May 5th: Performative Encounters
Come and participate in our practice! There will be slots to sign up for Performative Encounters as participants. These will not be open to the general public. Franziska and Mira will each facilitate a performative encounter with you, and both will happen at the same time as they are in dialogue with each other. With our two desks and two practices, we will invite you to talk about things like resemblances and differences, maps and what they express, sounding weight and stories of navigation. These encounters will make use of verbal and non-verbal languages. Materials will be used playfully and be added to the existing installation in the space.
Each performative encounter lasts 45 minutes. To see the available time slots and to sign up, click here.
Saturday, May 6th: Matinee
12pm-4pm: open exhibition
2pm: Artist talk and performative response
Come to our Saturday matinee! Open to the public, here you can see the installation of the artists which has been complemented, altered and rearranged by the participants. There will also be an artist talk and a performative response in which we share our practices.
About our practices:
Franziska's practice in movement, sound and visual arts, is grounded in embodied awareness. Her current reseach looks at sounding from the perspective of weight and place in the body. She applies mapping and performing as aesthetic tools. Through those tools she explores how the singular lived experience can become a space for encounter and mediation.
Mira’s current research looks at how aesthetic practices express the reality of our being-in-the-world. Her research evolves around questions such as: What shifts the view of ourselves and the world? What is a body? How do we define and experience discomfort, wellbeing and processes of healing? Mira is curious about how we translate these sensorial and cognitive experiences into a sharable language. She explores which knowledge lies within navigating our needs and believes in our every-day life.
What is a relaxed performance?
There is an open attitude towards audience sound and movements, you are invited to do what you feel what you need
Different types of seating options will be available
You can move, around in your seat of in the space
If you need a separate quiet space let us know anytime
If you want to enquire about accessibility, please see here: https://turf-projects.com/access-inclusion/
or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org