London artists, Julie Ann and Julia Maddison, will use a wall of the gallery as a giant scrapbook, displaying images and objects; specially made, collected or found. The installation will revolve around the dialogue between the two artists, who have much in common – but also find themselves at odds with each other in their artistic practices and most other aspects of their lives. This dialogue is also part of a much wider discussion about women; what has changed in the past hundred years since we were given the vote? We are celebrating the fact that we are now allowed to be indiscreet; we can shout, we don’t have to hide.
‘The title of the show, The Sisters of Indiscretion, came to us after a visit to a local convent, St. Saviour’s in Queensbridge Road. We were filled with admiration for the members of this community – but, obviously, we are not nuns ourselves; the installation will be a celebration of our freedoms, and raise questions about our choices as artists and middle-aged women. The photographs, drawings, notes, scraps and seeming fripperies will strike a chord with the careful viewer’.
There will be a Question & Answer session during the final weekend of the show
About the Artists:
Since completing an MA in Fine Art at Middlesex University (where she met Julia Maddison) in 2012, Julie Ann has participated in numerous group shows in London. She draws and paints often from observation and mainly figures in space – usually nothing too determined but open to chance and with a sense of something happening in time and place or something just below the surface. She is also interested in walking as art, medium, practice and form and likes to collaborate on installations, responding to a site or a theme and using found objects and/or various media.
Largely an installation artist, Julia Maddison’s work deals with lies, longing, memory, sickness and sex. She is slowly piecing together a museum of domestic misery, collecting and reworking the flotsam of forgotten lives. She has exhibited widely, including a solo show based on Maeve Brennan’s Novella ‘The Visitor’, in Germany, and ‘Most Loved Most Far’, an installation about the death of her mother, at the Herrick Gallery in Piccadilly last year. She curated ‘I am ready for you, darling’, a show about history, secrets and sex in an abandoned shop in Kings Cross and was last year’s Artist-in-Residence at Stephens House in North London.
Julie Ann and Julia Maddison will also have have an instore residency at the Greatart store, Kingsland Road on 27th, 28th and 29th April
“We will provide an enlarged map of the area, extending from Great Art to the Canal, taking in various sites of significance, eg Hundred Years Gallery, the Geffrye Museum, Haggerston Baths and Hackney City Farm. We will invite the public to add to the map, drawing, painting or modelling themselves, their favourite local shops, sights, or anything with significance for them. We will provide them with a wide range of materials from Great Art, encouraging the use of experimentation, imagination, memory and creativity. We look forward to engaging with the public; hearing their stories, personal histories and recollections, while we gather and display their words, images and ideas.
“At the end of 3 days, we hope to have a busy and colourful record of the local community”.