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In Conversation – Sara MacKillop and Tom Godfrey

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Sara MacKillop in conversation about her exhibition 'Returns and Renewals' at PEER with Tom Godfrey, the curator of Bonington Gallery.

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During this talk, artist Sara MacKillop, will discuss her practice and current exhibition Returns and Renewals with Tom Godfrey, the curator of Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University.

Tom Godfrey is the founding director of TG, an independent gallery situated within the arts organisation Primary. Godfrey has worked previously with MacKillop on several occasions including her solo exhibition One Room Living at Bonington Gallery in 2017.

This talk is free to local residents but requires booking.

About Sara MacKillop

Sara MacKillop has an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US. Selected solo shows include: Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2017), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2016), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013); Spike Island, Bristol (2011); White Columns, New York (2011). Selected group shows include Book-Work-Book, ICA Milan (2019), Serralves Museum, Porto (2016); Hayward Gallery Touring UK venues (2016); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (214). She lives and works in London.

About Tom Godfrey

Tom Godfrey is the curator of Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University and the founding director of TG, an independent gallery situated within the arts organisation Primary.

Previously Godfrey co-founded the artist led gallery MOOT that ran from 2005-2010. MOOT gained a strong reputation for identifying several now prominent artists (including MacKillop) early in their careers and for taking an experimental & ambitious approach towards its programme.

Godfrey also ran commissioning projects and imprints including Keep Floors & Passages Clear (2008-2010) and Marbled Reams (2009-2011) working with artists including MacKillop as well as others such as Scott King, Marlie Mul, Jean Michel Wicker and James Richards. Godfrey showed these projects at spaces including White Columns, New York and The Modern Institute, Glasgow. Keep Floors and Passages Clear was later purchased by the Arts Council Collection.

After completing his MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2012, Godfrey returned to Nottingham where he ceased his own artistic practice to focus upon his curatorial interests. He opened TG in 2014, building upon previous curatorial and publishing experience to work with artists in a longer-term capacity, on a range of gallery-based exhibitions, publications, art fairs and off-site projects. In the same year he began his curatorial role at Bonington Gallery where the programme pays close attention to the ‘art school’ context that the gallery is situated within, utilising this in advocation of a multi-disciplinary approach to its programme.

Returns and Renewals, 25 October – 21 December 2019

Sara MacKillop's dual-site exhibition, Returns and Renewals, is on show at both PEER from 25 October until 21 December and at Shoreditch Library (across the street from PEER) from 25 October until 1 February. The show launches an ambitious new initiative, PEER in the Library, a year-long series of exhibitions, events and workshops that invites artists and artist collectives to create work that focuses on the spoken and written word in a variety of media.

MacKillop’s approach is intentionally to misunderstand the commonplace objects in her sphere and instead view them through the art historical lens of minimalism and its use of saturated colour and repetition. In this way the work deftly balances literal narrative with abstraction.

For PEER, MacKillop has made an installation that occupies the clean lines of the gallery’s architecture with characteristically elegant restraint. The installation, initially viewed from the street outside through the large plate glass windows is semi-obscured by the gallery blinds, and the audience’s gaze is directed through glass awareness stickers that continue into the gallery. Inside, MacKillop creates an installation comprising Ikea furniture, artist’s books and smaller sculptural objects created from commercial readymades and office ephemera. The installation at Shoreditch Library features sculptural work assembled using repatriated library trolleys and furniture currently in use. Swathes of wrapping paper, dispensed from large rolls is hung as a kind of architectural drapery, while a range of smaller objects crafted from paper continues the artist’s exploration the book as sculptural object.

About Peer in the Library

PEER in the Library is an ambitious new series of exhibitions, participatory projects and other events that invites artists and artist collectives to create and exhibit high quality artwork for Shoreditch Library. Sitting across and providing a link between PEER’s existing exhibitions and local programmes, the project aims to increase both organisations’ reach, diversify audiences, engage local communities, promote visual art in contexts outside of the gallery and present exceptional art as part of daily life.

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