October 6, 2006 - ArtSway - Jamie Shovlin
October 6, 2006

Jamie Shovlin

Jamie Shovlin, Plate 4 – Evil Bastard the Magpie (After Archibald Thorburn, 1915) from The Birds in Her Garden (2004 – 2006), pencil, pencil crayon on paper.

Jamie Shovlin

14 October-26 November 2006

Reception for the Artist:
Saturday 14 October, 2pm

Station Road, Sway, Nr Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 6BA
T: 01590 682260
E: mail [​at​] artsway.org.uk
W. www.artsway.org.uk

ArtSway is open Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm. Admission is Free

ArtSway is pleased to be hosting Aggregate, a major touring exhibition of work by Jamie Shovlin, a contemporary visual artist with a growing reputation for innovative and unique work. Shovlin has increasingly been recognised by a range of national and international institutions as well as a host of critics and writers and has recently exhibited in Becks Futures 2006, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and the Art Now Space at Tate Britain, London. Aggregate brings together a series of new works commissioned by four UK venues: The City Gallery, Leicester; ArtSway, New Forest; Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh; and Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Shovlin is known for taking a hybrid approach to his work that allows him to act as artist, researcher, archivist, and curator in works such as the Naomi V. Jelish project (2001-2004) which has been acquired for the Saatchi Collection. In Aggregate, Shovlin muddies the boundaries between authoritative systems of knowledge such as Darwins theory of evolution, and apparently inconsequential ways of making sense of the world such as jigsaw puzzles and amateur bird watching. These small hobbies and pastimes are re-framed by the artist as small exercises in control and order; in The Birds in her Garden (2006), the artist draws together his mothers daily observations about garden birds with illustrative and textual examples culled from the long history of ornithological illustration and taxonomy.

Recent solo exhibitions include Lustfaust: A Folk Anthology 1976-1981 at Freight Volume, New York and Fontana Modern Masters at Riflemaker, London.
Note: ArtSway will cover reasonable expenses for travel from writers and critics who have either been commissioned by a publication/journal and/or are considering a speculative piece about the gallery or exhibition.

For high resolution images, interviews, photo-calls or more information, please contact Laura McLean-Ferris on 01590 682260 x 16 or email laura@artsway.org.uk

Exhibition Related Events

Free Coach from London for Exhibition Opening, 14 October 2006, 11:30am from Tate Britain, Millbank
We would be delighted to welcome visitors from London to the opening of this exhibition and artists reception and have provided some free transport to the New Forest. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided, before returning to London for the early evening. Booking in advance essential, Free

Gallery Talk and Book Launch: Saturday 28 October, 2pm
Join artist Jamie Shovlin as he discusses his new commission for ArtSway with independent writer and curator Francesco Manacorda. The publication accompanying Aggregate will be officially launched after the talk. Booking Essential – Free

The Real Me? with Jamie Shovlin: Saturday 11 November, 1pm – 4pm
A workshop for 7 to 11 year olds exploring truth and fiction and secret identities. Bring photos, newspaper cuttings and your imagination and let artist Jamie Shovlin help you create a 3D framed collage of fiendish fakery. Booking Essential – Cost £15

Trip to Gilbert Whites House in Selborne, Hampshire: Saturday 25 November, 11pm – 5pm
Join artist Jamie Shovlin on a trip to The Wakes in Selborne, the 18th century house and gardens of Gilbert White, the ecologist and founding father of scientific recording. Cost £5. Free to Friends of ArtSway

ArtSway is the contemporary visual arts centre in the New Forest, United Kingdom, presenting a changing exhibition programme of international significance in a unique rural environment, while facilitating the development of new works by artists and offering creative opportunities for audiences.

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