AN artist-led project, curated by the Bath-based artist group IN:CH, is bringing contemporary art out of the gallery and into the communal areas of our everyday lives with Inch by IN:CH, a “portable travelling exhibition”.
The 11 artists, all working in the South West, practise a variety of art forms, and in this new project are focussing on transition, interchange and the transportation of ideas.
The artists will each present contemporary work in a travel case. These artworks include painting, assemblage, projections and sculptural installations, and will blur the boundaries between. Through these small-scale works, ideas will be shared and transported from one place to the next.
The presentation of the opened cases will vary, responding to the nature and function of each particular setting. At each location artists will engage with the audience and, developing from the themes and works in the show, workshops, talks and performances will be arranged, depending on Covid-19 restrictions.
The aim is to broaden the geography of contemporary art and engage others in their own neighbourhoods. The venues for the touring schedule will include libraries, rural museums, festivals, railway stations and village halls., all offering opportunities for interaction with a wide audience, opening up possibilities and the exchange of ideas.
One of the venues, East Somerset Railway, dates back to 1855 and was originally part of the Strawberry line, carrying both passengers and rock from local quarries. It is connected to the arts through renowned wildlife artist David Shepherd whose love of steam trains brought him to East Somerset Railway. When IN:CH artist Fiona Campbell moved to Cranmore 22 years ago there was a special gallery for his work at ESR, which has now moved.
Fiona says: “Our aim is to bring art to people who don’t normally experience it. The locations we’ve chosen are unexpected venues. As a Cranmore resident, I’m keen for the project to benefit locals as well as visitors.”
The project is seeking funding to help offer free community engagement events and enable the project to tour to multiple venues. Activities will include writing, painting and sculpture workshops, theatrical, sound and distanced performances, participatory happenings, artist talks and demonstrations to bring the work to life and provoke debate. The tour is intended to start at Fringe Arts Bath (28th May to 13th June) and end at Somerset Open Studios, (18th September to 3rd October). For more information, or to donate, visit: www.inchbyinch.uk, Instagram: @inchbyinchuk, Twitter: @inchbyINCH10.
The artists involved are Suze Adams, Linda Ashe, Fiona Campbell, Philippa Edwards, Angel Greenham, Anna Kot, Ally McGinn, Vicky McKay, Kelly M O’Brien, Shirley Sharp and James Thornton.