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13 Jul 2012

“Niet Normaal: Difference on Display” at Bluecoat, Liverpool, 13 July-2 September

From the DaDa website

“The exhibition first materialised in Amsterdam as a huge, almost Biennial-size show including ninety artists and more than one hundred different pieces. Scaled down in its Liverpool incarnation and with a unique focus on language, the exhibition is not so much interrogating issues surrounding difference, but ‘Normalcy’.

Curator Ine Gevers explained how the theme of ‘normal’ operates within the show. “It’s about what is normal and who decides … basically, it’s about how we construct society. The whole word normal only came to exist in the 19th century and there is no such thing as normality. On the one hand everybody is different so how do we construct this ‘normalcy’ how do we do that?”” (from a review by Amy Jones, posted at The Double Negative)

“Niet Normaal isn’t about disability, but through examining the idea of what is and isn’t normal, another conversation emerges about how impairment is a normal part of life. And through that of how disabling, accepted notions of normality can be?” (review posted on Disability Arts Online, 12 July 2012)


Weaving The Century: Tapestry from Dovecot Studios 1912-2012, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 13 July – 7 October 2012; Compton Verney, 20 October 2012 – 16 December 2012

view of the exhibition entrance, a tapestry handing high above a corridor and lift entrance to left, open doorways into the show on the right
View of the exhibition, from the Dovecot website

“This is the first major Dovecot tapestry exhibition to be presented in Scotland for over thirty years. Curated by art historian Dr Elizabeth Cumming and presented across all three of Dovecot’s public gallery spaces. The exhibition features over 60 tapestries, rugs and rarely seen works on loan from major museums and private collections in America and Britain.

In the one hundred years since it was established Dovecot weavers have built a reputation of collaborated with leading international modern and contemporary artists, a tradition which continues today. Weaving The Century: Tapestry from Dovecot Studios 1912-2012 will bring together work from many of these artists including: David Hockney, Paul Gauguin, Elizabeth Blackadder, Sir Peter Blake, Edward Wadsworth, Cecil Beaton, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Louise Nevelson and Claire Barclay.” (Dovecot website)

“You will see colour, great invention, great imagination, and great variety in this show,” said art historian Dr Elizabeth Cumming, curator of the Tapestry: Weaving the Century at Dovecot Studios 1912 – 2012 exhibition at Compton Verney. The Edinburgh-based Dovecot Studios celebrate their centenary this year with a major exhibition, shown first in Edinburgh and now Warwickshire, featuring 60 rarely seen tapestries and rugs loaned from museums and private collections in America and Britain.” (Oxford Mail,  6 December 2012)


Olivia Plender at Arnolfini

Olivia Plender – Rise Early, Be Industrious, Arnolfini, Bristol, 13 July-8 September 2012

Installation view, from Arnolfini programme archive