Collective Re-opening | Christian Newby

It’s been a long wait but we are delighted to announce our phased re-opening from 1 April. Collective’s outdoor grounds and coffee Kiosk will open for local visitors Thursday-Sunday throughout April, followed by a full re-opening of exhibition spaces on Thursday 13 May with the unveiling of Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy, a new exhibition by artist Christian Newby.

Christian's new commission responds to Collective’s City Dome, originally built to house an astronomical telescope, with a large-scale textile - Flower-Necklace-Cargo-Net -. The new tapestry combines Christian’s mark-making with industrial carpet tufting to explore how questions of labour, authorship and materiality define the fine and applied arts. Images found within the tapestry subvert typical rug and textile design motifs such as flowers, birds and shells with free-hand organic forms, pictorially contained by a large net that envelopes the whole work – alluding to our shared experience of enclosure during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Satellites Programme participant Holly McLean’s film exhibition If you get the knees right the rest should follow will also re-open from 13 May.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Collective, where social distancing measures will be in place to help keep you safe.