Current Exhibition

Current exhibition: 

fold SHARON HAWARD

Preview Saturday 12 May 2-5pm

Exhibition continues 12 May – 2 June, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm

Visual artist Sharon Haward will be exhibiting a range of assemblages and objects inspired by Modernist architecture and the contributions made to it by female and male architects and designers. The work on show has been created during a short residency at Rye Creative Centre, Rye.

On Saturday 26 May there will be two activities which will enable the public to get involved in working site specifically.

From 10am-1pm there will be a 3 hour workshop where the building and its environs will be used as a sensory stimulus for mapping, drawing and text based activities which will be compiled into an artists book. For further information and to book a place on this workshop please click here to email Sharon directly.

At 2pm Haward will chair a panel discussion with independent curator Christine Gist and artists Nicole Zaaroura and Louise Kenwood exploring the process of researching and creating site-specific work and on curating projects with British and European partners at a range of non-gallery venues, sites and locations in the UK and abroad.

Fold is the outcome of a number of residencies and visits to Modernist villas in  Europe including Villa Stenersen in Oslo, The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht, Sonneveld House in Rotterdam and her many years experience delivering gallery education at the De La Warr Pavilion. Haward explores the tensions between the rational, heroic and transparent architecture sought by male Modernist architects and the role they often assigned to women as mere decorators of male structures. Velvet and silk are used alongside rigid wooden structures to test and play with these assumptions in an attempt to disrupt such associations.

Sharon Haward is based in Hastings and has thirty years experience of developing a multidisciplinary practice hinging on the exploration of site and sense of place. Installations
involve the insertion of objects, texts, images and/or moving image into a environment already rich with meaning, creating interventions that build new layers of meaning into the
existing site.
Haward has worked with artists and curators from UK and Europe to produce installations and assemblages in abandoned and empty buildings as well as public spaces. Recent projects include month long residencies at Chateau de Sacy,(2017) France and Atelier Austmarka, Norway(2015) Commissions include Alternate Legacies (2016) with a French artist Léonie Young at The Bridge Hastings; Site specific outdoor installation at The Space St Leonards, Peek (2016) The Mirrored Edge (2014) video works by 15 artists. Watchtower (2008) at Romney March Visitor Centre; Interface (2011) Belgium. In 2016 Haward made a location specific piece at Art-Gene in Barrow-in-Furnace. Funded projects include Space Interrupted 2014-2015 with curator Clare Sheppeard at the electricity substation in Margate and a victorian fort in Gosport. Partners have included Limbo Arts, English Heritage, KCC, and Aspex. These interruptions evolved from a long term research project initiated at Curious Project Space, Eastbourne, and Making Space at Fabrica, Brighton. Collaborative Installation projects include Facade (2010) in St.Leonards and Dover, HBC and DDC; Ghost Town (2007) at the Bridge Community Centre, Halton History Group, Amicus Housing and HBC and Four Corners (2005)which was a three year site specific project at Farley Bank. Between 2012 and 2014 Haward developed a temporary experimental exhibition space and ran film installations and exhibitions in partnership with Coastal Currents + PhotoHastings. Haward has made contributions to publications Playland, Figure Ground Public Art Road Trip Book and What They Didn’t Teach you in Art School