Structure and Material l Claire Barclay, Becky Beasley, Karla Black

This exhibition brings together three artists who each use an abstract, allusive vocabulary of object-making to investigate the way we create meaning through form.  Their chosen media and techniques are very different, though in each case familiar materials are made unsettlingly strange. 

Unlikely sculptural materials such as cosmetics, sugar paper, blackboard paint and brass hinges, or craft in the form of turned wood and tapestry, are co-opted by all three artists to diverse and distinctive effect.  From elements that are sometimes meagre or over-familiar, new forms are created that are authentically mysterious and highly evocative.

An Arts Council Collection exhibition curated by Katrina Brown and Caroline Douglas



An Arts Council Collection exhibition from Southbank Centre, London.



Thursday 29 September

6pm – 8pm

Friends, family and colleagues welcome.


In Conversation


Saturday 26 November, 2pm

Claire Barclay and Becky Beasley will talk about the relationships between their work during an informal tour of the exhibition.


Book your free place in advance by calling 01922 654400.


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Image credit:  Karla Black, Persuader Face, 2011. Installation detail Longside Gallery, March 2011. Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. Photo: Jonty Wilde