In this exhibition at Nunnery Gallery in East London, six artists with varying practices explore subjects including the body and health, decaying natural and industrial structures, memory and forgotten histories, and imagined landscapes. The artists’ wide variety of approaches to these subjects makes for a dynamic conversation between the works. Intent on capturing both emotional and physical sensation, each artist’s careful selection and manipulation of materials creates a visceral response to the world and their experience of it.
The artists are a multidisciplinary group with practices ranging from painting and printmaking to sculpture and assemblage, collage, animation and portraiture. Their diverse histories, backgrounds and experiences bring an exciting breadth to this group exhibition, where the artworks complement and cross-reference each other creating a dynamic and coherent body of work.
The Six Artists collective comprises Terry Barber, Caroline Ingham, Catherine James, Gill Lucas, Octavia Milner and Tabitha Powles, who met on the 2018/19 Fine Art Mentoring Course at Morley College directed by Erika Winstone, who has also curated this show. Their first plans to exhibit together in a physical gallery were disrupted by the pandemic; undeterred, they instead created an online show in a virtual gallery space. This is their first exhibition together ‘in the flesh’.