Mark Wallinger, Kevin Atherton, Shona Illingworth, Keith McItyre, Susan Collins
24 February - 26 March
The new exhibition at the Sayle Gallery in Douglas, marks an important stage in the Gallery’s development. It will not only bring in the work of significant artists from the contemporary art world beyond our Island's shores but it will also mark a turning point for the gallery as it embarks on a journey in a new direction.
The exhibition showcases the work of five artists with international recognition including Turner Prize winner, Mark Wallinger. This will be the first time a Turner Prize winner has shown work on the Isle of Man. The exhibition brings together works that question what it is to live on an Island; issues of home; rites of passage; isolation; aspiration; boundaries … It explores different relationships that we have with the sea, coastline and Island Culture. Besides Mark Wallinger: Manxman and artist, Kevin Atherton; Keith McIntyre, Head of Art at the University of Northumbria; Susan Collins, Professor of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and artist Shona Illingworth have contributed artwork to the show.
The exhibition has been curated by Helen Fox, Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media at the University College, Isle of Man, in collaboration with the Sayle Gallery. Helen’s curation of the show forms part of her research project which looks at what kind of frameworks we need for the visibility of contemporary art practice in an Island context? How are artists affected by the communities they make work in and how that community responds to that work?
All the exhibiting artists use ‘new media’ in the production of their work and as a result the show is almost entirely digital.
Sincere thanks go to local companies, T H Colebourn, Osborn Carpets and Typhoon House, for their valued support and also to the Department of Education and Children and Isle of Man Arts Council who have made staging this exhibition possible.
Turning Point will show at the Sayle Gallery until 26 March 2017.