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Gwenllian Spink

Event date
23 November 2019 - 14 December 2019 (10am to 6pm)
Gwenllian Spink

Exhibition Dates: 23 November – 14 December 2019
Opening Event: Friday 22 November, 5 – 8pm

Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm

Saturday 12 - 4pm

Camberwell Space presents an exhibition of new work by Gwenllian Spink, recipient of the Vanguard Award 2018-19.

Within her practice, Gwenllian Spink mimics elements of her native Welsh landscape using the visual language and cultural influences that she has gained through living in London. Most recently, this has led to an amalgamation of Neolithic remnants that have marked the land since prehistory, with mass-produced objects that play their part in shaping the material landscape of contemporary urban environments.

This seemingly biographical combination is also an exploration into our perception of the natural versus the manufactured. By studying prehistoric production sites and relics in relation to current manufactured products, the artist is looking at how two production systems, separated by the gulf of time, share the manipulation of materials in order to satisfy human needs.

By creating forms inspired by prehistoric artefacts using the material of mass-produced products, the artist creates potential relics that pay homage to Neolithic structures whilst simultaneously reflecting upon the unsustainable and environmentally catastrophic consumer culture we live in.

Gwenllian Spink (b. 1996, Hong Kong) graduated from BA Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts in 2018. Recent exhibitions include ‘UK Young Artist City Takeover’ at Surface Gallery in Nottingham (2019), ‘Elephant x Griffin Art Prize’ (shortlisted) at Elephant Gallery in London (2018), ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’ at Lewisham Arthouse in London (2018) and ‘Marginalia’ at Leiepark in Ghent (2018). She is the current recipient of the Vanguard Court Studio Award (2018-2019), as well as being a previous recipient of the Young Artist Scholarship awarded by the National Eisteddfod of Wales (2015) which she used to fund the Summer Workshop Programme with MI-LAB Artist-in-Residence in Tokyo (2016). She has recently been selected for the ‘The Westmorland Landscape Prize’ at Rheged Centre in Cumbria (2019).

The Vanguard Prize allows Vanguard Court to help new artists grow and develop and reinforces Vanguard's strong links with Camberwell College of Arts. The prize, launched in 2010, is for graduating students of the College. The winner is offered a year's free studio residence at Vanguard Court along with ongoing mentoring and support from Camberwell College of Arts to help with the development of their personal and professional practice.
Previous winners include: Murray O'GradyPhilip Li a.k.a Le Fil, Philip Booth, Lauren AllenAlexander DevereuxQueenie ClarkBilly Crosby and Rosie Grace Ward.

Image: Gwenllian Spink, Gwrthsefyll, 2019, steel, elastic hairbands and cable ties. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

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