bloc projects


Lowlight: Rachel Adams

06 – 22 Oct

Launch: Fri 05 Oct, 6 – 8pm

Free and open to all

We are delighted to present a new exhibition of work by Glasgow based artist Rachel Adams titled Lowlight. Exploring the creative, menial, domestic and administrative, the installation for Bloc Projects looks at the linked systems that govern both the natural and manmade world and the possibilities where the two intersect.

We are surrounded by incomprehensible systems. These are not only the current shifts in society and technology that are engulfed by hyperbole, but also the environment and the natural world. Rachel Adams is interested in the collapse of boundaries between the natural and the synthetic, and the part technology and work play in this breakdown. The installation across outdoor and indoor space is composed with a range of materials from hobbyist textiles to digitally fabricated plastics.

This exhibition has been produced in partnership with David Dale Gallery, Glasgow.

Where Rock and Hard Place Meet: Victoria Lucas

19 – 22 Sep

Launch: Thurs 20 Sep, 6 – 8pm

Free and open to all

Lucas (b.1982) is a Sheffield based artist, Senior Lecturer of Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire and current PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University. Recent projects restructure frameworks that define female experience against socially engrained stereotypes, often incorporating cinematic, literary and folklorist references to illustrate a radical shift in how femininity and power is generated and perceived.

Lucas will present the show following a one month residency at Haarlem Artspace, Wirksworth, in the newly built project space on the recently renovated second floor.

For this years Wirksworth Festival (7–23 September 2018), alongside Haarlem Artspace’s resident artists open studios, will be a new body of site-responsive work from Victoria Lucas. Presented as an installation that combines a variety of media, including video, sculpture and photography, the project has been developed during a month-long art residency at Haarlem Artspace. Reclaiming an island of physical space as a form of playful protest, the exhibition investigates culturally engrained
representations of femininity using local sites and stories as a backdrop.

The exhibition will open at Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth on Friday 31 August at 7pm, with large scale projections on the outside of Haarlem Mill by The Collaborators (Kate Genever and Steve Pool). Video works by a selection of artists as well as Victoria Lucas will be shown.

The exhibition will be open for 3 consecutive weekends, culminating in a seminar on Saturday 15 September, 11am–1pm, where Victoria Lucas and Curator, Haarlem Artspace co director Olivia Punnett will be in conversation.

‘Where Rock & Hard Place Meet’ will then travel to Bloc Projects in Sheffield between the 19–22 September, with a private view on Thursday 20 September 6–8pm.