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Frank Bowling | Bowling on Through the Century

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: Eddie Chambers
Year published: 1996
Number of pages: 24
ISBN: 0 9513290 7 3

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Catalogue produced to accompany touring exhibition of work by Guyana-born painter Frank Bowling OBE, RA. The exhibition toured to City Gallery, Leicester, Gallery II, University of Bradford, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham, and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, between 1996 and 1997. The exhibition, titled Frank Bowling: Bowling on Through the Century, was organised and curated by Eddie Chambers. Catalogue featured a short introduction by Caroline Collier, titled ‘On a First Visit to Frank Bowling’s Studio’. Followed by major texts by Martin Gayford, Mel Gooding and Veerle Poupeye. Catalogue features ten full page, full colour reproductions. A3 size, 24 pages.

As was noted on p. 27 of the catalogue for one of Bowling’s subsequent exhibitions, Frank Bowling | Bending the Grid an ongoing series, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, USA [September 18 - December 10, 2003], “Despite its high quality and lavishly illustrated catalog, the major British touring exhibition, Frank Bowling: Bowling on Through the Century, is never reviewed, raising the question of whether the British art establishment has returned to its neglect of Bowling’s work.”

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»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

Born, 1935 - 1937 (probably 1936) in British Guiana (now Guyana) Caribbean/S. America

»  Eddie Chambers

Born, 1960 in Wolverhampton, England

Related exhibitions

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»  De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

»  Gallery II, University of Bradford

Bradford, United Kingdom

»  Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Coventry, United Kingdom

»  Midlands Arts Centre - mac - mac birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  South Hill Park

Bracknell, United Kingdom

Four X 4

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1991
Published by: Eddie Chambers
Year published: 1991
ISBN: 0 9513290 1 4
Unpaginated.

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Full colour A4 size catalogue for Four X 4, described in its publicity as “an innovative exhibition project that brings together sixteen artists creating installations in four different gallery spaces.”

Venues and dates as follows:
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 8 September - 17 October 1991, Shaheen Merali, Houria Niati, Sher Rajah, and Lesley Sanderson.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 21 September - 2 November 1991, Oso Audu, Val Brown, Stephen Forde, and Rita Keegan.
The City Gallery, Leicester, 9 October - 16 November 1991, Medina Hammad, Richard Hylton, Tony Phillips, and Folake Shoga.
Arnolfini, Bristol, 12 October - 24 November 1991, Permindar Kaur, Virginia Nimarkoh, Alistair Raphael, and Vincent Stokes.
A fifth exhibition, featuring several installations presented at the Preston, Wolverhampton, Leiceser and Bristol venues, titled, The Four X 4 Retrospective, was shown at The Castle Museum Nottingham, 18 January - 1 March 1992.

Curated by Eddie Chambers, who wrote in the Foreword: “Four x 4 includes installations by artists such as Permindar Kaur, a “sculptor“, Houria Niati, a “painter“, and Vincent Stokes, a “photographer“. The attempt has been to suggest that “installation“ art need not be (seen as) the preserve of a supposedly more innovative or radical minority of artists. Rather, an “installation“ is something which any artist can successfully produce, if they are prepared to dismantle or disregard the limitations set by the singular forms in which they have gained proficiency. Four x 4 does however, also contain contributions by artists for whom the installation is not an altogether new undertaking. In this respect, I am referring specifically to artists such as Alistair Raphael, Shaheen Merali and Stephen Forde.” Catalogue features brief introductions and credits by Emma Anderson (Harris Museum and Art Gallery), Brendan Flynn (Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Sylvia Wright (City Gallery, Leicester), and Jane Connarty (Arnolfini), followed by a Foreword by Eddie Chambers, and 500 word essays on each of the artists, by writers such as Olu Oguibe, Lynda Checketts, Juliet Highet, John Lyons, and Robert Clark. Plus full page reproductions relating to each of the artists. Edited CV of Eddie Chambers’ curatorial work at the rear of the catalogue.

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»  Val/Valerie Brown

Born, 1966 in England

»  Stephen Forde

Born, 1968 in England

»  Virginia Nimarkoh

Born, 1967 in London, England

»  Vincent Stokes

Born, 1964 in London, England

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

»  Castle Museum

Nottingham, United Kingdom

»  City Gallery Leicester

Leicester, United Kingdom

»  Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Preston, United Kingdom

»  Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Anthony Key | Walcot Chapel

Solo show at Walcot Chapel. 2002
Date: 24 September, 2002 until 19 October, 2002
Curator: Eddie Chambers
Organiser: EWB Project

Major new installation by Anthony Key, commissioned by Eddie Chambers/Edward Wilmot Blyden Project. “This new exhibition by Key takes place within the almost astonishing architectural gem which is Walcot Chapel, in the centre of Bath. Built in the mid 19th century, Walcot Chapel is now a deconsecrated building, stripped of its furniture but maintaining a wonderful and intimate whitewashed space that provides an ideal environment for Key to create this installation. This is an ambitious work, involving the making of large numbers of ‘bricks’. The work in question, a Buddha made (like Great Wall before it) from bricks cast from tin foil containers, mirrors and animates a range of concerns and reference points. Not least amongst these reference points is the architectural grandeur and pretensions of ‘the Georgian City’ itself.”

From the introduction to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. Catalogue features essay Intimate Immensities by Diana Yeh and essay Inglorious Food by Susan Pui San Lok, plus footnotes for both essays. Full page colour reproductions throughout.

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2002

People in this exhibition

»  Anthony Key

Born, 1949 in South Africa

Exhibition venues

»  Walcot Chapel

Bath Spa, United Kingdom

Four X 4

Group show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Arnolfini, City Gallery Leicester, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Museum. 1991
Date: 8 September, 1991 until 17 October, 1991
Curator: Eddie Chambers

Four X 4 was described in its catalogue as “an innovative exhibition project that brings together sixteen artists creating installations in four different gallery spaces”. Venues and dates as follows: Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 8 September - 17 October 1991, Shaheen Merali, Houria Niati, Sher Rajah, and Lesley Sanderson; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 21 September - 2 November 1991, Oso Audu, Val Brown, Stephen Forde, and Rita Keegan; The City Gallery, Leicester, 9 October - 16 November 1991, Medina Hammad, Richard Hylton, Tony Phillips, and Folake Shoga; Arnolfini, 12 October - 24 November 1991, Permindar Kaur, Virginia Nimarkoh, Alistair Raphael, and Vincent Stokes. A fifth exhibition, featuring several installations presented at the Preston, Wolverhampton, Leicester and Bristol venues, titled The Four X  Retrospective was shown at The Castle Museum Nottingham, 18 January - 1 March 1992.

Curated by Eddie Chambers, who wrote in the Foreword: “Four x 4 includes installations by artists such as Permindar Kaur, a ‘sculptor’, Houria Niati, a ‘painter’, and Vincent Stokes, a ‘photographer’. The attempt has been to suggest that ‘installation’ art need not be (seen as) the preserve of a supposedly more innovative or radical minority of artists. Rather, an ‘installation’ is something which any artist can successfully produce, if they are prepared to dismantle or disregard the limitations set by the singular forms in which they have gained proficiency. Four x 4 does however, also contain contributions by artists for whom the installation is not an altogether new undertaking. In this respect, I am referring specifically to artists such as Alistair Raphael, Shaheen Merali and Stephen Forde.”

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1991

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»  Val/Valerie Brown

Born, 1966 in England

»  Virginia Nimarkoh

Born, 1967 in London, England

»  Tony Phillips

Born, 1952 in Liverpool, UK

»  Sher Rajah

Born, 1954

»  Vincent Stokes

Born, 1964 in London, England

Exhibition venues

»  Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

»  Castle Museum

Nottingham, United Kingdom

»  City Gallery Leicester

Leicester, United Kingdom

»  Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Preston, United Kingdom

»  Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Frank Bowling | Bowling on Through the Century

Solo show at City Gallery Leicester, Gallery II, University of Bradford, De La Warr Pavilion, South Hill Park, Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. 1996
Date: 11 September, 1996 until 12 October, 1996
Curator: Eddie Chambers

Major touring exhibition of work by Guyana-born painter Frank Bowling OBE, RA. The exhibition toured to City Gallery, Leicester, Gallery II, University of Bradford, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham, and Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, between 1996 and 1997. No London venue. The exhibition, titled Frank Bowling: Bowling on Through the Century, was organised and curated by Eddie Chambers. Catalogue featured a short introduction by Caroline Collier, titled On a First Visit to Frank Bowling’s Studio. Followed by major texts by Martin Gayford, Mel Gooding and Veerle Poupeye. Catalogue features ten full page, full colour reproductions. A3 size, 24 pages.

As was noted on p. 27 of the catalogue for one of Bowling’s subsequent exhibitions, Frank Bowling | Bending the Grid an ongoing series, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, USA [September 18 - December 10, 2003], “Despite its high quality and lavishly illustrated catalog, the major British touring exhibition, Frank Bowling: Bowling on Through the Century, is never reviewed, raising the question of whether the British art establishment has returned to its neglect of Bowling’s work.”

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Postcard relating to an individual, 1996

People in this exhibition

»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

Born, 1935 - 1937 (probably 1936) in British Guiana (now Guyana) Caribbean/S. America

Exhibition venues + view all 6

»  De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom

»  Gallery II, University of Bradford

Bradford, United Kingdom

»  Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Coventry, United Kingdom

»  Midlands Arts Centre - mac - mac birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom

»  South Hill Park

Bracknell, United Kingdom

History and Identity

Group show at Norwich Gallery, Lincolnshire College of Art and Design. 1991
Date: 16 March, 1991 until 11 May, 1991
Curator: Eddie Chambers
Organiser: Norwich Art Gallery

Group exhibition curated by Eddie Chambers, for Norwich Gallery, Norfolk Institute of Art and Design. Titled ‘History and Identity: Seven Painters’ the exhibition featured contributions from Said Adrus, Medina Hammad, Godfrey Lee, Mowbray Odonkor, Eugene Palmer, Tony Phillips and Lesley Sanderson. Exhibition dates were 16 March - 11 May 1991. It subsequently toured to Lincolnshire College of Art and Design, Lincoln, 6 July - 3 August 1991. In the introduction Eddie Chambers wrote “This exhibition presents the work of seven painters, of African or Asian origin, each of them having their own interpretation and responses to their dual birthright of history and identity.”

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Journal relating to a publication, 1991

People in this exhibition + view all 8

»  Godfrey Lee

Born in Jamaica, date unknown

»  Mowbray Odonkor

Born, 1962 in London, England

»  Eugene Palmer

Born, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica

»  Tony Phillips

Born, 1952 in Liverpool, UK

»  Lesley Sanderson

Born, 1962 in Malaysia

Exhibition venues

»  Lincolnshire College of Art and Design

Lincoln, United Kingdom

»  Norwich Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom

Us an’ Dem

Group show at The Storey Institute. 1994
Date: 18 March, 1994 until 15 April, 1994
Curator: Eddie Chambers
Organiser: Eddie Chambers

Us an’ Dem [Us and Them]. An exhibition of work by Faisal Abdu’Allah, Denzil Forrester, and Tam Joseph. Curated by Eddie Chambers, held at The Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, 18/3/94 - 15/4/94.

Extracts from the press release: “Us an’ Dem is an exhibition that attempts to take a critical look at relationships bettween the police, the judiciary and the Black community. The exhibition presents three artists’ responses to these issues. All three artists are of African-Caribbean origin, and all are resident in the London area. Faisal Abdu’Allah was born in London. Denzil Forrester was born in Grenada, and Tam Joseph was born in Dominica… Us an’ dem is not an optimistic exhibition, though it decisively demonstrates that the Black communitry continues to have genuine and deep-seated anxieties, frustrations and concerns about the state of its relationships with the collective forces of ‘law and order’.”

A boxed catalogue with 15 postcards was produced to accompany the exhibition.

The title of the exhibition was taken from a poem, Us an Dem, by Benjamin Zephaniah, who opened the exhibition.

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Review relating to an exhibition, 1994

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Press release relating to an exhibition, 1994

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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1994

People in this exhibition

»  Faisal Abdu’Allah

Born, 1969 in London, UK

»  Denzil Forrester

Born, 1956 in Grenada

»  Tam Joseph

Born, 1947 in Dominica

»  Benjamin Zephaniah

Born, 1958 in Birmingham, UK

Exhibition venues

»  The Storey Institute

Lancaster, United Kingdom

Eddie Chambers

Born, 1960 in Wolverhampton, England

Eddie Chambers’ work was included in the landmark exhibition The Other Story: Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, 1989. He curated Four X 4 in 1991. His mixed media work, I Was Taught To Believe was reproduced in Keith Piper’s Relocating the Remains catalogue, the main text of which was written by Kobena Mercer. The chapter in which Chambers’ work appears is Art’s Histories and Culture’s Geographies: 1979 - 1985. For the Transforming the Crown catalogue (1997), Eddie Chambers supplied the essay The Emergence of the Black British Artist. Eddie Chambers’ work was included in the book Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain.

From the Contributors page of Critical Interventions, Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, Number 12, Fall 2013, special issue on Black Artists in Europe, guest edited by Eddie Chambers:

Eddie Chambers gained his Ph D from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1998, for his study of press and other responses to the work of a new generation of Black artists in Britain. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012 Rodopi Editions, Amsterdam and New York, published his book Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain. His forthcoming book is Black Artists in British Art: A History from 1950 to the Present, to be published by I.B.Tauris, London.”

His website is www.eddiechambers.com

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Journal relating to a publication, 1991

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Journal relating to an exhibition, 1989

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Press release relating to an exhibition, 1994

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»  Heart in Exile

Group show at The Black-Art Gallery. 1983

»  The Image Employed

Group show at Cornerhouse. 1987

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»  Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham, United Kingdom

»  Cornerhouse

Manchester, United Kingdom

»  Hayward Gallery

London, United Kingdom

»  Manchester City Art Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom

»  Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Us an’ Dem boxed catalogue

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1994
Published by: Eddie Chambers
Year published: 1994
Unpaginated.

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A boxed catalogue with 15 postcards produced to accompany the exhibition Us an’ Dem [Us and Them]. An exhibition of work by Faisal Abdu’Allah, Denzil Forrester, and Tam Joseph. Curated by Eddie Chambers, held at The Storey Institute, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, 18 March - 15 April 1994. 

Extracts from the press release: “Us an’ Dem is an exhibition that attempts to take a critical look at relationships between the police, the judiciary and the Black community. The exhibition presents three artists’ responses to these issues. All three artists are of African-Caribbean origin, and all are resident in the London area. Faisal Abdu’Allah was born in London. Denzil Forrester was born in Grenada, and Tam Joseph was born in Dominica… Us an’ dem is not an optimistic exhibition, though it decisively demonstrates that the Black community continues to have genuine and deep-seated anxieties, frustrations and concerns about the state of its relationships with the collective forces of ‘law and order’.”

The title of the exhibition was taken from a poem, Us an Dem, by Benjamin Zephaniah, who opened the exhibition.

The catalogue (inscribed For Oluwale and all the others) was presented within an A5 sized box. The small catalogue’s contents as follows:

Foreword, by John Webb, David Warburton and Manjeet Lamba, Lancashire Probation Service

An introduction to the exhibition by Eddie Chambers, plus short essays in the three artists’ work.

The text on Faisal Abdu’Allah was provided by The Watchmen Agency and had first appeared in The Face magazine the previous year. Titled Shock of the Nubian. From the text: “[Faisal] reacts strongly to the portrayal of black people in art. Few have been as exploited and at the same time excluded as black people: plagiarised, patronised and romanticised from Picasso to Mapplethorpe to Haring. While other people’s versions and visions of black culture have never been too far from the gallery wall, the people themselves have remained outside.”

John Lyons provided The Paintings of Denzil Forrester, in which Lyons claims “As a painter, Denzil distils the horror of Black people’s suffering at the hands of “the collective forces of ‘law and order’,” He distils with such a refined potency of artistic expression, that one is immediately seduced by the first perpetual taste, until it hits the back of the throat, so to speak, and enters the digestive tract of appraisal.”

Marlene Smith provided HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? : Black People, the police and the judiciary in the work of Tam Joseph. Within her text, Smith argues that “Seeing again the works selected for this exhibition, comparing them, contemplating why and how they succeed I was struck by the powerful dichotomy at work. There is in these pieces a sense of terror and yet humour. It is the underlying sense of an “aesthetic of terror” that strikes me. A sense that one could and must laugh at the sheer absurdity of racism and yet the danger - a danger which is greater than mortal danger.”

The box also contained, as mentioned, 15 postcards, of the following pieces:

Faisal Abdu’Allah, Raham, silkscreen print on mild steel, 1993

Faisal Abdu’Allah, Hasan, silkscreen print on mild steel, 1993

Faisal Abdu’Allah, Fuck da Police, silkscreen print on mild steel, 1993

Said Adrus, Popular Tales, (detail), mixed media, 1990

Denzil Forrester, Police in Van, oil on board, 200 x 124 cm

Denzil Forrester, Blue Jay, 1987, oil on canvas, 247 x 183 cm, 1987

Denzil Forrester, The Burial of Winston Rose, oil on canvas, 214 x 247 cm

Denzil Forrester, Three Wicked Men, oil on canvas, 277 x 412 cm

Tam Joseph, Spirit of the Carnival, (detail), acrylic on brown wrapping paper, 1984

Tam Joseph, The Law Standing on Your Neck

Tam Joseph, Has Anyone Seen Tony Birbeck? (detail), 1983,

Tam Joseph, White House Killings, acrylic on canvas, 135 x 135 cms

Keith Piper, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (detail), emulsion and acrylic on unstretched canvas

Keith Piper and Donald Rodney, The Next Turn of the Screw (an installation, included in the 1987 Chelsea School of Art exhibition, ‘The Devils (sic) Feast‘).

Donald Rodney, Crisis X-ray History, mixed media

A number of the postcards had printed quotes on the reverse, from texts by Eddie Chambers, describing the relevant work.

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»  Denzil Forrester

Born, 1956 in Grenada

»  Tam Joseph

Born, 1947 in Dominica

»  Manjeet Lamba

Born, 1953 in Nairobi, Kenya

»  Keith Piper

Born, 1960 in Malta

»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998

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»  Us an’ Dem

Group show at The Storey Institute. 1994

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»  The Storey Institute

Lancaster, United Kingdom

Denzil Forrester: Two Decades of Painting

Solo show at 4 Victoria Street. 2002
Date: 4 June, 2002 until 6 July, 2002
Curator: Eddie Chambers
Organiser: Eddie Chambers

A selection of paintings by Denzil Forrester, drawn from two decades of the artist’s practice. The exhibition, which was accompanied by a catalogue, took place at a temporary gallery, in the centre of Bristol, near Bristol Bridge, 4 Victoria Street.  The exhibition’s dates were 4 June - 6 July 2002. The building was a near-derelict space, offered to independent Bristol-based curator, Eddie Chambers for use as an exhibition space, by Bristol City Council. The space, on two floors, once cleaned up and made into a temporary gallery, was used for exhibitions by Avtarjeet Singh Danjhal and Eugene Palmer; Medina Hammad, and Denzil Forrester. These exhibitions were funded by Bristol City Council and South West Arts. Each of the exhibitions came with catalogues. 4 Victoria Street was also, during 2002, used as a studio by Anthony Key, to make the bricks made of gypsum plaster (often referred to as plaster of Paris).These bricks were subsequently used in Key’s Walcott Chapel installation, Anthony Key: Walcot Chapel, Bath, 24 September - 19 October 2002.

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Born, 1956 in Grenada

Exhibition venues

»  4 Victoria Street

Bristol, United Kingdom

Denzil Forrester: Two Decades of Painting

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2002
Published by: Eddie Chambers
Year published: 2002
Unpaginated.

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A4 sized catalogue, landscape in format. Full colour plates throughout. The catalogue was published on the occasion of Denzil Forrester: Two Decades of Painting,  4 Victoria Street, Bristol,  4 June - 6 July 2002. The exhibition was one of several that took place in a building that was, previously, a near-derelict space, offered to independent Bristol-based curator, Eddie Chambers for use as an exhibition space, by Bristol City Council. The space, on two floors, once cleaned up and made into a temporary gallery, was used for exhibitions by Avtarjeet Singh Danjhal and Eugene Palmer; Medina Hammad, and Denzil Forrester. These exhibitions were funded by Bristol City Council and South West Arts. Each of the exhibitions came with catalogues. 4 Victoria Street was also, during 2002, used as a studio by Anthony Key, to make the bricks made of gypsum plaster (often referred to as plaster of Paris).These bricks were subsequently used in Key’s Walcott Chapel installation, Anthony Key: Walcot Chapel, Bath, 24 September - 19 October 2002.

From the foreword, by Eddie Chambers, “Historically, Forrester has taken as his subject the twin themes of reggae dance hall and the music of carnival. At times, his work has touched on other themes, such as deaths in police custody. His canvasses - often large, oversize affairs - range from dark, brooding and sometimes menacing works, through to bright, liberated paintings resonating with bright and vibrant colours. Sometimes, the scenes he depicts are located in low light, almost tomb-like environments. On other occasions, like carnival itself, Forrester takes to the streets, allowing the sun into his paintings. In the words of John Russell Taylor, who has written a sensitive and illuminating essay for this publication, “The something that Forrester’s paintings are about is distinctive and unmistakable. From the time when he first encountered the clubs, their dancing and their dub music, they have provided the basic scene for his large paintings.”

Catalogue contents as follows:

Foreword, Eddie Chambers

Denzil Forrester: World Painter, John Russell Taylor, Art Critic, The Times

Six pages of large colour plates

 

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Born, 1956 in Grenada

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Bristol, United Kingdom

Tam Joseph: This is History

Solo show at Gallery II, University of Bradford, Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park, Tullie House. 1998
Date: 7 March, 1998 until 19 April, 1998
Curator: Eddie Chambers
Organiser: Eddie Chambers

Tam Joseph: This is History was curated and organised by Eddie Chambers and was an overview of Tam Joseph’s paintings, produced over a period of two decades. Alongside earlier pieces by Joseph, the exhibition featured the artist’s later works, such as Under the Sea, and The Flying Doctor. The exhibition also included well-known works by Joseph such as UK School Report, Spirit of the Carnival, and Native Girl With Fetish. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue, which featured contributions by Hiroko Hagiwara, and an in-conversation piece with the artist and Nancy Hynes.

The exhibition toured to a number of venues in England, including Tullie House Carlisle, and Gallery II, University of Bradford.

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»  Eddie Chambers

Born, 1960 in Wolverhampton, England

»  Tam Joseph

Born, 1947 in Dominica

Exhibition venues

»  Gallery II, University of Bradford

Bradford, United Kingdom

»  Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park

Sheffield, United Kingdom

»  Tullie House

Carlisle, United Kingdom

Tam Joseph: This is History - catalogue

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: Eddie Chambers
Year published: 1998
ISBN: 0 9513290 8 1
Unpaginated.

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Colour catalogue for Tam Joseph: This is History, an exhibition curated and organised by Eddie Chambers. The exhibition was an overview of Tam Joseph’s paintings, produced over a period of two decades. Alongside earlier pieces by Joseph, the exhibition featured the artist’s later works, such as Under the Sea, and The Flying Doctor. The exhibition also included well-known works by Joseph such as UK School Report, Spirit of the Carnival, and Native Girl With Fetish. The exhibition catalogue featured contributions by Hiroko Hagiwara, and an in-conversation piece with the artist and Nancy Hynes. The exhibition toured to a number of venues in England, including Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield and Gallery II, University of Bradford, and Tullie House, Carlisle.

From Hagiwara’s text: “’Is It OK at the Back?’ (1983), an everyday life scene of a Black barber shop, depicts a sociable atmosphere and the barber’s spirited pride. The haircut is complete. The barber holds a mirror reflecting the customer’s back. The customer seems to have something to say. The canvas is full of pep and humour. Another life scene, ‘Allomatenicewevaseeyalata’ (1987) is a cynical observation of a street-corner encounter between two young men, one Black and the other white. Both are woodenly expressionless. The canvas and the title convey the coldness and weariness of urban life in London. In ‘Secret Life’ (1987), a Black man is arranging his tie near the window at night. The title and the fact that he is seen through the window imply that his conduct is being observed. Is he involved in some underground political activity? Or, is he suspected of an extra-marital affair? We are not told what his secret is, only that this person is very individual and has a complex life.”

From Hynes’ interview, N: Do you feel a personal connection to the African continent?

T: I have never felt any tangible difference between me and the peoples of Africa south of the Sahara. Its (sic) a strange thing, how Africa can be particularly emotive to Americans, West Indians, British people who are Black in relation to a past history at the hands of Europeans and are presently in turmoil as a result of that 400-year-old relationship.”

Catalogue contents as follows:

Foreword, Eddie Chambers

Here History Unfolds, Hiroko Hagiwara

Four pages of colour plates

Here History Unfolds, Hiroko Hagiwara - continued

Nancy Hynes in conversation with Tam Joseph

Four pages of colour plates

Nancy Hynes in conversation with Tam Joseph - continued.

Back cover, edited artist’s CV.

A colour photograph of the artist appears on the front cover of the catalogue.

 

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Born, 1960 in Wolverhampton, England

»  Tam Joseph

Born, 1947 in Dominica

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»  Gallery II, University of Bradford

Bradford, United Kingdom

»  Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park

Sheffield, United Kingdom

»  Tullie House

Carlisle, United Kingdom