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The Order of Things - abstract art show opening at The Wilson

26th January 2017

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28 January – 5 March 2017

The Cheltenham Trust and The University of Gloucestershire are pleased to launch The Order of Things, a playful examination of contemporary abstract and concrete art, opening at The Wilson on Saturday 28 January and free to enter.

Curated by leading contemporary artists, Andrew Bick, Katie Pratt and Jonathan Parsons, visitors are invited to contemplate ways of seeing, and to think about how we organise our lives, in relation to the world that we live in. The exhibition offers a thought provoking examination of abstract art in today’s society.

The artists draw inspiration from French philosopher, Michel Foucault’s 1966 book, Les Mots et Les Choses (literally translated, ‘words and things’) and the work chosen demonstrates how artists bring their own experiences to their practice both in terms of thought process and the methods they use in their making.

Joining Bick, Parsons and Pratt are a further ten eminent artists who are internationally recognised in their respective fields including: Rana Begum, Guy Bigland, Edith Dekyndt, A K Dolven, Adam Gillam, Paul Harrison & John Wood, Daniel Robert Hunziker, Maria Lalic and Neil Zakiewicz. 

Just some of the examples of the artists’ work on display include: Rana Begum, who was awarded the Abraaj Art Prize in 2016 enabling her to create new work for Art Dubai, March 2017, references Op Art, Minimalism and Islamic geometric patterns; A K Dolven, one of Norway's best-known artists, creates paintings which are lyrical and at times visceral, while Daniel Robert Hunziker plays with our perceptions of scale and how we relate to this when considering familiar everyday objects.

The Cheltenham Trust’s Public Programme for 2017 is destined to attract more internationally important art and exciting opportunities for the public to experience art and collections in new ways.  The Trust has a great track record for showing works by internationally renowned artists such as the recent show, ‘Last Word in Art?’ which included the works of Emin, Hockney and Lichtenstein to name a few; as well as attracting funding from the Department for Culture Media and Sport Wolfson Fund to open up more space for the public and to highlight collections and new experiences.  The Trust has also demonstrated entrepreneurship through being awarded £273,000 from Arts Council England’s resilience fund.  Central to our success is our approach to partnership working, including this creative collaboration with the University of Gloucestershire represented in The Order of Things.

To find out more about our plans for The Cheltenham Trust Public Programme in 2017 visit or call 01242 775724.

Image credit: Neil Zakiewicz, OK Finger, 2016, Paint on Wood ©Neil Zakiewicz

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