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City Gallery’s First Exhibition of Live Art by Emerging Artists

Experience Live Art – a physical encounter in space and time – and share the new era of City Gallery with emerging artists in Peterborough.

Emerge presents the exhibition Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public 11th February – 2nd March City Gallery, Peterborough. Upcoming Peterborough based artists Charlotte Barlow, Gaganpreet Gill Kaur, and Penelope Harrall will each explore domestic labour through Live Art. Instead of permanent artwork such as painting and sculpture, for the first time City Gallery will show artists making work directly to an audience.

Live Art – and the emerging artists – intend to break rules, mess up meaning and tackle traditions; by unpicking systems of the ‘everyday’ the artists spur cultural questioning through the immersive experience of thought provoking art. The artists encourage people of all ages and walks of life to attend and, as part of Emerge, particularly those aged 16-25 – the next generation of creatives.

The exhibition presents an ever-changing space of people, chutney, tampons and washing powder where you are invited to eat, clean and sew with the artists. Sheena Carman, Arts Development Manager, has expressed her excitement ‘

Originally a family house, the City Gallery building has inspired the artists to explore domestic responsibilities essential for the maintenance of daily living and by extension, of the body and mind. Nagging carpets to clean, salivating mouths hunting for food and torn holes to mend – there is always something to do. Related processes are cooked up in the exhibition as a way to address, celebrate and condemn routines in the household and wider cultural systems.

One such system is gender, to be highlighted in the Symposium: Gender, Domestic Roles & Contemporary Art, Saturday 13th February – a day of intriguing talks by theorists and artists exploring how far divisions of activities in the family reflect wider society. The artists follow this discussion, providing further detail about their work through workshops on Saturday 27th February, including making through cleaning, chutney cooking and tampon knitting.

Charlotte Barlow exclaims ‘We are so excited to make work we are passionate about, in a gallery without a previous Live Art experience. The space will be evolving across the month and we really look forward to the Special Performance Event on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February.’

‘It is important for the City Gallery to be able to work with emerging artists

within Peterborough and showcase their work. There is a boom in performance art in galleries all round

the world and will be the first of its kind in City Gallery. The exhibition asks important questions about

how we see the world around us, questioning stereotypes in a fun and playful way’

Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public starts at City Gallery, Preistgate, PE1 1LF, on Thursday 11th February 9am – it is a free exhibition. Look out for a call out for chutney and share the journey to the exhibition with the artists through wydlip.co.uk, Instagram: wydlip, Facebook Event Page: Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public, and Twitter: @linen_dirty #WYDLIP


11 February – 2 March 2016
Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm

Special Performance Event
Friday 19 February 6.30 – 9pm
Saturday 20 February 9am – 5pm

Artist Talks & Workshops
Saturday 27 February 1 – 5pm



Past Event

Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public

Thu 11 February 2016


Ends: Wed 2 March 5:00PM

City Gallery



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