Emerge: Charlotte Barlow

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Peterborough City Gallery’s new exhibition ‘Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public’ features Emerge – a group of creative producers and artists aged between 16 and 25.

‘Wash Your Dirty Linen In Public’ is the City Gallery’s first exhibition of live art, featuring artists Charlotte Barlow, Gaganpreet Gill Kaur and Penelope Harrall. Each artists work explores domestic labour through live art, for the first time the City Gallery will show artists making work directly to an audience. The exhibition presents an ever-changing space of people, chutney, tampons and washing powder where the audience are invited to eat, clean and sew with the artists.

Over the duration of the exhibition Idea1 will feature each of the Emerge artists, to tell us more about their practice and the work they are creating/ exhibiting for the City Gallery.


Charlotte Barlow

Charlotte Barlow dislocates everyday objects – rubber gloves, balloons, quilts – from their familiar form and context. The resulting artworks stand at a metaphoric junction, slipping playfully between sculpture, performance and drawing. Addressing the human material condition in contemporary society and embracing the abject, her work has been described as ‘the goo that swirls around our everyday lives.’

Driven by a tactile and curious relationship with material, Barlow uses a fundamental experimental making process as a way of thinking – squishing, ripping, biting, tying, pouring, cooking, cleaning. She has a desire to disrupt and unsettle, engaging the viewer in scenarios that emphasise their physical presence in the work through scale, context and sensory stimuli. The permanence of art is questioned by the works’ temporal nature, often remaining only in memories and photographs.

Watch the interview below to learn more about Charlotte and her work for ‘Wash You Dirty Linen In Public’…



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

Read more about the exhibition and events here. 

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