Emerge: Penelope Harrall

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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.


Penelope Harrall 

Using video and performance art Penelope Harrall likes to expose key issues in our society we may choose to ignore.

The female body plays a strong role in her practice and it is important that female body is her own. Her aim is to scrutinise the objectification we witness everyday in the media and the humiliation people have felt due to our ‘imperfections’. Penelope uses her own imperfections/ insecurities to not only overcome them but to attempt to tackle the warped image of what an ideal female should be.

Watch the interview below to learn more about Penelope 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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