The first project for AACW, This ‘Me’ of Mine, opened 14 March at APT Gallery with success!

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This 'Me' of Mine opened 14 March to an enthusiastic crowd at APT Gallery, Deptford. The exhibition tour is set to be an interesting challenge of space and diversity of audience.

“Love the sense of space and the generosity given to each piece…very engaging...high quality work, interesting curating. Good to be actively drawn in to conversations with the artists.” An opening night visitor

This 'Me' of Mine, a contemporary art exhibition which considers self and the effects of social groups, objects, memory and digital communications on identity, welcomed an enthusiastic audience to APT Gallery in Deptford for the opening night viewing and ‘Artists in Conversation’ discussion on the topic of ‘Details.’ Jane Boyer, the project curator and exhibiting artist, chose this topic to look more closely at the artists’ work which uses detail as part of the structure and meaning of the work. “In order to open the dialogue between the exhibition visitors and the artists, these conversations are specifically focused on aspects of the work in the show, after all the work is the most important aspect of the project and I want to help facilitate the appreciation of these pieces. In fact, I’ve been very gratified to hear responses like – the space you’ve given the works really allows one to see the identity of each piece.” Each venue on the tour will host an ‘Artist in Conversation’ discussion on the opening nights. Upcoming topics will be ‘Symbology,’ ‘Space’ and ‘Irrationality.’

One of the challenges for Jane and the project is installing the work in vastly different venue spaces. “At APT, the works are given significant space, and I see this space working as a physical representation of the ‘context’ in the show premise, ‘self in relation to context.’ However, the next venue on the tour, Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery, is a much smaller space. It will be interesting to see how the framework of the show can be built around a tighter grouping of works which are in direct relationship with each other,” says Jane.

This ‘Me’ of Mine opened March 14th at APT Gallery in Deptford and will be on view until March 31st. The project is funded by a grant from the Arts Council England and private sponsorship by in a public/private partnership to support the arts in the UK.

This ‘Me’ of Mine showcases work by: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Jane Boyer, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, and Cathy Lomax.

The exhibition will travel to four venues: APT Gallery, Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and The Art School Gallery at Ipswich Museum. A symposium discussing the effects of social media on identity and our connection to objects as mediators of emotion will conclude the exhibition tour at Ipswich Museum in the Fall of 2013. Members on the panel include: Dr David Jones, head of Visual Culture studies at the University of Exeter; Annabel Dover, exhibiting artist and PhD candidate at Wimbledon College of Art; Dr Aiden Gregg, psychologist, lecturer and member of the Centre for Research on Self & Identity at the University of Southampton, and Dr Catherine Horan, sociologist at University Campus Suffolk.

A companion book, 'This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time and Context in the Digital Age', including interviews with the artists, essays by symposium panellists and other writers will be published in conjunction with the project.

Jane Boyer is curator for This ‘Me’ of Mine. She is an independent artist, curator and writer. Boyer has written for Whitehot and The Market Magazines. She was recently invited by Art Pie street-art blog to contribute articles related to the This ‘Me’ of Mine project. Art Pie is media sponsor for This ‘Me’ of Mine. Last year, she was part of the full-time management team for Core Gallery in London where she co-curated four exhibitions. Jane currently lives in south west France with her husband, David, and travels frequently to the UK for her art practice.

Contact: Jane Boyer                
Email: Jane(at)janeboyer(dot)com
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Exhibition Dates & Venues:
APT Gallery
Harold Wharf
6 Creekside
London SE8 4SA
14 – 31 March 2013
PV 14 March, 6 to 9 p.m.
Wed to Sun, 12 to 5 p.m.
South London Art Map 29 March, 12 to 8:30 p.m.

Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery
Georges House
8 The Old High Street
Kent CT20 1RL
12 April to 7 May 2013
PV 12 April, 6-9 p.m.
Mon to Sat, 10 to 5 p.m.    

Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery
Buckhurst Lane,
Kent TN13 1LQ
10 May to 29 June 2013
PV 16 May, 6 to 8 p.m.
Tue, Wed, Fri, 9 to 6 p.m.
Thur, 9 to 8 p.m.
Sat, 9 to 5 p.m.    

Art School Gallery
Colchester/Ipswich Museum
1 Upper High Street
Suffolk, IP1 3NE
Dates to be announced
Tue to Sun, 10 to 5 p.m.
Symposium date to be announced

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