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Current Online Exhibition

Salvage. Restore. Repair. : The theme for our current online exhibition reflecting on our sense of materiality, usefulness and recycling.

Gallery202 is a contemporary artist led non-profit initiative based in Northamptonshire. We aim to bring contemporary art to rural and urban communities through exhibitions and artist involvement with the public. The initial start up of Gallery202 was funded by Social Enterprise from the University of Northampton.

Gallery202 is Sharon Read, Graham Keddie, Jill Hedges, Bethany Murray, Billy Hawes and Warren Shaw.

© 2015 Sharon Read / Gallery202


Suzanne O'Haire

Rescuing lost things from states of limbo: a sense of absence and displacement [of an ancestral background] harbours a persistent cycle of unearthing and recreating, with a tendency to assert systems of order and display.  

Within the studio, found objects and remnants are archived or displayed on various surfaces; laid bare like archeological fields of enquiry. The hope is to be seductive and evocative with a potential to create shifts and tensions, where work can at once be conflicting and compatible: endurance versus fragility, present versus lost and playful versus the melancholic. 

Work is replicated through seemingly banal, repetitive or labour intensive activities, such as inciting the same action again and again, and the use of the multiple object or clone. An overriding ambition to make the ordinary extraordinary is significant. Through a pursuit intent on synthesizing fragments of the everyday, an undercurrent of fear and longing comes to surface.