THAT HALL IS WOVEN OF SERPENT'S SPINES
12 JUL - 3 AUG 2018
104 Abbey Road, LA14 5QR
Exhibition Opening Times:
Thurs 12 July – Fri 3 Aug
Open Wed-Sat | 11am – 5pm, Thurs ’til 7pm
Launch Evening: Wed 11 July 6pm
Blackpool-born artist Will Kendrick is the first commissioned artist for Platform. Will’s work often blends the digital or virtual world with the natural, historical or ‘human’ world. His new exhibition for PLATFORM considers how Barrow is linked to Nordic vikings, through artefacts recently unearthed that suggest vikings at least came ashore, if not had settlements in the region.
This lead him to explore Nordic mythology, specifically the story of the serpent that eats at the tree of life. Will is interested in how what is considered true history, such as the vikings, and myths can become intertwined in the modern world, as historical information is increasingly spread, translated and reinterpreted through online platforms, asking us to think about authenticity and how our perceptions of what is ‘true’ and authentic might be altered.
"I enjoyed seeing the Norse Mythology being mixed with modern art. It brought up many images of the past and how things have changed or stayed the same. Also in this age how we put our faith in objects and ideals can become our controlling factors in life."
- Exhibition Visitor
The immersive exhibition which is brand new and commissioned especially for Platform, takes place in a darkened, derelict space at Cooke’s Studios. It will feature large-scale sculpture, video projection and sound, mixing together references from both the natural and man-made world.
There is also a series of free, hands-on workshops inspired by the exhibition for both young people and adults to take part in. We will be hosting family-friendly, drop-in workshops every Saturday 11-5 during the exhibition, where all ages can have fun getting hands-on with being creative whilst enjoying free refreshments.