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Major exhibition makes way from Venice to Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Art Gallery's first contemporary art exhibition of 2018 is a reconfiguration of The Diaspora Pavilion, which inspired visitors in Venice last year.

Credit: susan pui san lok. Untitled (Pavilion) shimmer curtain (2017) Installation view at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Credit: susan pui san lok

It will run from Saturday 10 February to Sunday 29 April at the Lichfield Street gallery.

The exhibition features work by 7 world class artists and is a unique exhibition of work that focuses on the theme of diaspora. The Diaspora Pavilion emerged from a desire to provide a platform for artists who explore the notion of diaspora in their art practice. Through inter cultural narratives and a variety of media, the exhibition presents diaspora as an ever present process with broad social and cultural implications across the UK and beyond.

In this restaged exhibition the conversations started in Venice continue and shift within the new context of Wolverhampton as a historically significant city connected to the establishment of The Blk Art Group and the wider British Black Arts Movement.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy said: "Tying into the city's objectives, this exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery aims to embrace diverse, educational and inspiring works by UK based emerging artists.

"The gallery staff have worked closely with the curators of the Venice Diaspora Pavilion and the artists to bring this ground breaking show to the City of Wolverhampton and we are delighted to have the exhibition here."

The exhibition in Venice aimed to challenge the prevalence of the national pavilions that are at the heart of the Venice Biennale structure. The title of the exhibition is itself a contradiction - adopting the Biennale's term for a permanent national exhibition space yet demonstrating the continuing Diaspora.  

The artists who feature in the exhibition were the subject of a BBC documentary Venice Biennale: Britain's New Voices.In the programme they navigated the Venice Biennale discovering new inspirations in the historic city and facing the challenges of networking, VIP reviews and the all-important critics' views on the opening night.

The Diaspora Pavilion is made possible with the support of Arts Council England, Art Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

There will also be an opening event for Diaspora Pavilion | Venice to Wolverhampton at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Friday 9 February, from 5.30pm onwards. The curators of the exhibition, David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor, and the artists have worked closely with the gallery staff to bring this new restaging of the work to the UK.

  • released: Monday 29 January, 2018