Artists Ben Sadler and Phil Duckworth, who make up Juneau Projects have long been interested in folk art in all its forms. They are interested in the ways in which people are motivated to make things by creative desire, and not by the thought of commercial gain. With this in mind they have conceived a plan for an open exhibition – in this case a genuinely ‘open’ exhibition where contributors will not be charged to take part, there will be no selection process, and all work submitted will be displayed, if necessary on a rotation basis. The early days of the show will be devoted to the work of residents from the Doddington and Rollo Estate neighbouring Battersea Park and Pump House Gallery. Once open, the exhibition welcomes submissions from across the borough and the capital. Any work that results from creative activity can be submitted – this may include stitching, writing, model making, recorded sound, cake decorating, as well as more traditional art and craft works. The ensuing exhibition will be in a sense a celebration of the folk art of this group of people.
The artists will create the backdrop for the show, generated in part from workshops with local young people – building structures, determining the exhibiting environment and a system for display. The initial works in I Am The Warrior will be contributions from local residents. There will then be opportunities for others to contribute work during the course of the exhibition. The gallery will remain active for the duration of the show with a continually expanding and changing display which will accommodate the possibility of performances, events and other activities during opening hours.
This exhibition is curated by Jeni Walwin.
Juneau Projects was formed in 2001 and they now have a national and international reputation. They create sculpture, film, music, performance, sound works and installations, and are adept at working within a variety of different contexts and with different communities. They are particularly interested in the rapidly increasing speed of technological development, and its associated obsolescence.
This exhibition has been supported by Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation and Sambrook’s Brewery.