Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 1.00pm
in Scott Sutherland building Lecture Theatre SB42.
A talk by Jan Williams & Chris Teasdale
Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale of The Caravan Gallery (an art gallery in a caravan) will be visiting Gray’s to talk about their project and share their tales of life on the road.
Set up in 2000 to document leisure, landscape and lifestyle in contemporary Britain, The Caravan Gallery has travelled thousands of miles and exhibited in hundreds of locations in the UK and abroad. Following its conversion from 1969 holiday home to mobile contemporary art space, Jan and Chris’s small mustard caravan has popped up everywhere from street festivals to prestigious art biennials. The Caravan Gallery liaises with arts organisations and event organisers to engage with audiences other galleries might not easily reach. Venues so far include the Barras market and Red Road Estate in Glasgow, a petting farm on the edge of Bracknell, a skate park in Southsea, a very muddy field in Belgium and Tate Britain, London. In fact fashion designer Paul Smith was so taken with the caravan he shipped it to Japan for an exhibition at his flagship store in Tokyo!
Jan and Chris will talk about their art practice and explain what inspired them to invent The Caravan Gallery. They’ll discuss their growing interest in working internationally and introduce two recent initiatives – the Pride of Place Project and Culture on Wheels.