Désintégration Exquise / Souvenirs du Béton et de la Terre

Our first foray into mainland Europe came through graphic designer friend Lloyd Clater, who regularly visits La Roche in the Ardèche, where he introduced us to curator Christian Durand and Emma Holzapfel, in Alba La Romaine, who invited us to show site-responsive work in the library of Le Teil and at the vast 13th Century Château d’Alba, two contrasting locations within a few kilometres of each other either side of The Rhône.

This ambitious residency gained much support from Lloyd himself and L’association Alba Village d’Artistes, as well as funding from La Mairie du Teil to cover transport of over 100 artworks. Twelve of the artists attended the public Vernissage, with the core team living in La Roche for the six week residency. This expedition proved to be a real milestone in our progression, opening up many opportunities because of its logistical and artistic success, but we are yet to dare to again try and show the work of forty artists at any one time.

Project Title
Désintégration Exquise / Souvenirs du Béton et de la Terre

Locations
Château d’Alba, Ardèche region of south-east France
Médiathèque Le Teil, Ardèche region of south-east France

Project Lead
Garry Hunter for Fitzrovia Noir

Curation
Graham Carrick and Manuel Sanmartin for Fitzrovia Noir

Production
Christian Durand (France)
Nicholas Shah (UK)
Emma Holzapfel (France)
Peter Mackertich (France/UK)

Artists

Clare Adams (England)
Matthew Kolakowski (England)
Hayley Ash (England)
Eva Masterman (Wales)
Moira Blackwell (England)
Michael Mayhew (England)
Alexandra Buhl (Denmark)
John Perivolaris (Scotland)
Alessandra Chilla (Italy)
Kelly Pretty (New Zealand)
Russell Clark (Canada)

Mary Renner (England)
Gen Doy (Scotland)
Paul Robinson (England)
Hugh Gillan (Scotland)
Ansii Sojakka (Finland)
Anne-Marie Glasheen (Belgium)
Jonathan Turner (England)
Anna Gormley (England)
Lucieta Williams (England)
Jane Henzell (New Zealand)
David Snoo Wilson (England)

Media
Assemblage, bronze, collage, ceramic, concrete, paint, photography, readymade

Date
April – May 2009

“ This prolific installation creates a fresh contemporary alternative to the more traditional painting we usually see in the area, utilising the whole chateau, its cave and its gardens, not just the usual walls.”

Simon Wisdom, local resident

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