The Whole Two Yards – exhibition at City Space, Winchester

Press Release: 13/06/2011

Image by Georgia Hall

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the latest work by this exciting group of artists from the Yard Studios in Winchester. Opening on Saturday 18 June for five weeks this is their first show at City Space in the Discovery Centre and is sure to enhance their growing reputation for producing challenging and innovative artwork executed with skill and imagination. 
The Yard Studios was set up in May 2008, with help from Winchester City Council, to provide affordable artists’ studios for creative practitioners based in Winchester and the surrounding area, facilitating an environment in which creativity can flourish. Its residents have participated in numerous group and solo shows in Winchester and beyond, from the community focused Re-imagining Treasures Of Hyde Abbey exhibition as part of Hyde 900 in 2010 to the nationally recognised work of young artist Francis Martin.
Artist and project organiser Chris Carter said: “The Yard is an organisation run by local artists, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary fine art within the Winchester district. It currently provides space for 26 artists and we are delighted at this opportunity to showcase the work of so many of them at City Space”.

The Yard has also acted as a catalyst for other creative projects in the city. In October 2009 they organised 10 Days At The Laundry, an exhibition and festival of the arts at the old Hyde Laundry building in Winchester, involving over 120 visual artists as well as writers, musicians and actors. In 2010 the building next door to the original Yard was made available for a further 12 artists to set up a second studio.

Cllr. Patricia Stallard says, “I am delighted that the City Council has been able to offer the Yard artists an opportunity to exhibit in City Space and build on the outstanding reputation this unique group of creative individuals have earned since the studios opened their doors just three short years ago.”

The work on show includes paintings by David Luff and Francis Martin, winner of Young Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, sculpture by Kate Theodore and Chris Carter, and installations by Trish Bould and Jeff Phegley, amongst others.

The exhibition is open from Saturday 18 June until Sunday 24 July. Free admission.