9 out of 10 humans believe… exhibition

Press Release: 03/04/2014

Hitesh 1 by Mark Michael

Work by a trio of talented young local artists each with their own take on the art of portraiture will be exhibited at City Space in the Winchester Discovery Centre as part of the PORTRAITS 14 art festival.

The exhibition, 9 out of 10 humans believe…’, will run in City Space until Sunday 20 April and is a joint exhibition with the Artcafé, Jewry Street, where it will be exhibited until Sunday 11 May.

PORTRAITS 14 is a celebration of the art of portraiture across four cultural venues at the northern end of Jewry Street; The Gallery and City Space, both in Winchester Discovery Centre, the Artcafé and the Theatre Royal.

Family; Familiar in the Gallery in the Discovery Centre is an exhibition of paintings by members of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which features an intimate collection of portraiture, depicting the hidden views and hidden stories in the life of the artists and the people that surround them.

Face Forward at the Theatre Royal Winchester explores the theme of portraits drawing and sculpture by artist Rob Truscott, oil painting by Mike Weller and photography by Katharine Davies. Their different styles exemplify how this genre provides endless fresh perspectives on who we are and how we appear in the captured image.

Both these exhibitions can be seen until Sunday 11 May.

Cllr Robert Humby, Winchester City Council Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said:

The PORTRAITS 14 festival offers visitors to this part of the City the opportunity to appreciate what is rapidly becoming the focus of cultural activity in Winchester. Whether you want to see a play, concert, film or exhibition or be more hands-on with a range of creative activities Jewry Street, which is also graced with excellent cafés and restaurants, is the place to be.

9 out of 10 humans believe… will see three of Winchester’s most exciting artists, satirist Mark Michael, realist Evelina Dee-Shapland and expressionist Ben Mousley, present different aspects of the same ten personalities. Each collection of portraits is connected by statements about the subjects, some true, some hyperbole, others total fabrication.

By presenting different facets of portraiture and balancing tall tales with the truth, the exhibition examines how contemporary artists with juxtaposing views interpret today’s modern world and how their subjective manipulation affects a society fed by the images of others.

The exhibition in City Space at the Winchester Discovery Centre will also include ‘portraiture of the macabre’, from Winchester Museums’ collections, a selection of 19th century plaster casts of the living and the dead once used in the now discredited ‘science’ of phrenology.

The organisers of PORTRAITS 14 would like to thank Winchester BID and Tax Innovations for their valued support.

9 out of 10 humans believe… opened in City Space on Saturday 22 March and runs until Sunday 20 April 2014 and in the Artcafé Gallery until Sunday 11 May.

City Space opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm. Closed Bank Holidays.
Artcafé is open Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 11am - 3pm.

Admission is free at all venues.