Things We Didn't Have Before

New exhibition at the Pump House Gallery

For its new exhibition, things we didn’t have before, Battersea Park's Pump House Gallery transforms into a cabinet of curiosities for its third 'Open Call'. Each of the gallery’s floors serve as different compartments, a treasure trove of artworks and objects.

The exhibition runs from 19 November to 13 December 2015.

Each year the gallery works with a different Wandsworth community-based group for its annual Open Call exhibition, with the aim of providing contemporary art experience, knowledge and practice through the development of a public exhibition. This year's curatorial team is made up of members of CDS Wandsworth, a recovery group.

Supported by curator Hannah Conroy, CDS Wandsworth have selected artworks and objects to form a new public collection that tells the stories behind objects and their creators or collectors.

Pump House Exhibition

Over 100 arts practitioners and collectors submitted their unusual and intriguing objects and artworks for consideration. Over six sessions, the curatorial group made its final selection of pieces by 20 artists and collectors and determined how to present these within the gallery's setting.

The group found significant resonance with this year’s submission theme of ‘curious objects’, as many people in recovery are given a token to represent their abstinence. As part of this process, the token object becomes hugely symbolic, and begins to represent relationships, experiences and journeys in ways far beyond its original design.  things we didn’t have before is an exhibition that presents both a collection of objects and a collection of the stories that accompany them.

* Hannah Conroy is curator of Folkestone Artworks - a collection of permanent public sculptures across the coastal town.

* Gallery design is by Alastair Osborn. Osborn will interpret CDS Wandsworth's ideas to create a system of exhibition displays to house the objects.


October 28, 2015