Re marks the 35th anniversary of the Bermondsey Artists’ Group. It celebrates the diversity and progression of practices by the membership and charts creative approaches and evolving processes within this diverse group.
The exhibition brings together work by over 50 local artists. Some of the works go back to the early years of the group’s existence; some are from the artists’ current practice. Each of the works has been selected by the artist to reflect upon their membership of the BAG and how their practice has developed during that period; reconsidering, reconstructing and reinventing.
This large-scale group show weaves together multiple voices and histories by artists who live in close proximity to the gallery. This is London at its best; bringing together stories, visions and interpretations of the world around us.
Some artists have chosen to revisit early works, some of which have not survived or have deteriorated, some have been entirely revisited and re-energised, these artists are engaging in dialogue with their former selves and a former Bermondsey.
Many of the artists exhibit pieces from their on-going current practice. For them, Re has offered an opportunity to consider where they are now as contemporary visual artists in an ever-changing London art community. Many of them recognise that even though their work has changed over the years, they are still working around similar themes, thoughts and concerns.
In Re, we experience multiple voices and lifelong fascinations by artists of all disciplines and at all stages of their careers, all presented together, equally. In essence, this bi-annual show illustrates the rich artistic community of the Bermondsey Artists’ Group which continues to thrive 35 years on.
Re offers an opportunity for us all to understand our present by taking the time to stop and look back. It brings together new and old members of the group that has been instrumental in making Southwark the culturally rich borough it is today.
Southwark Park Gallery, SE16 from 10 October – 3 November. Preview: Sunday 6 October 3-6pm
Times: Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Main image: Stephen Dunn – City Street