The House Protects The Dreamer

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The House Protects The Dreamer

December 7, 2021 - January 14, 2022

The House Protects The Dreamer

‘“ if I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. ”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1958

Taking inspiration from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s 1958 book La Poétique de l’Espace (The Poetics of Space), this exhibition explores the significance of the home not only as a place we inhabit but as a space shaped by our thoughts, memories and desires.
For Bachelard the home is furnished by our past, present and future, whose walls not only provide shelter but can offer a safe space to dream. The five artists in this exhibition each in their own unique way explore concepts of the home, belonging and identity

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Artist Biographies:

Nancy Allen (b. 1992) is an artist working with sculpture and drawing, currently studying at the Royal Academy Schools (graduating 2023). In 2020 Allen was awarded a Henry Moore Foundation Artists’ Award Scheme Grant and in 2018 received the Gilbert Bayes Award.
Exhibitions include: Second Year Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2021), Soft Boundaries, Fitzroy Modern Art, Norfolk (2021), DISCO, Fitzrovia Chapel, London (2021) and Gilbert Bayes Award Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors, London (2020).

Camilla Bliss (b.1989) recently graduated from the Royal college of Art with a sculpture degree. She is a co-found of the curatorial collective HAZE and was awarded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park graduate award this year. In addition, she makes ceramic works for the New Craftsmen and was selected for the winter window project with Gazelli Art house.
Exhibitions include SWELL, 87 Gallery, Hull (2021), London Grads Now 21, Saatchi Gallery, London (2021); Hawks in Her Hair, Alice Black Gallery, London (2021); Final, Not Over – Again, Unit 1 gallery, London (2021); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2018) and Threads Salon, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2018).
Rob Branigan (b.1992) is a London based artist working with sculpture and print-based media. Branigan graduated from MA Sculpture, The Royal College of Art in 2019 and has since undertaken residencies at M74, Mexico City, and Standpoint Gallery, London.
Exhibitions include: Dirt & Desire, K.Halstead, London (2021), Companions, Union Pacific, London
(2021), Under the Volcano, M74, Mexico City (2020), At Odds with Everything We Touch with Finbar Ward, Standpoint Gallery, London (2020)

Anna Reading (b. 1987) is a London based artist working with sculpture, drawing, performance and text. In 2018, Reading was awarded the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2018 after graduating from MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art the previous year.
Exhibitions include: The Auguries, Informality Gallery, Henley on Thames (2021), Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, Brooke Benington Gallery (2021), Flock, The Broadway Studio Gallery, Letchworth Garden City (2020) The Pothole, Standpoint Gallery, London, (2019) touring to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre.

Josh C. Wright (b. 1993) is a London based sculptor and salvages construction material and discarded domestic objects, making precarious forms that inhabit a sense of uncertainty and instability fuelled by his own anxieties as an artist living and working on the edges of London.
In May 2021 he was the recipient of an Arts Council England ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ award.
Exhibition include: Dreamlands, OHSH Projects, London, (2021), The Ingram Prize, Online due to Covid19 (2020), NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard, Contemporary Collaborations, Robert Youngs Antiques, London (2019)

7th December 2021 – 14th January 2022


December 7, 2021
14 January


23 Grafton Street
London, W1S 4EY
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