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The Acme Project Space ran from June 2009 to December 2015. It provided an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.

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Kate McMillan

‘The Potter's Field’ 4.7.2014 - 13.7.2014

 
Private view of The Potter's Field. Image: Acme IRP (2014)
Private view of The Potter's Field. Image: Acme IRP (2014)
Private view of The Potter's Field. Image: Acme IRP (2014)
Private view of The Potter's Field. Image: Acme IRP (2014)
Private view of The Potter's Field. Image: Acme IRP (2014)
Private view of The Potter's Field. Image: Acme IRP (2014)
 
 

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Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 3 July, 6pm to 8pm

In this exhibition, Australian Council for the Arts London Residency artist Kate McMillan, uses film, photography, sculpture and sound to excavate the residue and ruins of place and memory.

This exhibition features the residue of images and sounds that have been traced and collected from sites associated with symbolic early memories, including a naturally occurring clay field next to the artist's childhood home, a decaying Roman castle and the sodden clay cliffs along a beach on the Isle of Wight. These residues have been manipulated and intuited into a series of small sculptures that suggest the shape and form of anxiety and heaviness. Importantly the work emphasises the use of hands as a way to mark presence and evidence the traces of self.

The work includes a two-part film that mirrors the artist's hands during studio play and the hands of percussionists and object players in the London Improvisers Orchestra during a recording for another of McMillan’s work that took place at the Rivolli Ballroom in Brockley, South East London. Parallels are made between playing instruments and making sculptural objects and the Proustian association with memory triggers. Sound has long been a key component in McMillan’s work as it defines the emotionally reading of her work.

During the private view, a series of vignettes will be performed by members of the London Improvisers Orchestra. These performances will be recorded and will provide the foundation for subsequent work. This process highlights the linkages between informing, creating and playing as new ideas evolve, incorporating them into the presentation of work. The exhibition will be accompanied by a small catalogue with text by Elizabeth Stanton.

 
 

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