Failure, trial and error is an unavoidable part of any artistic practice and QUAD's latest exhibition aims to share the fascinating stories behind creativity and experimentation.
A new exhibition at QUAD in Derby has been collated from a national open call for paintings that were never completed, exhibition proposals that were never realised, rejection letters, broken sculptures, over exposed photographs and other works that initially weren’t a success. The exhibition, entitled Artefacts Of Failure, is on display in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces from 27th July until 7th October 2012.
Artefacts Of Failure artists include: Jonathan Alibone & Alexander Small, Richard Bradley, Sophie Cullinan, Joseph Davis, Sarah Dixon, Bryan Eccleshall, Nansy Ferret, Mira Graham, Charlie Hurcombe, Susan Martin, Paul Matosic, Ingrid Moine, Barry Morris, Marc Renshaw, Miriam Robson, Heather Rudd, Frances Ryan, Estelle Serra, Martha Webster, Elizabeth Wewiora and Simon Withers.
An exhibition in QUAD Gallery which accompanies Artefacts Of Failure will look at the relationship between success and failure by looking at common place materials and repetitive processes. Accidentally on Purpose is a mixed media group show which will be on display from 27th July until 7th October 2012. Curated by Candice Jacobs and Fay Nicolson, Accidentally on Purpose features artists Becky Beasley, Rachel Lois Clapham & Emma Cocker, Karen Cunningham, Michael Dean, Cyprien Gaillard, Ryan Gander, Paul Graham, Jonathan Monk, Rose O’Gallivan, Edit Oderbolz, Dan Rees, Clunie Reid, George Shaw and Ryszard Wasko. The exhibition also includes an online publication and audio project Accidental Purpose, containing responses by 100 invited artists, curators and writers on the theme of success, failure and reoccurring problems.
Artefacts Of Failure and Accidentally on Purpose are exhibited as part of a whole programme of events in a season celebrating the art of failure and its use as a creative tool in art, film and our daily lives. Walks, talks, workshops and a film season are part of ‘If at first...’ season which takes place in QUAD from 27th July until 7thOctober 2012.
Other ‘If at first...’ events include an illustrated talk and motivational lecture by legendary British Olympic ski-jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. Eddie will talk about his inspirational journey to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics, and about people who follow their dreams despite failure, and who never give up trying. Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards talk takes place on Saturday 4th August, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and the cost is £10 per person, places are limited and can be booked through QUAD Box Office.
The walk will be ‘An Epic Journey’ with Alison Lloyd from the Contemporary Art of Walking. 'Epic' is the word often used by hill walkers and climbers when they want to describe a walk or climb that has not gone entirely to plan or failed in some way. Starting and finishing at QUAD, the eight to ten mile walk takes place on Sunday 19thAugust, from 10:30am to 5:30pm and costs £5.
#EPIC FAIL film season explores comedy’s close links to failure with five films: Ed Wood, Raising Arizona, The Jerk, Man On The Moon and Anchorman. #EPIC FAIL: The Comedy Of Failure screens from Wednesday 1stuntil Thursday 30th August. Details can be found at: www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on-
The Galleries are free to visit. For more information on exhibitions and events please see: www.derbyquad.co.uk/