Arts Council Collection



© the artist. David Batchelor, Festival, 2006
The Civic, Barnsley
18 July - 6 September 2013
Recent large scale survey exhibitions have demonstrated a renewed interest in artwork’s materiality and surfaces, and a resurgent interest in abstract painting. Exhibitions such as the British Art Show 7: In the days of the Comet and The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from 1960 to Now presented works that complicate the distinctions between painting and sculpture and raised challenging questions about the processes and techniques of contemporary art production.
Jointly curated by The Gallery@ The Civic and British painter Dr Dale Holmes, Surface brings together a selection of artwork by established artists from the Arts Council Collection, as well as emerging and mid career local artists. The exhibition investigates the themes of painting, materials, surface and abstraction in order to present a recent history of these developments in art and to help create new audiences for contemporary painting.
Featured artists from the Arts Council Collection David Batchelor, Peter Davies, Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, DJ Simpson and Richard Woods, alongside northern artists Jennifer Douglas, Jacob Dahlgren, Dale Holmes, Paul Merrick and Julie Newton.