House Share

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition

What does 'home' mean to you?

When the first lockdown was announced on 23 March 2020, our homes and how we lived within them changed completely. ‘Home’ began to take on a new meaning as it became more than just a living space but where all elements of life played out, from schooling and studying to working and socialising – and often the only connection to the outside world came through digital media and video calls. 

This changing relationship with our homes as the weeks and months rolled on is explored in the exhibition - House Share - opening on 26 June at Firstsite, Colchester. Curated by Firstsite’s Young Art Kommunity (YAK) group, working in partnership with Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection, as part of the National Partners Programme 2019-22, House Share responds to the group’s experiences during the three UK lockdowns. 

As arguably the generation most negatively affected by the pandemic and lockdown, the YAK members, all aged 16-25 years old, use the exhibition to examine how their home took on a dual role as a creative and safe space, but also encompassed feelings of being confined.

House Share is the first in a series of exhibitions curated by young people across the three National Partner sites. Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange will follow with their exhibition, SEEN, in October 2021, and Sunderland Culture will host their exhibition curated by Young Curators, Celebrate Different, in early 2022. The Young People's Collaborative Exhibitions aim to bring young people together from across the country, connecting them with each other and with the Arts Council Collection.

Artists featured in this exhibition: Andrew Grassie, Andy Holden, Anthony Devas, David Batchelor, Hayley TompkinsJanice Kerbel, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Jenny HolzerMatthew Dalziel & Louise Scullion, and Tracy Mackenna.


Virtual Walkthrough


How to use the virtual exhibition tour:

• Click on the blue box on the landing screen below to enter.
• Once inside the virtual exhibition, you can move forward and backwards by clicking on the white circles on the floor.
• To navigate left and right, click and hold down your mouse button (or equivalent) and drag left or right.
• Click on the (i) icons next to the artworks to bring up more information about artists or art pieces.
• To watch the videos, click on the play icons.

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About the Exhibition

Audio Descriptions

Listen to Emma Howe, Programme Manager, Communities as she gives audio descriptions of artworks chosen by members of Young Art Kommunity (YAK) featured in Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, House Share.

Letters to Artworks

As part of House Share, YAK worked with poet Laila Sumpton to write and record letters to the artworks in the exhibition, bringing personalities and life to otherwise inanimate objects. Listen to their letters below and their imagined replies back from the artworks.

Featured Artworks

Television Cloth

Matthew Dalziel & Louise Scullion

Tracy Mackenna
Five Heads

Jean-Luc Vilmouth
Spoon II

Hayley Tompkins

David Batchelor

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