Tell me the story of all of these things

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition

Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection present ‘Tell me the story of all these things’, featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing – each selected by radical women of Colchester.

Civic leaders, community organisers, artists, designers, politicians, mothers and the Colchester business owners have worked with Firstsite to present this exhibition which examines the role of emotion and soft power in our society and how this can be used positively to connect and empower us.

Artworks were specifically selected based on the emotions, stories and memories they provoked, and these will be presented in the gallery to explore the group’s question “How do we create a show about empowerment which is also empowering to experience?”

The exhibition itself, which takes its title from Rehana Zaman's moving image work, Tell me the story Of all these things, 2017, takes on an open and engaging atmosphere, encouraging visitors to take part in an ongoing critical dialogue, and inviting them to explore their own emotional responses.

Tell me the story of all these things, the third in the Essex gallery’s series of National Partners Programme Exhibitions, continues Firstsite’s new collaborative curatorial process designed to create exhibitions that reflect the lives and most pressing issues faced by local people from all sections of society, through incorporating them directly in the exhibition making process.

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The Arts Council Collection : Tell me the story of all of these things
The Arts Council Collection : Tell me the story of all of these things

Radical Women of Colchester on Curating the Exhibition

Audio Descriptions

Listen to Emma Howe, Programme Manager, Communities as she gives audio descriptions of artworks chosen by women of Colchester featured in Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, Tell me the story of all these things.

Featured Works

Sprawling Red Woman

Hilary Cartmel

Hiraki Sawa
Auntie Comfort

Mawuena Kattah
Neither From Nor Towards

Cornelia Parker
Guinea Pig

Dan Hays

Katie Cuddon

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