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Collaboration theme for new Oriel Sycharth exhibition

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Photo: The work of Ivan Liotchev features in the new Collaborate! exhibition at Glyndŵr University

April 9, 2015

Artwork formed of media ranging from painting to Skype features in a new exhibition of creations from 23 international artists on the theme of collaboration.

COLLABORATE!, which opens at Glyndŵr University Wrexham on Thursday April 23, is a survey of recent collaborative art practice which urges the viewer to consider the wide array of forms, approaches, and results of collaboration.

The central exhibition at Oriel Sycharth Gallery is presented as part of a wider programme of exhibitions, screenings and performances, in partnership with THIS Project and Focus Wales.

Additional venues include THIS Project’s Undegun and Galeri 3B, and select screenings will be dispersed throughout Focus Wales events.

In exploring the nature of collaboration, COLLABORATE! presents a broad variety of practices including artists who only work collaboratively, occasional collaborators, and artists who direct temporary participants or orchestrate situations.

Exhibitors range in nationality and career-stage and practices presented vary from early feminism and 80s painting revival, to jazz, indigenous and post-internet art.

Most artists in this exhibition have shown internationally, but never in Wales before. COLLABORATE!  brings for the first time to Wales the groundbreaking participatory works of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. as well as Judy Chicago’s seminal Birth Project.

Other artists showing in Wales for the first time include performance artist Ann Liv Young, Métis artist Dylan Miner, and Japanese duo WEAST.

A special feature of the exhibition will be the first ever presentation in Wales of Ryan Trecartin's ambitious 3-channel movie Comma Boat. A unique vision of dictatorship, yet emblematic of Trecartin's hyper-collaborative style, the large-scale installation will be presented at Undegun in Wrexham town centre.

Professor Estelle Thompson, head of the division of media, arts and design at Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re delighted to be the first venue in Wales to showcase the work of so many of the artists in our latest exhibition.

“We’re equally thrilled that the exhibition will form part of Focus Wales, which has become such a key event in the Wrexham arts calendar.”

COLLABORATE! will host a pre-launch event as part of Focus Wales on April 22, 6-8pm at Galeri 3B, which will include live performances by London-based duo Biters and New York City-based Ann Liv Young.

The main exhibition launch at Oriel Sycharth Gallery will be on April 23, 6-8pm, and will feature a live, multi-actor performance directed by Helen Knowles.  A post-event reception with performances will follow at Undegun from 8pm onwards. As part of Focus Wales’s regular programme, the post-event is ticketed, but visitors to the opening at Oriel Sycharth will receive free passes to a special VIP zone.

The exhibition, curated by Nicholas John Jones and Ivan Liotchev, runs at Glyndŵr University, Galeri 3B and Undegun from April 23 – June 19 2015

For more information visit glyndwr.ac.uk/OrielSycharthGallery

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Artists exhibited:

Jeremy Bailey with Kristin Schaffer, Biters, Cornford & Cross, Judy Chicago, Phoebe Davis, Bernard Frize, Jesse Greenberg, Jeremy Hutchison, Helen Knowles, Ivan Liotchev, Lorna Mills, Dylan Miner, Sarah Pettitt & Robert Rivers, Jonathan Powell & nu-Sangha, Kezia Pritchard & Kristofer Henriksson, Nina Rodin & Rebecca Molloy, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Nastja Säde Rönkkö & Ernest Truely, Jesse Stead & Raphael Lyon, Ryan Trecartin, Julia Vogl, Weast, Ann Liv Young.

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