The exhibition space at fold is approximately a 4-metre cube - similar in size to the original White Cube Gallery in London. Set in a small yard of the market square in the remote sheep-market town of Kirkby Stephen the gallery has sought to find new and experimental approaches to presenting contemporary art in a rural community. The Curate-a-Space programme gives artists - both local and from further afield, the opportunity to devise and realise exhibitions that explore the limitations of the space and the nature of the venue.
Each artist has brought their own individual take on the challenge of curating the space for a rural audience.

Hannah Stewart & Kat Östlundh

Foreign Object

2nd - 24th May

Foreign Object is a curated collection of work by Kat Östlundh and Hannah Stewart. Östlundh, having been born and brought up in Sweden, has spent the past four years in Carlisle as a 'foreigner,' and inherently has a more objective viewpoint on English culture. Hannah is English, married to an American, time spent away from the UK has led her to work with idiosyncratically English icons, visually examining how certain aspects of society have been unnaturally preserved and then become anachronistic but remain. This show brings together contrasting and corresponding pieces from each artists recent practice, presenting a distilled collection of foreign objects.


Su Grierson

Aerial Roots

30th May - 19th June

Aerial Roots is a film and interactive website commissioned by the Scottish Screen Archive Live award. Su Grierson, artist and member of a Perthshire farming family, combed the Archive to find footage of traditional farming techniques and responded by creating new film and recordings of contemporary farming practice .
Aerial Roots is a vibrant visual testament to the persistence of agricultural husbandry and production over an era of technological and scientific changes.
An ‘intelligent’ web site features interviews recorded with Perthshire farmers, and members of the public recorded their opinions and memories when Su set up stall at Forfar Farmers market.
Alongside the video and website Su will be showing the video installation ‘Un-natural selection’ . Spotlighting individual eggs rejected by the supermarkets entirely for their less than perfect appearance their flaws are blazoned across them and have a direct reference to the human form and issues of physical perfection.
Su Grierson is an established Scottish artist and photographer based in Perthshire, trained at Duncan of Jordanstone and Glasgow School of Art. She is Chair of Perthshire visual Arts Forum and was President of Scottish Artists Union between 2003 -2006.

Lauren Healey

Still Lives

27th June - 19th July

Lauren Healey’s practice is concerned with the concepts of loss, remembrance and traces of personal history, particularly in relation to found and reclaimed objects. She implies the fragile nature of unknown memories by combining salvaged objects such as photographs, letters and postcards – easily damaged items which carry scratches, marks and other physical imprints of their previous owners – with delicate layers of printed text and wallpaper patterns.

For her upcoming exhibition, Lauren will be creating a site-specific installation specifically for Fold. Items procured from flea markets and charity shops will be scattered around the space in combination with handwriting from forgotten letters and fragments of domestic patterns. The disjointed positioning of these intensely personal but discarded objects highlight their isolated and fragmented nature – they are triggers to memories which no longer exist.


Doireann Ni Ghrioghair

A Landscape

25th July - 2nd August

“A Landscape” seeks to challenge traditional landscape painting.
Representations of the rural landscape are often bound up with notions of an homogenous ‘national identity’. In particular to the artist, the Irish landscape is often gendered as female – in relation to ideas of “Mother Ireland”. The rural landscape is seen as ‘pure’ and ‘timeless’ – evoking a sense of a certain unchanging, essential ‘national character’.
In response to this, “A Landscape” is one of conflict and contradiction, where marginal narratives are unearthed and represented and where the border between the rural and the urban is permeable.

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