19 – 30 January
Curating an exhibition of artwork gathered through an open and unselected
submission process would suggest a few days of chaotic decision making,
but ‘Allotments’ bypasses the chaos before it begins. Standing
Room is an innovative space dedicated to exploring curation and fostering
an environment of risk-taking; a veritable testbed of curatorial techniques.
In sympathy with the usual ethos of research, Standing Room has been divided
into 15”x15” allotments that are selected by participating
artists upon booking: a process that leaves the artist blind to the aesthetic
of the surrounding work, and in which the curation becomes automatic and
potentially negated. Starting in December at the new Harrington Mill Studio
site, Standing Room will be inhabited by theoretically independent units
of artwork that will subsequently be transported to Long Eaton Town Hall.
Joined by an artist in residence who will tend a miniature landscape for
the duration, the space and the positioning of the allotments will be