35 & Counting: The Caravan Gallery

In early February we launched ’35 & Counting’, an exhibition and online auction, marking 35 years of supporting emerging artists.

All proceeds of the online auction, launching on Thursday 16 February (5pm), will support our artist residency programme.

To showcase the 29 artworks generously donated, we have asked each of the artists to remind us about their involvement with the gallery and what a residency means to them.

You can view all of the artwork on our auction site: 35andcounting.co.uk

Above: Installation view of 'Is Britain Great? The Caravan Gallery UK Tour' (2006)

The Caravan Gallery

The Caravan Gallery is a collaboration between artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale who are concerned with documenting the ‘reality and surreality of the way we live today’. They use colour photography to create thought provoking images which frequently celebrate overlooked and sometimes bizarre aspects of everyday life.

The Caravan Gallery artists have a long track record of exhibiting beyond the confines of the caravan in galleries, museums and art festivals. They also use empty shops for participatory Pride of Place Projects, evolving exhibitions - cum - alternative visitor information centres where they use their own photography as a catalyst to encourage people to respond to their surroundings.

What does a studio/place to work mean to you?

"It’s always good to have a base, even if it’s temporary, where you can collect your thoughts and materials and focus on creativity"

How have funded residencies supported your professional development, and what impact have they had on your work?

"They’ve been vital! As an artist, the opportunity to immerse yourself in an unfamiliar environment with support from a host organization is extremely inspiring and liberating. Each residency we’ve undertaken, from Belgium to Scotland to Lithuania, has resulted in the creation of new work, taught us new things and introduced us to new people and places. We have stayed in contact with people we met during every residency and they have all led to further work and opportunities"

About the artwork

'Is Britain Great?, Aspex Gallery 2006'                      

  • Archival inkjet print on 310gm smooth fine art matte paper
  • 8 x 6 inch print in 10 x 8 inch frame                         

Auction code: 34-TCG

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'Toilet garden, Somerstown, Portsmouth 2001'

  • Archival inkjet print on 310gm smooth fine art matte paper
  • 8 x 6 inch print in 10 x 8 inch frame
  • Auction code: 28-TCG

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