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Reactor Halls E08

Feb 11, 2014

Reactor Halls E08: The Family Show
Hosted by Kathy Noble
Saturday 22 February 2014, 19:30

Book tickets here (booking essential)

The Family Show takes the idea of a television chat show as a loose structure with which to stage a live exhibition, featuring talk, artwork, performance and music, celebrating the mundane to fantastical elements of daily life and art, in a collaborative endeavor.

Set within artist duo Julia Crabtree and William Evan’s recent sculpture installation Death Valley (2013) – a kind of post-apocalyptic, cartoon-esque, plasticized desert-scape, set to a neo-Western soundtrack by Eliot Crabtree – a series of conversations and performances will occur. Like any good TV chat show, the main events will be interspersed with live music and commercial breaks.

The show will include performances by Jennifer Bailey and Sophiel Aurora, a music video section compiled and compèred by Kathy Noble, and a special conversation with Julia Crabtree and William Evans.

The Family Show is organised by Kathy Noble, in collaboration with Sophiel Aurora, Jennifer Bailey, Julia Crabtree and William Evans and Eliot Crabtree.

Sophiel Aurora’s (aka Sophie Lisa Beresford) work combines exuberant performance, new age beliefs, DIY self-help and Charva culture in addressing what self-expression, and its performance, can mean within art now. She studied BA in Fine Art at the University of Sunderland, from 2005-2008. Recent group exhibitions include Girls, Girls, Girls, Vanity Projects, NYC, USA; Selected III at Whitechapel Gallery, London; FACT, Liverpool; CCA, Glasgow; Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne; Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton and Nottingham Contemporary (all 2013). 

Jennifer Bailey’s work is about the self-representation of the individual via lifestyle choices and an investigation into the visual codes that constitute authenticity. Her work sometimes takes her family as subject or material, relating to wider interests including the ‘performance’ of social class and attitudes to paid work, food and childrearing. She completed a BA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins in 2006 and recently completed an MFA at Glasgow school of art where she lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include Kelly, Glasgow International included programme, Untitled project, Weekends, London (2014) and Sarah, Space in Between, London (2014).

Julia Crabtree and William Evans have collaborated for nine years and see their work as an ongoing experiment in shared subjectivity, which is rooted in sculpture, used as material for installation, video, print and performance. They completed their BAs in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins in 2007. In September 2013 Crabtree finished her MA and Evans his MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art. Currently on display at Legion TV in London is their exhibition Hyper Bole and they are currently doing the Nina Stewart Artist Residency at South London Gallery where they have a solo exhibition in May 2014.

Eliot Crabtree is a composer and musician based in London, who also studied art at Camberwell College.

Kathy Noble is a writer and curator. She currently works at Wysing Arts Centre, and has previously worked as Head of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary and Curator (Interdisciplinary Projects) at Tate Modern.