Come to Ours was devised and managed by a group of individual artists (LOW PROFILE, Bryony Gillard, Christopher Green, Mark James, Beth Emily Richards and Neil Rose) who came together to develop this special programme of events.
Come to Ours was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Plymouth City Council.
Come to Ours was a programme of activity and events that celebrated and showcased the work of both emerging and established artists and curators. This artist-driven programme temporarily occupied unusual and unconventional sites, spaces and contexts around Plymouth (UK), running alongside the British Art Show 7 (Sept-Dec 2011).
Come to Ours was made up of 6 projects, including:
A Circle presented five artists who employ performative methods within their practice. Bryony Gillard, Ella Golt, Leah Lovett, Beth Emily Richards and Selina Taylor explore notions of documentation, ephemera and how to show their (live) work within a gallery context by utilising sculptural props, performances to camera, relics of performances, or live works and interventions staged at intervals throughout the exhibition.
The Library of Independent Exchange (L.I.E) is a temporary reference library that presents the most interesting and significant works of contemporary independent arts publishers and artists spanning 14 countries. L.I.E provided a rare opportunity within the city of Plymouth to encounter and explore such works, in an informal, open space which enabled visitors to explore the processes of publishing, collaboration, dissemination and highlight the wealth of resources available.
Plymouth Aural Survey (PAS) was a project by Neil Rose that sought to collate information and audio recordings from the general public in an attempt to map participants’ movements around Plymouth City Centre, providing an alternative method of navigating or positioning yourself within the surveyed area. The online representation of the score/composition acts as an online audio canvas that transposes data from questionnaires as ever changing graphs of different colours.
Video Takeaway presented a curated programme of short artist film-works from a range of national and international artists presented on existing TV monitors located in two of the Come to Ours team’s favourite takeaways in Plymouth.
The Fireplace Gallery was a gallery sited in a domestic, unused fireplace, showcasing micro-exhibitions by emerging and established artists. Artists showcased during Come to Ours had all stayed (as guests) in the proprietors’ (Hannah & Neil Rose) home. These included Ania Bas, Christopher Bond, Jemma Egan, Rachel Dobbs, Hunt & Darton, Steven Paige and Katrijn Verstegen. The gallery also featured an adjoining ‘Mantle Space’ showcasing artwork by Richard Dedomenici and a gallery shop, selling artists’ ephemera and limited editions.