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Seymour Art

05.01.2010 - 09.01.2010


Exhibition dates: 5th to 9th of January 2010

An exhibition of the homeless arts collective Seymour Art

Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is proud to host in its gallery space at 11 Church Street the first
exhibition of the homeless arts collective Seymour Art.

Strongly linked to the area of Edgware Road north of the Marylebone flyover around the Church Street market with its multiethnic social mix of people, many of the artists in the collective have been or are still homeless. Quite regularly they return to that neighborhood to use the West London Day Centre’s (WLDC) facilities on Seymour Place, which are open to street homeless or vulnerably housed adults.

Seymour Art was formed during the art and video workshop run by the City of Westminster College in the WLDC and features works by Derek Franks, Mary Edson-Stewart, Zachariah Sheehy, Dragan Tasic, Robert Mitchell, Joseph Williams, Richard Lamb, Harry Merchandini and Darren Dorrell.
Through their participation in the course and their consistent involvement with the arts, the individuals of the group express their motivations, talents and interests and ultimately their fates and re-found confidence: in this sense Seymour Art is also a celebration of its participants personal achievements.

With a wide spectrum of works, the show explores the artists’ different interests in painting, drawing, video and photography.
Not directly addressing the issue of homelessness, it reflects the various life experiences gained by each artist. As direct evidence of the multiplicity of the encounters made while living in the street over the years, the show highlights their different approaches in apprehending reality.

Contextually placed within the so-called Outsider Art genre, artists that are not academically trained or live in extreme and adverse conditions, Seymour Art brings the creative achievements of self-taught creative minds with no formal training under the spotlight.
Outsider Art has recently risen to a much wider acknowledgement, even on the institutional level, with the opening of the Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill and the exhibition ‘Inner Worlds Outside�? at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2006.
Outside the boundaries of official culture, the show focuses on the spontaneous creativity of not institutionalized artists.

The only artist to have formally studied art, attending a foundation course in art and design, is Zachariah Sheehy. His interest hovers from watercolour portraits to geometrically radiating, abstract compositions in ink and he is lately seeking to experience new mediums such as sculpture.

With no artistic backgrounds is for example Robert Mitchell. He documents his travels around the UK and Europe through the use of different media: very unique are his painted postcards containing images and text. He regularly feeds a blog with photos and postcards of his experiences.

Derek Franks makes charcoal and pencil portraits of people in cafes and public spaces around Europe, while Joseph Williams, who is a video maker that had previously worked in TV production, makes films and videos. Both will be present at the opening night and record the visitor’s reactions and thoughts during the private view of the show.


...Overview 2010