Main Gallery - ‘Edgelands’
‘Edgelands’ – a name dreamt up some 20 years ago to describe aspects of the changing face of Britain. Perhaps the first literary attempt to capture the essence of the idea was Iain Sinclair’s evocative account of a journey round the M25 London Orbital. For Paul Farley and Michael Symmon-Roberts, the authors of the book Edgelands, these spaces are the great ‘unnamed and ignored landscapes…places where our slipstream has created a zone of inattention’ and yet where all manner of interest and beauty thrive. This can certainly be said of the works in the exhibition by artist from the recently formed Contemporary British Painting group. These paintings explore and document wastelands and neglected fringelands, the forgotten and overlooked. These landscapes are founded in personal journeys of memory and loss, of childhood days spent exploring the architecture of discarded industry where abandoned cars and rusting machinery find their grave; here can be found the ruins of factories, furnaces and marshalling yards.