Rana Begum: Dappled Light - Free Art Exhibition

Rana Begum: Dappled Light - Free Art Exhibition


Posted 2022-02-05 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 13 Jan 2022 - Sun 13 Mar 2022

A free exhibition by leading Bangladeshi/ British artist Rana Begum has opened at Warwick Arts Centre 's Mead Gallery, the first event there since a major refurbishment.

Rana Begum: Dappled Light , which is at the Mead Gallery until March 13, 2022, features a number of artworks commissioned for the new gallery, with several of her large-scale works – paintings, sculptures and installations – responding specifically to the Arts Centre's architecture.

The artist's work focuses on the interplay between light and colour, dissolving the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture.

The gallery has been at the centre of the visual arts world in the Midlands since 1986, hosting major international artists such as Henry Moore, Peter Lanyon, Bill Brandt, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, Liliane Lijn, Hurvin Anderson, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, George Shaw, and artist-turned-film-maker Steve McQueen. It closed in June 2018, after exhibitions dedicated to painter Clare Woods and mid-20th century artist/ designer John Piper, as part of the arts centre's wider transformation programme.

Now situated on the ground floor of the Arts Centre, at the heart of the new foyer, the repositioned Mead Gallery is more visible, and has retained its familiar and adaptable L-shape. With a floor area of 605 square metres (6,458 square feet), it's the largest single dedicated contemporary exhibition space in the region.

Elected to the Royal Academy in 2020, Rana Begum has exhibited around the world, with recent commissions including work for Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, New York University, and for London City Island.

She said: "I am so excited to share this body of work; it stems from new explorations in the studio that I have had the opportunity to push and develop in response to the architecture and the natural light of the renovated Mead space."The show is a dialogue between my earlier work and these new ventures – between the areas of my practice that feel more resolved and the areas that I am only just discovering. Together with curator Cliff Lauson, we have considered how people will move through the space, and the atmosphere and experience it will create."

Discussing the gallery's reopening, Warwick Arts Centre's Director, Doreen Foster, said: "As one of the UK's most significant and respected contemporary galleries, our Mead Gallery has been sorely missed. We're especially pleased to be opening with new work from Rana, whose work is simply stunning. Dappled Light is a perfect way to reintroduce the Mead to everyone – from art aficionados, to casual visitors who've just popped in early before seeing a film, concert or show."

Situated on Coventry's University Of Warwick campus, Warwick Arts Centre began to reopen in October 2021 after the largest redevelopment in its history. Now with a more spacious foyer and three state-of-the-art cinemas, as well as numerous performance spaces, the much-anticipated return of the Mead is a major event in the visual art calendar.

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