Castleford Heritage Trust Park April 2018.
The Island Gallery, Queen’s Mill, Castleford 1st May – 14th June.
Artists based in the Middle East who would find it difficult to travel to the UK were invited to propose artwork that can be sent by email.
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email was curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK Museum of the Year 2014) and ArtRole in partnership with the Caspian Arts Foundation. It was shown originally at YSP in 2017.
We recognise that it is complicated and prohibitive for worldwide artists to work in the UK, but are keen to offer a platform and share great art with YSP’s 500,000 annual visitors. Beyond Boundaries: Art by Email celebrated the fact that ideas and art can travel even if people cannot.
Proposals of photography and film were invited, but also sculpture files that can be 3D printed, performance by instruction and other creative responses.
The exhibition featured work that not only shared the realities of current situations in various countries such as Iraq, Syria, Iran, Palestine but also the resilience, hope, and creativity of artists throughout the region, whatever their circumstances.
The exhibition will run from 1st May through to 14th June. It will be open for viewing between 10am-3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays @ The Island Gallery, Queen’s Mill, Castleford.
We invite the local community to come and view the artworks, to think about what the artists are communicating and to look for the contrasts and connections between what is presented and how we can relate this to life in Castleford and the surrounding areas.
There will be an interactive area where visitors can leave their thoughts and take part in an activity sharing their thoughts on our town.