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Exhibition Launch – Circling the Square

4th June 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You are invited to our upcoming exhibition and events at Artcore Gallery on Friday 4 June 2021, 5-8pm.

Circling the Square: Visions of an Unmade City

Artists: Ryan Heath & Katy Hawkins

Exhibition Launch: Friday 4 June 5-8pm (book here)

Exhibition Dates: 4 June – 19 June 2021

Where: Artcore Gallery, 7 Albert St, Derby

if you feel like it++

please bring along something

comforting with you to

enjoy a collective moment of

self-comfort in the public realm,

together (cushion, house plant, toys +

all welcome)

About the Exhibition

For the past two months, artists Ryan Heath and Katy Hawkins have taken up residence with Artcore Gallery as part of Circling the Square: Visions of an Unmade City. During their residency, the artists were invited to critically interrogate the situation that is Derby. Situation meaning a set of conditions in time and place – a convergence of site, non-site, place, non-place, locality, public space, context, past, present and future.

What is the purpose of public space in the City Centre in a post-retail world, where social gatherings are a thing of the past, and where indoor social spaces are out of bounds? In this exhibition and through ongoing participatory activities, both Ryan and Katy reimagine the potential of Osnabruck Square for the city of Derby.

About the Artists

Katy is interested in exploring ideas of performing in the public realm, and claiming it as a place for personal and collective ritual. During their residency with Artcore, Katy takes leave from the situation and spatial realities of Osnabruck square and its upcoming redevelopment – to include a potential renaming to ‘Friendship square’. They ask, ‘What would it look like to design in and for friendship?’.

Ryan is interested in psychogeography and the built environment. As part of his residency with Artcore, Ryan has completed a series of workshops with the local community, one workshop included designing a guardian for the city of Derby. This collaboratively made guardian features in Ryan’s new single-channel video, Ritual Practice, 2021.


Artcore Gallery
8 Albert Street, Osnabruck Square
Derby, DE1 2DS United Kingdom
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