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Mead Gallery Exhibitions 2022

The Pit Stop for Chadwick by Esiri Erheriene Essi

Prophecy an exhibition, inspired by George Eliot's novel, Middlemarch.

7 May - 26 June 2022

This group exhibition, conceived in collaboration with artist Laura Nyahuye, uses the narrative of Coventry writer George Eliot’s Middlemarch to look closely at overlapping stories and histories that bring people together through shared experience.

This exhibition is imagined as a conversation that unfolds and develops within the Mead Gallery. It begins without being complete and is added to throughout the exhibition’s duration.

Working from a brief composed by Nyahuye, audience members, local groups and communities will produce ephemera that will respond to, sit alongside and complement the works on display.

Visitors and groups are welcome to contribute something from their ‘Survival Kit’ to the exhibition, that being a memory or an object of significance that grounds us in the present moment and provides strength in moving forward to challenge dominant narratives that dictate our lives.

Featured artists include:

Dineo Seshee Bopape / JJ Chan / Esiri Erheriene-Essi / Marianna Fahmy / Matthew Krishanu / Edwin Mingard / Maria Mahfooz / David Moore / Eleanor Mortimer / Laura Nyahuye / Saskia Olde Wolbers / Khadija Saye / Caroline Walker / Nilupa Yasmin

Installation Shot of Rana Begum Dappled Light exhibition

Rana Begum Dappled Light.

10 January 2022 - 13 March 2022

Rana Begum explores the perception of light and colour through vibrant paintings, sculptures, and installations. Known for her use of geometric abstraction, Begum has made a series of new large-scale works that respond specifically to the Mead Gallery’s architecture. Through a variety of materials and painterly techniques, she explores the shifting perceptual effects of light as it interacts with her work and the gallery space. The exhibition also features her first video installation which captures the fugitive light in a woodland as it cycles through the seasons.

Rana Begum was elected as a Royal Academician last year. Her work is in exhibitions and art collections worldwide. Twenty years ago, one of the first public organisations to collect her work was the University hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, which bought a set of prints for the Outpatients department.

We are grateful to The Henry Moore Foundation for supporting the commission of a new work for this exhibition.