Castlefield Gallery Associates and EOP (Birmingham), Eastside Projects‘ membership scheme, have teamed up to matchmake their members and generate new creative friendships during lockdown. Both organisations want to support their members in making work and having critical reflective conversations during this time where “normal activities” are subject to restrictions. Aimed at generating an ongoing support network and the occasional collaboration, these friendships are an open-ended invitation for artists to learn from one another and generate new responses to their situation.
The artist penfriends include Castlefield Gallery Associate George Gibson, member of zine collective Shy Bairns who have exhibited in New Contemporaries and Jerwood Collaborate!, and EOP Kelly Best, one of the 2015 Jerwood 3-Phase artists.
Fittingly, Castlefield Gallery Artist Development Co-ordinator Jane Lawson has been paired with EOP Programmer Amelia Hawk.
Castlefield Gallery Associates is continuing to run a full programme and provide support to members during lockdown. You can find more info about the scheme here.
The artist pairs are: