(above, Arnold Borgerth’s Window With Gifts)
This Huyton Gallery exhibition from 2014, explored the concept of ‘sense of place’, which is a theme frequently explored by artists and writers.
In a world where the concept of place has become as broad as it has narrow, this exhibition investigated how and why people have attachments to certain places and develop a feeling of ‘home’ and ‘being local’.
Advancements in technology and the way in which we communicate, travel and live have greatly affected and distorted this area of thought over recent years, leading to a situation of nowhere being far. The lockdown period that we are still experiencing makes this an ideal opportunity to reflect on this exhibition where domestic viewpoints and local settings are at the fore.
The exhibition presented a range of different interpretations and artistic practices which engaged with these ideas and saw work submitted from across England. Selected artists on show were: Arnold Borgerth, Hannah Cawthorne, Tracey Escolme, Deborah Gardner, Ian Hewitt, Sheilagh Jevons, Pui Lee, Amanda Oliphant, Jane Walker, Joanne Walker, Phil Wilkinson and Sean Williams.