I’m pleased to share with you that my upcoming exhibition, Mother, opens at Ort Gallery in Birmingham on February 1st. This show, with artist and friend Antonia Attwood, explores the complexity of the mother child relationship through themes of grief and mental health.
This timely commission showcases the work made in the first year without my mother in a desperate attempt to stay connected to someone who is no longer here. The exhibition opening on February 1st marks the one year anniversary of the month of her death.
Ort Gallery presents Mother, a joint exhibition by Antonia Attwood and Daniel Regan of their separate practices. What unites the multimedia installations is the desire to speak about taboo subjects such as grief, mental illness and the shame that accompanies these experiences. The exhibition is ambitious and brave as the artists share their own and others’ vulnerable states and emotions. It does not shy away from asking the visitor to fully commit to the work, allowing themselves to feel the strong emotions portrayed and experience others’ raw emotions. It is important for Ort Gallery to bring difficult topics to the community as these are experienced by many people. The mental health charity Mind estimates that “approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.” It is therefore vital to speak about and share these experiences.
1st February — 14th March 2020
Wednesday to Saturday 12 — 5pm
Opening Event: 1st February, 2pm — 4pm
Entrance is free.
Professional Development Session | How do I fund my practice?
11 March 2020, 6pm
This session will look at alternative ways of funding your art practice to selling art work. The artists will share their experiences of running workshops, applying for funding and connecting their practice to the right organisations. They will touch on how to respond to briefs, help participants to focus on what their work is about, creating their own opportunities and also what not to do.
Artist Talk | Antonia Attwood and Daniel Regan
14 March 2020, 2pm
Both artists will be talking about their work exhibited at Ort Gallery for Mother and how it fits into their wider practice. The talks will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.