Symposium focused on Pollard, May 6th 2022
'Carbon Slowly Turning: Movement, Energy, Landscape'
On the occasion of the Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning exhibition, MK Gallery and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art collaborated on their third symposium. The symposium took place Friday 6 May, 10.00–19.00 in the Sky Room of MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. The event was also live-streamed to a digital audience.
The speakers were: Richard Hylton and Evan Ifekoya, chaired by Gilane Tawadros; Liz Wells and Ella S. Mills, chaired by Cora Gilroy-Ware; and Ajamu X and Sheena Calvert. The day ended with an in conversation between Pollard and Jackie Kay - who have known each other since the 1980s - and Kay's poetry reading.
Click here for more information. A recording of the day will be made available at a later date.
Pollard portrait by Emile Holba
This symposium was imagined as a conversation with the exhibition, using it as a point of departure. At times, Pollard’s work was directly referenced and, at others, ideas and strands of dialogue emerged and escaped from it. MK and PMC were interested in thinking about movement, and the connections between the histories of art, energy, body cultures, landscape, geology and physiological aesthetics, both historically and in the present. The movement of the body in space and through time has preoccupied Pollard across her career, whether she is working with photography, kinetic sculpture or ceramics. Bodies, both real and metaphorical, are perpetually set in motion – twisting, turning, bowing, walking, dancing, sweating, punching – engaging with ideas and questions about ecology, temporality, race and gender as they move across the landscape.
Pollard nominated for the 2022 Turner Prize!
Ingrid Pollard has been shortlisted for the 2022 Turner Prize for her solo exhibition 'Carbon Slowly Turning' at MK Gallery, curated by Gilane Tawadros. The Turner exhibition will be held at Tate Liverpool from 20th October 2022 - 19 March 2023. The jury for this year's Turner Prize are Christine Eyene, Anthony Spira, Robert Leckie and Irene Aristizábal.
Click here for more information on Tate's website about this year's nominees, the jury, and the 2022 Turner Prize.
Portraits of the Turner nominees from an article in The Art Newspaper
Pollard at Turner Contemporary
Portfolio is Turner Contemporary's annual art competition for pupils, students, teachers and community groups across Kent and Medway. This year's Portfolio theme, Belonging, is inspired by the work of Pollard who will be bringing her major exhibition to Turner Contemporary in Summer 2022. Check this out for teaching resources!
! Closes Sunday 1st May !
The competition is open to those in Kent and Medway who are:
Tate Exhibition now on! 'Life Between Islands: Caribbean British Art 1950s - Now'
1 Dec 2021 - 3 April 2022
Pollard features with over 40 artists, including Aubrey Williams, Donald Locke, Horace Ové, Sonia Boyce and Claudette Johnson in this Tate Britain landmark group exhibition celebrating 70 years of Caribbean-British art.
'This exhibition explores the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other British artists whose work has been influenced and inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage. Spanning visionary paintings to documentary photography, fashion, film and sculpture, Life Between Islands traces the extraordinary breadth and impact of Caribbean British art, in one setting. This exhibition celebrates how people from the Caribbean have forged new communities and identities in post-war Britain – and in doing so have transformed what British culture and society looks like today.' – Tate
Book tickets to see the show here!
For more information including an exhibition guide and video see the Tate website here.
'Ship's Tack' at The Foundling Museum, London
15 Oct – 27 Feb 2022
Watch Ingrid in conversation about 'Ship's Tack' here and listen to her specially created Spotify playlist here!
'In 'Ship’s Tack', Ingrid Pollard brings together fragile ceramic sculptures and prints of paper boats, with new textile works. The new pieces feature images of the unique hand-written autobiography of George King, the subject of The Foundling Museum's Fighting Talk exhibition. The paper boat sculptures were originally created as part of TradeWinds/LandFall 2008, a body of work investigating the importance of winds and sea currents in the historic commerce that crossed the Atlantic. The association with both childhood and seafaring links the boats to George, and his world at the dawn of the nineteenth century. The pages of George’s memoir, chosen by Pollard and printed onto translucent cotton voile, mention the names of friends, ships and places which form anchor points in his life. These names have a sense of familiarity and recognition, which in some way enables us to meet George across time. The choice of cotton also makes a connection with a pivotal moment in George’s life, and the wider forces of trade and empire which drove his journey.' – The Foundling Museum
For more details of the Fighting Talk and George King exhibition, including a video, see here.
Major solo exhibition and catalogue at MK Gallery: 'Carbon Slowly Turning'
12 March – 29 May
'Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning' is the first major survey of Pollard’s career showing highlights of work from the past 40 years as well as debuting exciting new work.
There is a major catalogue to accompany the exhibition with contributions from Fay Blanchard, Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Paul Gilroy, Mason Lever-Yap, Cheryl Finley, Anthony Spira and Gilane Tawadros. Pre-order your copy here.
'Gilane Tawadros, co-curator of the exhibition, said: “Ingrid Pollard’s practice has long been focused on the human body, astro-physics and geology, and in particular geology in the formation of the stars and planets. The title of the exhibition – Carbon Slowly Turning – invites us to reflect on geological time in relation to human time. On the one hand the millennia in which carbon, rock and other natural materials are made, and on the other the brevity of human existence by comparison and the affecting nature of geology on the human form. A number of Pollard’s works reflect on the cyclical nature of history and human experience, where everything is subject to change, sometimes over hundreds or thousands of years, at other times in the blink of an eye.”' – MK Gallery
Winner of the Freelands Award 2020. Exhibition supported by Freelands Foundation.
Supported by a Publications Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Association for Art History.
New commission and exhibition in Devon
6 August - 22 October 2022
Curated by talking on corners this commission sees Pollard create a new series of work in response to the histories of Devon and the South West. The commission is part of a wide reaching multi-faceted, multi-site project attending to all aspects of Pollard's practice. With a solo exhibition of the new commission at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton, the project also involves special displays, workshops, talks and educational engagement with a range of diverse partners across Devon including the Devon and Exeter Institution, Libraries Unlimited, Natural England, the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, and South Devon College.
Supported by Arts Council England.
'Belonging and Un-belonging in the English Countryside', 2 May 2019
Curated by Paul Gilroy, Cora Gilroy Ware and Ingrid Pollard
Programmed to complement The Lie of the Land group exhibition featuring Pollard (MK Gallery 16 March - 26 May 2019), this daylong symposium used performance, intergenerational conversation and deep listening to explore exclusion and the English countryside. Follow the links to see videos of the talks: