We talk to curator and artist Kate Aries about forthcoming Southampton Fringe exhibition Engagement With The Material World.
So tell us what the exhibition is all about…
Through photography, new emerging artists have come together to explore the themes and concepts outlined by the curators of the British Art Show 8, investigating new thinking around materiality and reflecting on how our experiences are altered by the digitization of being.
What did you use a starting point or inspiration for your project?
I found that the BAS8 cultural statement really tied in with my practice and as a recent graduate I wanted to create an opportunity for myself and others to expose their work to a wider audience.
Can you describe what you hope visitors will experience or take away from it?
Visitors can view new and exciting photography works from emerging artist at The Photo Rooms, a relaxed and stylish photography Studio, in the heart of Southampton’s trendy Bedford Place. The exhibition will showcase a diverse range of visual practices and techniques.
What was your first exposure to art?
I have always been interested in contemporary art, growing up in Oxford I visited Modern Art Oxford every time there was a new exhibition.
Why do think its important to nurture contemporary and visual art in regions outside of London?
It’s important because contemporary art is valuable to society; it offers a detached view of social changes and researches possibilities.
What would your advice be to aspiring artists or curators?
Having conversations with other artists will provide a vital insight into your own practice, as well as going to lots of different exhibitions.
Apart from your own project of course, what other Southampton Fringe event will you be looking forward to and why?
As an artist that works predominantly with video, I am excited about seeing lots of video pieces and I am also taking part in the K6 Gallery BYOB Night on the 22nd of October.
Finally what do you think the presence of British Art Show 8 and accompanying Southampton Fringe will mean for Southampton and its cultural scene? What does it mean for you?
I feel very lucky to have graduated the year that the British Art Show has come to Southampton; hopefully this will create further opportunities for artists in Southampton.