You are invited to celebrate the past and future of BAR, through light and shadow, with Kevin Vincenzo Keating who will be curating:
CLOSING PARTY: GHOSTS Thursday April 18th 6-8PM BAR gallery Willesden, 95 High Road, LONDON, NW10 2SF
TO MAKE THE SHOW, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
COME ALONG ON 16TH AND 17TH APRIL BETWEEN 2-7PM WHEN WE WILL PAINT YOUR SILHOUETTE IN THE SPACE! OPEN TO ALL TO TAKE PART!
The Gallery has been home to both local and international artists, who've contributed to the creative scene in Brent, through its social impact and strong community. This event will be a recognition of the invaluable achievements of Bar and; the memories that have been created and the bright future yet to come!
This unique conceptual show, curated by Kevin, will involve the results of projecting and painting the Ghosts of resident artists onto the gallery walls. The event will offer an opportunity to interact in a new way with the gallery space, and make a mark on what has long been the home of many local artists'.
Kevin says "Ghosts is an expression of what I, and other artists feel is an abrupt end to an exciting gallery. A feeling of not wanting to leave and leaving something of ourselves attached onto the walls of our past. But this closure will enable us to look forward, face new challenges, using the uncertainty of space and funding to our advantage by making work that is reactive and pushing new boundaries. And as we work under this new light, we ask our selves is it possible that our best work is yet to be created?'
BAR are looking for a new space which will become the new home for the now Nomadic Artists' of BAR gallery. The non-profit organisation is presently in negotiations with Brent council who've supported the organisation for the last several years.
Ghosts will also be hosting poetry and music. Everyone is welcome!
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