Realm, a new artist residency and exhibition at CGP London


A collaborative exhibition by Hazel Brill, Richard Downes and Mr X.

Realm is a new way of working with our longstanding partners at Outside In and CGP London, where we bring 3 artists together to develop a new body of work, following an intensive residency on-site at the gallery.

The residency starts on 5 March and the exhibition at CGP London will open with a private view on Sunday 17 March, 3-6pm

Exhibition is open: Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

About the artists:

Hazel Brill, selected by CGP London:

Hazel Brill works across film, sound, animation, text, sculpture and installation. Her theatrically staged videos are described as ‘creating ‘shows’ that feature multiple protagonists, both human and non-human, who enact a plurality of narratives’. The fractured stories parallel authoritative architectures and structures from seemingly hostile contexts, such as free-market financial systems and the formation of her epileptic fits. Utilising fictionalised autobiography, Brill creates intimate worlds that cannibalise in on themselves and dissolve a notion of the private internal and public external.

Hazel Brill graduated in 2017 with an MFA Fine Art Media from Slade School of Art, London and recent exhibitions include: Survey, Jerwood, London (2018); Shonisaurus Popularis, Turf Projects (2018); Woke Up In Spring, Zabludowicz (2018); Artagon III, Paris (2017); Ident, East Bristol Contemporary (2017); Workplace, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017); In Succession, Museum Of London (2016); Sails Pitch, Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London (2016); In Bardo; Act Two, part of Baltic 39 Fig2, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014).

For more information on Hazel’s work click: HERE.

Richard Downes, selected by Outside In:

“I’d like the project to be as exciting as the excitement I feel to have been asked to participate.” Those are the words of Outside In artist Richard Downes when he was asked about his hopes for the Realm residency and exhibition. The artist and author explains that his work focuses on his personal experience of disability along with ‘ideas of forming and working with communities’.

Regarding Realm, he added: “I am hoping for fun, a learning opportunity, an introduction to another world that becomes less strange the more I interact with it and somewhere I can continue to emerge from as an artist, a poet, a community worker, a more complete person.”

To see Richard’s online Outside In gallery of artwork, click: HERE

MR X, selected by Bethlem Gallery:

Mr X is an incredibly industrious artist who makes structures and vehicles from his room and a temporary workshop within the Bethlem Royal Hospital. Known for creating temporary structures, such as the ‘Truck’ which he drives himself, Mr X’s practice also has a strong element of performance which is described as ‘a sophisticated engagement tactic where he can generously share the joy of his inventions’.

Capitalising on the ubiquity of cardboard and various found objects from the hospital to make his work, Mr X constantly recalibrates around obstacles and restrictions encountered within the psychiatric institution and finds ways to continue his practice and keep building.
Mr X said: “I am rather curious how these two artists will see my work and where this ‘Realm’ project will take us. I wonder what we can build together.”

For more work by Mr X, click on the Bethlem Gallery link: HERE

Realm is generously supported by Arts Council England, Southwark Council, RIVA and Investec.