INHABITING THE DOME
PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 6-9PM
PUBLIC DATES: FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER 10-6PM
WHERE: FOURTH FLOOR, WHITELEYS CENTRE, W2 4YN
Show description :
Working Project presents Inhabiting The Dome, a vibrant group exhibition of emerging artists curated by Cara Mills. The show is set up within the iconic Whiteleys building, London’s first shopping centre which was built in 1863. It is the last exhibition before the buildings redevelopment in the new year, marking the end of an era.
We celebrate Antonia Showering, Alexander James and Max Prus’ residency with Working Project and also include work by Jack Evans, Alice Kilkenny, Georgi Stamenov, Jack Killick, Jessie Mac Stevenson, Orfeo Tagiuri, Alice Jacobs, Charles Harrop-Griffiths and Cara Mills. Inhabiting The Dome is a multimedia exhibition featuring painting, VR, sculpture, video, a kinetic sculpture and on the opening night a spectacular projection spanning Whiteleys’ 15 metre dome featuring work by award-winning artist Mowgli.
This exhibition explores the performative possibilities of architecture through artwork and the effect on scale when art is used to activate space. Haus-Rucker-Co, the sixties avant-garde architectural collective founded in Vienna, inspired ideas for the theme of the exhibition. The group’s works were made “to expand the cognitive abilities of the user, leading to a heightened understanding of the interrelationship between body and environment.” Inhabiting The Dome is an opportunity for artists to interpret and respond to this unusual exhibition space, an uninhabited shopping centre, a space situated in a forgotten historical department building which once was the height of glamour and high society. The works are bold, playful and modern set against the palatial backdrop of this timeless building.
Artists now inhabit the space using the architecture and surrounding as their canvas often referencing the building in their work. The stunning 15 foot Dome which simultaneously acts an internal and external space, a dominant reference point for Whiteleys becomes the centre point of the exhibition, overarching and containing.
About Working Project:
Working Project seeks to maximise the potential of ephemeral spaces by providing flexible solutions for their clients while at the same time providing opportunities for London creatives. Their initiatives include, but are not limited to events, exhibitions, artist residencies and co-working spaces.
The Whiteleys project has provided an opportunity to offer space to artists in one of West London’s most iconic buildings alongside a vibrant co-work space in support of young, creative start-ups. William Whiteley was a pioneer of his day and it is befitting that his legacy should serve as a platform for today’s pioneers. This final show is centered around a dominant octagonal glass dome spanning across 12,500 sq ft; for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org