Exhibitions

‘Undisclosed’ - Visual Art Exhibition

Undisclosed exhibition poster

The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich
2nd March to 18th April 2022

‘Undisclosed’, is an art exhibition seeking to expose Modern Slavery, a 21st Century crime. The exhibition will take place from 2nd March to 18th April 2022 at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral. The exhibition is being curated by Nicola Hockley and Caroline Evans. Seven well established contemporary artists were commissioned to produce new work that challenges audiences in order to raise awareness and inspire deeper thinking. The exhibition is being organised through Discourse CIC with Norwich St. Edmund Rotary Club, Norwich Cathedral, The Mekong Club, East Anglia Art Fund and Hope for Justice; a new and exciting partnership.

The artists have created work in a range of mediums including painting, textiles, sculpture, film, photography, ceramics and prints. Through researching into the issues of Modern Slavery they’ve explored aspects as diverse as supply chains interlinking with trafficking, movement and migration, through to the unpicking of denim jeans replicating the challenge of unravelling this crime. All too often we take items to charity shops, disposing of them and believing we are helping and aiding a good cause. However, do we consider the people who’ve invested time in making the item – the cotton growers and harvesters, the indigo producers, the dyers, the weavers, the pattern makers, the sewers etc., and the value attributed to them? Or consider their working conditions? By taking something apart an untold story is revealed, raising questions of how we value our clothing and our responsibility to its creators and the disposal of such goods.

Alongside the exhibition a series of talks will take place by the artists and curators, also workshops and discussion groups too. There will be opportunities for schools to visit. An International Conference is also being organised by Mark Little MBE, Norwich St. Edmund Rotary Club, in collaboration with the exhibition.

The crisis triggered by COVID-19 will lead to a rise in Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. The main drivers of Modern Slavery: poverty, lack of opportunity and other vulnerabilities - will intensity, resulting in an increased risk of exploitation and abuse.

The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 4pm (Sunday 10am to 3pm), however changes may be made if necessary in line with Government recommendations.


Liberation

After many months of restrictions and turmoil caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, it appears that there are finally signs of a pathway towards release, inspiring hope and optimism.

The paintings and photographs selected for this exhibition demonstrate our response to this.

They reflect the freedoms of earlier times with work created in and of the landscape, and anticipate the longed-for freedoms ahead, when we both will once again be free to travel and to take inspiration from the natural world - our Liberation.

Caroline and Ruth