Studio Voltaire’s presents several hundred works by Irish artist John Sheehy, the first ever comprehensive survey of his practice. As only a small fraction of Sheehy’s expansive body of work can be exhibited at any one time, Studio Voltaire has invited leading artists, writers, and curators – including Linsey Young and Clifton Wright – to make further selections during the exhibition.
About the contributors:
Linsey Young is currently Curator, Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain. Young curated Pablo Bronstein’s Duveen commission Historical Dances in an Antique Setting and is lead curator on the Turner Prize when it was held at Tate Britain in addition to contributing to the development of collection displays, the Tate Britain film programme and Art Now exhibitions. She was previously curator at Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2009 – 13) and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2013 -14). Young initiated and runs the itinerant not for profit project YOUNG TEAM delivering exhibitions and publications with artists such as Jonathan Meese, Sue Tompkins, Giles Round and Neal Jones.
Artist Clifton Wright has developed a diverse practice that revolves around his interest in people and architecture. His body of work reveals a continuous intense relationship to drawing, where he works across widely different scales and media. His images of people are drawn from a variety of sources including faces in the media, 20th Century portrait painting and personal family photographs. Wright’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2016, 2015); Tate Exchange (2016); Studio Voltaire, London (2012); MAD Musee Belgium (2011); Tate Modern (2010); Whitechapel Gallery (2009); and Trongate 103, Glasgow (2009). Wright has been a member of Intoart since 2005.
Intoart is a visual arts organisation whose public programme of exhibitions, events and publishing aims to impact on policy and practice across the fields of contemporary art, learning disability and education. Based in Studio Voltaire’s studios, Intoart’s vision is for people with learning disabilities to be visible, equal and established artists.
With special thanks to Mark Amura.