The Garden / Anthea Hamilton

Opening in October 2021, this ambitious project, both an artwork and a garden, will form a new, welcoming public entrance to Studio Voltaire.

Hamilton has responded to the architecture of the Victorian chapel gallery, and references walled kitchen gardens, the bold geometry of 1970s design, hand–crafted folk art and vernacular architecture. Hamilton is interested in how the garden will be used and traversed by visitors, creating informal seating areas and a stagelike platform alongside a new pedestrian entrance, which will further open up the site and better connect the organisation to its surrounding neighbourhood.

Hamilton’s sculptures, installations and performances incorporate references to art history, design, fashion and popular culture, but are always attentive to the site and context of their making. Employing both organic and formal structures, her works are generous and unexpected in their use of humour, scale and subject matter.

Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978, London) is a long–term resident of the local area and a previous studio holder at Studio Voltaire. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2016. Large–scale solo exhibitions have included The Squash at Tate Britain (2018), Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield (2016) and Lichen! Libido! Chastity! at the SculptureCenter in New York (2015).

Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund

With additional support from Dzek

Image credits

Anthea Hamilton, Brick Suit, 2010, installation view, Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, SculptureCenter, 2015. © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Anthea Hamilton, Transposed Lime Butterfly, 2019. © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo: Andy Keate.

Anthea Hamilton, installation view, Turner Prize 2016, Tate Britain, UK, 2016, © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Image: © Tate images. Photo: Joe Humphrys.


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