Flood-hit gallery re-opens with unusual art exhibition

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The first exhibition at Water Street Gallery since the devastating Boxing Day floods will be held next month.

The exhibition by artists Ebony Andrews and Ian C Taylor is called Jack Door and will be held in the newly refurbished white gallery space.

It is part of a year-long collaborative art experiment entitled “Instigate: Exchange” whereby one of the two artists first “instigates” the creation of a piece via the presentation of an everyday object, and then passing it back and forth between one another, alternations and additions are made at each “exchange”.

Even more unusual is the fact that the additions made by the artists are done largely behind closed doors and without consultation with one another, leading to some surprising results.

Todmorden gallery owners Mike and Rosemary Holcroft said: ‘The worst part was that we hadn’t actually had the lovely white space gallery for very long before the flooding. It was only completed in late 2014, and seeing it flood after all that effort was heartbreaking.

“Hosting Ebony and Ian’s collaborative exhibition in the newly refurbished space will remind us of what it is that we love about showcasing local and regional creative talent.”

The final twist to Instigate: Exchange is that Ian and Ebony will also be exhibiting works that did not make the grade.

Ebony said: ‘We decided that it’s important to show that artists’ works can fail just as much as projects in any other profession.

“Pieces don’t just arrive, they partake in a ‘journey’. Part of recording the ‘journey’ of how many times each work has been exchanged between the two artists is also inscribed on the works themselves, giving audiences a rare insight into each artwork’s unique story.”

The exhibition will be on display and available for purchase from Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, July 3.

The exhibition preview will take place on Thursday, June 2, 6pm to 8pm.