In this post, Outside In artist Anthony Stevens writes
about his experience of having his work included in a recent group
exhibition in Frankfurt.
I recently had the good fortune of being invited to Frankfurt to take
part in a group exhibition and micro residency called Raw Threads
alongside fellow Outside In artist Annika Malmqvist and Raw Art
Foundation artist, Joy Ful. The invitation and idea for the group show
came from Lizzie Coleman-Link; the founder of the Raw Art Foundation and
curator of the exhibition.
I flew out to Germany the day before the show and after having met
with Annika and her friend at Frankfurt airport (Annika had travelled
from Stockholm and I from Brighton) we all made our way to the Raw Art
Foundation studio where we were met by Lizzie, who showed us the
wonderful job she had made of curating our work. It felt extremely
strange and exciting to see months of work hanging in an environment
other than my own home. We also met with Joy Ful, a Swiss artist based
in Frankfurt, who was also exhibiting in Raw Threads, before tucking
into some delicious savoury pastries that Lizzie had provided. There was
lots of chat and admiring of each others work, questions of how and why
we started working with textiles and stitching…so much common ground!
After lunch, I stayed on at the studio to participate in a workshop
that Lizzie was running and meet some of the other R.A.F artists. Again,
although language was a bit of a barrier – my German is not very good –
it was the art and the appreciation of the work that provided the
dialogue between us. Who needs words when you can create beautiful
objects together! After the workshop I decided to call it a day and head
back to the hotel for a much needed sleep.
On the morning of the show, we all decided to meet at a local flea
market that runs every two weeks. This was no ordinary flea market, it
was HUGE, spanning two very long streets. It sold everything you could
possibly imagine and was very vibrant, full of life and inspiration. A
definite recommendation if you ever find yourself in Frankfurt. As the
time for the show edged ever nearer, we all headed off to the studio to
The show itself seemed to go by extremely quickly, in fact it didn’t
feel like a show at all. We all sat around a table together working on
pieces we had brought, laughing, joking and exchanging stories. The
atmosphere felt light and happy and it appeared that our works went down
very well with those who dropped by. Again, Lizzie had provided some
delicious refreshments to keep everyone going. Before we knew it, the
day was over and it was time to pack up. A group of us decided to head
along the river to a new gallery and bar that had just opened up for a
beer. The installation here was remarkable, a huge wall of individual
works from a call out which I decided had earned itself the name ‘Art
Tsunami’. We then headed further down the river to a pop up cocktail bar
where I had my very first ‘caipirinha’ before settling down on the
river side where we all chatted till dark. At this point it was time to
depart and I was treated to the highlight of my trip…a tour of the city
on the back of a push bike! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so
long and hard. It took ten years off me in the best possible way and I’m
sure my laughter could be heard all over Frankfurt!
Having been back in the U.K for a week now, what strikes me most
about this wonderful art adventure is how the commonality of our art,
amongst other things, enabled us all to come together for a brief time
and form what I feel will be lasting friendships. Also, Lizzie, Annika
and I have plans to collaborate together on a postal project which we
hope to exhibit in another city perhaps a year from now…a chance to make
more treasured memories I hope.
Many thanks to everyone for such a wonderful experience!
Click here to visit the R.A.F blog where you can see some pictures from Raw Threads which will be running till the end of July.