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The main entrance of Chapter in the distance, with some plants in the foreground.


EXPERIMENTICA 24: Holly Slingsby: Holding Shards & An Enclosed Garden + Q&A

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A screening of a newly-created work, Holding Shards, alongside An Enclosed Garden, originally commissioned for Margate NOW in 2021. Holding Shards is a performance for camera filmed in Wales and Kent. The work uses iconoclasm to think about grief of various kinds, balancing this with a hope of regrowth and transformation. Alongside this, An Enclosed Garden irreverently evokes monastic herb gardens and medieval hortus conclusus paintings. Compost heaps are included as reminders of the possibility of patiently generating something new from remnants of the past. Both works reflect the need for transcendence, contemplation and renewal in our present moment.

+ Q&A with Holly Slingsby and Cinema Programme Manager, Claire Vaughan

Holly Slingsby is an artist based in Swansea. She studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University; and the Slade School of Art, London. Her visual language draws on religious iconographies, mythologies, and contemporary culture. Much of her recent work seeks to convey lived experience of infertility.

Her work has been screened, performed and exhibited at Tate St Ives; Exeter Phoenix; Norwich and Norfolk Festival; Turner Contemporary; Bòlit, Girona; Tintype, London; DKUK, London; Matt’s Gallery; Spike Island; Modern Art Oxford; the Freud Museum; CCC Barcelona; LABS Bologna; ICA, London; FEM Festival, Girona; Art Licks Weekend; and the Barbican.

Access: Captions, BSL by Nez Parr (for Q&A)

Latecomer policy: 5 minutes before the screening begins, any unclaimed tickets will be released and re-sold on a first come first served basis on the door.

This performance is Pay What You Can. Please choose a ticket price according to what you can afford. Payments go directly to supporting our charitable work so that we can work with artists and our community to bring you more performances, exhibitions, events, and activities like this in the future as well as ensuring Chapter is as inclusive and accessible as possible.