Shaun Gladwell — Seven Year Linework
3 October–29 November 2009

Spacex is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the UK by Australian artist Shaun Gladwell.

Shaun Gladwell critically and poetically links personal experience with contemporary culture and historical references through performance, video, painting, photography and sculpture. His works engage these concerns through forms of urban expression such as skateboarding, hip-hop, graffiti, BMX bike riding, break-dancing and most recently, extreme sports.

‘Seven Year Linework’ presents a selection of projects that are drawn from Gladwell’s ongoing investigations of conceptual drawings rendered in video. Beginning with one of Gladwell’s earliest experiments in video, the exhibition includes a series of recorded performances from different points of view. Gladwell’s use of slow motion has become a trademark of the artist’s aesthetic style, however the video projects in this exhibition regard a sense of slowed motion in real time footage.

Gladwell has recently presented new work at the 2009 Venice Biennale in the Australian Pavilion. This exhibition is curated by Tania Doropoulos.
Artists website: http://www.annaschwartzgallery.com
Shaun Gladwell is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Melbourne, Australia

Related Events

Gallery Breakfast & Drawing Event
23 October 2009, 8.00am
Free, no need to book.
Enjoy a lovely creative breakfast of pastries and coffee and take part in some fabulous food art. Plus see the new Shaun Gladwell exhibition. The perfect way to start your Friday.

Saturday Tours
17 October 2009, 3.00pm
Free, no need to book.
Saturday Tours are available on each of the following Saturdays: 24, 31 October, 7, 14, 21 and 28 November, 3pm.
Informal tour of the exhibition with a member of Spacex staff or invited guest.

Family Storytelling Workshop
10 October 2009, 10.30am
10.30am – 12.30pm, all ages, free, booking essential.
‘Blazing Tales’ arrive in Exeter as part of their journey of discovery along The River Exe mapping a new story through song writing, storytelling and visual art. Join us for this fun family workshop.

Action Film Workshop
29 October 2009, 10.00am
7–12 yr olds, 10am – 4pm, cost £6.00. Booking essential.
A workshop led by local artist Mark Greenwood. Children will work together to create a film inspired by the skate boarding, dancing and bmx-ing in Shaun Gladwell’s work.

Big Draw at the Big Screen
Video works by Shaun Gladwell (SPACEX’s current featured artist) will be showcased on the BBC Big Sceen in Plymouth, Bristol and Swindon from Oct 20th. Artists’ collective ‘Draw’ will be engaging passers by in Plymouth with the film-works by creating a large-scale public drawing activity.

Big Draw Workshop
All ages up to 12 years, 1.30pm – 4.00pm. Free, drop-in. Exeter Central Library.
As part of their Bronze Arts Award young people from Spacex’s regular Outer Space group will encourage library visitors to draw images, which illustrate the content of books they find most fascinating.

Charcoal Making
29 October 2009, 12.00am
Wed 29 Oct, Haldon Forest
Find out how charcoal is made and do some large-scale drawings in the forest. This event is run in association with The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World.

24 October 2009, 1.00pm
Rope Swing Workshop

Bristol based artists James Kennard and Heath Bunting will lead a participatory event at a secret location within the public realm of Exeter. The artists will be demonstrating essential skills in rope swing making. Please come wearing appropriate clothing.

Meet at Spacex at 1pm, before heading out to a public space in Exeter City Centre. To book a place please contact: x-panel@spacex.co.uk

24 October 2009, 6.00pm

X-Panel will be hosting a discussion at Spacex, prompted by the rope swing interventions held earlier in the day.

Come join South West based curator Katie Daley-Yates (Situations), artists James Kennard and Heath Bunting, along with X-Panel, as they discuss the project and the issues that surrounds the reclaiming of public space. There will then be an opportunity for open critical debate. To book a place please contact: x-panel@spacex.co.uk

The Halldon Hill Project
31 October, SPACEX
Ongoing throughout October, Spacex is supporting The Form Graffiti Collective to run a series of spray can art workshops with residents at The Haldon Hill Travellers site. Participants will learn new skills and enhance their living environment. The project will end with a public exhibition of created works at Spacex, 2-4pm on the 31st October.

Crafty Draw
29 October 2009, 6.00pm
29 Oct, 6.00–9pm. Free
Relax, chat, make your own stunning canvas carriers with stitch and fabric inks drawn on cloth bags. No experience necessary, just bring yourself and some refreshments to share.