Current Exhibition

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  • 'Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot' curated by Andrew Hunt
  • 4 July to 27 August 2011

A new Hayward Touring/Focal Point Gallery exhibition

Opening Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, before touring nationally
4 July to 27 August 2011

‘Outrageous Fortune’ is a new Hayward Touring exhibition, curated by Andrew Hunt, director of Focal Point Gallery, showcasing contemporary artists’ interpretations of the classic Tarot de Marseille deck of cards. Tarot playing cards originated in Italy in the 15th century. Used in most of Europe to play games, in the English-speaking world the tarot is generally associated with divination and fortune telling. A rich source of imagery, it includes such archetypes as The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Lovers, The Wheel of Fortune, and The Hanged Man. For this project, seventy-eight artists, whose work encompasses a variety of formal, conceptual, expressionist, literary or design-based approaches, have been asked to create a card for a contemporary tarot pack. Each artist has been drawn a card randomly, and invited to reinterpret in their own way.

Among the contributions are The Nine of Swords (signifying rewards due to one's efforts) by Mike Nelson; The Four of Pentacles (one who is attached to material wealth) by Alan Kane; The Hermit (solitude, the passage of time and a search for virtue) by Suzanne Treister; The King of Wands (leadership and masculine authority) by Dan Rees; The Two of Pentacles (different possibilities) by Adam Chodzko; The King of Chalices (imposing one’s will and interaction) by Cerith Wyn Evans; The Ten of Chalices (attaining one’s goals) by Cullinan Richards; The Four of Chalices (initial success) by Tris Vonna-Michell; The Ace of Chalices (new beginnings) by Anna Barriball; The Magician (taking advantage of others or being taken advantage of) by Melanie Gilligan; Temperance (a balance of character and psychological health) by Simon Davenport; The Knight of Swords (determination and setting boundaries) by Will Holder; The Three of Swords (formulating a strategy and self defence) by Lindsay Seers.

The exhibition will consist of the original artworks, all produced to the same near-A3 format, framed and accompanied by explanatory captions, and an example of the original Tarot de Marseille pack. A special numbered edition of 1,000 printed decks of cards will be produced, which will be given away to recipients nominated by the artists. The box will be designed by Scott King and the back of the cards by Susan Hiller, and both these artists' original work will be included in the exhibition.

Andrew Hunt, director of Focal Point Gallery and founder of Slimvolume says: ‘Slimvolume Poster Publication has been taking place annually for a decade. Rather than present a retrospective for Hayward Touring, it seemed much more fitting to look ahead. At a moment when speculation about the world economy is rife, it became clear that the related themes of “the future” and “the gift” in this edition of the project were close to perfect. As ever, the participating artists’ responses and their generosity have been extraordinary.’

Roger Malbert, Head of Hayward Touring, says: ‘The Slimvolume project has always been about promoting an exchange of ideas, and our collaboration with Focal Point Gallery to create Outrageous Fortune enables the exhibition to be presented in more venues, increasing access to the project across the UK.’

Artists include: Jonathan Allen, Aaron Angell, Ed Atkins, Anna Barriball, Zoe Beloff, Manfredi Beninati, Juliette Blightman, Erik Blinderman, Pavel Braila, Paul Buck, Edwin Burdis, Montgomery Cantsin and Kat Harvey, Rachel Cattle, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Izumi Chiaraluce, Adam Chodzko, Keith Coventry, Cullinan / Richards, John Cussans, Tom Dale, Simon Davenport, Sara De Bondt, Arnaud Desjardin, Tatjana Doll, Ruth Ewan, Graham Fagen, Keith Farquhar, Michael Fullerton, Manuela Gernedel, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Griffiths, Susan Hiller, HIT (Lina Grumm and Annette Lux), Will Holder, Phillipa Horan, Kenneth Hunt, Candice Jacobs, Alan Kane, Scott King, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Jonty Lees, Cedar Lewisohn, George Henry Longly, Fiona Mackay, Roger Malbert,

Dawn Mellor, Jeremy Millar, Elinor Morgan, Fraser Muggeridge, Mike Nelson, Novel (Alun Rowlands and Matt Williams), Luigi Ontani, Anna Parkina, Katie Paterson, João Penalva, Perle Petit, Simon Popper, Manuel Raeder, Dan Rees, James Richards and Thom Murphy, Hannah Rickards, Hannah Sawtell, Noah Sherwood, Jamie Shovlin, Lindsay Seers, Cally Spooner, Jemima Stehli, Jack Strange, Stephen Sutcliffe, Emma Talbot, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Nadia Thondrayen, Suzanne Treister, Raisa Veikkola and Frida Alvinzi, Julie Verhoeven, Sophie von Hellermann, Tris Vonna-Michell in dialogue with Konst och teknik, Stuart Whipps, Rachel Withers and Cerith Wyn Evans.

Slimvolume Poster Publication 2008 to 2011 is generously supported by Hayward Touring, Arts Council England and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

The exhibition opens at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (4 July to 27 August 2011) and then tours to Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (10 September to 9 October 2011), Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier (24 October to 12 November 2011), mac, Birmingham (10 December 2011 to 8 January

2012), Holden Gallery, Manchester (14 January to 12 February 2012), University of Hertfordshire Galleries (24 February to 21 April 2012) and Bedales Gallery, Petersfield (27 October to 2 December 2012).

For further press information please contact Sarah Ragsdale at Hayward Touring on 020 7921 0887 or Lib Fox at Focal Point Gallery on 01702 534 108

Notes to Editors:

About Slimvolume: Slimvolume was set up in 2000 by Andrew Hunt as an annual project to provide an open space for artists to expand their practice within a collective curatorial framework. It is a not for profit organisation, with prints and publications donated and distributed for free. Slimvolume Poster Publication exists in multiple contexts and can be exhibited as a series of prints. An essential part of each project is its method of distribution, which operates through the nomination of copies of the publication to individuals and collections in the UK and abroad. The accumulation of each contributor's chosen recipients produces

a community of receivers, or an extended family tree, which has included artists, writers, curators, theorists, musicians, non-artist artists, friends, and museums including Tate and the V&A.

About Hayward Touring: Hayward Touring produces exhibitions that tour to galleries, museums and other publicly-funded venues throughout Britain. Hayward Touring collaborate with artists, independent curators, writers and partner institutions to develop and tour imaginative exhibitions that are seen by approximately half a million people in over 100 cities and towns each year. Hayward Touring also extends to smaller monographic print, photography or new media exhibitions touring to a variety of venues, including galleries, libraries, universities, colleges and schools, arts centres and historic sites. Current and recent exhibitions include the acclaimed 'British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet' (recently opened in Glasgow); 'John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day'; 'Magic Show'; 'Mark Wallinger curates: The Russian Linesman'; 'Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery' and 'Unpopular

Culture: Grayson Perry Selects from the Arts Council Collection'.

About Southbank Centre: Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a twenty-one-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.