During the second Wednesday of every month we hold artist talks here at ROAR, giving local and international artists a chance to discuss their creative practice, informing and inspiring the audience gathered.
“The whole aim of the ROAR Talks over the years was two fold. Firstly to encourage local artists to talk about their work and to engage in a dialogue, and secondly to bring as diverse a range of artists to Rotherham as possible to share their practice and inspire.”
Matt Butt, Creative Development at ROAR
This April we invited those artists who had given talks at ROAR the chance to contribute to an exhibition- TALKEX17- at the St Ann’s building on St Leonard’s road in Rotherham.
In total 25 artists showed their work, culminating a richly diverse collection of pieces, from video installation to sculptures, from sonic sound art to photography. The St Ann’s building was the ideal venue for such a show; a stripped back Victorian school and blank canvas, not only giving spotlight to the work exhibited, but sitting comfortably with the whole aesthetic of what art is (as one member put it “making something out of nothing.”)
The exhibition, which spanned over the first week of April, was open to the public and completely free to attend.
Here are some pictures of some of the work on display which I took on the mid-exhibition open evening on Wednesday 5th of April:
Altogether a success, the evening saw a collection of familiar and new faces engaging with the artwork.