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Art Exhibition, Fri 5 May - Fri 2 Jun 2017, free entry

Lay of the Land

Lay of the Land


4 Broad Street,
City Centre,

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Fri 5 May - Fri 2 Jun Lay of the Land


Combining work made over the last two years, with brand new content specific to the city, Lay of the Land (and other such myths) seeks to challenge anti-progressive forms of power through an imaginary subversive place. Dissident, fictive island constructions cite cinematic, geographic and literary references to explore a scene in which radical representations of women control their own space, and their own bodies, on their own terms.

Stepping into the gallery reveals an otherworldly space that blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality. Using JG Ballard’s 1974 novel Concrete Island as a starting point, Lucas has explored the Brownfield sites situated close to AirSpace Gallery to produce new sculptural, photographic and video works for the gallery installation. Interpreting these sites as ‘deserts’ and with references to real and fictional female characters throughout, this location is juxtaposed with Lucas’s recent works inspired by the California Desert.

Punctuating the strong visual aesthetic of the exhibition is a new sound work developed by Lucas in collaboration with singers from across the region. Working from harmony to a chaotic, discordant sound, the all female choir individually and collectively fill the installation with their voices. Celebrating the launch of the exhibition on Friday 5 May, this specially assembled choir will be performing live within the gallery.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 5 May - Fri 2 Jun 2017
Open during exhibitions
Thursday to Saturday
11:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
by appointment


Free entry



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