Jennifer Taylor: Silence Beach

Image Credit: Dave Daggers

Contains Art, East Quay, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0AQ


Thursday 19 October 2017 – Sunday 12 November 2017
Opening Hours: 11am-4pm Wed-Sun & daily during holidays


Private View performance
6pm-8pm Wednesday 18th October
Free. All welcome

Silence Beach is a multi-media installation and performance by Jennifer Taylor, reimagining the West Somerset coastline as a sci-fi landscape stranded in the twilight of the mind.

Cardiff-based performance and installation artist, Taylor joins Contains Art from her recent Unite(e) Summer School residency at the Welsh capital’s g39 Studios. She is recipient of The Creative Wales Fellowship at The British School at Rome, which begins on the continent in early October.

'Place is very important in my work, and landscape. I think I was very lucky, I grew up in rural environments… we have an extraordinary landscape and coastline – I spent a lot of time in the sea and on the beach, constructing things and painting things. It was an incredibly creative environment to grow up in' – Jennifer Taylor.

In this installation, Taylor brings real elements from the coastline into Contains Art’s gallery space, a repurposed shipping container, in the ancient harbourside town of Watchet, West Somerset.

The space is transformed into a landscape of large rocks and pools of water, made unfamiliar by foils, mirrors and fluorescent lighting, distorting their surface appearance. Exploiting the visuals of make-believe environments, Taylor’s artifice is grounded in stage-set and theme park aesthetics. The excessive environments she creates become immersive places to explore and she works her way through these spaces in surreal performances involving bespoke full-body suits and absurdist props.

In a one-off performance on the evening of the exhibition’s private view, 6pm-8pm Wednesday 18th October, Taylor will use the installation as a starting point for one of her unique performances. Crawling amongst the artwork along with conjoined figures, she will perform to the audience and extend the performance out of the gallery, around parts of the surrounding coastline.

Private View
18/10/2017 6pm-8pm

Container Conversation
Date TBC

Join Jennifer for an intimate and relaxing evening with a guest speaker, when they discuss the themes surrounding her work, inspiration and ideas in our popular, informal, conversational format. The discussion will be followed by a chance to ask questions alongside a meal with wine. Further information:


Taylor has recently been awarded the Creative Wales Fellowship at the British School at Rome (October 2017) and she was previously Artist in Residence at Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2016). Taylor completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2007) and her BA in Fine Art at the Ruskin School, University of Oxford (First Class Honours 2004). Taylor has exhibited and staged performance events at many galleries and public spaces including A Gentil Carioca in Rio de Janeiro, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, French Riviera, Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, The Wapping Project, The ICA, Flowers East, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford University Press and Unperforming, Artsadmin, London.

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