Inch by IN:CH: A Travelling Project
An artist-led project Inch by IN:CH brings contemporary art out of the gallery and into alternative public spaces around the South West of England.
An artist-led project, Inch by IN:CH is bringing contemporary art out of the gallery and into the communal arena by showing work in alternative public spaces around the South West of England. The artists will transport their work in travel cases (a diverse collection of suitcases) from one place to the next. The sites will be plotted as an outwardly mobile spiral - a metaphor for the migration of ideas, connections and hope.
More venues for the touring project continue to be confirmed, the latest being Bishops Lydeard Station on the West Somerset Railway, the longest heritage railway in England. The work will be shown in the newly restored Gauge Museum, in their unique Victorian Sleeping car, with artworks spilling out onto the platform. Other venues include Found Outdoors, a beautiful woodland in Erlstoke, Wiltshire, pop ups at Frome Festival and Bristol docks, and East Somerset Railway, a heritage Brunel steam railway station, part of the Strawberry line.
Generous financial and venue support has been secured from a range of partners including the Arts Society Wessex, Somerset Art Works, Gane Trust, Fringe Arts Bath, East and West Somerset Railways, Found Outdoors and individuals. This crucial support will bring the free programme of events to public audiences and further donations continue to be warmly welcomed in order to extend the programme.
Each case has its own character. Some are very large and extend well beyond their frames; others are smaller, more intimate; and one is even cast. The cases are still developing, and will continue to grow and expand in ambition as well as in size and content.
Various common themes are emerging across the individual works include repair and regeneration; refuge and transformation; perception; colour and light.
‘The cases are artworks in themselves. I took a long time sourcing mine and the trunk I am working with was eventually found in an auction. It has a military history and has travelled from Dar es Salam.’ Fiona Campbell.
‘I found my suitcase online. After visiting many websites and scrolling through many possible options, as soon as this one popped up on screen, I knew it was right—the right size, shape, material and colour. My blank ‘canvas’ for this project; small, adaptable, just perfect.’ Suze Adams.
'The past year has been so isolating for many people, including the artists, and I believe that sharing our work will foster connection and community. Conversations are so important in the wake of our losses and that is something that art can facilitate for everyone.' Vicky McKay
'The artists and practices forming Inch by IN:CH are complex, but also convivial and generous... They create works that enable audiences to think but also feel and emotionally reflect. What seems generous in the project is how the artists collectively aim to engage locally with audiences… connecting people and place in ways amicable and meaningful.’ (Robert Luzar, artist, writer, senior lecturer in fine art, Bath Spa Uni)
The group has been delighted by the encouraging responses and support of all involved, whether financial or in-kind. They would like to say a big thank you to all donors (listed on their website).
Inch by IN:CH starts at Fringe Arts Bath (28 May) and ends at The Gauge Museum during Somerset Open Studios (3 October). For further information visit: www.inchbyinch.uk
'The past year has been so isolating for many people, including the artists, and I believe that sharing our work will foster connection and community.'
Suze Adams www.suzeadams.co.uk, Linda Ashe www.lindarashe.co.uk, Fiona Campbell www.fionacampbellart.co.uk, Philippa Edwards www.philippaedwards.co.uk, Angel Greenham www.angelgreenham.co.uk, Anna Kot www.annakot.co.uk, Ally McGinn www.allymcginn.com, Vicky McKay www.vickymckay.com, Kelly M O’Brien www.kellyobrien.art, Shirley Sharp www.shirleysharp.com, James Thornton www.jamesthorntonart.com
Images (from the top)
Philippa Edwards, Encrouchment (work in progress), 2021
Shirley Sharp, Lets go, 2021
Angel Greenham, Experiments in light (work in progress), 2021