Helen Knight: News From The Invisible World

Image Credit: Helen Knight

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

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Saturday 24 March 2018 – Sunday 22 April 2018
Private View, Friday 23rd March, 6pm - 8pm
Opening Hours: 11am - 4pm, Wed - Sun & daily during holidays


Springtime Workshop
Saturday 7 April

Helen Knight works with man-made, natural and reclaimed materials, creating extraordinary objects that contradict the fabric of their making.  

As Contains Art’s 2018 artist-in-residence, Knight has made an ambitious installation that transforms our shipping container gallery, twisting the dimensions of the exhibition space into a suspended sculpture of organic matter and printed word.

Using unsold books from Taunton’s Brendon Books (where the artist works part-time) along with mud from the West Somerset coastline, Knight has installed a layered, cocoon-like, object within the distorted walls of the gallery.

This exhibition is also the first public presentation of works framed by the artist, these include pieces by Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Gilbert and George, and Fiona Banner among others. Each piece is uniquely framed in materials such as cut-cardboard, old wasp nests, and other curious constructions. Works are on loan from a private collection and form a survey of her career shown alongside studio and archival material that inspired her work.

Supported by LAMP Magazine, and Brendon Books

An element of this work represents the birth and growth of Contains Art, from original idea onwards and outwards to their planned East Quay building and beyond. Inside a shipping container there are often cardboard boxes, and inside these are other boxes, and within them, protectively wrapped, are the objects themselves. In transport, the container itself becomes a small part of the enclosed steel-hold of a ship. In parallel with Helen Knight's sculpture, the suspended pupa sculpture is contained within a chrysalis, which itself is hidden within the bark of a tree, before slowly transforming itself to take its place in the wider world.

In the example of News from the Invisible World the work itself, in its creation, execution and completed form, is directly emblematic of Contains Art's own processes. In its unpremeditated way, a symbiosis has taken place, so that the timing for both artist and organisation is timely.


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Contains Art, art gallery and studios are based in repurposed shipping containers on the historic quayside of Watchet, West Somerset.


Studios have no fixed opening hours, we welcome visitors to come and see artists at work.

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