Sacha Craddock hosts a conversation with our Illustrator in Residence, taking us behind the scenes of her exhibition Christy Burdock: The People in the Gallery.
Christy’s work captures closed communities that might not normally find themselves in the limelight. In the past she’s followed an Amish group travelling between Southampton and New York on the QM2 and a private members club in St James’ Square.
In conversation with Sacha Craddock, Christy will talk us through the six months she's spent in residence at House of Illustration, and a working process which involves close observation of a group followed by visual interpretation of the people and patterns she sees. She will discuss the ethical considerations involved in this process and will explain how she incorporates motifs and archetypes from art history to emphasise her observations. Artists who have been an inspiration during this project including painters from Giotto di Bondone to Stanley Spencer and Paula Rego.
Sacha Craddock works at the forefront of contemporary art in the UK and internationally. Last year she curated the Turner Prize and she speaks frequently on current issues in contemporary art for galleries, museums and institutions. Sacha also co-founded Bloomberg Space and was its curator from 2002-2011. She has been Chair of the Board of New Contemporaries and selection process since 1996, as well as selecting for both the Turner Prize and the John Moores Prize.
The talk will take place in the gallery where the enormous compositions that are the results of this process are on display. Together, Sacha and Christy will decode some of the hidden meanings in the work.
House of Illustration's annual residency is the only UK residency for illustrators and graphic artists. It is generously supported by The Barbara and Philip Denny Charitable Trust.
Important to know:
- Latecomers will not be admitted past 7.15pm
Part of Museums at Night, the UK-wide festival of lates in museums and galleries.