1-28 Februrary 2016
The Beardsley exhibition in Februrary at M16 Artspace was a confonting and strangely beautiful display. The centre of it is some almost life size human forms lying on the table. the strange thing about it is the abundant clear impressions of the deep movement of gingers to form these human like forms. There was an energy and almost a violence about the construction of these figures. Although they had dried I had a great sense that I felt like reaching out and squeezing the pottery.
Saturday 19 March until Sunday 26 June 2016
The vitality of the portraiture in the 2016 National Photographic Portrait Prize is wonderful. Portraits can be a bit predictable but this set has some adventurous items and some that capture an inspiring moment. The set embraces an amazing diversity of age and ethnicity in the subject material. Styles range from simple face shots with plain backgrounds to complex contrived compositions that tell a range of stories through the objects within the photograph.
My favourites include a black and white image of nine cousins in a group on a field in which every member is revealing rich developing personality traits.
There are several pictures of children in their various play and fantasy worlds.
There are celebrations of the newcomers
The prize winner is a highly constructed mix of lace, nudity and gnarled tree.
Overall it is a worthy collection of portraits.