Founded in 2021 by an artist's collective, "The Company of Artists", Leicester Contemporary is a one year project to show a diverse range of contemporary fine art in the heart of Leicester.
11am to 6pm
15th October - 5th November
15th October – 5th November 2021
Opening: Friday 15th October 6-8pm
Discussion event: Saturday 23rd October
Daily opening: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, FREE.
InFems art collective presents ‘No Reserve’ at Leicester Contemporary.
Taking its cue from the adrenalin-fuelled atmosphere of the gallery site's former life as an auction house, No Reserve is about not holding back, about the limitless, the performative and the theatrical, about extravagant gestures and trickster behaviour. It showcases works across media including figurative paintings, film, works on paper, and sculpture.
InFems (Intersectional Feminist Art Collective) evolved out of its founder-member’s mutual interest in both the potential of intersectional feminism to provoke discussion around the issues facing women today and in their explorations of the female body. Created with the intention of implementing a new model of practice where collaborative working replaces hierarchy and mentorship replaces competition, InFems aims to empower women and girls in their creative endeavours. The collective grew out of a series of formal and casual conversations happening in parallel between friends, peers, and colleagues, and prior related exhibitions. InFems Art Collective was formally ratified in February 2020 and its inaugural exhibition Biting Back and Enjoying the Taste opened in August 2021 at PADA, Lisbon with Movart and guest artists Rita GT and Keyezua.
Its founder members, four artists and an art historian/writer, are currently living across Europe:
Adelaide Damoah BSC RWA FRSA is a British-Ghanaian interdisciplinary artist and founding member of Black British Female Artist Collective (BBFAC) In 2019, Damoah became the first black artist to be appointed an academician of the Royal West of England Academy www.adelaidedamoahart.com @adelaidedamoah
Wendy Elia is a British-Greek Cypriot artist RWA, painter and educator, finalist in a number of national and international competitions including the National Portrait Gallery JPS and BP Portrait Awards (4 times), Sovereign European Art Prize, Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, and the Threadneedle. www.wendyelia.com @eliapaintings
Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf is an interdisciplinary artist of mixed European heritage and currently resident in Lisbon. She was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Award Grant to complete her MFA at Wimbledon College of Arts and was vice president to the Society of Women Artists (UK) (2015-20). Her work has been appeared in numerous publications including Aesthetica, Forbes, the Guardian, ID/Vice, Hunger, Wonderland and FAD magazines, as well as appearing on the BBC. www.rebeccafontaine-wolf.com @rfwolf
Roxanna Halls is a British painter and educator who has exhibited widely including at The National Theatre, BP Portrait Award, RA Summer Exhibition and won several awards. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections in the UK and internationally and her 2019 portrait of musician Horse McDonald was recently acquired by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection. www.roxanahalls.com @roxanahallsartist
Marie-Anne Mancio is a British-Italian writer and art historian who trained as an artist in interdisciplinary practice before gaining a DPhil in contemporary live art and a subsequent MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing. She has lectured internationally for Tate, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Arts Society, and writes historical fiction. www.hotelalphabet.com
In keeping with InFems’s aim to foster collaborations with locally based artists, ‘’’’No Reserve’ also features four guest exhibitors selected after an open call-out to artists with a connection to Leicester: Macha Barnden, Hatty Buchanan, Mita Vaghela, and Lucy Cade-Stewart.
12th to 27th November
By Ross Belton & Johnathan Dredge
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