At the time of the most recent census (in 2011) Stratford-upon-Avon had a population of 27,445 but it receives over 3 million visitors every year. It’s a town that’s continually looking at its past, celebrating its heritage and restoring its historic buildings. “Living with History” forms a bridge between the historic and present day Stratford - what it looks like and what it’s like to grow up and work here.
Curated by Josephine Reichert, the exhibition is on show at Hall's Croft, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, from 16 May to September 2019.
Ways of Belonging brings together four young female artists based in Birmingham. The exhibition attempts to redefine the narrative around what it means to be ‘local’ and to belong somewhere. The feeling of belonging should be a very personal and emotional act, however tabloid media and current politics influence mainstream thinking creating stereotypes about certain community groups and individuals. The art work on show here represents strong empowered women subverting these stereotypes and offering a new way of understanding what it means to belong somewhere.
The exhibition has been curated by Josephine Reichert, Director of Ort Gallery in association with MAC. On show at MAC Sat 19 Jan – Sun 17 Mar 2019. Find out more here
Artist Charlotte Jarvis has collaborated with Prof. Hans Clevers and Dr Jarno Drost at the Hubrecht Institute to grow her own tumour. The tumour is gut cancer that is genetically ‘Charlotte’ – grown from her own cells in the lab and exhibited in installation. The project aims to examine mortality and create a dialogue with and about cancer. The exhibition is made up of ‘sets’ in which the artist literally waits to meet and eventually confronts her tumour, but also a symbolic space in which the project can be discussed, dissected, communicated and ultimately created. Curated by Josephine Reichert. On show at Ort Gallery from 10 May to 21 June 2018. Find our more here
GHOST STREETS OF BALSALL HEATH is an exhibition of photography by Janet Mendelsohn. In the late 1960s American filmmaker and photographer Janet Mendelsohn spent several months documenting the everyday life of Balsall Heath, as part of her studies at the University of Birmingham. These images are a vivid record of the community at a time of rapid change, and many of the streets depicted were demolished soon afterwards. The exhibition visually explores a social housing crisis, poverty, migration and the experience of childhood in the area. On show at Ort Gallery 10 March - 28 April 2018. Find out more here
BLUE POWER is a Solo Exhibition by Trinidadian artist Karen Mc Lean. The exhibition is an exploration of how the legacy of colonialism has affected people’s religious beliefs/superstitions and culture, in their ever changing and precarious environment. Living in Britain Mc Lean is interested in the transference of culture between the two countries since their shared past. On show at Ort Gallery 18 January to 3 March 2018 and curated by Josephine Reichert. Find out more here
KRISTINA CRANFELD | IN THIS PERFECT BRITISH LANDSCAPE...
REALISM IN RAWIYA | GROUP EXHIBITION
A Group Exhibition by the Rawiya photographers featuring Myriam Abdelaziz, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian at Ort Gallery curated by New Art Exchange, Nottingham, Ian Sergeant, Amahra Spence and Josephine Reichert. The exhibition was on show from October to December 2016. Find more info here
Famina B deals with pattern and form bringing Muslim women to the forefront of society. Her work depicts women in Hijab with a mix of Eastern and Western motifs which are influenced by her background and her experience of cultural clashes. Famina's exhibition was on show in June and July 2014. Find more info here
Pil and Galia Kollectiv's project explores geriatric vampirism. Austerity measures have indebted the young and the old through the privatisation of education and health. These age groups have been thrown into a relationship of mutual dependency and conflicting interests. Suck the Living Labour was on show at Ort Gallery in September & October 2013. Find out more here