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Mead Gallery announces long-awaited reopening following makeover


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Three-and-a-half years after it closed for a major redevelopment, Warwick Arts Centre’s Mead Gallery is set to reopen on 13 January 2022 with an exhibition by leading Bangladeshi/ British artist Rana Begum.

Now situated on the ground floor of the Arts Centre, at the heart of the new foyer, the repositioned Mead Gallery is more visible, and has retained its familiar and adaptable L-shape. With a floor area of 605 square metres (6,458 square feet), it’s the largest single dedicated contemporary exhibition space in the region.

Opening exhibition, Rana Begum: Dappled Light, features a number of artworks commissioned for the new gallery, with several of her large-scale works – paintings, sculptures and installations – responding specifically to the Arts Centre’s architecture.

The artist’s work focuses on the interplay between light and colour, dissolving the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. 

Discussing the gallery’s reopening, Warwick Arts Centre’s Director, Doreen Foster, said: “As one of the UK’s most significant and respected contemporary galleries, our Mead Gallery has been sorely missed. We’re especially pleased to be opening with new work from Rana, whose work is simply stunning. Dappled Light is a perfect way to reintroduce the Mead to everyone from art aficionados, to casual visitors who’ve just popped in early before seeing a film, concert or show.”

Miss Begum herself commented: “I am so excited to share this body of work; it stems from new explorations in the studio that I have had the opportunity to push and develop in response to the architecture and the natural light of the renovated Mead space.

The show is a dialogue between my earlier work and these new ventures – between the areas of my practice that feel more resolved and the areas that I am only just discovering. Together with curator Cliff Lauson, we have considered how people will move through the space, and the atmosphere and experience it will create.”

Rana Begum: Dappled Light runs from Thursday 13 January to Sunday 13 March 2022 at the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry CV4 7AL. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am-8pm. Admission free. For more information, see: warwickartscentre.co.uk


Written by: David Watkins

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