And so it was, and so it is

With Florent Dubois, Graeme Durant, Jemma Egan, Lindsey Mendick, Suzanne Posthumus and Josh Whitaker
September 9, 2016
 to October 22, 2016

Free & open to all

Opening night // Friday 9 September, 6-9pm with Artists’ Tour 5pm


Challenging the traditional format of the themed group exhibition, over the past year the 6 artists have been collaborating to write a short story that formed the groundwork for the show ‘It Was A Dark And Stormy Night’. The exhibition travelled to Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and Two Queens, Leicester, each time producing a new incarnation. Much like an exquisite corpse game, the artists took turns in adding a line to a story and from this story the artists created sensational and exaggerated work which celebrated the farce and lightness that underpins their practice.


‘And so it was, and so it is’ is the culmination of a year’s collaborative work. In the form of a large scale group installation, the 6 artists will be exploring the work created over the duration of this project, interlinking themes and practices to create new narratives and tales . The artists will be taking over the walls, floors, and social media of Turf Projects, submerging all aspects of the gallery’s identity into their overzealous and sensational aesthetic.


To coincide with the exhibition Turf will host a programme of related events including a Curator’s tour, Publication launch, Family Art Fun Day, Reading Group and a Lunchtime Artist Crit. For further details on the programme please visit The exhibition and events were made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council England & Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon.


A bunch of string hangs from the roof in the foreground, on the right side a red flag hangs out the wall, illustrations hang on the back. towards the right is a table with a sculpture display of musical instruments. in the middle there is a bench sculpture with a towel hanging off it
Graeme Durant makes sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings and installations. With the use of appropriated materials that are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he tries to develop forms and methods that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal discoveries. Suzanne Posthumus is a Dutch artist living and working in London. She studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and recently graduated Goldsmiths MFA. Josh Whitaker is an artist and writer based in London. He is interested in absurdity, abjection, eschatology and photography. For the Bloc Projects Billboard Commission, Josh Whitaker will be producing a new work based on a long-standing relationship with the text ‘Useful Work Vs. Useless Toil’, by William Morris.
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Build up a story with other participants, one line at a time. Huge paper rolls on walls of the gallery will be a giant notepad for families to see their ideas grow.


Artist-Designed Patch: ‘And so it was, and so it is’, Lindsey Mendick