Thursday, 29 April 2010

A Handkerchief Show at Cecil Sharp House

Continuing a visual arts programme under the curation of artist-in-residence Matthew Cowan, the English Folk Dance and Song Society is pleased to present Flash Company, A Handkerchief Show at Cecil Sharp House.

This exhibition is a group show of new work by a diverse range of contemporary artists from the UK, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Japan taking as a starting point a humble white handkerchief. Artists working in a wide range of media have been invited to take part, and all have been sent a single handkerchief with which to work. The resulting works will be hung at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Looking beyond their prime role in the dancing kit of Morris dancers, handkerchiefs have a rich history in the framework of society. From high fashion to perfect manners and sexual politics, the handkerchief has played its part as an essential accessory. The show takes its name from the folk song of the same name, a jaunty tale of handkerchiefs and ruin.

The finished works will be hung in Cecil Sharp House throughout May and June, and entry to the show is free.

30 April – 28 June (Tues - Sat, 10am - 6pm)

Private View: 29 April, 6pm
Cecil Sharp House

2 Regents Park Road