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Folk Archive exhibition — putting up a banner for contemporary popular art

by Kelly Hilditch
Issue No. 1954

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Folk Archive
Barbican Gallery, London
Until 25 July, Free
Phone 0854 121 6828 or go to www.barbican.org.uk

The Barbican is currently holding an exhibition of modern day folk art, including photographs, film, banners and posters.

Ed Hall’s banners make up part of the exhibition. He said, “There is a wonderful film that shows the toppling of the statue of George Bush in Trafalgar Square during the “Stop Bush” night — that in itself is reason enough to visit the exhibition.”

On Sunday 10 July there will be a screening of three films by Andrew Kötting, whose work reflects the influence of folk culture on film making in Britain.

During the exhibition there will also be two afternoons of music, on Sunday 10 July and Sunday 17 July — with performers who are reinventing British folk music.

John Burton writes dark folk songs on acoustic guitar, often improvising lyrics from subject matter suggested by his audience.

Bob Stanley was a founder member of St Etienne. He is an avid collector and expert on a huge range of British folk, underground and forgotten sounds.

A Hawk & A Hacksaw is Jeremy Barnes’s solo project, which finds him dressed in top hat and a patchwork of early 20th century garb, playing emotive accordion passages while travelling through Eastern European folk traditions, klezmer, mariachi, American folk and modern composition. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour publication.

The exhibition will be touring. Dates include:
Milton Keynes Gallery, 5 August–18 September;
Spacex Gallery, Exeter, 1 October–26 November;
New Art Gallery, Walsall, 10 February–23 April 2006;
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 3 June–15 July 2006;
The Lowry, Salford, 22 July–17 September 2006.


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