From the Studio Floor
Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th October 2016 – The Guildhall, Cambridge
Public viewing (free admission) 9am – 4pm

This pop-up contemporary art exhibition will showcase 50 different works in a variety of mediums in the prestigious setting of the Great Hall at the Guildhall, Cambridge, gathering together the best local talent along with pieces from further afield and displaying work that is, as the name suggests, fresh from the studio floor, and previously unseen by the public.

From over 400 submissions, curator Jessica Oliver has selected 50, to tie in with the 50th anniversary of sponsors MLM Group, an engineering consultancy with a well-established office in Cambridge as part of their national and international operations. MLM is sponsoring for the fourth successive year, continuing to highlight the synergy between the design and innovation evident in their professional activities and that of people in the local communities that they operate across.

This year’s exhibition has a particular focus on the value of art to visually-impaired people, challenging traditional preconceptions about its relevance and the benefits it can offer. 20% of sales will be donated to the Cam Sight, to help its work across Cambridgeshire with people of all ages living with visual impairment. In addition to input from a number of artists who have themselves been supported by Cam Sight, the collection has been carefully curated to maximise the experience for those with any impairment.

From the Studio Floor will host works from artists at all stages in their careers ranging from celebrated portraitist Robert Lenkiewicz, renowned for his ‘social portraits’, to up-and-coming artists such as Ania Hobson, shortlisted for the BP Portrait Awards earlier this year. We have been generously loaned five Robert Lenkiewicz paintings for this exhibition, previously shown in Liepzig for the Lenkiewicz Foundation Exhibition, for display in the Little Hall at the Guildhall. The Little Hall will also host a number of workshops and private talks during the exhibition.

Works on display range from paintings, in a variety of styles and mediums, sculptures and installations. Artists featured include: Adrian Barnard, Albano Hernandez-Dominguez, Alexandra Oliver, Anna Boon, Ania Hobson, Cara Gibbings Fenwick, Chloë Feldman Emison, Chris Rivers Nuttall, CJ Mahony, David Heading, David MacDiarmid, Eigil Nordstrom, Elisabetta Mutty, Emma Connolly, Georgie Grace, Georgie Mason, Georgina Hollinshead, Grace Prince, Jacques Lawrence Calver, Jane Frost, Jason Nunn, Jessica Oliver, Jim Racine, Jo Arnold, John D Edwards, Katy Bailey, Kate Hindle, Keith Simpson, Leopold Bieber, Lottie Murphy, Luciana Rosado, Luke M Walker, Lyz Gardner, Matej Tomažin, Mel Fraser, Meryem Siemmond, Nicholas Lands, Nicola Christoforou, Peter McArdle, Richard Fitton, Robert Lenkiewicz, Sal Jones, Sarah Bale, Serena Laborante, Spadge Hopkins, Susan Plover, Susie Mendelsson, Suzi Morris, Thomas Walker, Zoë Hoare.

View the exhibition catalogue