Thursday, November 19, 2009


Tamany Baker, Marian Brugman, Arantxa Echarte, Ilhona Hakvoort,
Mattijs Hendriks, Tanja Isbarn, Penny Jones, Natasha MacVoy, Mel
Shearsmith, Merijn Vrij, Moniek Westerman

Preview: Thursday 19 November 2009, 6-9pm
Gallery Open: 20 Nov – 6 Dec 2009, Thurs–Sun, 12-6pm (or by appointment)
Motorcade/FlashParade, BV Studios, Philip Street, Bristol, BS3 4DR

Motorcade/FlashParade presents VICE VERSA a group show culminating from a
series of exchanges between eleven artists from Bristol, UK and Groningen, Holland.

Over the course of a year exchange visits have been made to share working
practices, debate and conversation, with collaborative group shows in each city. In
November Bristol will host VICE VERSA alongside a dynamic programme of
workshops, talks and a public seminar. The seminar, to be held at the Spike Island
Associates Space, will address associated values of swapping or replacing, giving
and receiving, and the sharing of knowledge or experience to produce change.
Discussions and debate will explore the practical experience of exchange between
artists from different countries, why we choose to create these relationships and what
impact they can have on our practice.

VICE VERSA includes new work made specifically for the Motorcade/FlashParade
gallery. The artists work with a range of media, strategies and tactics including
photography, painting, performance, appropriation and installation. Site specificity is
confronted and reflected through recycled and manipulated local natural materials
whilst other works reinterpret the gallery context, creating a sense of encounter and
dissonance. The persistent interest in materials oscillates between seductive beauty
and a disquieting fascination.

VICE VERSA concludes a year’s exploration of exchange in which collaboration and
individuality have played important parts. The conversations begun in the gallery may
be continued and debated long after the public seminar finishes.

Associated events:
VICE VERSA Public Seminar, 21 November 2009, Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm
Spike Island Associates Space, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX

Further information on the project and details on booking for events available at

VICE VERSA is supported by several organisations including the Arts Council
Southwest, Kunstraad Groningen, Alias Arts, Spike Island Associates, UWE and