25 Openings To...



Exhibition

1st December 2003 to 10th January 2004

Giant Advent Calendar

curated by Jolanta Jagiello and Belinda Tournier

25 Openings to … is a group show with a festive difference. Eden restaurant will provide a backdrop for a giant Advent calendar consisting of 25 imaginative works of art in small numbered boxes. Each box will be opened, one every day from 1st December through to Christmas Day on 25th December. Witness the boxes being opened to reveal many of the festive experiences of the season in a fun and light-hearted way, from: posting of the cards, revelling at the Christmas party, hanging up the lights, kissing under the mistletoe, going to Church, last minute shopping, basting the turkey, opening of the presents and watching the old black-and-white movies to dealing with a number of unforeseen circumstances.

This group exhibition created by local, national and international artists, with the last box being made by a group of schoolchildren, captures the childlike feeling of anticipation and the simple pleasure of opening the door of an Advent calendar on a daily basis. The exhibition curated by Jolanta Jagiello and Belinda Tournier will open with a storytelling performance, which will provide clues and surprises about the contents of each box. The artists will be selling their work – the commission from the sales will be donated to Shelter who care for the homeless at Christmas.

25 Openings to/roy_amiss_closed.jpgThe Shiny
by Rory Amiss
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25 Openings to/thomas_r_closed.jpg2 (Adam and Eve), 2003
by Thomas Rugani
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25 Openings to/brigitte_evill_closed.jpgSeen, unseen
by Brigitte Evill
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25 Openings to/jan_frith_closed.jpgEx Box
by Jan Frith
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25 Openings to/jonathon_carson_closed.jpgThe Night Before
by Jonathan Carson
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25 Openings to/belinda_tournier_closed.jpgNot St Nicholas
by Belinda Tournier
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25 Openings to/zara_conway_closed.jpgStoring Dreams
by Zara Conway
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25 Openings to/marisela_b_closed.jpgSilent Time
by Marisela Berenguel
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25 Openings to/tim_flitcroft_closed.jpgThe Unopened
by Tim Flitcroft
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25 Openings to/maria_ware_closed.jpgNot just for Christmas
by Maria Ware
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25 Openings to/stuart_mayes_closed.jpgOh Yes He Is!
by Stuart Mayes
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25 Openings to/lisa_dancer_closed.jpgWild Kisses
by Lisa Dancer
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25 Openings to/clive_batkin_closed.jpgUnlucky (The 13th Day of Christmas)
by Clive Batkin
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25 Openings to/barry_skyes_closed.jpgUntitled (Folly)
by Barry Sykes
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25 Openings to/jolanta_jagiello_closed.jpgParty Poppers
by Jolanta Jagiello
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25 Openings to/viv_robinson_closed.jpgWot no Santa?
by Viv Robinson
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25 Openings to/elaine_arkell_closed.jpgThe Last Words in Luxury
by Elaine Arkell
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25 Openings to/martina_m_closed.jpgThe Red Shoes
by Martina Nί Mhuirch
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25 Openings to/michael_kirby_closed.jpgAngel
by Michael Kirby
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25 Openings to/graeme_milton_closed.jpgwish
by Graeme Milton
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25 Openings to/carol_wong_closed.jpgSaltdough Shoppers
by Carol Wong
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25 Openings to/simon_gorgin_closed.jpgPromise
by Simon Gorgin
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25 Openings to/anne_jamison_closed.jpgCreda23
by Anne Jamison
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25 Openings to/paul_aherne_closed.jpgPresent
by Paul Aherne
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25 Openings to/nativity_closed.jpgNativity
by St Johns School
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