Grace Clifford: Going Up in the World
27/07/2022 - 08/09/2022
The Art House on Drury Lane
Monday– Saturday 10:00–16:00
Outside of Wakefield Pie Shop at 2 Cheapside
The Black Rock pub on 19 Cross Square Over 18’s only
Grace Clifford, born in Birmingham and now living in Yorkshire, is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Clifford’s work explores and reflects on the everyday.
Clifford is led by intuition and lived experiences, and takes pride, often finding comfort in her Birmingham and Black Country upbringing. Her practice acknowledges the discomfort that class disparity can bring, and gives space for the viewer to address and question stereotypes around working-class experiences.
Going Up in the World is an exhibition of works in three different settings - The Art House foyer, the exterior of Wakefield’s legendary Pie Shop and The Black Rock, a traditional pub full of charm and quirks.
Using everyday objects as a starting point for her sculptures, Clifford reimagines these familiar items to help start conversations around who art is for, and challenge perceptions about what contemporary art can be.
Clifford pushes back on traditional academia and exhibition spaces. The familiarity of the objects and the informal nature of the spaces they are displayed in are carefully considered, breaking down barriers between artist and audience and creating space for stories and conversations.
Recently Grace Clifford was selected as Sunny Banks Mills one to watch, has exhibited at the Ikon, Wet Dove Tail and New Art Gallery Walsall.
Going Up in the World is open 27 July–8 September 2022. The exhibition will launch as part of Artwalk Wakefield on Wednesday 27 July 17:00–22:00. The exhibition has been supported by The Art House for Artwalk Wakefield and curated by Amy Lilley.
Going up in the World is on display in Wakefield City Centre at the following venues:
The Art House on Drury Lane (Monday– Saturday 10:00–16:00 and Sunday 10:00–15:00), outside of Wakefield Pie Shop at 2 Cheapside (24/7) and The Black Rock pub on 19 Cross Square (Over 18’s only, Monday–Friday 11:00–23:00, Saturday 11:00–00:00 and Sunday 12:00–22:30). The 3 venues are within a short 5 minute walk from each other, and all have step-free access.