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Robbins and Roberts presents
Clare Bottomley - Playing with the Gods

Ares Clare Bottimley

18th October – 1st November
Tuesday - Saturdays 10am-4pm

SVA 4 John St, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2HA

Robbins and Roberts: a new artist led exhibition programme at SVA, Stroud

Robbins and Roberts is a new gallery project at SVA, John Street, Stroud. Artists, Lorraine Robbins and Soozy Roberts will be taking over the running of the recently refurbished and purpose designed gallery space in the centre of town, from October, hosting a series of challenging and critically considered exhibitions and events.

Robbins and Roberts met whilst working as art lecturers at Stroud College (now SGS) and both have a strong commitment to arts education and inclusivity within the arts (Roberts currently runs MOULD, an arts group for young people based in Stroud, with Neil Walker from SVA). The two fledgling gallerists are artists in their own right, working across different media including drawing, sculpture, video and performance. They have exhibited widely both nationally and internationally as well as curating exhibitions and events. Robbins and Roberts hope to bring this understanding to their work at the gallery.

Robbins says
"In our own art practices we take risks, experiment and attempt to create socially engaged work . We plan to bring this ethos to the gallery, curating work that, though challenging, is open and inclusive. We want to prompt discussion, for us that's the importance of art, to create a dialogue, to spark a conversation that might not have otherwise happened."

SVA completed the final phase of refurbishment of its town centre building designed by Tony Fretton Architects through funding from Arts Council England, Summerfield Trust and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.

The first event at Robbins and Roberts is an exhibition of photographs by young artist, Clare Bottomley, which begins on Saturday 18th October. 'Playing with the Gods' is an exhibition of photographic works by award winning artist Clare Bottomley who documents herself, family and friends in poses that often reflect upon religious iconography, addressing uncomfortable issues in society.

She says of her work:

"I like to consider modern day problems within my photography such as body issues, self-esteem and the pressure put upon people by the morally questionable influence of today's media."

Clare was awarded the prestigious Deutsch Bank Award in 2013 whilst completing her MA at RCA, London, where she also received the RCA Fine Art Bursary in 2012.

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