Originally due to Launch in London during Frieze week in 2020 Survey II is a major exhibition by 10 early-career artists nominated by leading artists that has now launched at g39, Cardiff before moving on to Jerwood Space in London (1st October – 13 December 2021) coinciding with Frieze week 2021 then finally onto Site Gallery in Sheffield (5th March – 15th May 2022)the show will be reimagined and curated for each location. The project is led by Harriet Cooper (Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts) with Anthony Shapland (Creative Director, g39) and Angelica Sule (Programme Director, Site Gallery).
Survey II is led by Jerwood Arts in collaboration with g39 and Site Gallery. Established in 2018, this second edition introduces new partnerships and builds on Jerwood Arts’ specialist knowledge and experience of working with early-career artists across artforms. It takes a non-institutional approach to selection by inviting over 30 leading artists to nominate the most outstanding early-career artists making work today.
At the exhibition’s core is a common preoccupation with how we relate to each other and the world around us. Artists consider the balance of control between humans and nature, the representation of queer and marginalised bodies, and the possibility of transformation for both materials and beings. Many works reflect on our relationships with those closest to us; asking where we find points of connection, when we are performing for each other and how we can capture moments of vulnerability and love. Others look at the formation of memory; how we archive and record to create collective touchpoints, or how we can explore diasporic memory through surface, sound and absence.
“Survey II brings together some of the most compelling early-career artists working in the UK today. Nominated by leading artists and selected in the early stages of the UK lockdown last year, their diverse practices and approaches to making art remind us of the importance of artists’ voices in responding to the changing world around us. Asking artists to play a part in deciding who this exhibition should include embodies our ambitions to always put artists at the centre of our programme and support artist networks. ”
Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Arts, Jerwood Arts
The artists present new sculptural, photographic, textile, moving-image, sound and assemblage pieces. Many of the artists have used the space and time enabled by the commission to use mediums new to their practice or to expand on ideas tested in previous bodies of work.
Exhibiting artists for Survey II are:
Saelia Aparicio nominated by Jonathan Baldock Tereza ?erve?ová nominated by Joanna Pietrowska Sadé Mica nominated by Emily Speed and Jade Montserrat Rebecca Moss nominated by Wood and Harrison Cinzia Mutigli nominated by Sean Edwards Katarzyna Perlak nominated by Zadie Xa Shenece Oretha nominated by Zadie Xa
Tako Taal nominated by Jamie Crewe Nicolaas Van de Lande nominated by Tai Shani Angharad Williams nominated by Heather Phillipson
“The project stands as an amazing platform for new voices and the structure – touring not just the work but also the artists to the different venues and communities – is an exciting and dynamic way of connecting people. For g39, this is one of the crucial elements of what we do, connecting artists to Wales and Welsh artists to a wider contemporary art scene. It’s the conversations that happen incidentally, in between the formal structures that enable them, that build and sustain artists’ practices.”Anthony Shapland, Creative Director, g39
Survey II: – 11th September 2021 at g39 Oxford St, CARDIFF CF24 3DT g39.org
Established by Jerwood Arts in 2018, Survey II is the second edition of a group exhibition that presents new work from some of the most outstanding artists in the first stages of their careers in the UK. It continues to take a non-institutional approach to selection by inviting over 30 leading artists from across the UK to nominate who they think are the most exciting and dynamic early-career artists making work today.
g39 is an artist-run gallery and creative community for the visual arts in Wales, a bridge between artists and audiences. Summed up as informal but professional, at the heart of g39’s activities is its relationship with artists. From exhibition to work placements to informal gatherings, initiating peer introductions or realising the most ambitious of solo exhibitions – across this spectrum of relationships our aim is to encourage and enable every person whose ambition it is to pursue a visual art practice.
g39’s support programme for artistic practice offering peer critique, artist-curator talks, workshops, seminars, mentoring, professional development and visits. It provides a critical and social network for a creative community within and beyond Wales. g39 offers a range of activities featuring artists from a variety of career stages and nationalities. Many artists who have been supported by g39 in the earlier stages of their career have gained significant reputations including James Richards, Heather Phillipson, Megan Broadmeadow, Sean Edwards and Bedwyr Williams. g39 often works in collaboration with other galleries across the world to show Welsh artists abroad, as well as hosting co-curated exhibitions and projects.