Bradley & Bownes have filled the derelict Clapham Orangery with a plethora of plant-based artworks. Using the unused site that sits humbly in the Notre Dame Estate in Clapham as a means of bringing creativity into the area; the orangery’s unique attributes including towering Georgian columns, high ceilings and great acoustics is the perfect backdrop for 16 contemporary artworks. Forming a conversation between reality and artificiality, in a synthetic garden of paradise; the Latin phrase ‘Hic Ver Assiduum Atque Alienis Mensibus Aestas’ inscribed at the top of the orangery’s façade, translates to: ‘Here is ceaseless spring and summer in months in which summer is alien’. #Utopia has become the embodiment of this text, exploring the boundaries between the artificial and manmade. Injecting highly saturated aesthetics and idealisms, #Utopia encompasses all that is promised in the notion of utopic paradise through the creation of a perpetual summer.
Sophie Bownes, Charlotte Bradley, Benjamin Cohen, Annabel Duggleby, Jason Haynes, Andrew George Holder, Eden Mitsenmacher, Sean Mullan, Chloe Napier, Joas Nebe, Geert Oliver, Rob Reynolds, Holly Ruse, Andrew Sim, Suzanne Smith, Louise Winter
Sophie Bownes, Charlotte Bradley