Practicing Concern


Thursday 17 October, 6–9pm, Friday 18 October, Saturday 19 October & Sunday 20 October, 12–6pm

Gabriella Hirst

For Practicing Concern, Underpinning has invited contributions from artists, writers and art workers who are connected through a web of support. 


This exhibition will give attention to networks of in-kind support that extend beyond the professional veneer of an individual art practice. Considering peers who support and self organise for one another, and practitioners who provide context and feedback, edit each others texts, document each others work, sleep on each others couches, hold each other’s hands and babies. This body of work will reflect on the ways in which work and friendship overlap, as a way of working outside of financed art world structures.


Practicing Concern draws upon Annabel Nicolson’s, Concerning Ourselves, a group exhibition from 1981 at the Norwich School of Art where she was in residence at the time. In hosting this exhibition Nicolson situated her work alongside six other female artists, as a way to demonstrate how women frequently group together, both within and outside of institutional structures to support each other’s work.


The exhibition will play host to an event on Saturday 19th October, which invites others to reflect on what and who is underpinning, enabling, holding and restraining their practices. The invited practitioners will share works, gestures and instructions, leading participants to reflect on the ways that their own networks maintain and nurture their practice. 


Responding to this year’s iteration of the Art Licks Weekend, the group are particularly eager to build a conversation that considers how in-kind models of exchange operate alongside funded programmes and institutions. This exhibition and event will be a space to share challenges of working in this way, and an opportunity to pose sustainable working practices and alternative models of exchange.  


Underpinning invites artists to share their practice through workshops, events and exhibitions. The project currently operates from a domestic space in Aberdeen.

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Jessica Barrie, Laura Hindmarsh, Gabriella Hirst, Claire Krouzecky, Amy Pickles, Kirsty Russell, Jenny Salmean



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Under 16s