This exhibition, co curated by PADA studios and ASC gallery, presents work from British and Portuguese artists, all who have spent time working and exploring within the industrial ruins of Companhia União Fabril (CUF) in Barreiro on Lisbon’s south bay.
Inspired by this alien environment the show focuses on a common materiality and evident fabrication processes within the artwork. This visible labour and window into the artists production unites the work and echoes the ethos of PADA, ‘an exploration of technique and process.
The exhibition will reflect on an international community that has come together in Lisbon over the last 6 months and stresses the importance of European and international collaboration.
The exhibition, presented in collaboration with Recreational Grounds and Turps Gallery, both within the creative network on the Aylesbury estate, reflects on the systems and spaces artists use to create artwork. Each of these venues offers a different entry point into the career of an artist. Turps Banana is an educational space - an artist-led painting programme; ASC is a charity providing studio spaces for over 700 artists across several sites in London, whilst PADA is a residency set within a redundant industrial park on Lisbon’s south bay.
The cross pollination of these spaces is an example of the various methods in which artists seek to develop their art practice and the resulting works are a testament to the importance of learning and collaboration.