We never expected to finish this year with such a bang, but here we are, having just launched our biggest exhibition ever.
With the show hung, we find ourselves feeling contemplative, proud, and ultimately united by the incredible community of artists and designers whose work fills this exhibition. The literal ‘coming together’ of a group exhibition is one thing, but the collective – and deeply personal – responses (both written and visual) serve as physical reminders that none of us were alone in our varied experiences of this year.
There’s notes of loneliness, lack of human contact and undoubtedly, isolation, as well as frustration; a longing for family and of the return to homelands far away. But there’s also self-acceptance, gratitude, reflection, moments to savour and hope.
The concept of the raft as a symbol of survival and connection is a recurring theme. Other works are humble homages to the ordinary, referencing basic daily habits such as foraging flowers, walks and chats with mum. As Bec Smith says, “somehow the very simple, the predictable and even the mundane kept us tethered to the earth, to our sanity and to one another.”
The artistic and personal contributions here are monumental. We hope you, like us, find solidarity and joy in this exceptional collection of work. In the words of new artist to Modern Times, Morgana Celeste: “these pieces are reminders to find sweetness in yearning and to enjoy those things twice as much for having waited so long for them to arrive.”
View the full gallery of images below or take a virtual tour!
And, delve deeper into this body of work with our Studio Sounds playlist, created entirely by the artists themselves – check it out on Spotify.
Photographed by Elise Scott.