‘From the Bricks Up’ – An exhibition by Richard Cramp
21st Jan – 9th Feb
Open Mon – Sat
10am – 5pm closed sundays and 4th Feb
The brick industry has played a major role in Peterborough’s development. Its substantial clay deposits led to the city becoming an industrial centre for the East of England and the UK’s leading producer of bricks for much of the twentieth century. Over the last 6 months, artist Richard Cramp, supported by Metal, has been resident at the Kings Dyke Brickworks (formerly London Brickworks) in Whittlesey, exploring the past, present and future of this influential industry.
Through video, photography and a publication, the resulting exhibition at Chauffeurs Cottage portrays the striking visual impact of the brickworks, its architecture, processes and machinery. It includes the artist’s first use of video technology within an installation exploring the changes of the industry, the introduction of automation, the impact on communities and the surrounding landscape.
The publication, due for release during the exhibition shows the breadth of the artist’s research for this project contrasting archival photographs with his own. It also brings together different voices and perspectives on the industry and it’s impact on social history through the eyes of the curator of Whittlesey’s Museum, a local angling expert and the brickworks archivist.
Cramp’s practice revolves around architecture, social commentary and the built environment. Working with photography, video, installations and drawing, he creates fictitious scenarios of imaginary environments commenting on issues that are entwined with the everyday world.
Richard Cramp lives and practices in London. He graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2004 and has gone on to exhibited his work both in the UK and Europe. Residencies include: 2012, Waiting for Expo 2015,Milano; 2005/6, Feiweles Trust bursary, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Solo exhibitions 2012, Grass is Always Greener, Open Care, Milano; 2011, Bravish New World, Space In Between, London; 2009, Designs on a Utopia – Gallery Primo Alonso, London. Group exhibitions 2014, Indie Vision, Peterborough; 2012, Product Placement, Angus Hughes, London; 2011, Salon 2011, Matt Roberts Gallery, London; 2010, Coming Out of The Woodwork, Nunnery, Bow, London;
2010, Middle of Nowhere, Departure Gallery, Southall, London; 2009, Build,Blyth Gallery, London