Grand Union gallery & studios in Digbeth has announced that artist Jamie Crewe has been selected to receive one of the Turner Bursaries for their sister exhibitions: Love & Solidarity at Grand Union, Birmingham, and Solidarity & Love at Humber Street Gallery, Hull.

The £10,000 Tate Turner Bursary Prize replaces this year's Turner Prize and is seen as a way to support a large selection of artists (10 in total) through 'a precarious and uncertain time'.

Showing work simultaneously across two venues, Crewe uses videos, sculptures, drawing and writing to explore ideas of identity, power, desire, community and history. The work takes inspiration from Radclyffe Hall’s 1928 novel The Well of Loneliness, and its lasting impressions on generations of LGBTQIA+ people.

The exhibitions consider places, cultures, histories, communities and individuals that are tied to each other, whether they like it or not. Tate remarked that the jury for the Turner Bursary “particularly praised Crewe’s dynamic and poetic retellings of mythology and literature while exploring contemporary notions of gender.”

This is the first collaboration of its kind between Grand Union and Humber Street Gallery, Hull’s dedicated contemporary visual art space. Bluntly split, this body of work survives in partial form, spread across two cities, two venues and two exhibitions. This is in accordance with its themes; together, and apart, Love & Solidarity and Solidarity & Love test the possibility of living with a wound.

Love & Solidarity opened at Grand Union earlier this year, but due to the current Covid-19 situation, the exhibition and gallery remains closed to the public until further notice.

Grand Union is planning to reopen the exhibition by appointment, to provide an opportunity for audiences to see the work while adhering to social-distancing guidelines.

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