'Guests': 1

Big Dinner


Julia Crabtree & William Evans, Matthew Darbyshire, James Kelly, Erik Larsson, Sung Yeon Lim,

Milou van der Maaden, Robert Rivers, Aimee Sawicki, Tara Tate, Henna Vainio

27 April - 19 May 2013


Open Fri-Sun,  12-5pm

Private View: Fri 26 April, 6-9pm



For the Guests series, Limbo invites an established artist who either lives, works or has worked in Kent to take on the role of host, and to themselves invite others to collaborate with them on a project of their choosing.


Guests does not prescribe the nature of this collaboration, or its outcomes, except that it should be in some way accessible to the public over four consecutive weekends. For the first show in the series, Limbo approached Rochester-based Matthew Darbyshire. He has opted to produce an exhibition in collaboration with the ten artists that make up his tutor group on the graduate sculpture programme at the Slade School of Art, London. 


Big Dinner is a sardonic response to the invitation to ‘host’. The exhibition uses the dinner-table as its central motif - a huge 24 foot table beneath a bright red tablecloth becomes a support mechanism for staging a range of aesthetic, physical and political positions.


Big Dinner might also be approached as a reaction to the peculiarities of Margate’s design environment. The artists’ utilization of the table and cloth stems from their first communal visit, when a similarly dressed trestle in Limbo’s project space was the first of several incongruous objects and settings encountered as they explored the town. 


Big Dinner is the first exhibition in Limbo’s 2013-14 programme, which incorporates one Guests project, solo shows by Kate Hawkins and Jessica Sarah Rinland (to take place in July and October respectively) and an open submission exhibition to take place in early 2014 (details of which will be announced in the summer).

Download Tam Hare's essay on the show here 




Julia Crabtree and William Evans (born 1983, UK,) both graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London before studying at the Slade School of Art. As artists they have exhibited regularly with Auto-Italia South East as well as exhibiting at Angus Hughes Gallery, London,  Monaco Magazine (curated by Katie Guggenheim) and in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern. They set-up and ran James Taylor Gallery, an artist-led space in Hackney for 4 years.

Matthew Darbyshire (born in the UK in 1977) studied fine art at the Slade and the Royal Academy Schools in London. He is this year preparing exhibitions for Kettles Yard, Cambridge; The Hepworth, Wakefield and FRAC Nord-pas de Calais, Dunkirk. Darbyshire is an Associate Artist at Kettles Yard, Cambridge, and is also on the advisory board of the new Free School Dalston, London. He lives and works in Rochester, Kent and is represented by Herald Street, London and Galerie Jouse, Paris.
Herald Street website

James Kelly (born in Dublin, 1980) Graduated from University College Falmouth before studying at the Slade. Recent exhibitions include La Tavoglia Macchiata, (The Stained Tablecloth) at Céglie Messápica, Italy, 2012 and Household Contemporary Art Festival, August, Belfast, Ireland, 2012, and Dead Season Live Art, Limbo, Margate 2010. 

Erik Larsson (born in Sweden, 1987,) studied at Konstfack University College, Stockholm and the Slade. Recent solo exhibitions include What yawned upwards (...), The Institute of Jamais Vu, London, 2012 and A Flight to the Land Beyond the North Pole II – Galleri Konstfack, Stockholm, 2010. Group exhibitions include The Opposite of What We Now Know to be True, Fold Gallery, London, 2013 and Flowers; Abyss; Parataxis - La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2012. 

Sung Yeon Lim (born Republic of Korea, 1987,) completed bachelors and masters degrees in Fine Art at Hongik University, Republic of Korea before relocating to London. She has taken part in group exhibitions at Hangaram Art Museum and Moonhun-kwan, Hongik University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Milou van der Maaden (born in Holland, 1986) graduated from Utrecht school of the Arts before studying at the Slade. Recent exhibitions include Piet Bakker Prize, Academiegalerie Utrecht, Start Point Prize, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Guest Exposition, K26 in Oss and Cinema as Object, Slade Research Centre in London, UK

Robert Rivers (born 1983, UK) graduated from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford and is currently studying at the Slade School of Art. Robert has participated in exhibitions at the Wallis Gallery, Paradise Row, Modern Art Oxford and most recently Club Tennis at Pablo Smidt

Aimee Sawicki (born 1990, UK) graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2012 and is now in the painting department at Slade. She has taken part in group shows in both London (Bargehouse – oxo tower) and in and around Southampton, as well as taking part in performances in the Tanks at Tate Modern as part of the series of seminars Materialising the Social. She is currently interning at Five Years gallery, Hackney.

Tara Tate (born 1989, Cyprus) studied at the University of Reading prior to the Slade. Recent exhibitions include The Future of All Things Past, Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, 2012, COModdity ©, Reading Degree Show, Reading,2012, Cinema as Object, Slade Research Centre, London. 
www.com-oddity.com, www.taratate.com

Henna Vainio (born 1981, Finland,) Studied at Chelsea College of Arts, London, prior to the Slade. Recent group exhibitions include The Opposite of What We Know to be True, Fold Gallery, London, 2013 and 37 MANIFESTOS, with Transidency Collective, Forum Factory, Berlin, 2011.


Limbo’s 2013-14 programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Kent County Council through their Arts Investment Fund



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