I went along to the opening of the Madge Gill exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery, London on Thursday 14th June. There was a wonderful mix of people present and Roger Cardinal gave a fascinating speech about the life of Madge Gill. The works on the walls have rarely been seen, so this is a great opportunity to see some of the hidden sides of work that Madge Gill produced; including some exceptionally bright colourful pieces full of bold shapes and patterns. These differ greatly to the work often seen exhibited by Madge Gill in black and white featuring ‘doodle-like’ marks and faces of ladies. Some of the work was hung quite high which was a shame as the detail in them was lost to the audience and with Gill’s work, this is quite key.
This year there will be three ten-week exhibitions showcasing Madge Gill’s work which is currently stored in the Newham’s archives who have generously supported these exhibitions. Individual works have been occasionally exhibited across the world in exhibitions devoted to Outsider Art, but this is the first time a comprehensive retrospective, showing many unseen works, has been put together. In the second show later in the year some of the large canvases will be shown which will be magnificent and a must see!
Artist, writer and curator Deanna Petherbridge, and local historian/Whitechapel Gallery archivist Gary Haines have contributed to the research for this exhibition and will host talks and walks for those interested in finding out more about this remarkable icon of East London. There is a small booklet available too for £3 which gives a detailed overview of Madge Gill and her life.
Dates of the exhibition: Friday, June 15, 2012 to Thursday, August 23, 2012.
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun, from 9am – 5pm.
Address: The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ.
For more information visit: http://www.bowarts.org/nunnery/madge-gill-retrospective