'Ex Marks the Spot' features in The Guardian

Kaavous Clayton from originalprojects talks to The Guardian’s Kate Simon in today’s article “Eastern promise: contemporary art on the Norfolk coast”.

…I’m heading for the former home of Marks & Spencer (which has quit the high street for a retail park on the edge of town) to see the newly opened gallery Ex Marks the Spot. It’s the brainchild of Original Projects, run by artists Kaavous Clayton and Julia Devonshire, founder members of Norwich’s influential Outpost Gallery who have struck out to the coast. I arrive as Clayton is preparing the huge white space, denuded of food and clothes, for its second exhibition, At the End of Lines (until 13 July), which will display paintings made this year by artists from Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Yet he’s keen to emphasise that the whole of the town is viewed as a working environment in which to create and promote cultural assets, from populating the bus station with designs based on patterns found around the resort, to One-Twelfth, a series of 12 annual 1:12 scale public art commissions for the town.

The first of these has just been installed at Merrivale Model Village on the seafront, a sculpture of a giraffe in polyester resin and acrylic paint made by Ryan Gander and with text by Will Self (who will be talking about the work at the attraction on 10 July). The piece is an interpretation of an original animal created in plasticine by Gander’s daughter while she was being told the story of the theft of a work by Barbara Hepworth from Dulwich Park (she imagined that the thief would have had a pet giraffe to help carry the sculpture).

“Artists may be the foot soldiers of gentrification,” says Clayton, “but we want to ensure that everything is relevant to the place, grows out of the place, and makes it stronger.”…

Kate Simon | Read the full article HERE

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