The Showroom presents Amp Envelope, the first solo exhibition in London by artist Adam Shield.
Shield's new body of work opens up drawing and collage as a means of exploring interior worlds; with imagery encompassing references distilled from post-apocalyptic science fiction writing, dystopian dream projectors, seventeenth century alchemy and everyday encounters with political, societal and economic structures.
For the third iteration of The Showroom Mural Commission Shield’s recurring motif of a hand-painted grid will wrap around the facade of The Showroom as the framework for a new collaborative mural. Meanwhile, inside Shield will create a spatial collage for audiences to inhabit; an all-encompassing environment further exploring the expansive potential of drawing and print.
Building upon a period of collaborative research in the local neighbourhood, Church Street Library & histories of radical community print groups, an in-situ printmaking workshop will create the context for a programme of drawing, print and poster-making sessions running on weekends throughout the exhibition.
Using drawing as a tool for communication and opening up spaces for critical reflection at times of rapid change, where Church Street is in the midst of major long-term redevelopment, Shield will collaborate with community groups, individuals from The Showroom neighbourhood and beyond. Posters of varying scales will be pasted up in an accumulating collage enveloping the facade; an amplification of voices revealing drawing, printmaking and collage as accessible platforms for reflection upon shared experiences; a means for personal expression to be collectively experienced by all.
Free creative drawing and print-making workshops
No previous experience required
Initial dates: Saturday 23 & 30 July; 6 & 13 August
Sign up for one or more sessions
For more information or to book a place, contact Lily Hall:
Image: Adam Shield, Scanner (II), collage: ink on paper with painted frame, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.
The Showroom is supported using public funding by Arts Council England
The Showroom Mural Commission – Adam Shield: Amp Envelope, 2022 is generously supported by the Abbey Harris Mural Fund
Adam Shield lives and works in London.
Since 2013 he has been co-running Long Distance Press (LDP) with artist Thomas Whittle. Working between Glasgow, Newcastle, London and Edinburgh, LDP started as a postal art project that quickly turned into collaborative works, publications and exhibitions.
Across 2023-24 LDP will be developing a new public artwork with The Showroom as part of the programme of public art commissions at Paddington Square.