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Date(s) - 03/04/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

HOXTON 253 art project space


Join comedic performer Jay Bennett on an immersive journey around Witches, Scamps and Things , a multidisciplinary exhibition by artist Kelly Sweeney.

Encounter Sweeney’s folkloric creatures, supernatural phenomena and otherworldly things as they linger around you, inhabiting the gallery space. Become enlightened by factual tales of the most fictitious kind laced with superstitious absurdity from real life encounters with Sweeney’s phantasmagoric pantheon. Expect fabricated myths, cures for bites and life-saving tips on who not to feed after midnight. Make an offering at the shrine, invoke a goddess or two and never cross the streams. The strange and peculiar are especially welcome. The performance has been commissioned by the artist exclusively for the show.

You will also get the opportunity to watch Colour Me Pink, which premiered at the Horse Hospital in January, and meet artist Kelly Sweeney who will be joining us on our otherworldly trip around the show. The perfect way to start a weekend. Fly solo. Bring friends. Make new ones. Meet those who may not be all they seem.

A finalist in London Cabaret Awards, nominated for Best Comedy Event at Buxton Fringe and as seen on BBC Three, Jay Bennett is a London-based comedian who most recently performed her hilarious multifaceted show; An Audience with Yasmine Day at London’s Soho Theatre. Having trained at the Guildford School of Acting, Jay combines comedy and cabaret to create engaging shows full to the brim with comedic dynamism. Jay is an experienced improviser and part of London’s Free Association where she performs weekly.

Kelly Sweeney is a London-based multidisciplinary artist who studied at Nottingham Trent University and Chelsea School of Art graduating with an MA in 2014. Sweeney exhibits regularly, and has work in private collections in Europe, Asia, America, Canada and the UK. Witches, Scamps and Things showcases an Arts Council England supported body of work comprising film, sculpture and paintings.

A text by curator and writer Linda Rocco accompanies the exhibition. The gallery is hosting a programme of events alongside the show.
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The exhibition and associated programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.