The Speech Acts exhibition, which asked the viewer to make connections between the juxtaposed works on display, may have come to an end, but there’s no reason that the conversation should finish there.
Over the course of the exhibition, it was hard not to notice visual connections between the works on display in Speech Acts and other exhibitions. These included the recent Annie Swynnerton: Painting Light and Hope, And Breathe... and Nordic Design exhibitions as well as the permanent collection galleries, and even the buildings themselves. (I guess that’ll happen when you're left looking at paintings all day).
Here, then, is a light-hearted look at some Speech Acts ‘connections’ found in artworks across the gallery’s collections and exhibitions, inspired by the exhibition’s themes of reflection, imagination and repetition.
Further examples can be found on Twitter and Instagram using the #speechacts hashtag.
And if you think about the idea of juxtaposing paintings to produce a speech act, a ‘conversation’ between them, and how that might change their context, what about these two? I’ve often wondered what the knight and his animals were so afraid of. Maybe it’s some baleful, tentacled eldritch entity, courtesy of Alan Davie?
Of course, these are just a few of the connections found. Without a doubt, there are many other instances of Speech Acts-style connections inspired by the themes of reflection, imagination and repetition around the gallery.
So, keep your eyes and minds open and let us know if you spot any. Send them to our emails firstname.lastname@example.org