Image ‘Sunday in Skem’, André Stitt courtesy of gallery ten, Cardiff.

Edge Hill University’s historic main building will house CIVICS, a major exhibition of works by renowned visual and performance artist André Stitt, from tomorrow, Thursday 26 October, until April 2018.

CIVICS brings together a significant number of works responding to the legacy of Britain’s New Towns and post-war brutalist architecture. The paintings in this large-scale exhibition draw upon the materiality of the built environment and its abstract displacement through art as a memory of forms reimagined as a parallel universe.

The exhibition will include work made during 2016 and 2017, based on several research trips to the nearby new town of Skelmersdale.

Edge Hill University students from a range of courses will be invited to produce their own creative responses to the paintings. Their own work will then be showcased through live events, documentation and discussions, and in the exhibition publication which will be produced in April 2018.

Cathy Butterworth, Arts Manager at Edge Hill said:

“We are absolutely delighted to present such a significant body of work by internationally renowned visual artist Andre Stitt and to be able to integrate it so beautifully into the university’s main building.

“The 37 paintings, the two screen prints and the collection of ceramics, which will be on display for six-months, echo the architecture of the spaces where they are installed, giving people an opportunity to see both the paintings and the building in new, fresh and interesting ways. At Edge Hill we are interested in innovative approaches to making art and culture central to peoples’ everyday lives in the places where they live and work.”