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FERMENT opens at Articulate on Friday 4 January at 6-8pm

FERMENT runs from 4 January to 3 February 2019, open Friday - Sunday 11am-5pm

It has five openings—on Fridays 6-8pm on 4, 11, 18 and 25 January & 1 February

FERMENT 1  will open on Friday 4 January showing the work of artists Mandy Burgess, Sue Callanan, Curtis Ceapa, Paul Cooper, der_melicious,  Jacquelene Drinkall, Dominique Madeleine Devadason, Beata Geyer, Harry Klein and  Andrew Simms.

FERMENT1 Roomsheet

FERMENT is the first of FERMENT's five exhibitions that together show the work of 50 artists over 5 weeks. FERMENT is a project designed to present the exhibition as a changing site by re-contextualising each artwork with new works installed in the gaps left by the departure of works that were installed earlier.  This weekly going and coming of artworks is like a slow and progressive dance, each step of which is seen by coming to its 5 openings—on Fridays 6-8pm on 4, 11, 18 and 15 January & 1 February.

By the time it finishes at 5pm on Sunday 3 February, it will have shown the work of Lisa Andrew & Rachel Buckeridge, Susan Andrews, Karen Banks, Liz Bradshaw, Mandy Burgess, Sue Callanan, Angus Callander, Curtis Ceapa , Stella Chen, Lucinda Clutterbuck and Lewis, Paul Cooper, Julian Day, der_melicious, Dominique Madeleine Devadason,  Jacquelene drinkall, Michele Elliot, Merilyn Fairskye, Nola Farman, Beata Geyer, Claire Gibbon, Allan Giddy,  Adrian Hall, Barbara Halnan, Annelies Jahn, Fiona Kemp, Harry Klein, Michelle Le Dain, Joyce Lubotzky, Wendy Miller, Louise Morgan, Nadia Odlum, Renay Pepita, Anya Pesce, Margaret Roberts, Tamsin Salehian, Andrew Simms, Eva Simmons, Anke Stäcker, Helen M Sturgess, Jessica Thallmaier, Rosie Thomas, Mark Titmarsh, Nina Walton, Elke Wohlfahrt and Sarah Woodward.


Liz Bradshaw plans to write about FERMENT, following on from Lisa Sharp, Elizabeth Rankin, Isobel Johnston, Amy Prcevich, India Zegan, Nora Fleming and John von Sturmer who wrote about its predecessors, FERRET, FERAL and FAIRISLE.

Sue Callanan
Beata Geyer


Dominique Madeleine Devadason

Jacquelene Drinkall

Melissa Baveas

Curtis Ceapa

Harry Klein

Paul Cooper


After FERMENT 1 ends on Sunday 6 January, half the artists de-install their work, and another group of artists install to produce FERMENT 2.  These overlapping changeovers continue until FERMENT 5 concludes on Sunday 3 February.

FERMENT 2 will open Friday 11 January showing the work of  Karen Banks, Mandy Burgess,  Sue Callanan, Stella Chen, Paul Cooper, Julian Day, Michele Elliot, Merilyn Fairskye, Beata Geyer, Harry Klein, Margaret Roberts, Andrew Simms, Rosie Thomas and Sarah Woodward.

FERMENT 3 will open Friday 18 January showing the work of Karen Banks, Liz Bradshaw  Angus Callander, Stella Chen, Julian Day,  Michele Elliot, Fiona Kemp, Merilyn Fairskye,  Barbara Halnan, Margaret Roberts, Anke Stäcker, Jessica Thallmaier, Rosie Thomas, Nina Walton and Sarah Woodward

FERMENT 4 will open Friday 25 January showing the work of Susan Andrews Liz Bradshaw, Angus Callander, Lucinda Clutterbuck and Lewis, Barbara Halnan, Fiona Kemp, Michelle Le Dain, Louise MorganRenay Pepita, Anke Stäcker, Helen M Sturgess, Jessica Thallmaier,  Mark Titmarsh, Nina Walton and Elke Wohlfahrt

FERMENT 5 will open Friday 1 February showing the work of  Lisa Andrew & Rachel Buckeridge, Susan Andrews, Lucinda Clutterbuck and Lewis, Claire Gibbon, Nola Farman, Allan Giddy,  Michelle Grasso, Adrian Hall,  Annelies Jahn, Michelle Le Dain, Joyce Lubotzky, Wendy Miller, Louise Morgan, Nadia Odlum,  Renay Pepita, Tamsin Salehian, Eva Simmons, Helen M Sturgess, Mark Titmarsh and Elke Wohlfahrt

FERMENT is Articulate's fourth project that presents the exhibition as a site determined as much by changing artwork as by architecture and location. It does this by intermingling works by two different groups of each week—incoming artists install in a site shaped partly by works continuing from the previous week and the gaps left by outgoing works. It is planned as a slow progressive artists' dance in which each show is one step, and in which the whole is understood through a mixture of observing and remembering.

FERMENT is called FERMENT because it sounds slightly like the FERRET of 2018 and FERAL of 2015, which was named FERAL because it sounded slightly like FAIRISLE of 2013 (titled because of the progressive nature of the Fairisle knitting pattern) and because, like FAIRISLE, its overlapping structure is a slightly feral form of exhibition practice. Follow the links to documentation of the earlier FERRETFERAL 1234 and 5  and FAIRISLE projects.