Victoriana: The Art Of Revival

by Chantal

Yinka Shonibare, How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006

Yinka Shonibare, How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006

I can finally share details of the major show beginning in September that I am delighted to be part of. Victoriana: The Art Of Revival will take place at The Guildhall Art Gallery in London and will explore the work of contemporary artists who have been inspired by the Nineteenth Century. The show will be curated by Sonia Solicari, the Principal Curator of Guildhall Art Gallery, and includes a spectacular line up of artists.

From the macabre to the quaint, the sensational to the surreal, ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ is the first ever exhibition in the UK to offer a major examination of Victorian revivalism in all its forms.

Featuring graphic design, film, photography, ceramics, taxidermy, furniture, textiles and fine art, this multi-media show explores work inspired by the 19th century and created over the last 20 years.

‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ brings together 28 major contemporary artists who encapsulate the many forms and motivations of modern takes on Victorian style. These include Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Jack and Dinos Chapman.

I will be showing three works in the show. Two existing works – Siren and Encounter – and a brand new multi sensory installation created specially for the exhibition. It is this installation that I have been busy working on over the past months. Titled – Nightingale’s Nest it plays on Victorian ideals of innocence, purity, and concealment of sexual expression.

detail from Nightingale's Nest (work in progress) - Chantal Powell

detail from Nightingale’s Nest (work in progress) – Chantal Powell

7 September - 8 December 2013
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon - 4pm
Guildhall Art Gallery 
Guildhall Yard (off Gresham Street)
Tickets: £7/£5 conc