The Waiting Place is a collaborative project and group exhibition curated by Ann-Marie James and Emily Godden. It combines mail art, a physical exhibition at The Art Station, an Instagram account and an online exhibition in a unique online environment.
It is a project about waiting, made during a global pandemic, at a time when we are all collectively waiting in so many ways. Waiting for things to get back to normal, for things to change completely, waiting for a cure, waiting to get sick, waiting to get better. Waiting for news from loved ones, and news from government. Waiting for test results, waiting to find work, and waiting in particularly long socially distanced queues at the supermarket.
A large group of artists and creative practitioners were each sent a letter of invitation to take part. Every contributor was provided with a postcard and on the back was an extract from a children’s book called Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss. It describes the journey of life, and was the last book published by Dr Seuss during his lifetime.
Contributors include artists, writers, curators, actors, designers, musicians – creative practitioners from all fields. Confirmed participants to date include Henny Acloque, Eilidh Allan, Bench Allen, Ralph Anderson, Nigel Ball, SE Barnet, Katriona Beales, Jacq Bebb, Emilia Bergmark, Francesca Blomfield, Carla Borel, Matthew Bowman, Elaine Brown, Rebecca Byrne, Perienne Christian, Maxine Clements, Lucienne Cole, Karen David, Ham Darroch, Jeffery Dennis, Lauren Doughty, Annabel Dover, Geraint Evans, Stephen Feeke, Rahila Gupta, Edwina Fitzpatrick, Nina Mae Fowler, Ryan Gander, Genevieve Gaunt, Tom Gidley, Mike Goddard, Fiona Grady, Rachael House, Rowena Hughes, James Kessell, Paul Kindersley, William Kingett, Sharon Kivland, Sarah Kogan, Abigail Lane, Liminal Gallery & Louise Fitzjohn, Lana Locke, Alexander Massouras, Justine Moss, Julia Muggenburg, Andrew Nairne, Charley Peters, Alex Pearl, Naomi Polonsky, Emilie Pugh, Emily Richardson, Carl Rowe, Tim A Shaw, Holly Stevenson, Srin Surti, Adam Thompson, Maria Thurn Und Taxis, Elgin Thwaites, Cassie Vaughan, Marius Von Brasch, Alison Wilding, Alice Wilson & Calvin Winner; with more arriving daily.
The Waiting Place is commissioned by The Art Station and supported by Arts Council England.