A split screen of four hand drawn characters each with a differing combination of head, shoulders, knees and toes. This collage included the head of a cat, shoulders of a suit jacket, knees of a ladybird and feet of a duck.

Exquisite Corpse

Tuesday, 18th May 2021 to Sunday, 18th July 2021, 11:00 to 18:00
The exhibition is open from 18 May 2021 in accordance with Government guidelines around covid. Please also check out our offerings online.
Free entry. Exhibition slots bookable in advance. → Book

Exquisite Corpse was developed in response to the isolation and mental wellbeing challenges experienced by participants during Covid- 19 lockdown as a way to keep people connected through collaborative creativity.

creativeShift CIC artist Beki Lines describes the process of making this collaborative work:
“You may have played the game Consequences with your friends and family; Exquisite Corpse works in the same way. Each participant started by drawing, painting or collaging a head and sent that back. Once we had received all the heads, they were covered with a ‘No Peeking’ sign on it and posted on to another participant. This continued for four rounds, concluding with the feet.”

The exhibition is on show in the Light Studio at Arnolfini and it is hoped the twelve participants will meet for the first time during this exhibition and can celebrate their beautiful work together.

This project was made possible through a successful joint application between creativeShift CIC and Fresh Arts to Arts Council England.

Arnolfini, Fresh Arts and creativeShift CIC would like to thank the twelve participants who gave their time, commitment and shared their extraordinary creativity and imagination with each other over the last six months.

Thanks to:
Jean, Val, Mary, Carol, Laura, Stephen, Sarah, Nicola, Andrew, Claudia, Alfie and Emma.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes | Drawing Challenge

In honour of our Exquisite Corpse Exhibition, we’re inviting you to take part in our social media call out for Exquisite Corpse. Starting 14 June, each week we’ll be challenging you to create your own individual head, shoulders, knees and toes drawings, which will be matched up and shared on our platforms. They can be done in any style, colour, medium of your choice. Need inspiration? Why not visit our Exquisite Corpse Exhibition in person.

Be sure to tag us in your wonderfully unique creation at @arnolfiniarts with either #FiniHeads #FiniShoulders #FiniKnees #FiniToes

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