The ‘Bells from the Deep’ exhibition is the outcome of an Open Call for Drawing and Hand Made Prints. Hundred Years Gallery opens its space to over sixty artists of all ages, those who may have never had the opportunity of exhibiting their work, those who perhaps never dare to show them in public, and those who just want to feel free of judgement from arts panels. Hundred Years has encouraged its neighbours from the York Row Council Estate to participate as part of our arts community.
‘Bells from the Deep’ is a title borrowed from one of the great Werner Herzog’s documentaries which dives into the profound spirituality and superstition in Russia. The aim of the Open Call is to ring the deep bells of the participating artists, searching for the spontaneity of drawing and the dedication of craft printing, as an intimate and direct expression of the artist’s inner force, whether this one comes from the so common overwhelming social struggles, life’s uncertainty and beauty, fears, or just simply their personal, spiritual or not, themes.
During the ‘Bells From The Deep’ exhibition the gallery basement will turn into a drawing room open to everyone who wants to use it as an improvised studio. The audience is asked to participate in a series of events organized with the artists and to vote for their favourites. The eight most voted artists will be exhibited in a Hundred Years Gallery Group Show during 2016 organized and curated by the Director Montse Gallego.