Curated by artist John Walter, this exhibition brings together international artists and architects to explore the nature of visual awkwardness.
Shonky is a slang term meaning corrupt or bent, shoddy or unreliable, standing here for a particular type of visual aesthetic that is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi, against the slick production values of much contemporary art. This exhibition proposes a more celebratory definition of ‘shonkiness’, showing how it can be used for critical purposes in the visual arts to explore issues including gender, identity, beauty and the body. By drawing together artists and architects whose work has not previously been exhibited together or discussed within the same context, Shonky will allow for new ways of thinking that privilege shonkiness over other aesthetic forms that have dominated recent visual culture.
There is an audio guide available to accompany this exhibition
Experience curator John Walter's world of Shonky as he takes you through the artworks on display, providing in-depth and personal insights into the artists and his thinking behind the exhibition.