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Tendency Towards Presents: A Room For a Handshake


  • Look Again Project Space 32 Saint Andrew Street Aberdeen, Scotland, AB25 1JA United Kingdom (map)

Tendency Towards presents newly commissioned sculptural, text and sound works by Madeleine Hope-Fraser, Jack McCombe and Stephanie Mann jointly investigating the formation and narration of communal architectures. Considering the role artist-led spaces play in forming local cultural identities, A Room For a Handshake envisages exhibition-making as a framework for supporting artist actions. A programme of activations including a weekly guided library, shared meals, artists workshops and advice sessions delivered jointly by Look Again and Tendency Towards will populate the projects’ month long run at Look Again’s new city-centre project space.

Madeleine Hope-Fraser, Jack McCombe and Stephanie Mann all investigate materiality, objects, space and thingliness within their practices in multi-disciplinary methods. Covering site-specific installations, sculpture, text, performance and video, their practices are broad and explorative in their approach to exhibitions.

Creating work collectively, Hope-Fraser and McCombe both studied at Glasgow School of Art, now based jointly in Toronto and Glasgow; Stephanie Mann is based in Edinburgh, currently participating in the inaugural two-year Talbot Rice Residents Programme.

A Room For a Handshake is a continuation of projects by Tendency Towards investigating the formation, operation and working methods within artist communities, often specifically looking at the emotional labor involved in contemporary collective visual arts practices.

Tendency Towards is an artist-led curatorial initiative based in Aberdeen, comprising of artists Yvette Bathgate, Jessica Barrie, Donald Butler, Paula Buškevica, Mary Gordon & Jake Shepherd. Operating since 2017, Tendency Towards curates public exhibitions, workshops, events, engages in national visual arts conversations and make work collectively.

A Room For a Handshake is curated by Tendency Towards, supported by funds from Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Fund and Look Again.