New Art Exhibition ‘Life is Art is Life’ to Launch in the #WindowGalleries this Friday

Mar 30 2022

Life is Art is Life is a collection of contemporary ceramic work created by Oxford based artist Aiden Canaday, that aims to reflect stories from his own life.

In this new exhibition Canaday showcases work produced between his last exhibition in 2018 and the present day. Most of the work that will feature has been made at home during the pandemic or at Oxpots studio at East Oxford Community Centre, giving us an insight into Canaday’s thoughts and feelings throughout this period. With vases, planters and plates portraying crying figures, proclamations of love, playful poetry and protests, his work not only speaks to who he is as an individual but also to aspects of community and the goodness in humanity. Hand building vessels using both stoneware and earthenware clays, Canaday’s main focus and enjoyment is the decoration process, using glazes, slips, underglazes, sgraffito and wax crayons to tell the story of his life and the world around him.

Canaday explains:
“ I tend to make the works without a plan, coiling a vase from the base or using moulds and marking the wet clay with tools or my fingers before playing with different colouring processes, writing whatever is on my mind at that moment. The title of this exhibition Life is Art is Life is a play on the connection between the pieces and the life around them.”

Life is Art is Life will be on display in the #WindowGalleries along Friars Entry in Oxford, OX1 2BZ from Friday 1st April to Wednesday 27th April, free and available to visit at any time. You can join the exhibition opening this Friday, between 6-9pm. The #WindowGalleries are an innovative collaboration between community organisation Fusion Arts and The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels that connects and supports Oxford’s communities by creating a lively space for the public to experience inspiring work by local artists.

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Acknowledgements

The exhibition is supported by Oxford City Council and has kindly been made possible by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who have awarded Fusion Arts with two rounds of Culture Recovery Funding.

Images:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1meilHkugXgpYNXrm2jai8TTh4SqQ7NR-?usp=sh aring

Image credits:

Work from Life is Art is Life. Photos courtesy of Aiden Canaday.

Contact details

Eva-May Griffiths, Exhibitions & Projects Coordinator at Fusion Arts

eva-may@fusion-arts.org

Artist details

Instagram: @aidencanaday
Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/aidenchina

About the #WindowGalleries

The #WindowGalleries, which are located along Friars Entry in Oxford, are an innovative collaboration between community organisation Fusion Arts and The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels.

The project connects and supports Oxford’s communities, creating a lively space for the public to experience inspiring work by local artists. Rejuvenating the area in this manner helps bring vibrance and intrigue to the otherwise empty windows that so many people pass by each day.

About Fusion Arts

Fusion Arts is a charity based in East Oxford that tackles social disadvantage through artistic practice. They seek to drive social change by connecting artists and communities, supporting people to express themselves creatively.

Fusion’s work reaches across Oxfordshire and beyond, including high-profile public events such as Oxford’s Light Festival, Cowley Road Carnival and Oxford Windrush Festival. Fusion also facilitates public artworks such as Oxford’s Covid-19 Stay Safe Murals and the #WindowGalleries.

Website: https://www.fusion-arts.org/

About Graduate Hotels®

Graduate Hotels is a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored towns in the U.S. and U.K. Each hotel pays homage to the heritage of its unique town through cultural nods to the local community. Launched in 2014, there are currently 30 hotels across the U.S., two U.K. properties, and an additional four hotels set to open by the end of 2023. Graduate Hotels is owned by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners, a Nashville-based vertically integrated real estate developer, owner and operator, founded by Ben Weprin in 2008. For more information on Graduate Hotels, please visit www.graduatehotels.com.