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This is not an exhibition about Prestatyn, but about the disturbing poem Sunny Prestatyn and its problematic poet Philip Larkin. It describes a poster of a girl saying “Come to Sunny Prestatyn” and its eventual decline into debauched defacements and erasure on a train station platform. Written 60 years ago, the poem touches on issues still relevant today, such as women’s safety, toxic masculinity, the affects of advertising, and the potentially violent feelings of those left without a voice. Artists include Dominic Allan, Nicola Bealing, Nick Davies, Steven Emmanuel, Rosie Gibbons, Thomas Goddard, Rebecca Gould, Ellie Hoskins, Cinzia Mutigli, Georgia Nielson, Sam Venables and Sue Williams Curated by Nick Davies
26 March – 30 April 2022 TEN is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by award-winning artist Sue Williams. RAPTURES & RUPTURES features Williams’s latest body of paintings on canvas and mixed media drawings. Akin to pages from a visual diary, published for all to see, Williams’s characteristically bold and immediate paintings tell of awkward encounters, sticky situations and erotic experiences. Issues of sexual communication, dysfunction and human frailty are imbedded in her work; themes which are explored and executed with such truthfulness and raw honesty. The exhibition will also include the release of a new publication LUST LONGING LOVE – a collaborative book of words and drawings between Williams and art theorist Marilyn Allen, documenting their conversations and responses and offering different perspectives on what it is to live as a woman in the 21st Century. At the heart of Williams’s whole practice is a universal, wholly necessary yet simple theme: that of human communication. The result is a practice which challenges taboos and provokes a response – it demands attention from the viewer. Some may be dismissive, others embarrassed but such universally human themes are relatable to all – whether we admit it or not.