An exciting exhibition featuring daily live performances by the artist as an evolving response to the ideas raised by the Gesture conference (25–27 January)
  • Date 23 January 2024 - 2 February 2024
  • Location Kendrew Barn, St John's College

This is a live and largely time-based exhibition that will evolve and feed off ideas from the Gesture conference (25–27 January 2024), and that will also feature daily live performances over the two weeks.

Mark Rowan-Hull (born UK, 1968) is an energetic multi-disciplinary artist, who is at ease in performance and with a background in painting and music, he creates moving image work from performative actions that weave together sound and painting with gesture and movement.

Mark Rowan Hull, Empty House Studies, 2021

Rowan-Hull is a synaesthete and this informs his exploration of the sensory experiences of gesture, colour and the interactive creative process often via large-scale and immersive interventions in different spaces particularly with contemporary classical and improvised music.

Rowan-Hull’s work consists of an ongoing examination, analysis and exploration of this hybrid work and are forms of collaboration, demonstrating and analysing how such collaborations work both as process and product. Rowan-Hull’s practice often engages with the public, and invites the viewer to actively participate and interact within the works. This has in turn led to Rowan-Hull working within the public realm which democratises his practice, lending agency to the therapeutic and neurological benefits within the practice as a whole. This has led directly to many opportunities of enquiry in healthcare environments, in particular with the elderly and the mentally ill and especially with people living with schizophrenia.

More recently Rowan-Hull's work is exploring broader themes such as vulnerability, loss and care through performative actions documented via moving image work. In his thirty years of work he has participated in many festivals, performances and exhibitions and has collaborated and given talks with composers, musicians, writers and scientists.

The exhibition is open from 10.00 to 16.00 daily.