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Mark Rowan-Hull
21st January - 2nd February 2024
Kendrew Barn, St John's College

This show at St John’s will be a live and largely time-based exhibition, which will evolve and feed off ideas from the symposium, and feature daily live performances over the two weeks. 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. 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 analyzing 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 his work is exploring broader themes such as vulnerability, loss and care through performative actions documented via moving image work. In his 30 years of work he has participated in many festivals, performances and exhibitions and has collaborated and given talks with composers, musicians, writers and scientists. His work is in public and in Private Collections. (See Art UK for details) Rowan-Hull is a former Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College (2009-2012) and remains a lifelong member of the University of Oxford.
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Empty House Study, 2021

2nd February, Kendrew Barn, 17:30 : Closing Event

A drawing together of an organic exploration  of gesture across the exhibition. With remarks by Mark Rowan-Hull and Jennifer Johnson.

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