The seemingly inexplicable and fascinating nature of life throws up interesting themes that deserve exploring. When conceiving this years exhibition theme we wanted to choose an idea that had a universal understanding but was rich in individual meaning. A theme that sits unassumingly within the everyday, but when delved into beneath the surface, reveals itself in an allegorical sense. Our thinking led us to the idea of numbers and numerals. A system dating back over 40,000 years in the everyday evolution of humankind. Relevant across all cultures, a necessity in one form or another for all individuals; a system representing practical solutions as well as a symbolical narrative.
Significantly, 10 seems to span culture, religion and gender and therefore creates the perfect vehicle to base a collaborative exhibition. It carries enough meaning to be inspirational and at the same time creates a defined framework to challenge our artists.
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