Nothing gets the We Heart goat like London-centric blinkers on the art establishment, but fair’s fair, we should also give credit for any and all recognition of creative life outside the capital, even if that recognition is taking place in said capital. That’s why the Contemporary Art Society is on our Christmas card list for PROJECT 04: Tip of the Iceberg: Art From Up North, which features artists who have been involved in the Society’s northern programme since it began four years ago.
OK, so there’s a bit of a dig about it being cold here in the exhibition’s title, but we’ll admit that’s fair comment. I’m sitting on the cooker hobs wearing two jumpers and it’s only October. Crucially though, the Society is keen to celebrate the region’s multi-faceted diversity, rather than lumping everywhere above Birmingham in as one homogeneous mass. The artists involved in the exhibition were either born in The North, grew up there, studied there or settled there to take advantage of the lower cost of living and the abundance of Greggs bakeries. Curators Mark Doyle and Rebecca Morrill from CAS North have selected work from around 30 of the 60-something artists who have participated since 2009, and headed down to the Society’s 59 Central Street Projects venue. The exhibition will run until 3 January 2014.