“Behold” – a group show about touch, curated by Sasha Galitzine with Graham Little

BEHOLD – a show about touch
Hypha Studios, 56-60 Conduit St, London W1S 2YZ
(UN)PRIVATE VIEW/FEEL Wednesday 22nd February 6-9pm

Thursday 23rd February — 16th March 2023
Tuesdays – Sundays 11- 6pm or by appointment.

We wonder if you are also thinking that, sometimes exhibitions are a bit distant from your body, closed off, in a musty cupboard…

BEHOLD seeks to address the pleasures and problems of our physical interaction with others and the world.

The exhibition is an attempt to engage with the raw actuality of things.

Artworks are chosen and presented with a focus on the sensorial and haptic, on presence and experience.

There will also be a series of touch-sensitive workshops running parallel to the show.

You will also be encouraged to behold artworks through a collaborative multi-sensory tour designed by artists, writers and academics, who are either blind, visually impaired or sighted.

BEHOLD seeks to reframe access by disrupting the hierarchies of perception and art education, by providing unusual and playful ways of experiencing artworks which lie beyond the visual and heighten our other senses.
“How many artworks have held your attention, spoken to you or touched you?”
“How many dust particles are still attached to the sole of your shoes that weren’t there when you entered the space?”
“Do you feel slightly too warm in the clothes that you’re wearing?”
“Did you feel nervous about the people you encountered in space?”
“What are you going to hear once you’ve stepped back onto the pavement?”

BEHOLD seeks to reach anyone who has felt excluded from the arts.

BEHOLD is an evolving and live inquiry into how we can experience art that listens to your engagement over the course of the exhibition.

*The origin of the word ‘exhibition’ actually means ‘to hold’ rather than to show.
Schedule of workshops and tours to follow shortly on www.galitzine.com

Participating Artists
Conor Ackhurst, Kai Althoff, Jorella Andrews, Louise Ashcroft, Amelia Barratt, Gareth Cadwallader, Nicole Clif, Mosquito Farm, Keith Farquhar, Allegra Fitzherbert, Kira Freije, Andy Holden, Alastair Kwan, Graham Little, Sara Marinangeli, Rebecca Moss, Paul Noble, Nicholas Pope, Hans Rosenström, Hermione Spriggs, Georgina Starr, Jack Warne, Richard Wentworth.

Curated by Sasha Galitzine
with Graham Little

In collaboration with Harshadha Balasubramanian and Joe Rizzo Naudi and Genevieve Reeves.
Assisted by Elina Steinbergs

Supported by Hypha Studios, Regent Street W1 and The Crown Estate
With special thanks to the generous support of Charles Asprey

Sasha Galitzine is a freelance curator and producer who works mostly in close collaboration with communities, codeveloping projects that seek to gather people, widen participation and excitement with the arts and create further joy in often already vibrant sites of community and public spaces. Her past exhibitions include Closer to the Veg: collaborations with different plot holders and artists on Fitzroy Park Allotments, Pompe; a Dionysian canal-boat lead procession and Salon 63 an exhibition in collaboration with a diverse range of hair and beauty salons along the 63 bus route. Over the last three years she has been campaigning to try and share and preserve Irish gardener Gerry Dalton’s life’s work Gerry’s Pompeii, created largely in secret in his social housing flat in West London. She has now founded a charity to preserve the remaining canal side garden Dalton created and is working on developing a programming with the local community to provide access to the site and an accompanying programme that will champion marginalised cultural heritage and self-taught creativity. Since lockdown she has also founded Happy Hour, a way of helping support creative practitioners by sharing their expertise in live-interactive workshops with new participants.

Contact Information

Website: http://galitzine.com/
Email: [email protected]
Socials: sashagalitzine


Selected By

Eliza Bonham Carter (pictured), Curator and Director of the RA Schools, and Mark Davy, CEO of Futurecity

Eliza Bonham Carter has been a noteworthy contributor to arts education for over twenty years.  From her early days as a senior lecturer in Fine Art at DeMontfort University in 1993 and Head of Fine Art at the University of Reading in 2003, to her current position as Curator and Director of the Royal Academy Schools, since 2006. Graduating in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, Eliza exhibited widely and has work in both private and public collections. Eliza is Vice Chair of Camden Art Centre and recently stepped down from the Council of the British School at Rome where she was also previously a member of the Faculty of Fine Art. 

Mark Davy is a former fine artist who studied at Canterbury College of Art and the Architectural Association. His last exhibition at the RIBA London in 2000 gave its name to Futurecity, set up in 2007 to reflect the growing interest in placemaking and regeneration. He has used the agency to provide a platform that promotes the use of arts and culture, community and wellbeing as a guiding narrative for the development and regeneration of our towns, cities, and urban centres. His work has led to major new funding for the arts in the UK and abroad, and Futurecity has been involved in over 250 cultural projects globally, placing artists in partnership with other disciplines including engineers, landscape architects, developers, and architects.