Following his six month residency at Growing Underground, a farm 33 metres underground in Clapham, Llew Watkins is presenting five sculptures in one of the uninhabited tunnels.

This is an opportunity both to see Watkins’ work as well as these WW2 era tunnels below London.

Since May 2016, Watkins has been developing Dressing up Bars, a speculative fiction narrative that presents the sprawling cultures of the Hemmed City, and a number of other intensely real but absent environments, as seen through the lens of his protagonist Emily. For Red Thread he presents five sculptures that explore in abstract form the landscapes of Dressing up Bars and the way they intersect with nine personas in his story.

Using materials he can source freely in London – including papier-mâché, pigment and sand from the Thames – Watkins spends months creating delicate sculptures that are installed only for a few days before being dismantled.

The exhibition will take the form of a guided tour – meeting above ground at the Growing Underground offices, Watkins will lead tours to the tunnel where the sculptures are installed and give a short introduction to each in turn before allowing time to view the works on our own.

Finally there will be a quick viewing of the studio he has been using since December and a chance to ask any questions.

Because of the nature of the space they are taking six small groups down into the tunnels to see the work over a mid-June weekend.

There are three hour-long tours on Saturday and Sunday, 16th & 17th June 2018.

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