By Owen Whiteside-Ward, one of the Norwich Theatre Royal Young Producers
With the lead up to “Taking Spaces” in full motion, it’s now my chance to tell you about the Art Exhibition for this event.
If I were to be honest, I’d never previously taken that much of an interest in art until this year receiving my first piece and being able to lead this exhibition has really given me, and I hope it will you, an insight into what art can really teach.
Having gone around degree shows and galleries to find our artist, it really highlighted how influential art can be in telling stories and highlight issues that can connect with a wide variety of viewers.
Being in the Young Producers Programme, we have had a lot of freedom from Norwich Theatre Royal and had the ability to really convey our ideas with full support from the team.
The hardest part of the experience so far would have to be choosing our artist, as Norwich is filled with new and evolving artists.
With this in mind, we’ve found an amazing artist for you guys who really tells a story through his work.
Tinsideout created an original piece centring around our festival’s theme “Facing The Future” specially to appear in this exhibition.
Focussing on this theme, we wanted to highlight this in a different way and “face the future” on cultural issues, which Tin does through his work.
Overall, the process so far has been one of hard work, but so far great success in securing our artist and planning. Now we look forward to November when we can finally show you the amazing work Tin creates.
We wanted to find out more about Tin, so we asked him these questions:
When and how did you start out as an artist?
Eight years ago, I decided to study fine art as I initially wanted to be a designer working for advertising agencies. Then during my third year I had my first exhibition. And then it sort of happened- one thing led to another and ever since then I’ve been working on both my artistic practice and commercial projects.
What inspires you as an artist?
I find the possibility of the co-existence of contradictions very intriguing. Concepts such as nature and man-made, organic and artificial, science and religion etc. When put together they look really interesting to me.
How do you feel art as a media form has evolved in the last few years?
As we advance in technology and science, I think that there are more and more ways for artistic expression. I also find it interesting in the fact that we use these technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality and robots to express the difference between human and artificial intelligence… at least for now!
What’s the main idea you want viewers to understand from your work?
I hope my works are, at least, fun to look at! I do sometimes want to express my thought on an issue via my works, but most of the time I’m not really sure what I want to say as I work quite spontaneously and intuitively so it’s also nice to hear how my viewers interpret my work. A way to start a conversation, perhaps.
What makes your work (an example is above) unique?
I guess the fact that I’ve made them!
Where can we find more of your work?
I upload most of my work to my website, www.tinsideout.xyz or you can follow me on Instagram @tinsideoutxyz