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Jo Gane:
Liquid Silver

21 October 2023 – 11 February 2024

Jo Gane: Liquid Silver ran from 21 October 2023 – 11 February 2024.

In this exhibition, artist Jo Gane used her research into Victorian photographic processes to produce new works that explore the impact of these early processes and materials upon people and the environment.

An art exhibition displaying photographs and text relating to Jo Gane's
Installation View, Jo Gane, Liquid Silver, 2023. Compton Verney © Tegen Kimbley

About the

Floating, as it were, on the confines of sense 1

The fluid potential of silver as a material, it’s qualities and form used in photography is explored through the work created for this exhibition. Inspired by the archive of Victorian patent agent, chemistry lecturer and photographic pioneer George Shaw (1818 – 1904) and the rich heritage of manufacturing in Birmingham – Jo created a series of portraits and artworks that have been co-produced by residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth, at Nuneaton library. New work for the exhibition was also made in the lake at Compton Verney.

This project was a partnership between Compton Verney, Coventry Biennial and Warwickshire Libraries, aimed at developing new opportunities for artists and communities in Warwickshire and the West Midlands through a six-month artist residency.

Coventry Biennial was founded in 2017 as an artist-led, strategic response to the city publishing a 10-year cultural strategy and the bid to become UK City of Culture. They support and present socially, politically and critically engaged art in Coventry and Warwickshire and work with artists to respond to the city’s complex history, geography, built environment and relationships, retaining an outward-looking perspective, ensuring that their work has broader appeal, significance and impact.