Residency and workshops See below for more details.
1 February – 27 April 2019
Exhibition 6–27 April 2019
Free, everyone welcome
Sigma Sigma Sigma, is a new body of work by artist Emma Cousin, bringing together paintings informed by Milton Keynes and local communities.
Workshop photographs by Cat Lane
Throughout Cousin’s new large-scale compositions, bodies are used to illustrate an idea or play on words responding to a theme of support systems. These diagrammatic groups demonstrate function, posture and relationships, each geared towards the question ‘how can the body be a site of power?’
Tri Sigma reflects how Cousin’s systems communicate; figures adding to one another to deliver a sum. Expanding on metaphors of landscape, environment and architecture, Cousin shifts the bodies into new, often awkward arrangements to present ideas of contact and isolation to consider how we can support ourselves, each other and our communities.
In collaborations including choreography, music, ceramics and performance, Cousin invited selected artists to respond to and expand on her themes and work. Creating an embodied support system, this exchange of ideas, methods and skills is perhaps the crux of Sigma Sigma Sigma, presented here in a series of interviews available in the gallery throughout the exhibition.
Tri-Sigma is accompanied by a limited edition zine of interviews, essays, poems, drawings, photos and other contributions foraged and drawn together by Cousin from work with guest artists, students, families and local communities.
The zine will be launched on 27 April as a part of the exhibition’s closing party. Please join us then to celebrate the Zine, the exhibition and all the support systems that have fuelled this project.
Thanks to: Susan Cousin, Fritha Jenkins, Tim Spooner, Hannah Cameron, Chris Earley, Alessia Franchi, Maddie Banwell, Louise Ashcroft and Unperfoming, Amy Mechowski, Dan, Alan Senior, Deirdre, Margaret Macer, Mike and all who have contributed to Cousin's research of and about Milton Keynes.
Sigma Sigma Sigma is the fourth instalment of Common Ground 2018-19; Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s community participation and artist development programme offering a 12 month season of four distinct projects, each presenting high quality and meaningful opportunities for engagement between a diverse spectrum of artists and communities living in Milton Keynes. Working with artists RARA (Youngsook Choi and Kirsti Davies), Tracing the Pathway, (Ashleigh Bowmott, Cara Davies and Tom Eke), Milo Mcloughlin–Greening and Emma Cousin, our projects see artists work directly with our communities to create new works and establish a connected programme of workshops, professional and artistic development, events, talks and exhibitions. Common Ground is supported by public funding from Arts Council England