A Sense of Place is a group exhibition curated by Stuart Evans, featuring work from his private collection and the Simmons & Simmons Collection. The show includes work by Nobuyoshi Araki, Anna Barriball, Richard Billingham, Sebastiaan Bremer, Nan Goldin, Paul Graham, Howard Hodgkin, Paul Housely, Mustafa Hulusi, Christina Mackie, Jorge Queiroz, Tamsin Relly and Mark Wallinger.
In the 1930s Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, California, ‘there is no there there’. What did she mean by that? The term ‘sense of place’ is often used to describe characteristics that make a place special or unique, that foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging. The place is not just a backdrop but, as Philip Hensher writes, ‘it is part of the humanity at the centre of the endeavour’. The artists in the exhibition explore or record three-dimensional spaces that are imbued with this special sense of place.