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Exhibition previews: Peggy Ahwesh and Lucy Stein

Exhibition previews: Peggy Ahwesh and Lucy Stein

Lucy Stein, Erotic encounters South West (2020), Acrylic, oil, charcoal on canvas, 180 x 160cm. Courtesy the artist and Gregor Staiger, Zurich. Photograph by Steve Tanner; Peggy Ahwesh, She Puppet (2001) Digital video, sound, 15 minutes 15 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Microscope Gallery



Join us for a preview of the new Spike Island exhibitions, Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines and Lucy Stein: Wet Room.

The preview event is free, no need to book. We will manage the capacity of both the gallery and Emmeline Café carefully during the event to ensure the safety of all visitors.

Lucy Stein: Wet Room

Spike Island presents Wet Room, the first major solo exhibition in the UK by Cornwall-based artist Lucy Stein (b. 1979). Working primarily with painting and drawing, Stein’s show is inspired by the fougou: narrow Neolithic underground passages unique to West Cornwall that lead to womb-like chambers and have become sacred sites of worship.

Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines

Vision Machines is the first survey exhibition in the UK by American artist Peggy Ahwesh (b. 1954, Pennsylvania, USA). Curated in collaboration with London-based scholar Erika Balsom, the exhibition includes single-channel films and video installations made between 1993 and 2021.

Partners and supporters

Lucy Stein: Wet Room tours to De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, from 29 January to 2 May 2022. Wet Room is part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance programme, supported by Arts Council England.

Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines is co-curated with film scholar Erika Balsom