Sophie Lisa Beresford was born in Sunderland and grew up immersed in the North East rave scene, which she describes as being part of a: “council estate culture”. Beresford celebrates this culture by using her artwork as a vessel with which to explore how the impact of her practice can represent the culture she so strongly believes in.
According to Beresford, the: “artwork being created from our culture, about our culture, is a powerful way to encourage people from working-class communities to engage in their own creativity and have belief and ownership in their own ideas and art practices”.
After winning The Journal Culture Awards’ Visual Artist of the Year 2017 for her exhibition “Geordie, Mackem, Magick” at Arts Centre Washington and Sunderland City Library, Sophie Beresford applied for Breeze Creative’s Experimental Studio residency programme. After being selected out of over 80 applicants, Beresford was awarded a £2000 bursary and the result of her residency can be experienced in this exhibition of new work, ‘North East Style’.
“Artwork being created from our culture, about our culture, is a powerful way to encourage people from working-class communities to engage in their own creativity”
For Beresford, this unrepresented working-class voice in contemporary art can also be a means of introducing people to the beauty of this culture, which is often hidden under stereotypes, obscured by media agendas seemingly created to demonise these communities as opposed to giving them a voice or fair representation.
The preview for this exhibition takes place on Thursday 9th August between 17:00 and 20:00.
The exhibition continues to be open from Friday 10thth August to Saturday 8th September, Wednesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 17:00. Entry is free. More information is available at www.abject.gallery.