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Something for the Weekend, Sir?
Sadie Hennessy & Julia Riddiough
Curated by A Brooks Art

A Brooks Art is delighted to present an exhibition that brings together solo exhibitions by two artists in conversation, Sadie Hennessy and Julia Riddiough. While the exhibitions are to be viewed and understood as separate entities, they also interweave and are in dialogue with one another. Something for the Weekend, Sir? considers what it means to be a man today; caught in an undefined and contradictory state this project explores masculinity from a range of perspectives.

Sadie Hennessy presents both existing work and new pieces and continues to deliver her humorous, wry feminist manifesto. Her hybrid collages create unsettlingly surreal combinations, delivered with a wicked sense of humour aiming to unsettle its audience, whilst eliciting a jolt of recognition in them. Hennessy explores themes of identity and personal representation investigating the role of men in society and how this is reflected in our every day. The work shows male themes of hierarchy, strength and competition in our culture – men trapped operating under the constant weight of political guilt trying to find a balance that works.

Julia Riddiough creates vivid film & photographic essays that combine fact & fiction using found imagery. Encompassing photography, video and printed material Clip Cut Gel includes the exhibition of three works that address male grooming, masculinity, the gaze and the painful compulsions of male sexuality. These include: the photographic series; Toy Boy, Rough Trade & Play Boy; the artist film Clip Cut Gel and the limited edition artist book Barber Shop. Clip Cut Gel reveals amplified masculine characteristics; drawn from male stereotypes that we see in the visual language and plays with the way the male is looked at and builds this into a spectacle itself.


Something for the Weekend, Sir?
Sadie Hennessy & Julia Riddiough


Private View
Thursday 2nd October 2014
6 – 9pm Private View
A Brooks Art/Offsite-Gallery at Vic The Barbers
185 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8UF

Live Performances and After Party
Thursday 2nd October 2014
9.15pm – 10.15pm live Performances
London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Rd,
London WC1X 8UE (5 mins from gallery)
Special appearances: Featuring actress, cabaret artiste and comedienne Myra DuBois. Plus a selection of songs from The London Welsh Male Voice Choir

Exhibition Art Licks Weekend
Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th October 2014
12noon – 6pm
A Brooks Art/Offsite-Gallery at Vic The Barbers
185 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8UF

Exhibition continues until Saturday 11th October 2014
Monday to Sunday 11am-6pm


Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th October 2014
fuchs projects
56 Bogart Street #1E
Brooklyn, NY 11206


Sadie Hennessy 
Artist-in-residence & Show, Parfitt Gallery (2012) 54th Venice Biennale (June 2011), Crunch Art Festival (2011), London Art Fair (2011) WW Gallery (2012), A Brooks Art London (2013), Ort Gallery (2014).

Julia Riddiough 
The Whitechapel Artist Book Fair (2011), The Folkestone Triennial Fringe (2011/2104), The Whitstable Biennale Satellite (2010/2012/2014), Multiplied Art Fair/Christies (2011), The London Art Fair (2013), and WW Gallery, London (2014)