Lincoln exhibition to showcase LGBTQI+ works from local artist

A solo exhibition will showcase the works of local contemporary artist, Annabel McCourt, giving visitors the chance to interact with and ponder these stimulating works.

For this exhibition, Annabel’s awe-inspiring work, the ‘Electric Fence’, initially conceived for Hull Minster during the City of Culture year, will take over the upstairs space in the Usher Gallery in Lincoln.

The ‘Electric Fence’ is a thought-provoking sculpture inspired by homophobic hate speech and utilising innovative audio technology to create an immersive and haunting experience.

This exhibition presents the sculpture in a brand-new format, encouraging visitors to see and interact with the work in a completely new way. Alongside the ‘Electric Fence’ the gallery is also showing a neon work by Annabel, titled ‘Happy Hour in the Harmful Factory’.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, a new set of flags designed by Annabel will fly above the Usher Gallery as part of the on-going contemporary art flag commissions. These flags will be a playful exploration of subversion and counter-narratives and a celebration of LGBTQI+ identities.

“This is a great opportunity for The Collection and Usher Gallery to work closely with local artist Annabel McCourt to showcase the ‘Electric Fence’ in a new light and to bring it back to Lincolnshire after touring internationally,” said Exhibition officer, Jenny Gleadell.

“We are really excited about not only showing an innovative installation that uses audio technology in our galleries, but also about this opportunity to fully engage in the vibrant and importance discourse around LGBTQI+ identities and communities through our arts programming.”

The exhibition runs from 8 February to 10 May 2020.