Join Kim McAleese in conversation with 2020 Turner Bursary Artist Sean Edwards as they discuss Sean’s new art exhibition ‘Undo Things Done’. The exhibition, which was originally commissioned for Wales at the 2019 Venice Biennale, is a showcase of Edward’s experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980’s and explores the condition of ‘not expecting much’. 

Kim McAleese is the author of ‘It Matters What Knowledges Know Knowledges’, an essay included in the book which accompanies the exhibition entitled ‘un un un un un un’. Originally from Belfast and now living in Birmingham, Kim is a member of the 2021 Turner Prize Jury, is co-founder of Household, a collective of curators who organise projects in Northern Ireland and a previous co-director of Catalyst Arts in Belfast. She is an alumnus of Curatorlab in Konstfack (Stockholm), and of the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive programme.

Sean Edwards has been selected for the British Art Show 9 and has exhibited extensively with national and international acclaim. Edwards graduated with an MA from the Slade School of Art in 2005 and is currently Programme Director for Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design. His solo exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin, Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool, Ty Pawb in Wrexham, and Limoncello in London.  

Sean Edwards’ artist book un un un un un un is published by Bluecoat, Liverpool’s Centre for Contemporary Arts who explain Sean Edwards work saying, “Edwards often begins with seemingly unrelated elements linked by autobiographical and cultural connections. These range from the 1970s shopping centre near the housing estate where he grew up, to Springsteen’s album Nebraska, a Welsh quilting group, snooker, tabloid newspapers, and various found materials… [it is] in isolating, abstracting, and bringing them together, that their political and formal resonance comes into play.”

McAleese and Edwards will discuss the different iterations of his exhibition as well as themes of class, belonging and home. The event takes place on Friday 26th of February at 2pm and is free of charge. You can get more information and register your place at www.eventbrite.com, just search for Kim McAleese. 


‘un un un un un un’ is currently available from Bluecoat via info@thebluecoat.org.uk and is in stock with Cornerhouse Publications.