4 -14 Jun: Linda Fredericks – Making an Exhibition of Myself

Making an Exhibition of Myself is a powerful story of one individual’s lifelong commitment to the practice and facilitation of the arts, showing how a window to an international world of ideas and practice could be created in a small New Forest village.


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Linda Fredericks – ‘Searching’ 2013 – 17

Linda Fredericks
Making an Exhibition of Myself

A life’s work as an artist, teacher and arts producer will be celebrated at ArtSway in June as Linda Fredericks presents her final retrospective exhibition of work made over a period of forty years living in the New Forest.

Moving as a young mother from London to the New Forest in 1973, Linda was for nine years Head of Art at The Arnewood School where she taught many cohorts of pupils who have now grown up in the Forest knowing the importance of observant eyes and the awareness of the tough discipline of drawing and painting.  Taking early retirement from teaching in 1992 she founded ArtSway, the first space for contemporary visual arts to have been created in the Forest.  Winning funds locally and from the national Arts Lottery, Linda was introduced to the distinguished English architect Tony Fretton who she commissioned to convert a former stable block in Station Road into a modernist gallery and studios. From its opening in 1997 ArtSway went on to show the work of many national and international artists.

Making an Exhibition of Myself is more than just a celebration of creating ArtSway.  Linking all seven phases of her life’s work to be shown in June’s exhibition is Linda’s passionate belief in opening access to the world of contemporary art to people of all ages and backgrounds.  The exhibition will show paintings and drawings made by Linda Fredericks in the early 1970s (most of which have hitherto never been shown in public), documentary videos and photographs of her performance work with young people in the area in the 1980s as a theatre and dance producer, and more recent time-based photographic and video work undertaken in London and at her home in Sway from the mid-2000s.

There will additionally be an evening screening and community discussion on Election Night, 8 June, which will show a video of villagers speaking in 1996 to Julie Myers, the first Artist in Residence at ArtSway, and first shown in the gallery’s opening exhibition in January 1997.

Exhibition opening hours

Sunday 4th to Wednesday 14th June 2017

Open daily 2 – 7pm

Late evening opening on Thursday 8th June  2 – 9pm