April 12, 2024

The Wrong Sex: A Collaborative Phenomena Event

June 17, 2023
5:00 – 7:00pm

The Exhibition Research Lab (ERL) in collaboration with the British Art and Design Association (BADA), is pleased to present The Wrong Sex: A Collaborative Phenomena Event as the closing event of Fanchon Fröhlich: The Wrong Sex.

Fanchon Fröhlich: The Wrong Sex focuses on how Fröhlich was overlooked during her life as being perceived as ‘the wrong sex’ for an abstract expressionist in the 1960s. As part of her artistic practice, Fröhlich regularly held Collaborative Phenomena events, initially influenced by her time in New York working with artist friends, developing from the concept of a free-form ‘happening’.

In the tradition of Fröhlich, we invite collaborators to attend A Collaborative Phenomena Event. The event will take place directly after The Wrong Sex: A Symposium and acts as a practical end to the opening out of the Fröhlich archive. The evening will unfold using the artist’s own parameters: the work will be made in the round on the gallery floor using primary coloured paint, using differently sized brushes and rollers, styled in an abstract aesthetic, and soundtracked with minimal electronic music.

Any visitor is invited to become a collaborator in the work – staff will be on-hand to assist, prompt and guide collaborators throughout the process. All materials will be provided, and there are facilities to change or clean paint away, if required.

This is the first instance of a collaborative phenomena event since the death of the artist in 2016, and following the event the completed work will be held by the Fröhlich archive in perpetuity. It is hoped the event will serve to further engage people with the artist’s life, work and working methodologies; using her approach to social connection and creativity to forge new connections between contemporary collaborators.

Our events are always free and open to all; there is no need to book for this evening of collaborative creating.

Organised by MA Exhibition Studies Students at Liverpool School of Art and Design.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.