Unequivocally Different is a 46-piece modular wallpaper design presented as an installation within the exhibition Where There's Space To Grow, curated by Celebrate Different Collective, at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The wallpaper operates as a background for artworks curated by the collective from the Arts Council Collection including works by Karl Maughan, John Kippin, Marc Quinn, Clifton Wright, Jananne Al-ani, Hadrian Pigott and Adam Chodzko.
Where There’s Space to Grow is an exhibition curated by Celebrate Different Collective, a group of young people living in Sunderland, which creatively reflects on the industrial decline of the 1980s in North East England, while looking ahead to a shared progressive future.
Arts Council Collection artworks sit alongside new works created by local Sunderland residents which reveal stories that encourage us to dig deep. Championing diversity in a shifting cultural and physical landscape, this exhibition asks: how can we create space for all of us to grow?
Foundation Press created a series of tiled structures which the collective used as templates – printing textures and images significant to their curatorial ideas. The group's ideas served as feedback as Foundation Press then worked to develop a cohesive final design.
Where There’s Space to Grow was the third and final of a series of exhibitions curated by young people across the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme. Firstsite, Colchester presented House Share curated by Young Art Kommunity (YAK) from June to September 2021, and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange will open their exhibition, SEEN co-curated by young LGBTQIA+ people from Cornwall, in October 2021 until January 2022. The exhibitions aim to bring young people together from across the country, connecting them with each other and with the Arts Council Collection. Where There’s Space to Grow is the fifth in Sunderland Culture’s series of Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibitions and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.