15. All the world’s a stage – Gail Seres-Woolfson


Artist: Gail Seres-Woolfson

Location: Red Cross Way


“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.”

As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 2

Gail Seres-Woolfson’s practice explores architecture, space and the experience of moving through the urban landscape. A life-long city dweller (b.1982, London), with a background in dance and theatre, in 2014 she left a career in arts project management to retrain in fine art and discover her potential as an artist. Her work was selected for FBA Futures 2018, an exhibition showcasing outstanding graduates chosen by the Federation of British Artists, and her mixed-media paintings have subsequently been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize and for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, have featured in the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine and the Saatchi Screen Project, and been exhibited in juried exhibitions internationally. In 2020 Gail’s first multi-disciplinary short film, Pink City, won the Fantasia ArchiShorts prize at the a+dff festival in Canada and has since been presented in the UK in London and Coventry. Gail’s work is included in the Horizon exhibition at the Cello Factory, Waterloo, in July 2022.

“These words resonate with me and my artistic practice on so many levels! My work responds to the real world around me, but at the same time represents the urban landscape as a theatrical and reimagined space of possibility. I’m interested in the idea of layering and multiplicity – that from a single starting point there are infinite numbers of potential creations and points of resolution. Shakespeare’s texts are extraordinary riches that are constantly reconsidered and reinterpreted for the 21st century, and over the years there have been so many moments of creative awe and inspiration for me watching traditional and more experimental cross artform productions on stage, screen, and outdoors in parks and settings across the city. Perhaps I most strongly connect Shakespeare with ‘transformation’ and that’s a quality I’m excited by in art and life!”



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