Ellie Harrison & Roshana Rubin-Mayhew

Since the beginning of the year, Roshana and Ellie have been travelling the country to photograph 50 people in their own homes with an object they have inherited from a loved one who has died. Earlier in 2014 they visited Portland and worked with thirteen people who had been asked to take part in the project from Weymouth & Portland - meeting participant’s friends, families, pets, hearing incredible stories and drinking volumes of tea in the process. The warmth of welcome they experienced is reflected in the photographic portraits.

Forming an exhibition of hand-printed photographs coupled with bespoke viewing chairs, recorded interviews and transcribed booklets, this intimately powerful exhibition invites you to take part in the conversation about people lost, objects gained and the continuing relationship between them.

Ellie Harrison is a performance maker and artist living and working in Leeds, West Yorkshire. She creates a range of solo and collaborative devised performance work for studios, galleries, found and public spaces. Participation is at the heart of all of her work as a performer and her work is often characterised by a playful and provocative approach to difficult topics, encouraging audiences to make decisions and participate. 

Roshana Rubin Mayhew is a photographer and artist based in London. Her work seeks to observe the grandeur of life in the framing of subtle details. Through the process of stripping back, locating the essence and eliminating excess, she aims to create images that are striking in their clarity and focus.

She collaborates with performers, musicians, theatres and festivals to create images for publicity and documentation.

Throughout 2014 the exhibition will be shown in empty houses in the North West, North East, and Yorkshire in domestic spaces that carry a sense of absence. This exhibition forms part 3 of the Grief Series, a 7 part project which aims to facilitate a space for people to talk about bereavement without shame, but often with humour and often with sadness.

‘From the outset I got the sense that b-side was run by an efficient, warm and friendly team who really trusted artists… I felt the standard of all the work at b-side was very high and felt honoured to be part of it.’  Ellie Harrison

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