York based charity New Visuality is working in concert with white cube gallery According to McGee to source exhibition experiences for contemporary artists.
Francine Cross, French born and based in York, has been a perennial favourite at According to McGee since her solo show 3 years ago. New Visuality took note of her work and begun work in March to export her work to Hong Kong. “It’s great work,’ says New Visuality co-director Jack Casling, “It has a therapeutic quality that means it translates very well internationally. Francine is a very interesting painter and we thought that she deserves just as much exposure as our recent international experiences, with Michele Damiano at San Lucano, Italy, and Nick Walters at Rotterdam. The manager at JaaBar is a great guy, and JaaBar is a cool place. Francine’s beautiful, glowing paintings were the ones for the job, and so they were sent over and now they’re up on the wall, bringing a little bit of York magic to Hong Kong.”
JaaBar is a well regarded bar with international clients. It recently enjoyed a favourable review from Time Out, “a cosy bar which combines modern and retro art with a warm and bohemian atmosphere.”
Says Francine of her international exhibition experience, “I am always pleased to be able to exhibit my work at According to McGee in York, and now I am also pleased to be involved with New Visuality. I’m also working on bringing my York based paintings to a studio in France soon.”
Jack says, “It’s great to see paintings that were not so long ago hanging on a wall opposite Clifford’s Tower now hanging at a great bar in Hong Kong. We’re not stopping there, either. According to McGee have a whole catalogue of posters that we’re working on getting exported to places all over the world. All things British, especially top quality stuff like this, goes down very well with international art fans.”
Says According to McGee’s Ails McGee, “We’re delighted with the work New Visuality have put into our international projects. In one year we’ve had Rotterdam, Italy and Hong Kong. I can’t help but feel that ultimately the ‘York brand’ goes a long way in persuading our stakeholders abroad that our art is exciting and contemporary enough to invest in.”