New Art Exchange (NAE) is proud to present Paracosm the first major survey of Faiza Butt's work in a British public gallery. The exhibition explores her practice over two decades and comprises of a rich collection ranging from drawings and paintings to digital prints, light works and sculptural installation.

A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world created inside one's mind. Saturated with her artwork, our galleries will become a projection of Butt's paracosm, the artist's commentary on the world in which we live. Visitors are invited to journey through this vision, to question what is fantastical and what is real, and to consider the potent power of the image in influencing popular opinion. Her artworks are based on pictures scavenged from the media and advertising. In a bid to connect with the widest audience, and in response to the snobbery towards beauty in contemporary art, Butt deploys candy-shop colours and familiar forms to capture the spectator's interest before connecting them with globally important questions. The exhibition premiered at NAE 23 April – 28 June 2015, and is available to tour to venues in England from July 2015.

Past Touring Venues

Attenborough Arts Centre
15 October – 18 December 2016

To see the tour pack, please contact Armindokht@nae.org.uk


About NAE's Touring Exhibitions

New Art Exchange curates a number of exhibitions annually, a number of which are available for national and international tour. With a focus on contemporary fine art practice our exhibitions present various mediums and we work with both British and international artists. All of our exhibitions contribute to NAE's mission statement which is to stimulate new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society.

Details of the exhibitions currently available to tour can be found below. If you are interested in hiring one of our touring exhibitions, please contact Exhibitions@nae.org.uk


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