In 2005 BCA formed part of a regional initiative with a view to promoting digital art practice in the East of England and commissioning work by artists from the new European accession countries. The project was called Accession* and enabled BCA to work with Polish artists, Agnieszka Chojnacka, Ziemowit Maj and Piotr Kowalski.
Agnieszka’s project, Territories’ explored the way that one’s immediate environment affects how one feels. Agnieszka transformed BCA’s gallery spaces, creating two strongly opposing zones. The first an inhospitable place, encouraging a sense of powerlessness whilst the second zone offers a stark contrast, appearing fragile, as if you had the power to control and change it. Filled with over one hundred white balloons your presence could alter the shape and construction of the installation as you moved within it. Each balloon had a ribbon attached to it which had written upon it the wishes of local children who Agnieszka had worked with during the residency.
*Accession was a collaborative project between Babylon Gallery, Ely, BCA Gallery, Bedford, Norwich Arts Centre and Space 4 in Peterborough
This project was produced whilst Agnieszka was Artist in Residence with BCA. Although we are not currently running a residency scheme, we do have artists’ studios to rent. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org