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Southend Beach Rubbish Project (May), 2018, photography

Southend Beach Rubbish Project (August), 2018, photography

Southend Beach Rubbish Project (October), 2018, photography

Imogen Welch’s practice focuses around transformation and recycling; turning real world objects into art objects. In The Southend Beach Rubbish Project, Welch collected rubbish twice a month for a year, before carefully cleaning and photographing the objects in a series of 12 images – one for each month of the year.

The objects range from ubiquitous beach toys, ice cream spoons, bottle tops and straws, to disturbing (sewage related) cotton bud sticks and tampon applicators.

The vibrant colour is achieved by lighting the objects from above and below; drawing in the viewer to both examine the artefacts and be potentially disturbed by them.

Imogen Welch

Welch lives and works in Hemel Hempstead where, in the past, she has organised Open Studios exhibitions at The Papertrail. Over the years she has exhibited in open call shows at the Margaret Harvey gallery and St Albans Museum. Welch has also been invited to participate in the upcoming show ‘The Poetics of Place’ this summer at the University of Hertfordshire. Other notable highlights include group shows in Berlin, Athens and a solo show in Poole. Currently she has two films and an installation in the show Wild Estuaries at the Southend Museum.

Instagram: @imogenwelch


Hertfordshire Open 2020

This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between and and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

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