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WHEN THE QUEEN OF HARPS MET THE POP-UP ARTIST …

PRESS LAUNCH, FRI 7 JUNE, 5.00pm, ACAPELA STUDIO Topical artist Simon Tarrant – who made the front page of the New York Times for turning a disused London building into a radical pop-up gallery - and who recently led the campaign to save London‟s Cork Street galleries – is to launch his first-ever exhibition in Wales, thanks to a recent collaboration with Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, described as The Queen of Harps. Tarrant, whose exhibition will be held at Acapela Studio, a recording studio and concert venue owned by Finch, has created a large artwork made up of 30 small canvases, in response to Finch‟s critically-acclaimed arrangement of Bach‟s Goldberg Variations, which made the top spot in the UK‟s classical charts. To celebrate the work, Finch will be giving a recital of the Variations, which consist of an aria and 30 variations, on the evening of the exhibition‟s opening, on Friday 7th June. Tarrant explains: "Throughout my life, Bach's music has been a constant

companion, and when I first heard Catrin's version of the Goldberg Variations, I was instantly inspired. Her approach to the music shows a deep appreciation for symmetry, which immediately appealed to my sensibilities as an artist.” A finalist in the prestigious Davy Portrait Awards, Tarrant is known as an artist of great versatility. His oil landscapes, which have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and twice at The Royal Academy‟s summer exhibition - alongside works by David Hockney and Sir Norman Ackroyd - are characterized by vivid, gestural use of colour, echoing the drama and raw emotion of Howard Hodgkin‟s work. The exhibition at Acapela Studio will also include oil paintings, pastels, and drawings inspired by the Welsh landscape, as well as the „Goldberg Variations‟ piece.

“The collaboration with Catrin on the Goldberg Variations opened up the possibility of creating a series of artworks inspired by the Welsh countryside, such as an oil painting of Penberi Peak”, said Tarrant. The exhibition is also notable because it will be the first-ever art exhibition at Acapela Studio, marking an exciting new direction for the recording studio and concert venue. Catrin Finch said, “Acapela is always evolving, and we have always thought that it would lend itself to visual arts exhibitions, not least because the building - in aesthetic terms – is so quirky, and so surprising. Simon Tarrant‟s exhibition – which takes place during Acapela‟s fifth birthday celebrations - will be the first of many.” “Acapela is the perfect venue for my first-ever solo exhibition in Wales – and not only because of my relationship with Catrin‟s work”, added Tarrant. “My career as an artist has regularly involved finding unusual spaces which are meaningful to the wider community, such as the London pop-up gallery. Acapela – which was once a chapel at the heart of the community, but which fell into disrepair before being restored - is the perfect fit!” Simon Tarrant's exhibition opens at a private view and press launch at the Acapela Studio on Friday 7 June 2013, at 5.00pm, before opening to the general public during events, or by appointment. Catrin Finch will be giving a recital of her own arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations, at 7.30pm, that same evening.

For further press information, or photographs, please contact Sian Hughes at sian@jamboxmarketing.co.uk emma@jamboxmarketing.co.uk or telephone 07810 362 146 or email

For tickets to the Catrin Finch recital, or any other events taking place at Acapela, including the Wales international Academy of Voice evening on Thursday 6th June, visit http://www.acapela.co.uk or phone 08448 700 887