Gibraltar-Berlin artist exchange programme goes on display at John Mackintosh Hall

A new exhibition showcasing the talents of Gibraltar-based artist Shane Dalmedo and Berlin artist Birgit Holmer go on display as part of the Gibraltar-Berlin Artist Exchange.

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A HUGE art exhibition has gone on show on the Rock as part of the Gibraltar-Berlin Artist Exchange programme.

Organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, the artwork will be displayed at the John Mackintosh Hall.

It features original, newly published work from Berlin-based artist Birgit Hölmer and Gibraltarian artist Shane Dalmedo, who both produced the work while spending time in each other’s cities.

“I felt at home the whole time,” said Birgit.

“The Gibraltarian Cultural Services took great care of me and Shane Dalmedo connected me with local artists, TV and newspapers in Gibraltar so I felt part of the community.

“It has been an interesting experience learning from different artists and being in a different culture.”

The sentiment was echoed by Shane and her time spent in Berlin.

“I wouldn’t call it inspiration but my visit to the Stasi prison left quite an impression on me, especially when I found the interrogation rooms were decorated with wallpaper.

“Quite a contrast to the horrendous conditions that the prisoners endured in the cells,” she said.

BIRGIT: Used the Rock as inspiration for her pieces

Birgit felt the beautiful scenery offered by the Rock provided great inspiration for her artwork for the exhibition.

“I loved how special Gibraltar is with the rock and caves and with the sea with the bay and the beaches.

“I like Gibraltar very much, I hope the friendships go further and we hold the contact for the next project.”

Shane felt it was the urban space that she experienced in Berlin for the first time which influenced her work for the exhibition.

“It is always positive to try something new and working in public spaces is relatively new to me so I was really keen to see how this would influence me.

“In all an extremely enriching experience for me – Of course, I would definitely visit Berlin again.”

The exhibition will run until October 20.

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