The Bang Larson Courtesy of Henry VIII's Wives

Cooper Gallery, DJCAD are pleased to announce Henry VIII’s Wives Row Away performance, which is a new addition to the Studio Jamming Events Series and will take place on Friday 1 August from 5.00 - 6.00pm.

Between 28 July – 2 August is Henry VIII’s Wives' Studio Jamming Hub Week, during which time they will index and compile their newly assembled archive into a shipping crate alongside their pipe organ sculpture The Lowest Note of an Organ. Later in the week accompanying the process will be their boat, The Bang Larsen. This homemade rowing skiff will be positioned within and against the backdrop of the specially designed structure by Studio Miessen and become the focus of their newly developed performance Henry VIII’s Wives Row Away.

Henry VIII’s Wives are a collective of artists founded in 1997, and include Rachel DagnallBob GrieveSirko KnupferSimon PolliPer Sander and Lucy Skaer. They are based variously in Scotland, Denmark, Norway and Germany, and are all graduates of the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art. Since 2005 the group has focused on their ongoing project Tatlin’s Tower and the World, an attempt to build the famously unbuilt tower in full size in different locations and venues across the world. Henry VIII’s Wives have shown in major venues internationally including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 2014, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009, Kunsthalle Friedericianum, Kassel, 2006, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2004, PS1, New York, 2004, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 1998. 

For Studio JammingHenry VIII’s Wives present a video installation and undertake a road-trip to the group members’ studios across Europe to gather together their extensive archive of works. Until now this archive has been scattered across Europe in their different members' studios, but for the first time since they formed in 1997, their archive is assembled in public at the Cooper Gallery creating a new body of works.  

Please see Henry VIII's Wives website for further information.

Image Credit: Henry VIII's Wives, The Bang Larson


Henry VIII's Wives artist Rachel Dagnall's contribution to this exhibition is kindly supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).

Artists at this event