A NEW exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, celebrates a key moment in the history of the Paralympic Games.
Andy Hood: Gold Run (8 Sept-14 Oct 2012) tells the story of the dramatic disqualification scandal at Sydney 2000 which led to the exclusion of learning-disabled athletes from Paralympic sport for twelve years, when the Spanish basketball team were stripped of its gold medals for fielding players who did not have a learning disability. The portfolio of photographs by Outside In artist Andy Hood captures the creation and development of Gold Run, a collaborative multi-media production inspired by this history and the triumphant reversal of the ban for London 2012.
Gold Run communicates this powerful story through film, music and visual art. An original commission and partnership between the disability arts organisation Carousel, Glyndebourne; and Pallant House Gallery, it has been created and presented by learning-disabled and non-traditional artists. Having premiered to sell out audiences at Glyndebourne and the Corn Exchange as part of Brighton Festival, Gold Run will conclude with a full-scale production at Chichester Festival Theatre on 30 October 2012 and a digital installation called Gold Run: Remix at Dilston Grove in Southwark Park, London (7- 9 September 2012).
Andy Hood was commissioned by Pallant House Gallery through the innovative Outside In project to document the process of developing and creating Gold Run from start to finish. The resulting portfolio charts the progression of the project from the creative planning and development meetings to the early music rehearsals and finally the completed performances.
For Andy Hood, the main challenge lay in focusing on a very different style to his previous work for which he often uses layering and multiple exposures: "It felt risky, and at times I felt maybe it wouldn't work - but I went to all the creative meetings and rehearsals so everyone was used to me and more relaxed. I wanted to get inside the project. My style definitely developed over the project, and I have really enjoyed being part of it. I am really impressed that Outside In has put its money where its mouth with this commission and directly supported artists from the margins of society."
Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Pallant House Gallery says: "I have always admired Andy's intensely personal photographs from when he was an award winner in Outside In 2007. When the opportunity arose on Gold Run I had a hunch that he would be able to bring his unique and human vision to documentary photography. The images he has produced capture the experience, the energy, and camaraderie of Gold Run to powerful effect and will provide a lasting testimony of the project."
Andy Hood: Gold Run is free to the public and runs until 14 October in the Studio.