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Our Last Friday events in the shop since 2019 have been kindly supported by funding from MK Council. We’re also thankful to Milton Keynes Arts Centre, MK Gallery and centre:mk for their continued encouragement and help.

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The Elephant Room with Dylan Fox
co-curated with Billy Hawes

28 August – 3 October 2020

Opening hours during the exhibition*
Wednesday to Friday 10am–4.30pm
Saturday 12–4pm

*Always check our Instagram for any changes to the times.

Notice: Wearing a mask/face covering will be mandatory to enter the exhibition. You will also be asked to adhear social distancing both inside and outside the exhibition at all times as well as confirm/provide your details on arrival to comply with track and trace. Maxiumum of six people in the space at any one time.

Dylan Fox, Navigating the Handshake, 2020

This interview is a conversation between the artist Dylan Fox, proud non-binary instagrammer Elli Francis and Roisin Callaghan from Big Shop Friday discussing the exhibition, the influences behind the work, and all things gender related.

Note/Warning: Big Shop Friday is located on the bottom floor of a multi storey car park hence the traffic noise, we also have the alarm system set up in our space which we have no control over-both make an appearance in the video.

The Elephant Room with Dylan Fox will be the first in what will be four editions tackling gender, race, disability and sexuality. This first edition will be addressing gender while also challenging heterocentrism.

The exhibition will feature works which confront negative portrayals of the trans-experience within the media as well as challenging social norms when portraying gender. If Only It Were That Easy, a lightbox and text piece, is derived from the feeling of being overwhelmed by the constant barrage and seemingly never-ending slur towards transgender people, whereas Pressed a series of digital print and foil works highlight the absurdity of media misrepresentation.

Other works including Letterboards directly portray a collective voice from the transgender community and their experience, derived from interview questions shared with our audience.

The exhibition will be accompanied with a series of workshops, details TBA.

︎ Download the Press release here

The Elephant Room aims to get people within the art world, both audiences and those working in the arts, to think about gender, race, disability and sexuality as areas that remain persistent concerns that require action. The project is also concerned with how representation manifests, looking at how we can diversify in a way that integrates rather than tokenism.

Generously supported with funding from MK Community Foundation