Nocturnal Creatures: Janette Parris

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    Janette Parris, Catching Up (animation still), (2020). Courtesy the artist.

Free entry

Sat 23 July, 6 - 11pm

Various locations around Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, Wentworth Street, Middlesex Street

Music and Performance

Chance upon pop-up acoustic performances around Whitechapel’s local streets and pubs between the main Nocturnal Creatures venues, with a series of songs written by contemporary artist Janette Parris that responds to the gentrification of East London with a humorous yet darker melancholic edge.  

Janette Parris is a contemporary artist who uses everyday people as the basis for much of her work, often reflecting the pathos behind an individual’s everyday life experiences. She works across different media including drawing, animation, and performance (musical and theatre) to reflect a dry and self-effacing look at the world and how we are all performers within it. Parris captures the humorous essence of life but always notes the sharp melancholic edge that goes with it. 

About: Janette Parris

Janette Parris is an artist who investigates the contemporary urban experience, using narrative, humour and popular formats, including soap opera, stand-up comedy, musical theatre, cartoons, comics and animation. Parris has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, for 25 years, including Tate,The New Art Gallery in Walsall, ICA, Kunsthaus Zürich, Hayward Gallery Touring, Art on the Underground and the Royal Academy of Arts and was one of six lead contemporary artists selected for Museums at Night 2014. Parris is the founder of Arch, an established comic which was included in the largest UK comics exhibition, ‘Comics Unmasked’, at the British Library. 

Selected exhibitions and performances: Emplotment, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2022); A View without the Bridge, Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2021); Summer Exhibition 2021, Royal Academy, London (2021); Everyday Heroes, Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre, London (2020); Talking with Deptford, (Lead Artist, Performance), Deptford X (2015); Bad Copy, Museums At Night (Exhibition, Performance), Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff (2014); Rude Britannia, Tate Britain, London (2010); The Breakout Tour, (Exhibition, Performance), Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (2007).