What do artists do when the crowd isn’t looking?

Buxton Contemporary's new group exhibition goes against the grain to consider solitude and the 'after hours' labour of artistic practices.

Is it true that isolation and solitude have become unfavourable in artistic practice, whereas collaboration and visibility are the buzzwords of today’s arts scene? Or, in other words, is not having to work in solitude an indication of success?

This increasingly contested idea of the ‘lone artist’ is what curators Hannah Presley and Annika Aitken have identified and sought to reframe in Buxton Contemporary‘s latest exhibition, nightshifts. The group show looks not only at the meditative after-hours of creativity, but also how hyper-visibility can become counterproductive, and even threatening.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_