The Breath Project is a collaboration by Zanny Mellor, artist and designer, and Hannah Payne, Senior Director, Zuleika Gallery. The project was conceived with an aim to present exhibitions and projects to support artists, and people affected by the global pandemic. The launch exhibition Rhythm Adjust will raise funds for Frontline 19, an independent UK nationwide service delivering free, confidential psychological support to NHS and frontline workers who are, or have been working on the frontline of Covid-19.
Co-curated by Zanny and Hannah, Rhythm Adjust, is a non-profit exhibition presented online and hosted by The Auction Collective bringing together 20 international contemporary artists and 30 artworks that consider breath, from abstract gesture to representation and processes found in nature and the body.
As the Covid-19 virus swept into our lives, I began to think of the collective breath of the nation and suddenly breath became the sole subject that connected us all globally.- Zanny Mellor, 2021
Frontline19 is a social enterprise set up in response to the pandemic; They support NHS and frontline workers with pro bono psychological support. Frontline19 are in need of funding so that they can continue the invaluable support that they offer. They support health and social care professionals, from nurses, doctors, paramedics, to care home staff, police and the fire service.
I am so grateful for the support I have received, it has been indescribably valuable and I am recommending this to lots of friends and colleagues who have been struggling during and post the pandemic. I cannot thank you enough and will move forward with tools and knowledge that I am sure will continue to help me in a career in medicine.- Frontline worker in praise of Frontline19
In these extraordinary times of uncertainty following the global pandemic, the role of the arts and creativity has come to the fore with its ability to provide comfort, create community and promote wellbeing at a time when we need it most.- Hannah Payne
The work channels the movement and energy of repetitive mark-making to express a rhythmic record of passing time; a visual form of rumination that both captures and invokes the spirit of introspection.- Becky Allen, 2021
The current works on paper are originals and not intended to be studies for paintings, but a meditation in colour; an intuitive study on the complex effect visual art has on the nervous system.- Anna Lieber Lewis, 2021
In lockdown I was drawn to the fresh subject of London skies and discovered a strangeness that mirrored life below. As we struggled for answers, I found towering vistas where clarity and ambiguity mixed freely.- Daniel Crawshaw
Rogers’ work explores figuration in the realm of the post digital, locating himself between his mostly self built technologies and the artist’s hand to explore the ecosystem that exists between us and the emerging digital/ physical landscape.