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Runs continuously at The Heong Gallery from Wednesday 24th October to Sunday 28th October from 12:00 to 17:00.

Artist’s talk with Stephen Sutcliffe. Weds 24th, 15.00


Twixt Cup and Lip is a video collage loosely based on David Storey’s 1970 play The Contractor in which a marquee tent is in the process of being erected and dismantled for a wedding reception.

The title comes from the saying ‘There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip’, which is also a line from the play. Traditionally this has meant that unexpected things can happen between intent and action and I have extended that to encompass the things that happen during a production which are unintended for broadcast. Hence a series of television out-takes and technical preparations pepper the piece. The work also includes a biscuit tin, which my mother used as a sewing box. This tin was withdrawn from sale soon after it was manufactured as the artist who decorated it had included rude additions to the illustration of an Edwardian tea party.

David Storey was once both a rugby player and art student at the same time. The rugby team thought he was a sissy and the Art School thought he was a thug. The only place he could write was between the two, travelling on the train. I sympathise completely with this feeling of existing between things. - Stephen Sutcliffe


"Sutcliffe’s 2016 work ’Twixt Cup and Lip' includes, among other bizarre fragments, a painful interview by the great 1970s broadcaster Russell Harty with actor Helmut Berger, who had just played the “mad” Bavarian king Ludwig II in a film by Luchino Visconti. It’s a disastrous interview filmed at one of Ludwig’s fantastical palaces. At one point Harty crosses his legs a bit too close to Berger and the actor storms off. Later Berger slaps and pushes Harty.

Why am I sitting for hours in the Talbot Rice Gallery watching such nuggets of forgotten television? I am not completely sure, but it is deeply enjoyable and hypnotic. Good video art can set us free from time. And as you go with the flow of Sutcliffe’s art, it turns out he is not just mucking around. He has big themes." - Jonathan Jones, The Guardian



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