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Ordinary People by Rob Chapman

Ordinary People by Rob Chapman

Ordinary People by Rob Chapman

Updated 19.6.21 – See Covid-19 Statement below

Ordinary People by Rob Chapman is a series of wood engravings and artists books by Rob Chapman, which explores ordinary people and the oppressions they can face.

Join us for ‘Meet the Artist’ with Rob Chapman who will be on hand for two afternoons to chat about his work and processes. The second Meet the Artist event has been postponed until 24th July.

Book a free ticket for one of these events here.

The gallery is operating under current covid-19 guidelines and timeslots will need to be booked in advance for these events. There is a maximum of 6 people allowed at any one time.
Ordinary People by Rob Chapman - Mussolini Explains

Ordinary People by Rob Chapman – Mussolini Explains


‘Ordinary People’ by Rob Chapman represents the fate of ordinary people at the hands of those whose desire for power is greater than their compassion for, or even their consideration of those people. With a time frame of less than one hundred years it nevertheless can be seen to represent the actions of the powerful on their subject populations throughout history.

It is simply wrong that one person’s ambition can be sufficient excuse for the suffering and death of the people they have governance over or have imposed their will upon. Furthermore, the oppression of those with differing religious, racial, political, sexual, origins or beliefs has happened in the past, is happening now and appears set to continue into the future.

The work consists of wood engravings which are made in looser and in some ways, with more experimental approaches that I have been working towards recently. Whilst much of the work conforms to the usual editioned, wall hung approach I have found that the production of multiple prints enables me to explore different ways of presenting the image. The combination or separation of images causes them to be viewed in a variety of ways – as individuals, as groups united in suffering, of masses of movement, for example, and the presentation of work outside the frame enables a greater intimacy with the viewer; in other words, I can play around with images in different formats to find out what they say to me, as well as the observer. Thus, the subject can be seen and read in varying versions according to how the same images are presented.

The exhibition runs between 26 June and 31 July. The gallery is open 10-4, Monday – Friday and 11-3 on Saturdays (12-4pm for Meet the Artist events).

Ordinary People by Rob Chapman - Mussolini Explains postcard

Ordinary People by Rob Chapman – Mussolini Explains postcard

Covid-19 Statement

Subject to current Covid-19 restrictions and government guidelines. Tickets for Meet the Artist events must be pre-booked to avoid congestion in the space. Tickets are limited to 6 people per 1 hour session. The courtyard garden will be open, and doors left open to allow free-flow ventilation. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the venue and masks must be worn inside.


About The Smallprint Co. Studio Gallery

View regular exhibitions by a wide range of artists in an intimate gallery setting. Emphasis is placed upon, but not limited to, work by fine art printmakers and artisan makers in one of Derby’s independent gallery spaces.

Situated to the front of our letterpress studio, the space is perfect for a range of works by regional, national, and international artists. With regularly changing exhibitions, we can guarantee a reason to return to the Gallery Space on a regular basis.

Please call ahead before making a special journey as we’re a small studio of two and sometimes we need to close to attend events etc.

We’re located just 2 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral Quarter in the centre of Derby.

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