Beacon Gallery has the unique opportunity to meet and work with a range of artists, partners and members of the wider art community. Beacon Gallery Connections allows us to take a closer look at their personal journey, and get a better understanding of their relationship to art.

Meet the artist: Quincy Harding

Within Caron Tabb’s newest show, “Humanity Is Not A Spectator Sport“, a series of rotating installations entitled What Now; Making Space will take place. As Tabb’s show focuses on the need to recognize privilege, accept progressive change, and actively create room within our worlds for others, What Now; Making Space consists of the artist’s removal of a symbolic piece of her own artwork in order to make space for each of seven other visiting artists’ works. Over the course of seven weeks, artist and participant Meclina plans to install her curated rotation – an exhibition-within-an-exhibition – showcasing this series of featured works, week by week.

What Now; Making Space not only features works by a variety of artists but gives an opportunity for networking career growth. Through a weekly artist blog feature and online artist talk, each will be highlighted and given the opportunity to more fully explain and engage with the Boston area community. They will also be able to engage with each other through an artist-only event formulated to offer a space for authentic and transparent conversations regarding the challenges of the art world. Each of these artists has a unique vision of the world and a message they present through their artwork, and we are both excited and thankful to have them here in the gallery.

Quincy Harding is the fifth of seven visiting artists included among the What Now; Making Space lineup. Her work is planned to be on display from December 13-26.

Pictured: Artist Quincy Harding of What Now; Making Space

Harding is an illustrator and designer who enjoys creating hip new takes on style, culture and fashion.

We are excited to have her work featured in What Now; Making Space and were happy to have the chance to hear more from Harding, herself, about the artwork and her participation in Caron Tabb’s “Humanity Is Not A Spectator Sport”.

What initially brought you into the arts?

I was born into a family of artists, so art has always been a part of my life. My mother and grandfather both attended Rhode Island School of Design as well as me, graduating in 2020. A career/life in the art world, I believe, has always been my destined path.

What do you want people to know about you and/or your art?

I’m a young, female, POC and I always strive to have my art show/represent a new generation of people, experiences, and point of view. I’m very inspired by street fashion, elements in other cultures (African, Native American etc.) and music (hip hop culture.) I would describe my work as hip, funky, youthful, and stylish.

What message do you hope the audience will take from your participation in this exhibition?

The importance of sharing different perspectives, experiences, and obstacles people go through to create change and improvement in the world whether it’s large or small.

Do you have any future projects planned?

Currently my work consists of 2D and 3D work ranging from fashion illustrations and textile designs to physically constructing clothes by sewing or crocheting. I’m taking some of those ideas and, working with the SHEIN X program, I am able to make some of those ideas come to life in the Spring/Summer season of 2022. So look out for SHEIN X QUINCY next year.

Special thanks to Quincy for taking the time to share with us!

To keep up with Harding and her work, check out her instagram @quincyharding_art and Facebook

Make sure to visit Harding’s work in-person while it is on view in the gallery as part of What Now; Making Space, an exhibition-within-an-exhibition of Caron Tabb’s show, “Humanity Is Not A Spectator Sport”. Keep an eye out for upcoming Artist Talks, as well as gallery and related community events. Please visit our website for a full calendar and more info.

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