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‘Public Order Act : Where 12 or more persons who are present together use or threaten unlawful violence for a common purpose; and the conduct of them (taken together) is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety, each of the persons using unlawful violence for the common purpose is guilty of riot.’


THE SECOND ACT presents a solo exhibition of new paintings, ceramics, textiles, audio and moving image works by Jamie Holman, expressing the current and historic expression of governance and state violence across industry, working class people and protests. Holman's 'Destriers' series locates governance and state violence in both public and domestic spaces, exploring working class protest, crowd theory and police control strategies, as part of an English heritage that first appears in the Bayeux Tapestry.


Ultimately Holman is concerned with the everyday banality of violence and these works are both bleak in their relentless overview of state oppression, while at the same time, uplifting in the hopeful resistance of ordinary people, during extraordinary 


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