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Color Motet

St Augustine’s Church
55 Fulham Palace Road
London
W6 8AU

1st to 9th June 2019
PV: 29th May 2019 – 6.30 to 9.30 pm


As part of the HF ArtsFest (Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival), Austin Forum is delighted to exhibit “Color Motet”, inspired by the musical composition – or motet – “Spem in Alium” (in English – “In No Other Is My Hope”). The video installation is a work by Mark Dean, artist and Anglican priest. Projected onto Julian Stair’s monumental altar at St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Hammersmith, the work continues the artist’s exploration in recent years of the liturgical potential of his work; a natural progression from previous works “Stations of the Cross” and “Stations of the Resurrection.

Mark’s piece is a fusion and collage of two videos: one of the Mary’s Day processions organised by the art department of the Immaculate Heart of Mary school, led by the ‘60s pop artist and nun, Sister Corita Kent. The second, in contrast, is a compilation of people fainting or collapsing during weddings and liturgical rites. Additionally, Thomas Tallis’ 40 part Renaissance motet plays over
them. The tension created between the two contrasting videos creates an unnerving and otherworldly feel, hinting possibly at a creative power which gives life and allows for death too.

Mark Dean – The Artist
Dean made his first looped film appropriation work in the 1970’s while studying photography and painting; in the 1980’s he began working with musical loops in bands and as a DJ; he eventually combined these practices in the methodology for which he became recognised as a video and sound artist:

In the 1990’s, the film archive (or, by this time, the video store) also proved a fertile feeding ground for the yBa generation, especially Douglas Gordon and Mark Dean …By contrast, Mark Dean’s appropriations from Hollywood are more like votive offerings; tiny scraps of footage – a gesture by Judy Garland, a look by Brando – isolated and looped to drain them of any hint of narrative (other than the broad narrative of celebrity), so we can adore and worship. – David Curtis, A History of Artists’ Film and Video in Britain (British Film Institute).

Categories: All, Film, Visual Arts

Creative Connections: Linking Cities Through Art

P21 Gallery
21 Chalton St
Kings Cross
London
NW1 1JD

1st June 2019
Time: 18.00 to 22.00


shado has teamed up with the Athens arts collective Perspectives for a three-city tour in Athens, London and Amsterdam in Spring/Summer 2019. We are very excited to announce that, in just under two weeks, we will be hosting the second leg of our tour at London’s P21 Gallery.

The exhibition will tour the collective work of 11 artists who are currently living in these three cities. Each artist has migrated to Europe and this is an opportunity to provide an international platform to celebrate and showcase their work. Following the huge success of our Athens launch, we are incredibly excited to take this next step in our home city of London.

For more information, and to find out ways to support the tour, please visit our Fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/creative-connections-linking-cities-through-art. We have been working very hard to secure funding for the tour, but we still have a way to go. We would appreciate any help we could get!

Registration

Tickets are free but you need to register here

Why?

The aim of the exhibition is to publicise and promote the artists’ work to a wide, international audience; to switch up perspectives on those who have been through migration to Europe and to provide a space for each artist to take control of their own narrative.

By touring the exhibition, we will connect London, Athens and Amsterdam in a discussion around art, community and inclusion. This will be a real-life opportunity, during this hostile Brexit era, to bring together the work of these international artists and offer a cross-city experience of celebration, art, music and welcome, forging creative connections through the expressive and global language of art.

Each artist has their own story and we want you to discover it through their art. They have been selected to take part in this exhibition, both for their individual talent and also for the important insight that their art adds to the discussion around migration and identity. Whether it is Abdulazez Dukhan’s use of visual storytelling to change perceptions of refugees, or Anna Virabyan’s employment of fine art as a medium of emotional expression, each of the artists involved offers a vital contribution to understanding the topic of migration. Importantly, each artist takes their own first-hand experience to use art as a form of self-narration, for which we are honoured to provide a platform across these three major European cities.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

The Fire Side

Old Laundry Yard
Shepherd’s Bush Market
15 Market Ln
W12 8EZ

1-8 June 2019. Final event 8th June @2pm


A voice echoes along the stalls and containers in Shepherd’s Bush Market… “No events take place here. Nothing has changed.” It’s a voice from The Fire Side – an alternate reality where the spirit of fireside storytelling transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Come gather around and discover magical objects and stories from the community, then add your voice at an evening of “fireside” story sharing. The event will be hosted by students from the Royal College of Art’s MA course in Digital Direction, in collaboration with storyteller and visiting lecturer Yomi Ayeni.

If you find yourself on The Fire Side, just remember: “No events take place here. Nothing has changed.”

Categories: All, Event, Talks

Small Wonder (Part of the E17 Art Trail)

Small Wonder (Location 6)
33 Tavistock Avenue
London
E17 6HP

Date & time:
June 1-16 (closed June 12-14)
Times: Sat-Sun 10am-6pm, Mon 9am-4pm, Tue-Fri 9am-6pm


 

Small wonder

I believe in play. I want to be playful because it lights me up and it makes my work better, but my real aim is to convey the power and potential of play to others. It gives you license to look at the world and change it, to not accept anything as fixed. I’m probably preaching to the converted in this but I can’t help it.

This show brings together work where I’ve taken the familiar or overlooked and tried to seeing them differently. I’d love to hear what you think of the things I’ve been making, come take a look.

griffics.com


 

E17 Arts Trail

205 venues, from studios to schools, walls to windows, cafes to community centres, faith spaces to front rooms provide the spaces for you to marvel at the creativity on display, get involved and start conversations. Many of our creative community have been participating in the E17 Art Trail since we began. It has been the catalyst for emerging artists to develop a professional practice and it has been a privilege to have been part of them following their passion. We also take pride in how the opportunity to share work, get involved in activities and start conversations has ignited creativity or simply thrilled us to the joy that art can bring to the everyday.

Event organisers have reported that 8,500 residents are exhibiting or performing as part of the festival from 1 – 16 June. Don’t miss it.

For a full list of venues see – http://e17arttrail.co.uk/

Categories: All, Event, Festival, Photography, Visual Arts

#ANTSinLONDON

Espacio Gallery
159 Bethnal
Green Rd
London
E2 7DG

Tuesday 4th June to to Sunday 9th June 2019


For 6 days only this summer, Espacio Gallery – in the heart of London’s East End Art Scene – will be transformed into a treasure trove of tiny artworks for lovers of the miniature form. The exhibition will comprise of the largest show ever hosted by renowned South African miniaturist Lorraine Loots, showcasing over 900 penny-sized watercolour paintings created over a time-span of 6 years.

Having exhibited in New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore and Sydney, this will be the artist’s first ever exhibition in the United Kingdom, as well as the first (and only) opportunity to finally look back on the Paintings for Ants story. Loots will be hosting her first solo show of 2019 titled #ANTSinLONDON from 4 – 9 June 2019. The exhibition will act as a retrospective of the artist’s expansive collection of miniature paintings created between 2013 and 2019, as well as showcasing 20 of her most recent never-before-seen pieces, known as “The London Collection”.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Unclaimed Children

Trate Studios
45 Vyner Street
London
E2 9DQ 

June 5 to  28, 2019


Opening on June 5, Unclaimed Children is Canadian artist Trate’s second London-based show.

The evocative canvases exhibited in Unclaimed Children capture elements of the human condition through a vivid palette of re-imagined physical forms.

Bereft of any depth of field, the piercing eyes and arresting bodies on the canvases draw the viewer into a humanistic dialogue.

As an autodidact – and working under an alias that alludes to the human traits he paints -Trate’s work evokes a haunting, childlike aesthetic.

Some of the paintings offer plaintive reflections on melancholy and loss, while others offer fleeting glimpses into solace and contentment.

“Framed against vividly coloured backgrounds”, says Stephanie Silva, curator of Unclaimed Children, “the iconic figures offer a humane  window for us to stare into and reflect on the intimate experiences that define us.”

Categories: All, Visual Arts

DARK MATTER: 95% of the Universe is Missing

Science Gallery London
King’s College London
Great Maze Pond
London
SE1 9GU

Until 26 August, 10:00 – 18:00 (Tues – Sun)
Free entry


One of the biggest mysteries in physics today is what exactly makes up our Universe, and why – according to the world’s leading scientists – 95 per cent of it cannot be observed.

Imagining the unseen and questioning the invisible, DARK MATTER combines art, physics and philosophy and draws on the latest research from the Department of Physics at King’s College London.

Exhibition highlights include an immersive animation installation by Andy Holden which reflects on the physics of a cartoon landscape, translucent spider webs which mimic the structure of dark matter in the universe by Tomás Saraceno and a new installation translating dark matter simulations into sound patterns by Aura Satz, in collaboration with Professor Malcolm Fairbairn from the Department of Physics at King’s College London.

Running alongside the DARK MATTER exhibition, a series of free events will include Friday Lates, performances, workshops and more.

Categories: All, Event, Film, Photography, Talks, Visual Arts

River to river, coast to coast

Re:Centre
Thames Wharf
Rainville Road
Hammersmith
W6 9HA

Saturday 8 June 2019 
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 am


 

Londoners go through two million single-use plastic water bottles a day, one of the highest rates of bottled water consumption in the country. Some of these plastics don’t get recycled. They end up in our waterways.

Story Of Books, the imprint of GLUE Studio, is partnering with Re:Centre and The Point magazine to present a talk and creative workshop on waterways and the environment. This HF ArtsFest event will see speakers and Re:Centre resident artists presenting their works based on the objects found on the Devonshire coast, the Strait of Malacca and the River Thames.

Book Tickets Here


 

Story Of Books, The Point magazine and Re:Centre will be discussing this issue via a series of talks and artists workshop for the Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival 2019.

10.30-11 am: Re:Centre artists Natalie Cronin and Kate Lowe will talk about their group show Temesis, featuring artworks and installations made or inspired by objects found in the River Thames.

11-11.30 am: Coffee break and Art Studio tour.

11.30 am-12 pm: A visual presentation by Mark King, Publisher, The Point, on surfing and plastic pollution on the Devonshire coast. This is followed by a presentation by Zarina Holmes, Photographer, After The Rain project, on the changes to the idyllic Pangkor Island caused by passing traffic in the Strait of Malacca, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.

Magazines published by the photographers, The Point and After The Rain, will be showcased at the event.

12 pm- 12.30 pm: Studio tour / A showcase of books and objects found in the river.

How to get there

By tube: Hammersmith Tube Station. Estimated: 10-min walk.
By bus: 295 to Hammersmith. Alight at Charing Cross Hospital and walk towards Thames Wharf or the riverside.
Google Map: Click here.

About HF ArtsFest

HF ArtsFest organises over 200 open, inclusive art events with over 100 partners from performing arts to literature, visual arts and film every June across the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. This year’s event will take place between 1 and 9 June 2019. http://www.hf-artsfest.com

About Story Of Books

Story Of Books is an online journal on books, authors and artists. It features the latest updates on pop culture through Five Minutes With interviews and how-to articles for authors. Publisher and imprint of the award-winning GLUE Studio. https://storyofbooks.co.uk

GLUE Studio is a graphic design and marketing agency. It was also Winner of the Best Creative/Media Startup category at the LBHF Business Awards 2018. http://alohaglue.com

 

Categories: All, Event, Talks, Visual Arts

GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place

Somerset House (East Wing Galleries)
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

8 June to 4 July 2019

Opening Times:
Saturday | Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday | Friday 11:00 – 20:00


 

Baby boomers, millennials, first and second generation immigrants: we are obsessed with what makes one group different from the last. But the connections we make with other generations are often just as important as those we make with our own.

GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place brings together twelve British and UK-based artists, working across a dynamic range of media from installation to photography, sculpture to video. The exhibition explores both cherished memories and difficult histories. Some artists look to the stories, memories and genes we inherit from our families. Others interrogate the contemporary legacies of historical figures and events.

GENERATIONS questions how personal and political pasts can bring us together – or pull us apart. This exhibition is curated by the students on the MA Curating the Art Museum programme at The Courtauld Institute of Art. It is part of the Somerset House summer programme, which celebrates the rich contribution of different cultures to Britain, and invites visitors to explore issues of identity, representation and perception in our society.

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of Christian Levett, founder of the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins and Minerva Magazine, and by the Arts Council Collection and LUX.

Artists:
Hurvin Anderson
Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom
Helen Cammock
Alejandra Carles-Tolra
Mona Hatoum
Susan Hiller
Lubaina Himid
Hardeep Pandhal
Joanna Piotrowska
Kathy Prendergast
Donald Rodney
Lucy Skaer

 


Image credits: Donald Rodney, In the House of My Father, 1997. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the Estate of Donald G Rodney

 

Categories: All, Visual Arts

THE NEWS PRESSED

Railings Gallery London
5 New Cavendish Street
London, W1G 8UT

10th to 30th June 2019
Opening times: Mon- Sat: 10am – 6pm |  Sun: 11am – 5pm


Railings Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting The News Pressed by textile designer and artist, Kate Lewis. Covering the news from Spring 2018 through to Spring 2019, this is a year of being in bloom, a year of nature and a year of processing the news.

Kate Lewis has always spoken the language of design. Since completing her master’s degree at the Royal College of Art in 1999, she has been transforming textiles into textured, multi-dimensional, manipulated fabrics that have been featured in the collections of luxury design houses; but it was the onslaught of television news, that inspired this latest project to blossom.

Borne out of the resulting anxiety, Kate found herself—quite literally—dissecting the news; going back to basics with scissors, newspaper, and glue as a way of processing the state of world affairs. What began as a calming act of low-tech creativity has resulted is a beautifully multilayered and subconscious fusion of nature, current events, design and media.

The flower—a fleeting beauty—signifies places and seasons. They are present for all of our major life events: births, deaths, weddings, birthdays. They serve as symbols through history. Without flowers, there would be no fruit.

At first glance, you see a beautiful image of a flower, but upon closer examination the story emerges—fragmented pieces of history, staccato words, a familiar font, a sly bit of irony, the symbolism of the bloom:

  • A cherry blossom beginning to bud—the explosive start to spring in London—tells the story of the bombings in Syria courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph.
  • The wispy greenbell of summer—inspired by the Guardian’s coverage of the Windrush scandal—conveys the ship that brought many of that generation to the UK in the 40’s as well as the earlier slaves ships.
  • The incurve chrysanthemum of autumn—symbolizing death—tells the Times’ story of the Jamal Khashoggi murder in the Saudi embassy.
  • The bright red winter berries of the ilex—taken from The Sun—recall the story of the parrot that fell in love with an Amazon Alexa.
Categories: All, Visual Arts

artsdepot Open 2019

artsdepot
North Finchley
London

Deadline for entries: Monday 10th June, 2019


This year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the artsdepot Open exhibition.

Emerging and established artists working in all mediums from across the UK are invited to apply to display their artwork in our Apthorp Gallery. Designed to give artists a platform to exhibit, sell and showcase their work, Open 2019 is also a fantastic opportunity for audiences to experience and buy diverse and high quality artwork.

A prize of £3,000 will be awarded to the winning artist, selected by an expert curating and judging panel.

More info > https://www.artsdepot.co.uk/exhibition/artsdepot-open-2019

Categories: All, Call For Entries, Visual Arts

ART on the Mind

Proud Central
32 John Adam Street
London
WC2N 6BP

Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 June, 2019
Times: 10am to 6pm


ART on the Mind: an exhibition and online auction raising money for the work of Cardboard Citizens featuring work by Sir Anish Kapoor CBE, Sir Antony Gormley OBE, Charlie Calder-Potts, Charming Baker, Harland Miller, Ian Davenport and many more.

Bidding for the auction is online at Paddle 8 until 19 June –   https://paddle8.com/auction/cardboard-citizens


 

Full list of artists who have donated to the auction: 

Abigail Bowen, Alan Fears, Alan Newnham, Andy Burgess, Andy Lovell, Angela Robinson, Ann Gardner, Ann-Marie James, Beatrice Brown, Carne Griffiths, Carrie Reichardt, Cathie Pilkington, Charlie Calder-Potts, Charlotte Keates, Charming Baker. Chris Levine, Chris Marshall, Christine Percy, Dan Pears, Dave Allen, Dean Hughes. Derrick Santini, Epoh Beech, George Percy, Gideon Rubin, Graeme Messer, Graham Swift, Harland Miller, Howard Tangye, Ian Davenport, Jack Milroy, Jeremy Deller, Julie Verhoeven, Kim Noble, Kristjana S Williams, Lisa Wright, Liz Harrison, Meredith Ostrom, Nick Gentry, Nick Walker, Patrick Hughes, Paul Bellingham, Pure Evil, Ray Richardson, Sir Anish Kapoor, Sir Antony Gormley, Stephen Buckley, Taina Pearson, Toni Cogdell, Trish Wylie, Victoria Topping, William Pye, Willy Russell.

About Cardboard Citizens:

Cardboard Citizens is an award-winning theatre company and one of the world’s leading practitioners of Forum Theatre. They toured across hostels, day centres and prisons for more than 25 years, bringing theatre to the most marginalised in society. Through bold and immersive theatre, Cardboard Citizens break down conventional divisions between audiences and performers. Past productions include the critically acclaimed Cathy at Edinburgh Festival and Soho Theatre, Home Truths at the Bunker, the Evening Standard Award-winning Mincemeat, Pericles and Timon of Athens (with the RSC), The Beggar’s Opera (with the ENO), The Lower Depths and A Few Man Fridays.

Cardboard Citizens runs a membership programme for homeless, ex-homeless and at risk people, offering free workshops, information, advice and guidance, training and qualifications. Its Citz National Residencies reach vulnerable people across the country, exploring the barriers they face and identifying solutions, through fun, creative workshops.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

ORIGINS FESTIVAL OF FIRST NATIONS ARTS

London wide

11th to 23rd June 2019


Between 11 – 23 June 2019 Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival celebrates the world’s First Nations in a two-week explosion of performance, film and debate, across London’s most significant cultural institutions.

For more information see www.originsfestival.com

Categories: All, Dance, Event, Festival, Film, Talks, Visual Arts

Going in Circles | Michaela Davidova

Hoxton 253 Art Project Space

253 Hoxton Street,
London
N1 5LG

12th-16th June 2019
Time: 11-7 pm

Private View: 12 June, 6-9 pm
Pinhole Camera Not a Bomb Workshop (https://www.hoxton253.com/pinhole.html)


 

“We often associate the movement of going in a circle with something negative. Are we lost, not able to move forward or grow up? The circles are present in our every day life. Life is a circle even sustainability principles are based on a circular economy. Going in a loop also means finishing something and continuing where we once started. Circles demonstrate a positive change, proving we have learned something during the route. Have we?”

Going in Circles is a solo exhibition of the artist and recent graduate from Cardiff School of Art and Design, Michaela Davidova.

The exhibition presents a series of projects with a focus on pinhole photography and upcycling.

Michaela’s journey started when she moved to the United Kingdom, in July 2013. The first stop was London, where she experienced many jobs in hospitality and worked in the most peculiar antique shop in Teddington.

As a creative person, she knew she must develop her passions.

One afternoon, she decided to start something she always wanted to do but never had time for. It was the perfect opportunity to make her first pinhole camera from a matchbox. The optimal pinhole diameter, a tiny circular hole drilled into a thin sheet of aluminium became the Thing and that Summer afternoon still continues.

In 2015, she established her practice as a craftivist and a pinhole photography artist in Cable Street Studios. Michaela is a passionate traveller and a dreamer. She regularly cycles long distance trips across Europe with her photographic equipment packed in a trailer attached to her bicycle. A lot of her work is done on the road.

In 2016, she moved to Cardiff to study on the Artist: Designer Maker course at Cardiff School of Art and Design.

There, she gained a deeper knowledge of different materials and processes and joined the exchange study program at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

Besides pinhole photography, she is interested in researching other alternative photography techniques. Her work is influenced by sustainability and upcycling, media archaeology and new materialism, psychogeography and craftivism.

Although, Michaela’s practice is mainly grounded in visual arts, the concept is more important than the content of the image.

Her artworks often question shared responsibility, waste society and our relationship to the environment. She is intrigued by the thingness of the photographic matter and its memory. As a pinhole photographer and craftivist she tackles environmental concerns with the light-sensitive properties of photographic paper and with creative engagements in the public realm.

Soon, Michaela will be moving out of the country and so she is coming back to London to share what happened since the times when everything began.

 

https://michaeladavidova.com/

https://www.instagram.com/aytacrayta/

Free admission – RSVP http://buytickets.at/hoxton253/

Categories: All, Photography, Visual Arts

ARTIST ROOMS

Copeland Gallery
133 Copeland Road,
Peckham
London
SE15 3SN

13 to 25 June 2019
Drinks reception 20 June | 6 to 8.30 pm

Opening times: 2-8pm Monday to Sunday (or by appointment)


Encounter Contemporary and Richeldis Fine Art are pleased to present Artist Rooms, 2019.

The concept is deceptively simple. Four distinguished international contemporary artists. Four distinct rooms in which to create an engaging exhibit or installation. The highly anticipated second edition of the project (launched 2017) will open on Thursday 13th June at Copeland Gallery in Peckham.

Celebrating creative difference, Artist Rooms provides each participant an opportunity to innovate and assert their individuality as practitioners.  The varied experiential quality of each room echoes the unique approach of each artist. From poetic assemblages of discarded architectural fragments, to multilayered photographic collages and a dynamic group of twenty 4-6ft sculptural ceramic vessels, the multidisciplinary works on display will make for a captivating and layered viewing experience.

The list of exhibitors is impressive. Each artist notably having gained significant critical acclaim early in their careers (see below for details). Following individual appearances at institutional venues worldwide, such as the Saatchi Gallery (UK), Imago Mundi – Luciano Bennetton Collection (Italy),  Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark) and Trafo Kunsthall (Norway)  all four artists are now jointly turning their attention to occupying the 5000sqft South London exhibition space.

Artist Rooms will run until 25th June. This ambitious and intriguing project is certainly not one to miss.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Unit Uncovers | Summer Group Show

Christie’s Education London
42 Portland Place
Marylebone
W1B 1NB

13 June – 10 August, 2019
Private View: 13 June, 7 to 8:30pm


 

The Unit Uncovers Summer Group Show in collaboration with Christie’s Education marks the first in a series of dynamic exhibitions which aim to actively support the next generation of contemporary artists. The exhibition brings together the work of three talented young painters – Nettle Grellier (b.1993), George Lloyd-Jones (b.1992) and Joshua Raz (b.1993) – who, despite depicting their subjects in very different ways, are united in their vibrant approach to colour and pattern. Across the three distinct bodies of work, the Unit Uncovers Summer Group Show explores themes of memory, relationships and the lived experience.

In a climate saturated with social media and relentless self-curation, Raz’s practice attempts to unpick the cult of individualism. His unique use of fractured perspective surface is reflective of his desire to question the reality of an increasingly artificial world. Similarly, Grellier’s subject matter is born from a desire to slow down our fast-paced lifestyle and highlight the importance of soft moments such as affectionate physical intimacy between friends. Lloyd-Jones’ current body of work is largely the product of a period of bed-bound illness, and it therefore focuses on his immediate surroundings and patterns that in turn become tropes of his gentle pace of living and semi-conscious vision.

Christie’s Education is a specialist provider of higher and continuing education, and an internationally recognised centre of academic excellence in the study of art business and the art market, art history and art world ecosystems, curating and connoisseurship. Christie’s Education is pleased to share its space in Marylebone to support the Unit Uncovers Summer Group Show with Unit London to encourage inspiration and education in all areas of the art world.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Hybrid Prophecy | A solo show by Polish artist Kle Mens

REJEKT Gallery
82a Commercial Street
London
E1 6LY

14th to 23rd June, 2019
Private View: Thursday 13th June 2019, 6pm


REJEKT Gallery presents Hybrid Prophecy, a solo show of one of Poland’s exceptional young artists, Kle Mens.The work will be exhibited at 82a Commercial Street, a former public toilet in London’s East End and is curated by ElaineTam.

Kle Mens is a Warsaw-based visual artist working across painting, sculpture, performance and film. Following the death of her father, Kle Mens grew up in an extreme Catholic sect in Poland, under the care of her mother, schizophrenic, devotee nun. As such, a major tenet of her work is the exploration and exploitation of religious iconography, which calls forth a brave new world of the feminine in post-secular art practice.

The paintings at the heart of her practice involve a traditional technique, one which requires the painstaking application of a hundred translucent layers.Through this steady dedication we witness the transfiguration of Kle Mens as Saint, martyr and hybrid creature, which emphasises the transmutable nature of timeless mythical bodies.

In her first UK solo show, Kle Mens makes a brave incantation, summoning both religious martyrs and mythological hybrids to evoke the formidable force of female transformation, which underlies all her work.This exhibition sees Kle Mens revisiting the idolatry of female purity of her youth through the martyr’s series, with focus on those whose punishment was sex-related or sexuality-specific.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Fantastic Properties

The Crypt Gallery
Dukes Road Entrance (off Euston Road)
London 
NW1 2BA

14th to 16th June 2019
Private View: 13 June 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Opening times:
Fri-Sat 11-7pm
Sat 11-7pm
Sun 11-4pm


 

Unit 303 is a London collective of twelve artists working across painting, sculpture, film, performance and installation. Formed in 2018 and associated with the ‘Contemporary practice’ advanced course at City Lit, our work deals in known and hidden histories and the marks left on spaces and objects – amongst other stories.

We established our collective in September 2018 under the umbrella of the Contemporary Practice Personal Project (CPPP) course at the City Lit, an adult education institution based in Holborn. We spend a day a week coming together to discuss and develop our artistic practice.

​Our collective identity goes beyond our presence on the CPPP course. Despite our varied approaches and backgrounds, we share a number of artistic concerns, in particular around memory – personal and collective – and around the exploration of what is hidden and untold.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Pinhole Camera Not a Bomb | 1 day workshop by Michaela Davidova

Hoxton 253 art project space
253 Hoxton Street
London
N1 5LG

Saturday 15th June, 11-6 pm & Sunday 16th June, 11-6 pm


MISSION

As part of ‘Going In Circles’ exhibition by artist Michaela Davidova, come for a full day workshop at HOXTON 253! Make a pinhole camera from collected litter and develop the negative photographic paper in a DIY coffee developer.

WORKSHOP PLAN

History of Pinhole Photography
Learn about inspiring artists and how pinhole photography was invented.

Pinhole Photography Principles and Calculations
Learn the basic calculations and principles related to pinhole photography, to understand the optimal pinhole diameter, focal length and focal number of pinhole cameras.

Make a Pinhole Camera

Now it is time to be creative and make your own unique pinhole camera. Artist Michaela Davidova will provide cleaned pieces of rubbish to use, she will collect these outside on Hoxton Street prior to the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring and upcycle any old object they might have and want to turn into a camera. The object has to be hollow and the only condition is the ability to turn it light-tight e.g.: a transparent glass candy jar won’t but a tin one will work!

The method of changing light-sensitive paper and the storage of your exposed photographs will be also explained.

Lunch Break

Introducing Caffenol process
Learn the recipe for a coffee developer as an alternative photographic process.

Taking Pictures and Developing
The calculations of exposure time will be further explained.
Time to experiment with different exposures and compositions then develop the pictures in the coffee developer.

Drying the pictures, Cleaning, Discussion.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Empty containers will be prepared for the making of pinhole cameras. In case you would like to bring your own object you are welcome to do so. It is an upcycling workshop, so if you have something you want to give another life, please feel free to bring it along. Please remember that the box has to be (or it should be possible to make it) completely light-tight.

Bring lunch/snacks. There is an off-licence next to the gallery, and Saturday’s Hoxton Street Market will cater with some great street food too.

Last but not least, bring some good mood and lots of energy as it will be a long day!

HOW MUCH

Each workshop costs £40 per person.

Limited places (12 each day) bookable through the link below:

http://buytickets.at/hoxton253/270316

MORE FROM THE ARTIST

“The workshop is the continuum of the project ‘Own Your Own Space // The Hoard of the World Seen Through the Eyes of an Aluminium Can’.

As a pinhole photographer and craftivist I wanted to respond to the rubbish which is present in our public space. I decided to convert the found pieces into a pinhole camera and take pictures from its perspective. How is the world seen through the eyes of litter? Pinhole images show distorted reality of our world. Each photograph and the GPS position of the found object is uploaded to the online map of the project. Unless we stop to litter the space we share with others, the project continues to map the hoard of the world.

When I moved to the United Kingdom, in 2013, the scenery of rubbish in the city was something that fascinated me. You can find anything on the streets – from new and unwanted products, obsolete and broken junk to carelessly discarded litter which was left behind as a by-product of quick consumerism. Each place has its own “number one rubbish”. In Cardiff it is the aluminium can, while in the fast paced tempo of London city the coffee take away cups can be commonly spotted.

Following my interest in the alternative photographic techniques I also started to experiment with Caffenol. The process where coffee is used as a DIY photographic paper developer.”

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Categories: All, Courses, Photography, Visual Arts

Great art with everyone: Mastering community engagement

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street
Dalston

Monday 17th June 2019
Time: 7pm


 

Young People in the Arts (YPIA), the networking group for early-career professionals in the arts sector, are hosting an evening discussion about community engagement in the arts world.

In 2017 Arts Council England’s Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor indicated that Arts Council strategy is likely to move from “great art for everyone” to “great art with everyone”. With increasing emphasis from funders for organisations to demonstrate community engagement in their work, join YPIA for a workshop with pioneers of best practice community engagement, exploring how to successfully bring together artistic excellence and social engagement.

We’ll examine why meaningful engagement with communities is crucial for a healthy arts sector, share and compare approaches to engagement in the arts across organisations, and provide invaluable insights and expert advice on funders’ changing approach to engagement and how this can impact your own projects.

Our speakers include Becky Allen, head of creative learning at Half Moon Theatre, Katherine Igoe-Ewer, local producer at The Yard Theatre, and Daisy Swift, learning director at Wigmore Hall. Becky, Katherine and Daisy will share their own experiences of community engagement, following which there will be opportunity for group discussion and questions.

Tickets cost £10 (or £5 for YPIA members) and can be purchased from here:

https://www.ypia.co.uk/event/great-art-with-everyone-mastering-community-engagement 

Categories: All, Talks, Visual Arts

The Mapping of the Moon: 1669-1969

The Map House,
54 Beauchamp Place
Knightsbridge
London
SW3 1NY

21 June to 21 August, 2019
Private View: 20 June 2019


 

Coinciding with the 50 year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing this July, the exhibition explores 300 years of lunar and celestial cartography from early astronomers in the 17th century to the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 and beyond.

Highlights from the exhibition include signed memorabilia by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell, alongside space race ephemera from international corporations marking the lunar landing. Also on display will be an exciting range of maps, globes, light boxes, star charts and 3D models dated from 1660s onwards. Each will illustrate mankind’s fascination with the night sky, and celebrate the first moon landing that captured the imaginations of millions of people across the globe.

Categories: All, Photography, Visual Arts

Fred Ingrams: Edge of Landscape

Iris Studios
Adrian Mews
Ifield Rd
London
SW10 9AE

26th to 29th June 2019
Opening times: 11.00–18.00


Nick Holmes FINE ART is delighted to present an exciting new series of work painted by internationally acclaimed, contemporary British artist, Fred Ingrams.

‘The deep dug ditches that drained and raised The Fens are precious margins that frame slabs of ever changing colour. It is a landscape that is on the outside of a world that exists beyond horizon.’

 

Fred Ingrams

Fred Ingrams is a maverick, an artist who has discovered beauty in a landscape where others see monotony and isolation.

As Ingrams tells it: ‘The Fens are the least loved landscape in Britain. For most, the flatness of this vast area of Eastern England does not capture the heart. It does not fit the ideal of a rolling “green and pleasant land”; apparently featureless and as flat as a billiard table the wind blows from the East, cold and nagging. The only sounds are distant tractors, the call of lapwings, warblers and the cry of marsh harriers. It is for all these reasons I feel so at home painting in this landscape, that has the sense of being at the edge of everything.’

Ingrams was born in 1964. He studied at Camberwell College of Arts and St Martin’s School of Art, leaving the former for refusing to use oil paints and expelled from the latter as a ‘disruptive influence’. For ten years in the ’80s he painted above the Coach & Horses pub, immersing himself in Soho’s bohemian culture. The infamous Colony Room Club was a favourite haunt, as it was for Francis Bacon, Damian Hirst and other irascibles. Bacon became a regular drinking partner and, against his usual credo of owning virtually nothing, bought one of Ingrams’ large oils.

Ingrams had numerous shows across London before leaving the capital behind to run a successful graphic design business from his home, a modernist glass and metal roofed barn conversion in Norfolk. Painting remained his passion and over the last eight years he has once again worked solely as an artist, discovering the pure abstracted landscape of The Fens and making it his own. Ingrams has had four recent sell out exhibitions, but this is by far the largest offering of exciting new works to date. It is held in partnership with Nick Holmes FINE ART.

The exhibition will be held at Iris Studios, a vast converted chapel which has been transformed into a thriving photography studio hosting the likes of Twiggy and Sienna Miller. It is an extraordinary space uniquely suited to displaying Ingrams’ colour saturated canvases, with their endless horizons and dramatic perspectives.

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Categories: All, Visual Arts

Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend 2019

Chelsea & Kensington (Various venues)
London

28th to 30th June 2019


London Summer 2019 sees the return of The Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend  After a hugely successful inaugural year in 2018, KCAW is back – bigger better and bolder than before. Kicking off with a Friday Lates Art Trail  the free festival will throw open its doors once more to the area’s most prestigious museums and institutions alongside the smaller independent galleries, studios and businesses that make up the fabric of this cultural hotspot.

KCAW will take place on the last weekend of June (28th – 30th) as THE new fixture to the capital’s summer calendar of fun. Public Art installations by artists like James Capper, Tom Dale and Laura Ford,  art workshops and trails, walking, biking and bus tours, food workshops and an algorithm dance rave event, plus over 100 exhibitions and events, will provide the public with a one-off opportunity to experience and interact with the borough like never before. This year the focus is on Public Art whereby there will be a number of thought provoking art installations strategically placed in various locations, to consciously interact with the public in unique and unusual ways.

As part of the Public Art Trail, in collaboration with the Great Exhibition Road Festival, James Capper’s walking robotic sculpture will definitely be something to watch out for along the Exhibition Road! The mamouth insect-like creature is part of the artist’s Earth Marking series of kinetic-sculpture works, where industrial machines, engineering, science and art are employed to create progressive-near-fururistic like performances within the landscape.

Also don’t miss the free Algorave on Saturday night at The Museum of Brands: This latest clubbing trend sees nerdy artists and DJs with PHDs bring people together with music and visuals composed solely from algorithms and live coding. KCAW has managed to secure one of its stars, Antonio Roberts who is an artist and curator for the Tate and the V & A. Reserve tickets here

Art-wise there is obviously lots to choose from, but one event we’re particularly excited about is the Sloane Square ‘adventure’  island called Naming the Horizon, created by Tom Dale, Lily Jencks Design Studio and the Museum of Architecture. Sloane Square’s traffic island will be transformed into an ‘adventure’ island made up of found objects and curiosities to echo those collected by one of the Enlightenment Era’s leading figures, Sir Hans Sloane  Playing artfully with materials, scale and location the ‘interactive’ installation will include deep sea navigation buoys that employ a formal colour coding system, assigning a visual language to the ‘unknown and unseen’. Text and visual clues placed on the ground and across the tree canopies will help the public to navigate this surreal island where the farthest lands, the deepest waters, and outer space can all be explored at once! This will all be supported by talks and performances at the site and aims to be educational, fun, absurd and accessible to as many people as possible.

Kensington and Chelsea Art Weekend have pulled out all the stops to turn the borough into one fluid, cultural and artistic museum-turned-walk-through-playground, for the public to enjoy a feast of free delights and events. As the festival’s Director Vestalia Chilton puts it, this year is all about ‘unveiling the unexpected and highlighting the extraordinary local spirit unique to the area’.

Some parts of the core programme are starting to pop up under the ‘early-bird section’ of the website with full programme published the end of May.

ABOUT KCAW

Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend is an annual celebration of arts and culture in West London. Staged in the summer, the Festival’s vision is to celebrate and promote West London as a cultural hotspot, to celebrate its artistic legacy and abundant creative future. KCAW shines a spotlight on the area’s unexpected and unique cultural variety across a multitude of studios, museums, galleries, exhibition spaces and businesses, attracting local and international audiences to hundreds of events and installations throughout the borough.

Developed with community consultation, KCAW highly successful inaugural edition in July 2018 presented street art displays, public art installations, a late-night art trail and a free Art Bus connecting the far corners of the borough – as well as 70 public events and workshops. Over 60 public institutions, private galleries and local business took part, including Design Museum, Leighton House Museum, V&A, Electric Cinema, Kensington Central Library and Chelsea Physic Garden, Serena Morton Gallery, the Bhavan, Mosaic Rooms, Chelsea Arts Club, and Goldfinger Factory.

The full programme will be published in late May online: www.kcaw.co.uk

For more information please visit: www.kcaw.co.uk or contact info@kcaw.co.uk

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Categories: All, Event, Festival, Visual Arts

SHUBBAK | A window on contemporary Arab culture

Various locations across London

28 June – 14 July 2019


The fifth edition of the Shubbak Festival starts on the 28th June bringing exciting, bold, poignant and urgent work by Arab artists questioning the norm to London’s stages, concert halls, cinemas, outdoor locations, galleries and museums.

In times when political alliances are shifting, definitions of gender are broadened, divisions between generations are interrogated, and hierarchies of power are exposed, the voices of these artists take audiences to new and unexpected realms of possibilities, a realm where empathy and freedom dares to live.

VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMME

For 2019 Shubbak has commissioned a number of mobile installations for different locations across London

 

MOROCCO

Aicha El Beloui

Sat 29 June (10:00am – 6:00pm)
Museum of London, London

Sun 30 June (12:00pm – 7:00pm)
British Library Piazza, London

Sun 7 July (10:00am – 5:30pm)
British Museum,London

Gathering personal narratives through interviews, researching the sound archives in the British Library and walking through West London’s streets, the artist discovered the agreements between Morocco, Spain and France as the catalysts to Moroccan presence in the city.

Drawing from this material she will create one of her distinctive maps. Seemingly simply rendered in black and white, they are filled with richly textured incident and associative connections. Charting routes between Morocco and London, and recognising original dreams and aspirations as well as today’s experiences of second and third generation young people, the artist invites the viewer to reflect on themes of citizenship and belonging.

Aicha El Beloui’s map will be available in paper formats, digitally and as an installation, travelling to different sites across the city.

Aicha El Beloui is a Casablanca-based illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, she worked originally for UNESCO in heritage preservation. She regularly works with communities to discover a neighbourhood and filters her observations into maps and illustrations.

Produced by Cedar Lewisohn. Presented with additional support from Drosos Foundation and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with Al Hasaniya and FerArts.


 

MOROCCO

Mehdi Annassi

28 June-14 July 2019

North Kensington

Time: Visit Shubbak.co.uk for dates and location from 5 June

Casablanca-based street artist Mehdi Annassi explores the neighbourhoods of North Kensington to create a new mural in a public location. Nicknamed Petit Larache, the Golborne Road has long been at the centre of Moroccan identity in London. Together with residents and community groups, the artist will delve into its history and scenes of everyday life. He will develop a short graphic story, which will be painted directly on one of the walls in this iconic neighbourhood.

Mehdi Annassi aka Machima works on large-scale murals, comics, zines, animation, illustrations and street art (Street Art Caravane, Jidar Festival, Sbagha Bagha Festival). He is known for his contribution and involvement to Morocco’s thriving comic art scene and is a founding member of Skefkef, the first Moroccan independent comics magazine. He is currently working on his first graphic novel.

Presented with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Drosos Foundation and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with FerArts.


 

TUNISIA

BECOMING, Hela Ammar

 Fri 28 June–Sat 13 July (excl. Sundays) 2019

10.00am–6.00pm

Shepherd’s Bush Market

‘Becoming’ is a new site-specific installation in Shepherd’s Bush Market. Tunisian artist Hela Ammar spent time with women in London who have recently arrived, and carefully balancing the normality of London living with a period of personally unsettled existence.

Large-scale portrait photographs are pasted on different surfaces in the market. Voices and stories, sourced through interviews, are audible and blend with the different sounds of the market.

Visitors are invited to pause and contemplate on questions of displacement, migration, integration, coexistence, belonging and becoming in the midst of a bustling market environment, where many nationalities and cultures meet.

Hela Ammar is a Tunisian visual artist and lawyer. Memory, identity and marginal communities are recurrent themes in her work. She has exhibited in major international biennales, including regular installations at Dream City in Tunis. Her works are in the collections of the British Museum and the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Presented with additional support from Qatar Foundation International, British Council, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, in collaboration with Single Homeless Project and Scheherazade Initiative.


 

SAUDI ARABIA

GEOGRAPHICAL CHILD’S PLAY

Bricklab: Abdulrahman & Turki Gazzaz

Saturday 29 June, 1pm -8pm

Art at the Lake, Milton Keynes, Willen Lake MK15 0DS

Sun 30 June, 12pm -7pm

British Library Piazza, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Sun 7 July, 10am – 5.30pm

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Bricklab, the designers of the first Saudi pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale create a new pop-up sculpture especially for Shubbak. 22 brightly coloured units equalling in number the 22 states of the Arab League are arranged in different constellations to offer new viewpoints of geographies, nations and the power to imagine other realities. No unit can stand on its own, but has to be grafted onto others. Some constellations seem hierarchical, others more egalitarian. Geographical Child’s Play conjures up poignant and surprising alignments and dependencies. Stretching nearly 10m as a line or barely 3m as a circle, Geographical Child’s Play is Bricklab’s most public and engaging sculpture so far.

The bright colours and low level hint at nursery furniture or playground equipment. It is an invitation to imagine geopolitics through the lens of play and a deliberately naïve hope.

Established in Jeddah in 2015 Bricklab (Abdulrahman & Turki Gazzaz) quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic current design practices in Saudi Arabia. Their work has been shown at 21,39 Saudi Art Week, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai and Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2018 they took part in the British Council and V&A International Designers Workshop.

Produced by Will Sandy. The commission of Bricklab has been generously supported by the British Council and individual donors Sara Ali Reza and Faisal Tamer.


 

MOROCCO | FRANCE

HICHAM BERRADA

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Fri 3 July–Sun 18 Aug 2019, 11:00am-7:00pm

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

 Hicham Berrada’s kaleidoscopic sculptures, installations, video and performance works offer a heady combination of art and science. To create his often spectacular artworks, Berrada makes use of chemical processes and natural phenomena, such as heat, cold, magnetism and light. For his solo exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project space, his first in a UK institution, Berrada brings together new and existing works, including a series of illuminated tanks that feature delicate and ephemeral chemical landscapes, and a large-scale immersive video installation that explores morphogenesis, the biological process that causes an organism to change shape.


 

ALGERIA

BELONGING, SIDEWAYS

Rima Djahnine, Mounir Gouri, Sarah Ouadah, Fethi Sahraoui & Abdo Shanan

Curated by Toufik Douib.

Sat 29 June–Sun 14 July 2019, 10.00am–11.00pm

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

www.richmix.org.uk

Five Algerian contemporary artists explore identity and location. Looking at cultural diversity, migration and the challenges of coexistence, Belonging, Sideways features work from different corners of Algeria and dealing with complex histories, geographies and biographies.

Mounir Gouri’s stitched plates refer to the trade of illegal migrants in his coastal hometown in the North East of the country.

Artist illustrator Sarah Ouadah re-interprets the classic poem of the tragic Bedouin love story Hyzia as a digital fantasy for a new generation of readers. Rima Djahnine’s cartography-inspired installation weaves fragments of maps, film, GPS data and documents into personal narratives of homecoming and memories.

With his iPhone, the photographer Fethi Sahraoui captures a series of cars as scenes of ordinary life in the Saharawi camps located on the southwestern province of Algeria. Abdo Shanan displays material from his award-winning book Diary: Exile, which reflects on his experiences as an artist of Algerian and Sudanese origin, who lived for many years in Libya.

Presented with additional support from the British Council.


 

SAUDI ARABIA

AMMA BAAD, Nasser Al Salem

Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY

Tue 2 July-Sat 10 Aug 2019

 11.00am–6.00pm, (Saturday 12.00pm start)

Free Entry

In his first solo presentation in the UK, Nasser Al Salem presents a project exploring the relationship between language, time and space through a series of sculptural and multimedia workings of the phrase ‘there after’ in its Arabic script. ‘Amma baad’ is an expression used in official correspondence which follows sentences of salutations and greetings and precedes the act of formulating the story to come. ‘Amma’ acts as a substitute to the act and asserts what is to follow, while ‘baad’ is a dimension in time and space.

Nasser Al Salem is formally trained in calligraphy and architecture, both disciplines that have had a strong impact in the development of his practice. He engages with new perspectives towards the written word and calligraphy. He lives and work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During summer 2018 Al Salem was an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation.

Curated by Maya El Khalil.


 

MOROCCO

RAW QUEENS

Fatima Mazmouz & Meriem Bennani, Curated by Yasmina Naji

Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

Fri 5 July–Sat 14 Sep 2019, 11.00am-6.00pm

Free Entry

Curated by Yasmina Naji, Raw Queens offers a cultural and political re-evaluation of the perceptions of women in the Arab world, and especially in Morocco. Featuring artists Fatima Mazmouz and Meriem Bennani, the exhibition explores art, feminism and post-colonialism. As an art project it seeks to open new spaces for conversation on gender and popular culture, constructing a new representation of indigenous figures of power.

Casablanca-born Fatima Mazmouz lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco. Through her multimedia practice, photography, performance and installation she often questions individual and cultural identities.

Meriem Benanni is based in New York and was born in Rabat in Morocco. She works in video, sculpture, multimedia installation, drawing and Instagram. She is known for her playful and humorous use of digital technologies such as 3D animation and motion capture.

Yasmina Naji is the founder of Kulte Center for Contemporary Art and Editions in Rabat, Morocco.


 

IRAQ | UK

10 TO 10, Hassan Al-Mousaoy

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ

Fri 28 June–Sun 14 July 2019, 10.00am–6.00pm

Free Entry

Shubbak invites photographer Hassan Al-Mousaoy to work with recently arrived young people in West London, charting their daily lives in sequences of personal photographs. Participants will select, edit and install their work in the intimate setting of the Bush Theatre Attic. The images follow the rhythm of their day.

Based in London for 11 years, Hassan Al-Mousaoy’s unique project My Life in Pictures brought together images taken by young Iraqis from his first visit back to Iraq with images by young migrants in London.

Presented with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, in collaboration with the British Red Cross, Young Roots, and Barnet Refugee Service.


 

SYRIA AND YEMEN: MAKING ART TODAY

Symposium,

British Museum, Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Great Russell Street, London

Sun 7 July 2019, 10:30am

Tickets: £15, £10 BM members & concs

www.britishmuseum.org/020 7370 9990

Since 2011, Syria and Yemen have witnessed unprecedented destruction and degradation of art and cultural infrastructure, in addition to humanitarian crisis, as a result of the ongoing conflicts in both these countries. In this symposium, artists, curators and scholars investigate the current status and future of art and culture from the point of view of artists working inside these countries as well as those who are presently living outside Syria and Yemen. What are the challenges? How is war affecting artistic expression? What means are there for artists to communicate their practice? How does artistic mobility reflect on art and how do artists cope with migration and exile, forced or voluntary? How can artists engage individually and collectively, through art and other means of expression with a possible future post-conflict era?

The symposium will be divided into three sessions, one each on Yemen and Syria, introduced by overviews of the art scenes prior to the present conflicts. The third session, in the afternoon, will show a series of recent films by Syrian and Yemeni filmmakers.

For full details of speakers and films, visit shubbak.co.uk from 1 May.

Produced by British Museum.
Syria panel supported by the Atassi Foundation.


 

MOROCCO

THE SECOND COPY 2045, Youness Atbane

British Museum, Room 43, The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World

Sun 7 July 2019, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.00pm

Free. Limited audience capacity

“It is a cloth, which is becoming a flag, which is becoming art, then an identity, a policy, a film, a choreography and finally a history”

We are in 2045, a time when current conflicts have ended. Artists’ archives become a source of knowledge for a new generation. Youness Atbane’s performance features in a future documentary film by a young film maker about the history of Moroccan art and the role of the artist in the early 21st century. The fictional film includes footage of the very performance we are watching. With lucid clarity and deadpan humour, The Second Copy takes a look at the dynamics of contemporary art, the role of institutions and the telling of history. Atbane makes us rethink the connections between objects, documentary and fiction in a museum context.

Youness Atbane is an artist dividing his time between Casablanca and Berlin and working between visual arts and performance. His work has been shown in major biennales and festivals. He won the prestigious ZKB Acknowledgment Prize 2018 at Theater Spektakel, Zurich.

Produced by British Museum.
Syria panel supported by the Atassi Foundation.


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The Sunny Art Prize

Deadline for submissions 30th June 2019


The Sunny Art Prize is an international art prize hosted by Sunny Art Centre, London. This fine art competition in the UK is a global platform offering art opportunities to emerging and established artists to showcase their artworks internationally. The exhibiting galleries are located in cities across the world,  including London, Beijing and Shanghai. The art contest will also give the art prize winners the opportunity to be part of a one-month artist residency. The Artist Residency Programme is organised in collaboration with established Chinese art institutions and it provides the chance to engage with historically and culturally rich places in China.

The art competition welcomes submissions from all over the world. The diversity of the prize is also reflected by the variety of art practices it represents, from two-dimensional work such as paintings, drawings and photography to three-dimensional sculptures and ceramics, as well as contemporary installations, mixed media artworks, video and digital work.

Sunny Art Prize 2019 Submissions Deadline: 30th June 2019

What Is Awarded?

First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

The prize winners will be joined by 27 shortlisted artists in a group exhibition at the Sunny Art Centre, London. From these 27, 7 artists will be selected to exhibit their works at one of our partners’ galleries in China along with the three Prize winners.

Advantages

Exhibit your work globally in prestigious galleries from London to Shanghai

Win from a cash fund of £6,000 to expand your practice

Win the first prize and get an exclusive 1-month solo exhibition in the heart of London at the Sunny Art Gallery

Participate in a residency in Asia, and engage with historically and culturally rich places in China

Reach audiences worldwide by showcasing your work online to over 100,000 visitors.

Be included in the finely printed catalogues released internationally for each edition of the Prize

Who Can Submit?

Submissions are accepted from every country in the world and are all equally judged. Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to enter the competition.
Entries may include:

Accepted Media

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ceramic
  • Original Prints
  • Installation Art
  • Mixed Media (both wall-hung and three-dimensional)
  • Video Art (Including moving image, projected work, and digital installations)
  • Drawing

 

Size Restrictions

All 2D work such as painting, drawing, projected videos (including moving images and installation) must be 120x120cm in size max.

All three-dimensional work, including sculptures, ceramics, and mixed media artworks, must be 80x80x80cm max in size. Installation art (whether made of mixed media or digital) must be assembled on site at the exhibiting location and can reach 100x100x100cm max.

What Do We Look For?

We wish for artists to engage with real contemporary issues.

Winners of previous editions did so by raising awareness of global issues and themes ranging from climate change, the current international debate regarding immigration and refugees to our perception of identity, gender, and much more.

Apply Now

To Apply, visit the Sunny Art Centre website here

Categories: All, Call For Entries, Visual Arts

Artist Open Call: Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019

Deadline for entries: 30th June 2019


Applications are now open for contemporary printmakers worldwide to showcase work at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2019. Applicants can submit up to 4 works. All forms of original printmaking are eligible. Reproduction prints are not accepted. All work must be for sale.

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is the only fair in London dedicated solely in contemporary printmaking, and the largest of its kind in the UK, set in the impressive former cartridge factory within Woolwich Royal Arsenal, London.

With over 500 specialist artists and exhibitors, WCPF celebrates every aspect of printmaking – from etching and lithography, to woodblock and screen-printing – exciting emerging talent sits alongside established practitioners and galleries.

Applicants can apply at: http://www.woolwichprintfair.com/application-portal

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