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BRITISH AIRWAYS PRESENTS: BA 2119: FLIGHT OF THE FUTURE

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Rd
Chelsea
London
SW3 4RY

August 1 to August 26, 2019


 

BRITISH AIRWAYS PRESENTS: BA 2119: FLIGHT OF THE FUTURE; AN EXHIBITION EXPLORING AVIATION OVER THE NEXT 100 YEARS AT LONDON’S SAATCHI GALLERY

• British Airways collaborates with Royal College of Art for a first-of-its-kind exhibition
• The exhibition follows global research identifying what aviation could look like over the next 100 years
• An immersive, full motion, virtual reality experience, Fly, will be available for gallery visitors to experience humankind’s relationship with flight
• A panel event to launch the exhibition will see leading futurists, designers and aviation specialists explore the research and discuss the travel experience of the next 100 years

To celebrate its centenary British Airways is launching BA 2119: Flight of the Future, a first-of-its-kind exhibition looking ahead to the next 100 years of flying and imagining what that may look like.

The exhibition will open throughout August, British Airways’ birthday month, and is based on in-depth global research commissioned by the airline to identify what aviation could look like in 20 years, 40 years, 60 years and beyond.

BA 2119: Flight of the Future, in collaboration with the Royal College of Art, seeks to push the boundaries of imagination and explore how future generations will circumvent the globe in a world of advanced jet propulsion, hyper personalisation, automation, AI, modular transport, sustainability, health and entertainment.

Set to take place at the Saatchi Gallery in London, forty postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art have been working on the project to imagine the future of flight in both digital and physical form. Exploring trends and drivers from the research commissioned by British Airways through respected insights organisation, Foresight Factory, the students are looking at the future through three lenses; aircraft, experience and people. The exhibition acknowledges that the desire and ability to travel is set to grow and focuses on sustainability and technology to drive change.

Alongside the installations will be a one-of-a-kind, full motion, virtual reality experience charting the history of flying and looking forward to the future for visitors who purchase tickets in advance.

Named Fly, it is an interactive, full motion, multisensory experience that traces humankind’s relationship to flying.  Built by award winning VR creators and an Oscar-winning practical effects team, Fly enables visitors to become a time-travelling pilot, from the earliest imaginings of Leonard da Vinci and his ornithopter, to the Wright Brothers’ success on Kitty Beach, to that first inaugural passenger flight to Paris. Users will experience Concorde, the brand new A350 and the imagined flight of future. The main Fly experience is set on a large motion platform and scaled down stationary versions of the experience will be available in smaller pods.

Alex Cruz, British Airways Chairman and CEO, said: “To mark our centenary, we’ve been reflecting on our past and thanking our customers for making us the airline we are today. It’s down to our customers’ sense of adventure and desire to travel that we’ve grown from that first flight to Paris in August 1919 to the airline we are today.

“And we want to take them with us as we look forward to the next 100 years. Our BA 2119: Flight of the Future exhibition explores what the customer experience of the future will look like, pushing the boundaries of imagination and exploring how we, and future generations, will travel the globe.”

Dr. Ashley Hall, Professor of Design Innovation in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art, said: “British Airways’ BA 2119: Flight of the Future exhibition brings together some of the Royal College of Art’s brightest minds across a range of nationalities and creative disciplines, including Intelligent Mobility, Textiles and Innovation Engineering Design, with aviation experts to explore the future of flying.

“Working with British Airways, we’ve applied design research and innovation thinking to develop this inspirational exhibition. We hope to show a few surprises for what might be in store for travellers over the next 100 years to map out the future of flight.”

The installations and virtual reality experience will be on display at the Saatchi Gallery from August 1 to August 26, 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free but tickets for the virtual reality experience can be purchased from here [link].

The launch the exhibition the airline is inviting leading futurists, designers and aviation specialists to join Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz, for a panel discussion to explore the travel experience over the next 100 years.

British Airways is also hosting a range of activities and events throughout the year to mark its 100th birthday. As well as the exhibition, the airline is exploring the future of sustainable aviation fuels and the aviation careers of the future.

Categories: All, Event, Talks, Visual Arts

Sadness is a no gO-Zone

The Copeland Gallery
Unit 9I
Copeland Park
133 Copeland Rd
London
SE15 3SN

August 02 to August 04 2019

Times:

Friday 02nd August: 18:00 – 23:30
Saturday 03rd August: 11:30 – 19:00
Sunday 04th August: 11:00 – 18:00


 

Adapt, a climate club using art and design to combat climate change, are exhibiting works from 50 artists after a successful Kickstarter campaign at The Copeland Gallery, Peckham on 02-04 August 2019.

Titled Sadness is a no gO-Zone, the free-to-attend exhibition will feature pieces from 50 European artists and will be used to raise awareness of the biggest issues facing the planet – from energy to travel to re-wilding – through the lens of creativity in a bid to land more impactful messaging and promote action.

Adapt (short for Adaptive Capacity) consists of a team of volunteers and all artists and designers who will feature in the Sadness is a no gO-Zone exhibition have donated their time for free, responding to a collaborative brief using Adapt’s existing language. The tongue-in-cheek slogans given in the design brief included phrases such as ‘Feeling Hot Hot Hot’, ‘Solar, So Good’, ‘Shall We Clear The Air?’ and more which has resulted in more than 50 creative interpretations in the form of graphic design and illustration.

“We started Adapt after seeing the majority of media communicating important information about the current environmental catastrophe in a really gloomy, exclusive and uninspiring way which didn’t resonate with us as creatives who wanted to take action.” Says Creative Director, Josie Tucker.

Producing Director, Richard Ashton, adds: “”We’re very grateful and happy that so many people have supported our Kickstarter campaign, it’s given us even more hope that there are so many people dedicated to highlighting our climate crisis!”

As well as the exhibition, there will be a tree planting challenge in collaboration with Ecosia (the search engine that plants trees), a protest flag making workshop, video installations, workshops and more.

Adapt are on course to raise all of their £3,300 goal after a month-long Kickstarter campaign. In return for pledges, Adapt offered branded stickers, posters, tote bags, T-shirts and signed prints.

 

For more information visit Adapt at www.sadness-is-a-no-go.zone.


 

Programme

Friday 02nd August: Launch Night // 18:00 – 23:00

Come join us to kick off Sadness is a no gO-zone. With a bar run by 504 the Arch, Adapt’s friends behind the decks and a fundraising shop, make sure you don’t miss out!

Saturday 03rd August: Protest Flag Making // 18:00 – 23:30

Join artist Peach Doble get angry and make your own protest banner using fabric offcuts from local seamstresses. Resist! Persist! Protest!

Sunday 04th August: Urbogreens Farming // 15:00–16:30

Come see and learn about Jan Urbanowski’s vibrant urban farm. Urbogreens are grown year round using less water than traditional farming methods and without pesticides with fewer effects on the environment. This food is packed full of flavour and goodness, its hyper fresh and hyper local. Food can be purchased at here and during the launch night.

Sunday 04th August: Dropping Seed Bombs // 15:00–16:30

Become a guerrilla gardener and make your local environment wild! Learn how to make seed bombs and a difference in a hands on (and messy) workshop with Jon Halls, an artist and environmental activist.

Sunday 04th August: Designed Ecology // 15:00–16:30

Lauren Davies is the founder & creative director of ‘Designed Ecology’, a multidisciplinary design practice that seeks to address issues around species extinction and ecological inequality. Come hear her talk through the concept behind her modular habitat boxes found within the exhibition.

Categories: All, Event, Talks, Visual Arts

Semblance

Sutton House Hackney
2 and 4 Homerton High Street
Hackney,
London,
E9 6JQ

3 August to 15 November 2019


Photographs capturing the lives, loves and losses of generations of Hackney women are the subject of a new exhibition at Sutton House this summer.

The personal portraits, many showing moments in Hackney’s history such as the Second World War and the arrival of the Windrush generation, were donated for the exhibition after London-based artist Cherelle Sappleton appealed to local community groups.

‘Family snaps can seem quite throwaway, especially today when so many pictures are taken on mobile phones,’ explained Cherelle. ‘It’s great to have them digitised but technology has really changed our relationship to the past. Through these women’s personal collections you get a real sense of each generation, each time in history. To me photos like this are like gold dust.’

Cherelle’s artwork is part of Sutton House’s ongoing programme of exhibitions and events created with and for local people and artists. The images on display have all been digitally scanned by the artist, with some blown up to create prints and others used to create new abstract art works for the display, which is set to music. Each tells a different story.

One set of images has been donated by a woman who was previously the governor of Hackney School and today is part of the Hackney Museum Black Women’s Writing Group.

Another woman from the Philippines, who just recently came to live in Hackney, donated images charting three or four generations on her mother’s side.

‘She’s still working out what it means to be British,’ explained Cherelle, whose childhood images are also featured in the exhibition. ‘One theme which came up fairly strongly from many of the images is the idea of families being fragmented because of the movement between countries. For example for the Windrush Generation, siblings, couples, children could be separated for long periods of time, in some cases only coming back together years later or never at all. At times, looking through the photos brought up some strong emotions for people.’

But Cherelle says even the serious themes in the exhibition are captured in a ‘playful way’.

‘What does family mean to you? What does it mean to be British? You can take the images at face value – as historic records, portraits and snapshots in time or as exploring some big questions – and others have been digitally reproduced to be more abstract – a glimpse of a face here, a scarf or a hand and a piece of art in itself.

‘I hope people will interpret them for themselves and perhaps take away a bit of curiosity to see what’s in their own attic, to connect with generations before them because it can spark some really lovely conversations. These are the kind of moments in people’s lives that in 30 years we will wish we would have captured, so I hope this archive will be there now for future generations to come.’


‘Semblance’ is a free exhibition and runs from now until 15 November 2019, at Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard, 2 & 4 Homerton High St, London E9 6JQ

Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 12-5pm, all summer (members go free, entrance fee applies for non members. Free family activity packs are available from reception on entry).

There is a café selling light snacks and refreshments and a gift shop, both are open to the public and as part of a house and garden visit.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-house-and-breakers-yard to find out more.


Image: National Trust / Ollie Harrop
Categories: All, Visual Arts

Kashmirwala | Journey to the Blue City

The Muse Gallery
269 Portobello Road
London
W11 1LR

August 9th to August 23, 2019


Kashmirwala’s Journey to the Blue City is a story of brotherhood, both in a personal and in a wider sense. The photographs in the exhibition are taken from a book documenting the artist’s pilgrimage.

What started as a chance encounter in 2014 developed into an ongoing project documenting teenage sub cultures, as well as the beginning of an international non-profit movement in support of disadvantaged communities.

A visit to Morocco’s ‘blue city’ of Chefchaouen introduced Kashmirwala to freestyle athletics in the streets of Casablanca. He returned to capture the spirit of calisthenics and to support the disenfranchised teenagers living alongside the country’s tourist attractions.

The show is part of an extensive programme of artist’s talks and workshops at the Muse – supplemented by introductory calisthenics sessions at the gallery, and across several London locations. Completing the circle are free classes held in Morocco.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Re-Educated

62 Wood Ln,
White City
London
W12 7RH

Exhibition: 10th Aug – 18 Aug
Opening party: 9th Aug


The Re-Educated concept evolved from a piece of art King created in 2018 dedicated to one of his favourite albums ‘The Miseducation Lauryn Hill’. Since then this has expanded to a full body of work. King creates portraits and focuses on the lyrics, messages and ideas each individual has shared. These are interpreted by King and shown through equations and diagrams. These ‘Chalkboard’ inspired pieces explore the duration he gained outside of the traditional school curriculum.

Ticket available for £5 from: www.jkingtheartist.co.uk/re-educated


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Categories: All, Visual Arts

Art and Spirit: Visions of Wonder

College of Psychic Studies
16 Queensberry Place
South Kensington
London,
SW7 2EB

Free entrance with £5 suggested donation

August 11 to 20, 2019
Time: 11am to 6pm


Art and Spirit: Visions of Wonder is a unique exhibition of spirit inspired art, artefacts and photographs from the unparalleled and largely unseen archives of the College of Psychic Studies in London. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition in the College’s 135 year history.

Amongst the exhibits are artworks by the Victorian pioneers of spirit art, including Anna Howitt Watts and arguably Britain’s first abstract painter, Georgiana Houghton as well as their 20th Century counterparts such as Madge Gill and Ethel Le Rossignol. Several more inspirational women are celebrated in a room devoted to the female artists who were associated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an organisation dedicated to magical studies and practices during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Also on display will be artworks that appeared during the dark seances of the 19th Century and many spirit photographs with their ghostly ectoplasmic apparitions, including one of Abraham Lincoln.

Shown for the first time will be a 1920s scrying mirror that was originally owned by Helen Duncan, a famous Scottish medium and the last person to be imprisoned under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. Another exhibition highlight will be the ‘magic’ table that was presented as evidence by magician John Nevil Maskelyne in the Bow Magistrates Court case of the Spiritualist Henry Slade in 1876. There will also be the welcome return of ‘Vicky’s Ticker’, a gold watch that once belonged to Queen Victoria. It was later presented to the medium Etta Wriedt by the famous journalist W.T. Stead shortly before he perished on the Titanic. It had been stolen in 1962 and was recently returned to the College.

The College of Psychic Studies occupies six floors of a Victorian townhouse in South Kensington, London, close to the Natural History Museum. Its most famous former President is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualist and creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes. He wrote the History of Spiritualism in 1926 with the help of the College’s library which has a vast collection of esoteric books. These will be available for reference during the exhibition.

For anyone curious about the College of Psychic Studies, during the exhibition, there will be demonstrations, workshops and talks by College tutors and visiting experts. Introductions to tarot, palmistry, mediumship, spirit art and automatic writing are all on offer for ages 18 and above. For a more in-depth insight into the College, there will be a tour by the College Historian and a Curator’s tour of the exhibition highlights.

Vivienne Roberts, Curator, says: The idea for Art and Spirit: Visions of Wonder arose from my response to every artwork, photograph and artefact in the College archive: amazement and admiration of something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar. We wanted to share this experience and the exhibition is an opportunity for others to behold the wonder of our remarkable collection.

Gill Matini, the College Principal, says: This exhibition gives visitors a unique opportunity to spend a few hours immersed in another world. Whether you believe in spirit communication or not there is so much to see and learn from a historical, sociological and artistic point of view. Think of it as Hogwarts for adults.

The College of Psychic Studies is an educational charity that began in 1884 under the name of the London Spiritualist Alliance. As one of the oldest establishments of its kind, the nature of our work has evolved to incorporate a more general and widely-based exploration of consciousness beyond matter. It offers a comprehensive curriculum of courses and workshops as well as lectures and consultations with leading mediums, healers and experts in subjects as diverse as numerology, astrology, tarot and palmistry.

Categories: All, Film, Photography, Visual Arts

Alice Wilson: Gated Community

Camden Peoples Theatre windows
58-60 Hampstead Road
Lonndon
N11 2PY

14 August to 13 September
Open daily daily. Visible from the street until dark/11pm theatre show nights.
Opening reception – Tuesday 20th, August 6-7pm (After drinks at the nearby Crown & Anchor pub on Drummond Street from 7pm)


 

For the final installment of our 2019 summer exhibition series, painter and sculptor Alice Wilson presents new works in ‘Gated Community’ in the windows of the Camden Peoples Theatre.

About Alice Wilson
Wilson works with construction timber, plaster, photography, paint and often improvises with materials to realise ideas. Landscape is used in Wilson’s practice as a medium through which to discuss concerns with experience, access and expectation. For Gated Community, Wilson presents artworks in the form of two regularly occurring motifs within her practice: a boat house and gate.

Biography
Alice Wilson (b. 1982, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated with an MA from Wimbledon School of Art, UAL in 2011 and with a BA Fine Art from Loughborough University in 2005. In 2019 Wilson has installed four works at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park for the 2019-20 programme, is exhibiting with domobaal as part of the group exhibition Backyard Sculpture and has installed her largest work to date at Thames Side Studios Gallery for the group exhibition Modern Finance.

Completing a residency in Aarhus, Denmark during May 2018 supported by the British Council’s Artists’ International Development Fund, Wilson returned to Aarhus in October for a significant Solo Exhibition, Goat Moth at Godsbanen. Other recent exhibitions include HarderEdge at the Saatchi Gallery, London, Dec 2018 Painting and Other Bad Habits at Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Nov 2018, a Solo Exhibition with DOLPH projects, London, Sept 2017, and Recreational Grounds, a public intervention in a disused South London car park, April 2018.

About Glass Cloud Gallery
Glass Cloud Gallery is a London based, artist run, window gallery. The initiative connects the public with fine art practices by collaborating with businesses to commission highly visible exhibitions in windows for the passing world to see. Glass Cloud exhibitions offer new, thought provoking moments in the everyday, created by London’s most exciting art graduates, emerging and mid career artists.  This 2019 program is kindly supported by Camden Council.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Of Course I Havent Forgotten

155a Artists Space
Lordship Lane
East Dulwich
London
SE22 8HX

Thursday 22nd August to 2 September, 6 – 9pm
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday by appointment
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 – 6pm


Warbling is excited to present an exhibition from the 22nd of August to the 2nd of September at 155a Artists Space in East Dulwich titled “Of course, I haven’t forgotten!”. A phrase which can be said with either hasty agitation or with shared rejoice for something which will pass or has already.

Each artwork in the exhibition is from either a Local, UK-based or International artist, these diverse individual pieces act as fragments of a larger ensemble synchronously eluding to a mistaken memory, a past which was maybe eerily rose tinted or an event to come which will eventually become strange and unfamiliar to us.

Although varied, the 27 artworks share a common sensitivity to a theme. Through this apparent vulnerability, each piece explores the melancholic stance which often goes hand in hand with our most valued memories.

Frederic Anderson, Mark Beldan, B Chehayeb, Tom Elliot, Lauren Emily Wilson, Thomas Garnon, Gabriela Giroletti, Andrew Graves, Dove Hays, Gabriele Herzog, Nicky Hodge, Sophie Lourdes Knight, Mary Macken Allen, Amanda Nolan Booker, Joseph O’neal, Emil Robinson, Michael Thomas Murphy, Ben Walker, Emma White, Tom Witherick, Maddie Yuille.

Warbling is a London-based curatorial project which started in June 2017 as an instagram account curated by artist Robyn Graham featuring a selection of artworks which fit within a quieter aesthetic.

With the help of fellow artists Vanessa Mosquera Cabanas and Onur Safak acting as co-curators and jurors, Warbling formed an ever interchangeable and expanding group which is not tied by geography or background but by those who share a common subtle style or similarly gentle qualities within their work.

By organising group pop-up exhibitions around London showcasing international artists who have found Warbling through instagram, slowly but surely it is creating a community of exhibiting artists who maybe might just by chance be following each other already.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Slavery Remembrance Day: Bill Richmond – Britain’s Forgotten Pugilist

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London
WC2H 0HE

23rd August 2019 – 7pm to 8pm


To mark Slavery Remembrance Day, join us for an illustrated talk about the life of Bare-knuckle Boxer Bill Richmond, featuring readings from The Ballad of Bill Richmond, a new narrative poem by Adam Marchan, and a discussion around the largely unrecognised presence of Black people in Regency England, and the part they played in bringing about the abolition of slavery.

Part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Friday Lates Programme. There will be a DJ and bar, and you’re welcome to enjoy the works on display in the Gallery until it closes at 9pm.

The event is free, but please reserve your place by phone or online :  National Portrait Gallery – 0207 306 0055

For more information, please see: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/friday-lates/slavery-remembrance-day-bill-richmond-britains-forgotten-pugilist

Categories: All, Spoken Word, Talks, Visual Arts

A Map to Fall Through: A programme of place and identity by Failed States

Arcade East
London College of Fashion
182 Mare Street
E8 3RE

Friday 23 August – 15:30 to 22:00


Failed States, the journal of indeterminate geographies, presents an expedition through the intertwined terrains of place and identity: a miscellany of talks, poetry, discussion, screenings and sound performance. Artists, writers and activists explore shifting cultural landscapes, endangered queer spaces, borders, refuge and the poetics of the city.

Featuring…

  • Ben Walters on the fight to grant heritage status to queer spaces
  • Bryony Quinn on place names and naming places
  • A screening of Welcome to Harmondsworth and discussion with filmmaker Felix Bazalgette and one of the film’s subjects, Usman Khaled
  • New Orleans native, Imani Jacqueline Brown, considers ideas of home and place-based practice from the perspective of her current London location.
  • A screening of Jasleen Kaur’s I Keep Telling Them These Stories
  • A rare chance to see My Mother’s Place (1990) by Richard Fung, an experimental documentary focusing on the filmmaker’s 80 year-old Chinese-Trinidadian mother.
  • a reading by Richard Scott of his epic poem Oh My Soho! in its entirety for the first time in public
  • A screening of Rosa-Johan Uddoh’s Black Poirot and discussion between the artist and curator Philip Serfaty
  • The latest installment from Time is Away of their acclaimed NTS Radio show — an ongoing reflection on time, place, power and history-making, weaving together music, field recordings and spoken word

For the full line-up, further details and to register go to https://failedstates.xyz/a-map-to-fall-through

Categories: All, Event, Talks, Visual Arts

Body+Soul

One Canada Square (Lobby)
Canary Wharf
London

26 August to 6 October 2019
Time: 7am – 8pm
PV: Tuesday 3 September, 6-8 pm


Exhibiting in One Canada Square this month, Body+Soul collates the works of eight, hyper realism sculptors.  Together the exhibition causes us to question, how can the soul ever be captured through the medium of sculpture?

Each artist in this exhibition has not only interpreted their model literally but has gone further to capture an invisible quality that fills the figure.  From Sean Henry’s “Seated Man”, where every millimetre of his subject has been explored in minute detail to bring an exaggerated feeling of realism,  to Recycle Group’s use of virtual reality, where viewers can hover their Recycle Group app in front of the works to see them come alive as their souls are exposed.  This immersive technique prompts viewers to consider how technology has changed society and if machines can ever have their own feelings.

The varying use of material in modern sculpture, deviating from the traditional use of marble and other natural stones is something which surprised Canary Wharf’s Public Art Curator Keith Watson. Tthe artists shown in this exhibition have carved their figures with bronze, wood (natural and burnt) ceramic, resin, coal, cardboard and even 3D printing and virtual reality.

Warren King’s “Shaoxing Husband and Wife”, a pair of life-sized figures from a Chinese village where generations of his family once lived, is made abstractly of only cardboard and glue.  Use of these commonplace, discarded materials relates to the nature of the connections he is trying to reconstruct, severed when he’s grandparents left the place some fifty years ago.

Having been interested in hyper realism since childhood, Keith Watson cites experiencing the works of Bruno Walpoth in 2015 as the spark of his journey to Body+Soul.  Reflecting on this journey, Watson comes to the realisation that there is far more to hyper realism than photographically copying a figure from life.  He quotes – “Artists, whilst perfectly capable of copying figures from life, have taken that as just the first step to develop their ideas and feelings.  They have worked to bring the character and personality of the person or their own emotions into the process of making.”

The exhibition will go on show in August as part of Canary Wharf’s on-going exhibition programme.  Since the inception of Canary Wharf’s cultural masterplan, the arts have played an important role in the development and success of the 97-acre Estate. Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art, with more than 70 permanent works by over 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen.

Visitors can attend a private viewing of the exhibition on Tuesday 3 September, 6-8pm.

There will also be a tour of the exhibition, hosted by curator Keith Watson with some of the participating artists on Wednesday 18 September 6-8pm.  The viewing and tour are both free but visitors should email publicart@canarywharf.com to reserve a space.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Impressions of Tokyo

The Former Newington Library
155 Walworth Rd
London
SE17 1RS

28 August to 2 September
Open from 12 – 5pm


 

James Cyril Gardiner will be opening his third exhibition, ‘Impressions of Tokyo’ on 28 August at The Former Newington Library, London. The show will continue until 2 September with an invitation-only private view taking place on 27 August 6.30 – 8.30pm. ‘Impressions of Tokyo’ is a culmination of three years of work based around what has now become his iconic style.

His work reflects the relative permanence of the buildings and the temporary, ever-changing impermanent nature of people. He experiences a sense of urgency and spirit there that is particular to cities like Tokyo. In the city, there are so many people, but everyone seems to have something to get on with, even if that something is just existing or finding their own freedom despite the restrictions of space.

This exhibition spans his classic ‘transparent people’ drawn in copic fine line pens set in front of solid, greyscale buildings. This, like his other work depicts the energy across a selection of world cities including London, Barcelona, Florence, Vienna and New York, gaining him the name ‘The City Artist’- because of his desire to capture on paper the very essence of life in major world cities.

His line drawings of structures in copic markers with greyscale were reversed with suggestions of people’s movements finished with more abstract watercolour and ink impressions. This was set in front of views around central Tokyo, especially those gazing upwards from street level.

The final part of this new exhibition is the even more abstract watercolour and ink painting highlighting the progression of the artist in a series of images about the frantic life of the city and those inhabitants therein.

This is James’ second exhibition in London after a successful inaugural exhibition at Artworks, Elephant and Castle. Following this, he did a small exhibition for a week in Asakusa, Tokyo, in March this year. It was very well received, and he has been invited to exhibit in Tokyo again, this time at Gallery Siacca in Ginza next year.

James says, “I like the idea of the paper I worked on, and the marks I made, then existing in another’s world…”

About the artist:

James is a London-based artist who found solace in capturing the beauty of city life following an almost fatal car accident.

Having studied Art up to A Level, aged 18 it wasn’t until the life-threatening accident which prompted James to rediscover himself through art expression.

Waking up from a coma being unable to move, simply watching the world go by led to a desire to see and record the relationship between people and the structures around them.

Growing up in a small, quiet village near Egham in Surrey added to his desire to capture the ever-changing feel of busy, vibrant places. This unique atmosphere is created by people passing through in a crowded, yet ultimately lonely, situation. So many lives, overlapping and intertwining, the stationary and the mobile, the sterile and the vibrant, the permanent and the temporary, all juxtaposed with modern concrete, steel and glass structures.

The Former Newington Library is at 155 Walworth Rd, London SE17 1RS and the exhibition is open from 12 – 5pm.

www.jamescyrilgardiner.com

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Your Body Would Choose All This

1st Floor, The Amersham Arms
388b New Cross Road
New Cross
London
SE14 6TY

FRIDAY 30th AUGUST: PV 6-10.30 – LIVE @ 8.30pm
SATURDAY 31st AUGUST: 12-10.30 – NO LIVE AT ANY TIME
SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER: 12-9 – LIVE @ 6pm


 

Max K Weaver and Delia Detritus invite you to a show about bodies – what bodies look like, what bodies want, and what bodies can do. There will be new drawings by Max, and sculpture and sound installation by Delia, and a live musical performance by both artists on the opening and closing nights.

Max K Weaver is an artist and musician, specialising in drawing and improvisation. He was included in the 2017 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and exhibited in A History of Drawing at Camberwell Space in 2018, alongside works by Cornelia Parker, Frank Auerbach, and R.B. Kitaj. This exhibition will feature drawings borne out of a regular practice of life drawing, where fragmentary sketches of the model are elaborated upon in an improvised way, producing pictures of human bodies in a state of confusion, dissolution or transformation – morphing into landscapes, objects, text, or gestural lines.

Delia Detritus is a sculptor, musician and sound artist. She has performed live across the UK with her groups The Plastic Other and The Plastic Affair. This will be the first public exhibition of her sculpture. “They Told Me I Could Be Anything, So I Became a Dog” is a sculptural self portrait with an integrated sound installation, intended to commemorate and document her experience as she begins feminising hormone therapy, and serve as a crystallisation of her personal struggle with the physical aesthetics of transition.

Categories: All, Visual Arts

Audible Live: Hag

Phonica Records
51 Poland Street
Soho
London
W1F 7LZ

Friday 30th August & Saturday 31st August
Times: Friday 18:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00


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Audible is launching  a unique interactive exhibition at Phonica Records in London this August, which brings to life eight, brand new short stories from award-winning authors and Sunday Times best-sellers.

Audible Live: Hag will feature a mix of Instagram-worthy art installations, sound-rich listening experiences and interactive displays all designed to showcase Hag – an Audible Original short story collection which reframes obscure British folk tales as modern-day feminist fables.

Liv Little (gal-dem founder and Editor), Daisy Johnson (Sunday Times best-seller, youngest ever nominee of the Man Booker Prize) and Eimear McBride (Bailey’s Women’s Prize For Fiction-winner, Goldsmiths Prize-winner) are among the authors who have reimagined and reinvented unknown British myths as original short stories only available in audio.

The exhibition is open on Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August and tickets can be booked via this link:  https://www.universe.com/events/audible-live-hag-tickets-2R9GK8

Categories: All, Spoken Word, Visual Arts

NO SHAM3: in a side hustle (The Sequel)

Autumn Studios
Autumn Yard
Hackney
London
E3 2TT

Saturday 31 August to Sunday 11 September 2019 (18:30 to 01:00)


NO SHAM3 is a collaboration of creative thinkers and doers, championing the art of the Side Hustle & moving the culture forward.

NO SHAM3 : in a Side Hustle is back! After a hugely successful launch, we’re back for a second edition of our sick party, showing off some of London’s finest creative talent and we want you to join us.

Expect a showcase of visual arts from videography to portraiture, amongst DJs (Rap – RnB – Soul) and some wicked performers to top it off.

Performers include T.O.N.I, High Nelson & Cloude Atlas and we’ll also have DJs Kenzel, Rio Jay, Loe At First Vibe & No Sham3 resident DJs on the decks.

Tickets are available here from: Eventbrite

Categories: All, Call For Entries, Dance, Event, Film, Photography, Visual Arts