Graduate Studio Award

New Graduate Award Resident: Kate Fahey


May 2017

Lewisham Arthouse is delighted to welcome our new Graduate Resident, Kate Fahey, who joins us from 1st June 2017 – 31st January 2018. Kate Fahey is an artist working with print and installation. She received a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London.

‘With machine vision, technological acceleration and the increasing pace of life, time seems to flow ever faster, making our relationships to images and the land fluid and problematic. At the core of my practice lies a concern for the surface and skin of the image through which I attempt to channel affect and a more embodied type of visuality, positing the surface as a site of mediation, transfer and transformation. Through the haptic nature of the work, I examine humans’ relationship with the digital and seek to connect with and to slow down our experience of images, calling on lost lore and old forms of knowledge to negotiate technology and scientific advancement.’

Her upcoming exhibitions include, Secret Stations, (solo) at Callan Workhouse Union, Kilkenny, Ireland. Recent projects include Going Dark, Guest Projects, London (2017), The Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA London (2016/17), The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2016/17), The Artist Traveller, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2017), Reference Mollusk, Gossamer Fog, London (2016), PR!NT, Impressions & Expressions, Editions & Seditions, La Cambre Gallery 425, Brussels (2015), Resonance And Recapitulation: Echo Of a Renaissance, Collaboration with composer Enda Bates, Ormston House Gallery, Limerick (2015) and Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2015). She has received numerous awards including the Stanley Picker Tutorship in Fine Art Printmaking (2015/16), the Augustus Martin Print Prize (2015), the Tim Mara Trust Award (2015), the Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland Award (2015) and the Irish Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2013). She is an AHRC TECHNE funded practice based PhD candidate at University of the Arts, London.

We look forward to working with this exciting artist.

Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award 07 Recipients: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman

Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman, FUCK IT LET’S MAKE A BAND!, 2016. Image courtesy the artists
Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award 07 Recipients: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman

Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman have accepted they are on the same demolition path and recently began working collaboratively.

Their work is characterised by a need to challenge and disrupt known forms to create atmospheres of play, speculation and mutual aid. They are not interested in feeding the market but are interested in uncomfort, mess and complicated feelings. 
Sophie and Kerri have worked across performance, public intervention and the creation of participatory situations. Sometimes their work is situated in the experience and therefore transitory, and at other times, it manifests in publication, film or installation.
Right now, they are starting a band to think about the circulation of authority between listening and sounding and how particular encounters can support individual and collective risk-taking. This will have its first outing as part of the AntiUniversity Festival in June. Kerri and Sophie also work with others on various initiatives one, Aspiration Suits, Sophie co-directs with designer Philippa Taylor and another KINGDOM, an artist led expedition series Kerri organises with artist Ellie Wyatt.

Further information:
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AntiUniversity event –
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Image credit: Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman, FUCK IT LET’S MAKE A BAND!, 2016. Image courtesy the artists and

Chris Alton

Chris Alton

Chris Alton was the recipient of the Graduate Studio Award in 2015.
“My artworks often draw upon multiple, seemingly un-associated, cultural phenomena. Whether deploying disco music against xenophobia or playing table tennis in competition with aggressive architecture, I seek to highlight unlikely parallels and produce bizarre situations. Through these, I aim to express alternative ways of being in the world. This desire stems from my Quaker upbringing, which resonates throughout my practice.
Subversive and embellished with an eye for contradictions, my works are frequently performative and multi-platform. They often involve physical and/or digital occupations, as forms of peaceful protest, and tend to find form in cultural artefacts, such as T-shirts, publications and websites, which then re-enter the social realm.”

Luke Burton – Singspiel

Luke burton singspiel copy


Singspiel (image credit the artist)

Luke Burton works across sculpture, video, and photography. He uses urban landscape and architecture as either a central protagonist or stage-like foil to explore Romantic artist positions, play and humour as a form of gentle dissidence, and the complexity of the decorative in contemporary culture.

The representation of the artist’s hand is privileged across Luke’s work, correlative to the indexing of human touch as both the figurative and literal embodiment of the creative act. He considers how this can be used alternately to create a sense of intimacy and estrangement; autonomy and contingency at the point of aesthetic reception.
Luke graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2013. Recent exhibitions include An Uneventful Day, Carrol/Fletcher, London (2013); A Dense Glitter of Alternatives, Vitrine, London (2013), and Love/Architecture, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2013).

Ruth Beale – FFWD The Revolution

Ruth Beale FFWD the Revolution


FFWD The Revolution (Image credit Simon Beesley)

The focus of Ruth Beale’s work is often the relationship of culture to society, in particular the cultural representation and expression of political ideas. She is also interested in how the preservation and dissemination of ideas and objects impacts on what is valued and overlooked.

Taking an inquisitive stance, these interests are addressed collaboratively in themed discussions called Miss B’s Salons, research projects, such as a catalogue of All the Libraries in London and performances such as Art for Virtue’s Sake (ICA, London 2010), a lecture on the historical relationship between education and ‘culture as a social project’.
Beale’s practice also includes drawing, video work and the collection and the re-presentation of archive material. Current projects include a residency at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, and a collaborative events project called ‘Performance as Publishing’.

Nicky Teegan – Stargazing Lazer Cats

Nicky Teegan stargazing lazercats


Stargazing Lazer Cats (image credit the artist)

Nicky Teegan’s work is deals with fetishism, collecting and fanaticism. It specifically focuses on the fetishisation of everyday objects, outmoded technologies and found oddities and their subversion into devotional objects. It examines the function of these devotional objects and rituals and their purpose.

Underlying this, Teegans’ work draws from dystopian science fiction and UFO cults, taking influence from texts by H.G Wells, J.G Ballard and William Gibson.
With this in mind objects, drawings, installations, videos and sound pieces are made and archived. The practice is a collection of handmade oddities and devotional objects, referencing films, books, music and everyday life.  The objects are built to serve a performative/ritualistic function, or as curiosities. Lo-fi and the handmade are essential elements of the work, understanding of material and format is imperative to the practice. Repetitive industrious methods such as weaving, repetitive drawing, sound looping, layering and photocopying are deployed. Audio pieces are developed through a laborious method of looping and layering, evoking elements of chanting and drone.