Artists

FREE MOVEMENT OF CULTURE

Sophie and Kerri

13 – 14 September

Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture – Registration now open!

Lewisham Arthouse Project Space, 140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PD

13 and 14 September, 2017

14:00 – 22:00 (13 September); 10:00 – 13:00 (14 September)

Borders are a concept and a reality that restrict and permit people in different measure. Physical, social, psychological, they hold slow and they hold fast.

Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture is a two day international artist gathering where the only desire is to make space to ask questions and share different forms of knowledge about what is proximate to us now; culturally, socially, historically, geographically, personally and politically. And it invites you. In fact, it invites you plus one.

CUFMC is a platform and exchange where individuals occupy space/s, sound and listen. It welcomes self-defining recent graduates to produce, provoke and participate in a convivial space where discussion around cooperation and cultural agency foreground any objects, images or situations we might create.

CUFMC is an open forum for sharing and debate rooted in the experience of cultural producers as active, global citizens with common insights, intentions and senses that unite; even when interpretations are undecided or conflicted.

The hosts, (Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis, Paul Haywood and Basia Sliwinska) actively welcome marginalised voices and those interested in maintaining and extending cultural freedoms beyond the reach of political institutions.

CUFMC asks you to:

Bring a friend, colleague, family member or associate based in/from another country than you. You can bring them: in person, through social media, on the other end of a phone, through collaboratively produced content, an effigy or any objects you want to bring or any other way you can think of that might represent them in the space.

Plan something to share. Such as: a game, a rant, a movement, a song, a story, an image, an art, an object, a recipe etc. It could be something you want to say, or to try out with others. It should be something that allows you and others to gain knowledge or experience and bring you into contact with new ideas, concepts, realities etc – responding to the ideas raised in the blurb. You can specify what this is in the registration form.

Be available 13/14 September, 14.00-22.00 and 10.00-13.00 respectively.

Deadline:

Participants are asked to register before 5th of September for the event via an online form here:

Creative Unions: Free Movement of Culture – Registration now open!

13 and 14 September, 2017

14:00 – 22:00 (13 September); 10:00 – 13:00 (14 September)

ME, MYSELF ’N’ YOU

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15th – 19th August, 2017

Zoe Richardson and Vanessa Omer’s exhibition “Me, Myself ’n’ You” provides an experience for the viewer that they will never forget. This experience is dependant on the after affect that will be created for the viewer, in how it’s possible for the self and one’s body to be constructed in fragments. The work proposed will be installations such as projections and audio pieces, as well as some prints.

The self, the mask and ideas of identity form the conceptual axis of Zoe Richardson’s practise. Working mostly in film and photography to explore these ideas, Richardson takes herself as the subject, and within this exposes vulnerabilities and anxiety. The self (herself) presented masked or unmasked, hidden or revealed creates a highly personal viewing experience, but one in which collective contemporary concerns about identity and self-image are raised. While the work can make for an uncomfortable and challenging watching, the viewer becoming implicated as a possible voyeur, they also captivate and hold ones attention, leaving a lasting image that can haunt.

Vanessa Omer’s practise displays a heavy interest in the anatomical body with the use of functions and movements. Her work often is presented as a sensory based experience that aims to mesmerise and physically ‘affect’ the viewer within the space. With this sensory experience and atmosphere it provokes the essence of the familiar but also alienation of the body. Omer displaces the viewer from the environment in which the work is exhibited.

Private view:
Thursday 17th August 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition open:
15th – 19th August 2017
12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access


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20th – 23rd July, 2017

The web was meant to be our way out but has just become more corporate than the real. But what is real anymore anyway? The past is now the present. The press has always been biased but is BuzzFeed really that different than the Daily Mail or the Sun? And why is it now that we have the possibility to be free that we are locking ourselves up? We had a glimpse of hope but it’s far away now. Politics has become just another word for perception management. The definitions of truth and knowledge have changed within our lifetimes – but nobody can quite pin down their new meanings. Whistle blowers are becoming this generations rock-stars. But what does it all mean? Meme’s replace movements. Witchcraft over science. A collapsing façade. A coherent picture that doesn’t add up. Things are good good, double good. Or are they?

Preview:
Thursday 20th July 2017
6-9 pm

Exhibition continues:
21st – 23rd July 2017
Open Friday to Sunday 12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access


Less Navels, March! March!

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March 2017

Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis have been invited to be The White Pube’s artists in residence for the month of March. During this time they will use TWP’s web platform as host, interface and instigator to test out, document and start conversations through a series of public interventions.

On a defined website page, the actions will appear sporadically alongside fragments, residue and reflections. Acts that ask for input, are transitory or locational will be announced prior to their undertaking. These notices will be posted on TWP’s twitter and consequently, engage both online and offline publics, participants, audiences, observers and individuals in their enactment.

The works will take a range of forms considering the physical, the sonic and the poetic in relation to affect, contagion, situations and embodiment. Some engage with aspects of homage, drawing clear desire lines to the past considering the pace and nature of social time; others, introspection, networks, difference and commonality. Each act in dialogue with the others will appear in a different form or context; as counter-information, confrontation, prompt, proposition or pretext.

Kerri and Sophie will take an experimental approach to the month, seeing it as ‘a play in many acts’ and ‘small gestures in specific places’ because, ‘the skin is faster than the word.’

Acts will be announced on The White Pube’s twitter.
March residency page here.

The White Pube is an art criticism website and research project ran by artists Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad. They publish a new text each week – often exhibition reviews, though sometimes baby essays. In August (2016) TWP curated Zayn Malik Zindabad, an evening of artists moving image at Lewisham Arthouse which recently toured to the ICA, London.

Graduate Studio Award 08

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May – June 2017

Lewisham Art House is an artist cooperative of over 20 years. Based in a Grade II listed building, the organisation provides access to artist studios, workshops, exhibitions and learning. We strive to build upon our organisation’s proud history of supporting artists, their audiences and wider communities, fostering diversity and an ongoing commitment to capacity building.

Continuing our commitment to support emerging talent, we announce the 8th round of our Graduate Studio Award Scheme.

We are inviting recent London-based fine or applied arts graduates to apply. The award offers a free 200 sq ft studio for 8 months (commencing May/June 2017), culminating with a project/exhibition in our Project Space. The successful applicant is encouraged to participate in our lively artistic community.

Applicants should be London based MA or BA level, applying within two years of graduation. Please do not apply if you are currently studying or graduating in June/September 2017.

Deadline Friday 28th April 2017
Interviews 11th May 2017

Please see the attached forms and submit as outlined. Good luck!

Graduate Studio application outline

Equal Opportunity Form 2017

Robert Hitzeman: StoneLicker Dessins

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25th January – 16th February 2017

Le Hic Brussels is pleased to present a new series of drawings by Robert Hitzeman from his StoneLickers series as well as his sculpture Sweet Dredge exhibited installed throughout the space. Le Hic will also host the publication Floor and Ceiling: 3rd Edition a Photo-zine dedicated to Robert’s Floor and Ceiling photographs and designed by Michal Kozlowski. Robert Hizeman’s work uses visual languages to subtly disrupt readings of interior and exterior in the body and the built environment, as well as examining the relationships between ideology and the physical conditions of space. The idea of the subtle abjection; a way of transgressing the viewer quietly, is a central theme to his work. He is interested in how a transgressive force can appear seductive benign or comical but still disturbing on another level: subverting traditional separations between attraction and repulsion. “Stonelickers” are a series that include several works relating to parasitic relationships, feeding or mating and their potential as a model for artistic production and cultural exchange. The drawings for this permutation of the series are based on images of the mouth and teeth of several species of Lamprey, a parasitic fish and several models of angle grinder bits used in stone and metal work. Lamprey comes from the latin lampetra, which translates roughly as “stone licker” (lambere “to lick” + petra “stone”). In sculpture, Robert’s work is made from assembling building materials gathered from a particular area; creating a link from that area’s history to a totemic object or artifact

that connects it to the present while questioning notions of location. “Sweet dredge” is another take on this idea, using animal remains gathered from the Thames at the site of a former meat processing plant and colorful rope. The area directly above the river now houses a rock climbing wall and gym built on the foundation of the meatpacking district. Robert is interested in linking the gym’s conception of the body as a malleable object to be conditioned or changed to the “processing” of animal remains into meat; both systems that attempt to alter the original into a state that conforms to a normative ideal.

The Exhibition will be open from 25th January until the 16th February 2017.

Get there: Le Hic Rue de Rodenbach 51, 1190 Brussels
Tram lines 3-4-51 stop Albert/Berkendaal
Bus 48 et 54 stop Albert Tram 92 stop Darwin
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10 to 18:30

For Further information: info@lehic.be +32 465 594 216

Kerri Jefferis and Sophie Chapman: Of The Hand That Point Out, Of Fingers That See

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16th-18th December 2016
Preview: Friday 16th December 2016, 7pm, gig from 8pm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 12-5pm and Sunday 18th December 2016, 12-4pm

“Maybe I have written to see; to have what I never would have had; so that having would be the privilege not of the takes and encloses, of the gullet, of the gut; but of the hand that points out, of fingers that see, that design, from the tips of the fingers that transcribe by the sweet dictates of vision. From the point of view of the soul’s eye: the eye of a womansoul.” – Helene Cixous

We have to live in the future. Anyone practicing politics that goes against the current socio-economic nightmare* is practicing the future. They live in the future, by desire and by necessity. We have to start somewhere. We have to start with the micro.

So what are the gestures of our collective desired future? If language isn’t working for us, can we use our bodies? How can we communicate trust and solidarity to one another through our bodily language? How can we include contradiction within our gestures? Attempt to cover the distance that is perceived and experienced of difference? Include complexity? Seepage and slippage? Overflowing subjectivity? A sense of humour?

Gestures are conceived through metaphor. Bodies signifying, expressing. Therefore we cannot decontextualise movement and we are unwilling to separate discourse and materiality, language and embodiment. Bodies give permission. They alternate power. They co-author. They use shared and marginalised history. They follow desire lines. They identify with the past and with the present. They assemble. They have to unlearn. They change.

“There is a body wherever there is resistance. But their potential to speak is waiting to be mined.”
– Zsuzsanna Soboslay Moore

Of The Hand That Points Out, Of Fingers That See will be a collection of works in progress by Sophie Chapman, Kerri Jefferis and others.

Rosey Prince: Shifting States

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29th November – 11th December 2016

Richard Brayshaw, Deborah Burnstone, Janety Curly Cannon, Robert Fitzmaurice, Nick Hazzard, Maria Lena hedberg, Stephanie Herbert, Alison Lumb, Maureen Nathan, Rosey Prince, Ann Simberg, Sally Tyrie, Erika Wengenroth, Edward Winters

Lewisham Arthouse Studio Member Rosey Prince is taking part in the group show Shifting States.

“The condition of liminality is a state of transition, of suspension on the threshold between one place, time or state of mind and another. It involves ambiguity, uncertainty and the dissolution of order, identities and outcomes thrown into doubt, speaking of borderlands, faultlines and indeterminate places… The exhibition features print, photography, film, installation and sculpture.”

Rosey Prince’s work in the exhibition, which includes mezzotints, drypoint and painting, has been inspired by a series of walks along the Thames estuary, and continues her interest in the transience of place. The marshes and the river remain constant yet shifting against monumental structures such as power stations and pylons which temporarily dominate the horizon, until demolished or left to ruin allowing the landscape to reinvent itself. These images focus on the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of the estuary and the uneasy relationship between the semi-rural and the semi-industrial.

Exhibition Dates: 29th November – 11th December 2016
Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG
www.espaciogallery.com

Tube: Liverpool St station, Bethnal Green Station
Overground: Shoreditch High St
Buses 8, 388

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 1-7pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Closed Mondays

Sara Willett: City Kaleidoscope

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22nd October – 5th November 2016

At the end of a five week residency in Beijing at the invitation of Being 3 Gallery, Lewisham Arthouse Studio Member Sara Willett presented a solo show of paintings, drawings, sculpture and installation entitled City Kaleidoscope. View images here: www.sarawillett.com

Being 3 Gallery, Caochangdi, Beijing, China
22nd October – 5th November 2016

Works by Rob Reed featuring in NOA 2016

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27th October – 4th November 2016

National Open Art is bringing its 20th Exhibition to the heart of the City this autumn.

Curated by Robin Muir, following his hugely successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year, this free admission exhibition at Mercers’ Hall features 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films.

The artworks have been selected by an expert panel, including Robin Muir and Royal Academician David Remfry, from thousands of pieces by the very best professional and amateur artists working today in the UK and Ireland.

More than £50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 35 artists, including for the hotly anticipated Best Emerging Artist and Best Young Artist, when Lord Mervyn Davies opens the exhibition on Thursday, 27 October.

Winners of the children’s competition, judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, will also be announced when the exhibition opens.

Mercers’ Hall
Ironmonger Lane
London EC2V 8HE

27th October – 4th November 2016

Opening times

October | Thu 27th & Fri 28th | 10am – 3pm
Sat 29th & Sun 30th | 10am – 4pm
Mon 31st | 10am – 6pm
November | Tue 1st & Wed 2nd | 10am – 6pm
Thu 3rd | 10am – 5.30pm Fri 4 | 10am – 6pm

Free Admission

All exhibition and shortlisted works are available on the online Galleries.
Please contact us if you would like to purchase works from any of our artists.
We are in constant touch with all our artists who will readily undertake commissions.

By Underground:
Bank Station on the Central, Northern, Waterloo & City and DLR
Exit to Princes Street
Walk west on Mansion House St towards St Mildred’s Ct (125 ft)
Continue onto Poultry (338 ft)
Turn right onto Old Jewry (177 ft)
Enter from Cheapside or Gresham street
Total about 3 minutes

By Bus:
Routes 8, 25 and 242 travel along Poultry
Routes 11, 21, 23, 26, 43, 76, 141 and 388 travel past Bank station.

Click here for a Google Map

Guided tours of Lewisham Arthouse

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1st & 2nd October 2016

As part of Deptford X Visual Arts Festival we are giving guided tours of the building and selected artists’ studios. With the benefit of an Arthouse guide, have a look around the 3 floors of the building including our open access dark room, the kiln, chat to artists in their studios and have a look at their work.

The tours are scheduled at the same times on both Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd October:

1pm
3pm
5pm

No need to book! Please note we are sorry you will not be able to look around the building without an Arthouse guide.

For more info on Deptford X see www.deptfordx.org

In addition to the tours of the building, in the gallery we are hosting a month long residency, Acts of Translation a programme of free workshops, talks and exhibitions by The London Drawing Group.

Phil Ashcroft: Finissage, Fallout

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Thursday 1st September 2016, 6.30-8.30pm
CANAL, 60 De Beauvoir Crescent, London N1 5SB

A final chance to visit Lewisham Arthouse studio holder Phil Ashcroft’s solo exhibition Fallout at CANAL for the finissage on First Thursday 1st September 2016.

The finissage for Fallout will include new work completed during his live painting sessions at CANAL over the summer plus the launch of Monkphat’s new Obelisk EP (Gamma Proforma) with cover artwork by Phil. Monkphat and Phil Ashcroft have worked together on previous Gamma Proforma releases and he recently painted live alongside Monkphat’s set at MATA at The Social, London. ‘Obelisk’ will be free to download via Gamma Proforma on the night. For more on Monkphat go to soundcloud.com/monkphat

Refreshments will be served.

www.whitechapelgallery.org/first-thursdays/exhibitions/fallout/

http://www.canalprojects.info/

http://www.philashcroft.com/


Laura X Carlé: Material World

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23rd July – 4th September 2016

Summer Family activity for all ages
Tate Modern, Macaulay Gallery

Touch, bend, balance and play with large scale, colourful shapes and forms.

How do artists handle materials in their studio and how is this different to the way we experience the same materials in a gallery? Material World invites visitors of all ages to experience an immersive artwork and to handle, compose and play with materials together. Improvise with materials. Try touching the ceiling or two walls at the same time. Try connecting all the shapes together. Go under. Go over. Wrap a shape around you!

Material World is linked to the Materials and Objects collection display on Level 4 and devised by Laura X Carlé with Tate Families.

Drop-in for special artist-led sessions with the creator of Material World; Laura X Carlé.

Monday 8th August 2016, 2 – 5pm
Saturday 13th August 2016, 11am – 2pm
Friday 19th August 2016, 11am – 2pm

www.lauraxcarle.com
www.tate.org.uk

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Open Studios 2016

Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios 2016
4th June – 5th June 2016

Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios 2016
Part of Brockley Max Arts Festival

Explore over 30 studios, talk to the artists, buy art at affordable prices or just have a look around. There will be a children’s activity map and guided tours of selected studios will be at 2pm and 4pm each day. If you get hungry we have a café and a jerk chicken stall.

In our gallery we are very excited to present the exhibition “Two Minute Studio Visits” speed selected by Jeremy Deller. For more information click here

Come and join us!

Saturday 4th June, 12-8 pm, with DJs and a bar from 6 pm
Sunday 5th June, 12-6 pm

Free entry
Step-free access

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Image credit: Image courtesy Lewisham Arthouse, 2016

Graduate Studio Award Scheme 2016-17

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Deadline Monday 11th April 2016

Lewisham Arthouse is an artist-run co-operative based in an Edwardian ex-library in Deptford. We run 45 affordable studios, a busy gallery, classes, workshops, community activities and events.

As a commitment to supporting emerging talent, the Arthouse has a Graduate Scheme which is now entering it’s seventh year. We have been very fortunate to have had Chris Alton as 2015-16’s winner and you can read an interview with him here.

Applications are now welcome from BA or MA level graduates who have graduated within the last two years from 2014 and 2015. Please do not apply if you are currently studying or graduating this June.

Please see the PDF below for more information about how to enter and remember to also submit the Equal Opportunities form with your application.

The deadline is the 11th April with interviews being held on 18th April 2016. The residency begins on 22nd April 2016. Please be aware that this is a postal application only so leave enough time for us to receive it.

Good luck!

To download the Equal Opportunity Form 2016 (word doc) click here

To download information on how to apply to the Arthouse Graduate Award (pdf) click here

Image: Graduate studio 2016

Anita Gwynn: Wildflowers and L.P.s – it’s a thing

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March 2016

Anita Gwynn is exhibiting new drawings of at Vinyl, 4 Tanners Hill, London SE8 4PJ until mid-April.

Anita says “I am interested in the indigenous and wildflowers, especially in my local area and my drawings in this exhibition are examinations of some of these flowers.  If I have drawn them it is because I have been excited by their shape and beauty. Coming from surburbia and its tidy gardens, I enjoy the plants that break through the concrete and walls and grow, beautifully and subversively. They can be part of the heritage of a place and each plant has a story, a myth or a legend attached to it.  My artistic practice helps me to look outside of my own life and to see the world. It helps me to relate to it with curiosity and to understand that I am part of it and not separate from it.  Ecology and stewardship are important to me and I have come to see that we do not exist in isolation, but as part of a whole. Without plants we wouldn’t survive.”

Links below for more information on Anita’s work and Vinyl
anitagwynn.blogspot.com
https://vinyldeptford.wordpress.com/

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Image: Anita Gwynn, Dandelion and Root, 2016


Chris Alton: Under the Shade I Flourish

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March 2016

The non-uk domiciled billionaire Michael Ashcroft is a controversial figure, notable for “opaque tax practices” and “operating in the dark”. Whilst serving as a member of the House of Lords, he remained a non-dom despite promises that he would become domiciled in the UK for tax purposes.

In the mid-1960s Ashcroft briefly managed “an unknown rhythm and blues band” called Trident. Under the Shade I Flourish (2015-2016) imagines that he continued to do so. However, this is not a direct speculation upon another possible timeline. Incorporating feedback from the life Ashcroft did lead, Chris Alton engages in a cartographic process that involves the cross-pollination of both fact and fiction.

Working through simultaneous satire and celebration, Alton invokes seemingly incongruous juxtapositions, as a means of visualising the power structures in which we are all embedded – narrativising something that is too complex to be immediately comprehendible. The extrapolated band becomes a vehicle to explore the the very real exploitation of post-colonial countries as tax havens.

Alton’s recent exhibitions include; Outdancing Formations, Edith-Russ-Haus (2015), MEIL, Chisenhale Studios (2015) and each other, Wysing Arts Centre (Open Weekend) (2015). He was recently awarded; the Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda Bank 2015 and the Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 2015.

Exhibition dates: 12th March – 3rd April 2016 (Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm) at Xero, Kline and Coma
Preview: Friday 11th March 2016, 7– 9pm

For more information go to: www.xero-kline-coma.com

Alma Tischler Wood: Liverpool Provocations

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Wednesday 20th January 2016

Alma is one of a number of artists to have participated in Alan Dunn’s FOUR WORDS. Alan Dunn, artist/curator, presented FOUR WORDS The Media Wall on 20th January 2016 outside Lime Street in Liverpool as part of: Liverpool Provocations: A series of artistic interruptions
Between 3 and 4pm the adverts will stop and the giant screen will host an alternative stream of provocative, 10 second animations of just four words each.

Alan Dunn, a Liverpool Art Prize 2012 nominee, has collaborated on or appropriated existing texts from 108 individuals, from world-famous artist (Gerhard Richter) to lesser known contributors (Captain Pengelly, a retired seafarer).

Each set of FOUR WORDS will act as a counterpoint to the sales season and the invisible pressures of this time of year, with ruminations on value, money and exchange.

This was followed by an evening event at the Small Cinema where the animations were screened again.

The other contributors include Gerhard Richter, Douglas Coupland, Shaista Aziz, Pavel Büchler, Fiona Banner, Levitt & Dubner (‘Freakonomics’), David Shrigley, retired seafarer Captain Pengelly, Hala Al-Alaiwat and ex-Liverpool FC striker David Fairclough, Hala Al-Alaiwat, Sean Ashton, Clarisse Aubert, Chris Bishop, Jessie Brennan, Billy Cancel, Jayne Casey Roger, Cliffe-Thompson, Ade Blackburn, Zak Dunn, Nina Edge and Jack Ehlen.

Sheena Patel: Cologne’s Gold + Beton

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Friday 15th January – Monday 8th February 2016

Sheena Patel’s 16 minute performance film, NOW BREATHE. is being exhibited as part of a group show on female identity at Cologne’s Gold + Beton, in conjunction with Bradford’s FUSE Arts Space. Exquisite Corpse​ explores female form, self-image and stereotypes from the perspective of eleven female artists. Through video, painting, performance and illustration, the exhibition also considers the potential of contemporary technology as a tool to examine female self­ identity and evaluates the impact that it has upon constructs of ‘femininity’.

Internationally acclaimed visual and performance artist Poppy Jackson ​explores the female body as an autonomous zone, and has produced a new performance work commissioned by Fuse Art Space; she will also be exhibiting a series of paintings. Based in Toronto, Rupi Kaur​​ found notoriety as the poet who critiqued Instagram earlier this year with her “period.” ​​series – these photographs feature in the show. Delicate and charged illustrations from Sue Williams ​draw the viewer into a world of provocative sexual politics. The exhibition also includes work by artists from Austria, Russia, UK and US including Anastasia Vepreva​, Evelin Stermitz, Faith Holland, Julia Kim Smith, Kate Durbin, ​Lacie Garnes, Sarah Faraday​ and Sheena Patel​.

“The internet poses significant problems in female representation, from pornography to the use of female form in advertising and notably the use of sexually violent language as a form of censorship and aggression towards female expression”, comments the exhibition’s curator Sarah Faraday​. “Exquisite Corpse presents an array of female artists using both online and material forms for creativity, empowerment, and subversion, whilst reclaiming control of the representation of their bodies”

The exhibition has been covered by The Independent and Dazed Digital

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Spotlight Interview 03 : Chris Alton

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Image credits Laura X Carlé


Interview
An interview with Chris Alton, our 2015 winner of the Graduate Studio Award. We have been very proud to have Chris with us, and as he enters the final quarter, we ask him to reflect about his time here.

Can you introduce yourself?

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 implement or imagine alternative ways of being in the world. This desire stems from my Quaker upbringing, which resonates throughout my practice.

You won this years graduate studio award, how has this impacted on your work? What do you get from working in a studio community?

Winning this award has given me the time and space to focus on and develop a number of projects that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. The opportunity to realise an interim-project and a concluding solo exhibition (in May 2016) is fantastic as space is so scarce in London – especially free space.

The Arthouse community is great, people are incredibly generous and have often offered their support on projects, from lending kit to helping to build a stage – complete with sparkling curtains, lighting and mirrorballs.

Are you a self-taught artist or have you been to art school? Has this helped shape the artist you have become?

It’s impossible to imagine the hypothetical artist that I would have become if I’d pursued a different route, but I don’t think that my time at art school was what shaped me. I’d like to think that my practice has been influenced more by my upbringing as a Quaker and by encounters with particular people and artworks.

Which exhibition have you visited which made the greatest impact on you and why?

There are two. I saw them at around the same time; during the summer of 2012, between my first and second years of University. The first was Yael Bartana’s And Europe Will Be Stunned, a trilogy of films following the rise of a fictitious political movement, called the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland. The second was Joy in People, Jeremy Deller’s solo show at The Hayward Gallery. These exhibitions triggered a pretty radical change in my own practice by showing me that art could actively engage with society and its current issues.

Who and/or what inspired you to become an artist?

My Mum.

Discuss a recent project, exhibition or event you have been involved in.

I had my first solo exhibition in September 2015 at the Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg (GER). I won one of two emerging media artists awards with my ongoing project English Disco Lovers (EDL) (2012 – present), a satirical campaign that redeploys the utopian vision of disco music in opposition to the English Defence League. The exhibition featured photographs, posters, videos and other materials from the project, as well as a 4 meter-wide, glittery hashtag.

Do you see collaborative practice and working with others as an important part of your practice?

Absolutely, I often develop works through conversations and collaborations with a number of people. Recently I’ve been trying to develop a more inclusive crediting system for my projects, so that the people involved are acknowledged and thanked. It works in a similar way to the credits at the end of a film or TV programme.

How do you use the studio and what you do in there? Do you have studio rituals?

I always begin by making a coffee, the Arthouse is pretty cold in winter and something hot with a little caffeine gets me off to a good start. The wifi in my space is dreadful, so I often take a little wander down the corridor to answer my emails and buffer an album. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of mid-’60s rock. Then I crack on with whatever I’m working on at that time, which tends to be pretty varied – I could be writing a script, editing photos, trying out wallpaintings or making watercolours of shells.

How does the studio become a part of your everyday life and work?

I actually find that it’s a place to get away from my everyday life. Instead of doing the washing up, scrolling through endless cat memes or alphabetising the book case, my studio is a place where I can put the distractions of home to one side and focus on my work.

What are you working on at the moment? Do you have any forthcoming exhibitions to promote?

I have my first solo exhibition in London opening on February 25th at xero, kline & coma. It’s a project that I’ve been working on for over 7 months now, in which a fictitious band is used as a vehicle to explore the exploitation of post-colonial countries as tax havens.

Will you be showing work at Open Studios? If so, what can the public expect to see?

My studio, slightly tidier (but not much tidier) than it normally is. I’ll probably empty the bin. I have lots of diagrams and mind maps on the walls, along with exhibition floorplans, scribbled ideas and simple doodles. There are a few finished pieces hanging around, but it’s mostly populated by work in progress and fresh ideas that may never get realised.

Sound is Sound is Sound experimental music showcase featuring Studio member Charles Hayward.

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Saturday 24th October 2015

Sound is sound is sound showcases and celebrates the curious mix of forward motion and DIY attitudes that have flourished in the SE postcodes.

A highly motivated gathering of outsider sounds, exploring the logics of punk, free jazz, electronica, sound art and breakbeat, and melding them to suit the intentions of the musicians.

Featuring: Albert Newton, Aine O’Dwyer, Soft As Snow, The Balloons and DJ BPM

Afternoon workshops, sound installations and interventions in and around the Albany will precede the show…

Tickets £10

For full information and booking visit http://www.thealbany.org.uk

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Sound is Sound is Sound. Image credits: Francesca Oldfield

Outdancing Formations: A two-person exhibition featuring Art House Graduate Studio Resident Chris Alton

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18th September – 4th October

Outdancing Formations is a dual exhibition by Chris Alton and Marta Popivoda that presents one activist and one research based project in the form of two large scale installations.

English Disco Lovers (EDL) by Chris Alton and Mass Ornament by Marta Popivoda investigate distant, yet related contexts of the organised body and the mass demonstration. Their equally radical approach reveals a critical reading of moving together as a political practice.

Chris Alton’s project, English Disco Lovers (EDL), which started in 2012, is a multifaceted protest movement that aims to reclaim the “EDL” acronym of the English Defence League, an extremist organisation commonly associated with racism, Islamophobia, and violence.

Mass Ornament by Marta Popivoda from (2013-2015) is an artistic take on the na- ture of spectatorship and the role of the public sphere, which starts with the mass performance of the late Yugoslav era — the Youth Day celebration in 1987 — and launches into an elaboration on “inattentional blindness” and the troubles of today’s public sphere. The work is done in collaboration with dramaturge and theorist Ana Vujanovic

Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, GER
Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda Bank 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, 17th September 2015, 7pm
Open: 18th September – 4th October 2015

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Studio member Julia McNeal with artist group fourfour at the Affordable Art Fair

22-25 October 2015

Affordable Art Fair Battersea
110 galleries with 1,100 artist’s

Get ready to add a splash of art to your walls as the Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park this October. New galleries will fly in from across the globe to exhibit alongside fair favourites, so whether your taste is traditional or trailblazing, classic or cutting-edge, you’re sure to find an artwork to suit your space.
Don your talent-spotting spectacles and check out the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition featuring 2015′s most exciting new names, and get involved with our action-packed, art-filled Education Programme!
Whether you’re an art aficionado or a fair first-timer, we hope you’ll explore, adore, collect and create at the Affordable Art Fair this autumn.

For tickets and booking visit www.affordableartfair.com

Laura X Carlé 8-14’s Studio: Sculpture

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Tate Modern, Clore Studio, Saturdays 19 September, 17 October and 21 November, 2015, 11.00–16.00

Artist and Sculptor Laura X Carlé will invite you to join her with a creation of growing large-scale structure at Tate Modern.
Using materials she uses in her studio, you can explore balance, composition, connectivity and more! Laura X Carlé works primarily with sculpture medium, drawing her themes from situations that she witnesses in the social space.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/courses-and-workshops/8-14s-studio-sculpture

Sara Willett: SPECTRE

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Elevating and transforming the humble domestic craft of crochet to obsessive and neurotic heights, Sara Willett has created tensions both literal and psychological as the fantastical forms fashioned from stretched shirring elastic colonise and consume the space.

This new installation created for Curious Projects evolved from her series of forest web sculptures, which she developed particularly during two residencies in China. Each piece is time-consumingly made by hand.

Sara Willett works in a variety of media, including, painting, photography, printmaking and large-scale installations. She studied at Camberwell College of Art for both her BA (Painting) and MA (Fine Art). She has exhibited widely in the UK and her work is held in collections in UK, USA, Australia, Europe, Japan and China.
Her work was recently selected for the Creekside Open and she was awarded a residency in China for the second time running.  Sara Willett lives and works in London.

Preview and artists’ talk: Sat 26 Sept, 1pm

At Curious Projects Eastbourne
26 Sept –27 Nov 2015

http://www.curious-projects.co.uk

Lynda Laird: Urban Beekeeping

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The next pop up exhibition, to be held at the Peckham Pelican from 2nd to 8th March 2015, will showcase Lewisham Arthouse member, Lynda Laird’s  2014 series of photographs, Urban Beekeeping.

Primarily a documentary photographer Laird’s work is concerned with the environment and our connection to it. Her photographs have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, and she also works with NGOs around the world.

Born in Orkney, Scotland, her fascination with nature is innate, ‘I grew up surrounded by farming and fishing, with people who had a deep understanding of how nature works, what the seasons mean and how to work with, instead of against, our environment.’

Urban Beekeeping follows the work of Camilla Goddard, a full time beekeeper for Capital Bee in South London. She first started keeping bees eight years ago and now has hives all over the city: in parks, churchyards, primary schools and on the roofs of hotels. She collects swarms from people’s attics, holds talks and about beekeeping and sells honey at her local shop.
The Honey Bee population has declined massively in recent years. In 2008, a million honeybee colonies in the United States mysteriously perished – a third of all their hives. This phenomenon was happening all over the world and became known as colony collapse disorder. The reasons behind it still remain unclear but links have been made to GM crops, habitat degradation – including the loss of flowering plant species that provide food for bees – and the increasing use of pesticides. Bees pollinate over 30% of our food and 90% of our wild plants.  Without bees to spread seeds, many plants, including food crops, would die out.

In response to the bee crisis, there has been a huge increase in the number of people taking up bee keeping, especially in cities.  Since 2008, the British Beekeepers Association’s membership has more than doubled to over 22,000.  Thanks to the lack of pesticides in the air, the diversity of our cities’ green spaces and people like Camilla, bees are now thriving in urban environments. We hope this exhibition of stunning images of Camilla and her colonies will inspire new generations of beekeepers as well as raising awareness of this important environmental issue.

Urban Beekeeping marks the first pop up exhibition in Telegram’s 2015 residency at the Peckham Pelican. A vibrant bar and gallery space, the Pelican is a keen supporter of emerging artists. Summer and Autumn exhibitions will follow including a showcase of portraits by Telegram artist Hayley Nia Thomas in June.

telegramgallery.com
capitalbee.co.uk
http://www.ruthbeale.net/

Exhibition
2nd – 8th March 2015
The Peckham Pelican
92 Peckham Rd, London SE15 5PY