26th January 2014 – Panel Discussion & Artists’ Q&A: A Fine Art Degree, Will I Ever Practice?
2pm – Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd., E1 6LA
ELF are delighted to present a workshop event with an esteemed panel of artists at Rich Mix Cinema and Arts Centre. Our panellists will be Sonia Boyce, Kerry Campbell, Rose Gibbs, Sarah Maple, Hannah Perry and Hannah Sawtell. More information on each artist can be found below.
Art School: a breeding ground for insecurity, or a great place to foster creative talent? Either way, on leaving you need to pay the rent. The recent art audit campaign launched by ELF somewhat depressingly revealed that 31% of artists represented by London galleries are women. When pitched against the Guardian’s statistic that 61.7% of Fine Art undergraduates are female, the inevitable question remains: to what extent is this disparity a product of an entrenched gender imbalance within the art world, and what can female graduates do to combat this inequality? This fundamental question will be posed in an event in which debate and discussion will be balanced with advice offered to graduates by a number of female artists who are defying these statistics in London today. Formulating an artistic practice, and becoming involved with today’s arts scene can be a daunting challenge for graduates. Especially if you are working two jobs, attempting to cram your materials into a tiny shared flat, and still trying to read theory on the tube. At a time when the market is persistently being described as ‘over-saturated’, how are those female artists who are currently succeeding in London managing it? On the panel, artists with differing perspectives will consider their practices, how they forged an artistic career, and how contemporary ‘success’ is, and should be, defined. The workshop will consider issues such as gallery representation, public funding, pop up spaces, performance, teaching and juggling part-time jobs. It will generate a constructive debate through which arts graduates can consider practical ways in which to harness their careers. The discussion will be followed by a participatory Q&A from the audience.
This event is free and open to all, however places are limited, please email to reserve a place: email@example.com
Born in London (1962) to African-Caribbean parents, over the past thirty years Sonia Boyce has gained an international reputation as an artist who engages with social issues. Much of her recent work involves the participation of other people – what she likes to call unrehearsed and improvised performative collaborations. This process-led practice reveals and engages audiences with the cultural dynamics of difference. Recent exhibitions include: For you, only you (ed. Paul Bonaventura, Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University and tour, 2007/2008), Afuera! Contemporary Art in Public Spaces, Centro Cultural Espana-Cordoba, Argentina (2010); Migrations: Journeys into British Art, Tate Britain (2012); The Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); There is no archive in which nothing gets lost, Museum of Fine Art Houston (2012); Scat – Sonia Boyce Sound and Collaboration, Rivington Place, London (2013); and, Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination, Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sweden (2013).
Kerry Campbell recently curated ‘The Midas Touch’ exhibition at the Edge, Luton in 2013, a platform to celebrate working class culture and local artists. She studied art at Luton Sixth Form College and Barnfield College before graduating from Reading University with a Fine Art BA Hons degree. Her work explores urban life, consumerism and association with product ownership as a prerequisite to satisfaction and success. Alongside her own practice Kerry is currently working in several London-based galleries running workshops to promote accessibility to art for young people and the public.
Rose Gibbs graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2010, and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. Her work was featured in Alistaire Sooke’s 2011 BBC British Sculpture documentary series, Romancing the Stone. She has been part of various panel discussions including at Kings Place, London as part of the Talking Art series, at The Royal College of Art in their Rethinking Soup programme, at the Kingsgate Workshop Gallery, and has taken part in the Metaflux symposium in association with The Royal Academy of Art for their Bronze exhibition. This year she curated a series of shows and events across London for the 2013 International V Day, in conjunction with One Billion Rising. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the perceived authorial voice and the viewer, and how this affects the reading of a work.
Sarah Maple was born in 1985. She completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2007, and now lives in her native Sussex. In the same year she also won the ‘4 New Sensations’ competition for emerging artists, run by Charles Saatchi. Since then Sarah’s artwork, films and performances have been exhibited in New York, Canada, Israel and throughout Europe. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Sarah Maple’, Kunstihoone, Estonia (2013), ‘The British Cut’, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong (2012), ‘It’s a Girl!’, Aubin Gallery, London (2012) and ‘The Man I Wish I Was’, AIR Gallery, New York (2011). She is currently working on her forthcoming solo exhibition at ‘Golden Thread gallery’, Belfast. Not for the coy or faint of heart, these unflinching, occasionally even controversial, investigations into what it is to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain are made joyful by her own very personal brand of boisterous, tongue-in-cheek humour.
Hannah Perry (b.1984) lives and works in London and graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2009. She is currently studying postgraduate Fine Art at The Royal Academy of Arts. Perry continuously produces and manipulates material referencing personal experience in contrast with found footage, creating collages that are reflective of societal investment in images of youth, power, sex and lifestyle. Her recent shows include Just Relaxx a live video performance at the Barbican Centre in July 2013, ‘Premiums’ At the Royal Academy Schools, London (2013), Heterotopias and New End Art Foundation, New York (2013). Her solo shows in include Happy Paralysis, Les Urbaines, Switzerland, Zabludowicz Collection Invites Hannah Perry, Zabludowicz Gallery, London, Hotel Palenque, London Cell Project Space, London. Her installation, ‘Kicking MyGame,’ will be exhibited at the Saatchii Gallery from December as part of their NEW ORDER: BRITISH ART TODAY series.
Hannah Sawtell was born in London where she also lives and works. Her solo shows include 2013 ‘Re Petitioner in Zero Time’ at Vilma Gold, 2012 at the ICA, London; and ICA at Bloomberg SPACE, for these linked exhibitions she published Broadsheets 1-3, which were printed and distributed with Business Week magazine and produced ‘Sonic Lumps’ a performance in collaboration with Factory Floor. In 2010 she presented “Entroludes 1-6’ at Serpentine Cinema, London. She has been included in group shows; 2013 ‘SoundSpill’, Zabludowicz Collection, New York; in 2012 in ‘With the Tip of a Hat’, The Artist’s Institute, New York and in; in 2011 in ‘Novel’ screening for ‘Time Again’ hosted by SculptureCenter, New York, ‘Outrageous Fortune: artists remake the tarot’ , (Hayward Touring), Focal Point Gallery, Southend and in ‘The Great White Way Goes Black’, Vilma Gold, London. Her work has been shown by Dependance, Brussels and included in ‘Display With Sound’, International Project Space, Bournville and she is currently shortlisted for the Jarman Award and is included in ‘Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008–2013’ at Tate Britain in December 2013.