• 07-01-2019
  • Tracey Emin solo show at the White Cube

  • Tracey will be opening a major solo exhibition the following week at the White Cube in Bermondsey which will be running from the 7th February until the 7th April. Chronicling the most recent developments in Tracey Emin’s practice, ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ brings together new painting, photography, large-scale sculpture, film and neon text, all stemming from the artist’s deeply personal memories and emotions ranging from loss, grief, longing and spiritual love
    Three monumental, bronze sculptural figures, the largest Emin has produced to date, are shown alongside her lyrical and expressive paintings. Developed through a process of drawing, the paintings are then intensely reworked and added to, layer upon layer. White Cube also debuts a new photographic series by Emin titled ‘Insomnia’. Selected from thousands of self-portraits taken by the artist on her iPhone over the last couple of years, these images spontaneously capture prolonged periods of restlessness and inner turmoil. Filmmaking has been an integral part of Emin’s career for over 20 years. To mark this, the artist will show a new film as well as the key early work How It Feels (1996), a candid and moving account of her abortions that changed her whole approach to making art.
    On the 28th January Tracey will be the guest of honour at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards when over £60,000 of prizes will be announced.
    For further information about the shortlist please go to http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/content/2019-finalists
    Pictured left : It was all too Much, 2018. Acrylic on canvas 71 3/4 x 71 3/4 in. (182.3 x 182.3 cm) © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2017.
    Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis).

  • 20-12-2018
  • An opera and exhibition by artist-musicians, Ravioli Me Away (Sian Dorrer, Rosie Ridgway and Alice Theobald)

  • Launch event: 9 February, 5.30–10pm
    Performance Premiere: 5.30–7.30pm (ticketed)
    Exhibition launch party with DJs: 8–10pm (free and open to all)
    Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

    The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis, a bold and ambitious immersive live work and exhibition by Ravioli Me Away (Sian Dorrer, Rosie Ridgway and Alice Theobald).

    The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis transforms Wysing’s gallery in its entirety into a multimedia exhibition that includes new sculptural works and costumes alongside a three-screen video installation. Gallery visitors will be able to engage with the objects and costumes which relate to the characters and themes of the opera.

    The View From Behind The Futuristic Rose Trellis is a colourful, comi-tragic take on individual and collective aspiration, explored and expressed through a genre-diverse score and the ever-present voice of The Narrator, a soprano singer situated amidst the audience.

    Ravioli Me Away have been in-residence at Wysing across the past year developing the work, alongside a large number of collaborators, in the Wysing Polyphonic recording studio and through public workshops. To accompany the exhibition and opera, a limited-edition vinyl record of the soundtrack, with an accompanying songbook, will be release.

    For more info and tickets please visit http://www.wysingartscentre.org/whats_on/exhibitions/the_view_from_behin...

  • 22-11-2018
  • Finalists announced for Poetry Award

  • Ella Frears , Will Harris , Alice Hiller and Robert Herbert McClean have been selected as the finalists for the Arts Foundation Poetry Award supported by The David Collins Foundation.

    Mirroring the recent ‘renaissance’ in poetry, the award attracted the largest number of nominations from established practitioners and experts across the UK. The focus this year was poetry on the page with the four finalists incorporating inventive energy, multidisciplinary practices and the bending of forms to express their experiences and concerns.

    For Alice Hillier her quest of finding forms of language to articulate both personal and difficult experiences was highly commended by the judges, as was her desire, through this process, to contribute to the process of changing awareness around the sexual abuse of children.

    Questions of identity in relation to language and the literary tradition were prominent in Will Harris's work, a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage whose highly individual style bordered prose and verse.

    With Ella Frears’s (pictured) her borders extend to the visual arts in which she also is active through residencies, commissions and curated events such as a recent multi-media ‘funeral’ event at Bold Tendencies (2017).

    And Robert Herbert McClean , an Irish writer and audio-visual artist whose interdisciplinary approach gives his poetry a refreshing vitality and a poetic freedom that makes it feel new and exciting.

    The panel presiding over the applications comprised of the poets Sarah Howe and Mark Waldron and journalist and editor at the FT Maria Crawford .

    All the finalists will receive £1,000 with the exception of one who will be awarded the £10,000 fellowship. This will be announced at the AFFAs (Arts Foundation Futures Awards) at the ICA on the 28th January along with the results from the four other artforms; Hip Hop Dance, Experimental Architecture, Visual Arts and Designer-Makers.

    The David Collins Foundation was set up in 2016 in memory of the late designer David Collins to honour his legacy and celebrate his love and contribution to the Arts. For 2019 their support mirrors David's personal interest in poetry both as a reader of new poets and penning his own when he had time.

  • 19-11-2018
  • Finalists announced for Hip Hop Dance Award

  • Kwame Asafo-Adjei, Julia Cheng, Juan Gaviria and Chris Reyes have been selected as the finalists for the first Hip Hop Dance Award supported by The Arts Foundation, a charity which supports UK based talent across the Arts.
    The four were selected from a longlist of dancers nominated by practitioners & producers from around the country. The criteria included all forms of street dance focusing on those breaking boundaries with the artform to create their particular style and method of working.

    The Finalists represent an amazing array of talent in the sector; Kwame Asafo-Adjei work explores black identity and history through hip hop movement and physical story-telling, challenging the stereotypes of the genre as well as tackling social and political subjects. Julia Cheng's captivating work with her collective of largely female artists are at the cutting edge of jazz, poetry, dance and tech. She recently has been involved in exploring wearable tech and how it can create sound scores through movement. Juan Gaviria (pictured) is 'the general' of Soul Mavericks who have helped put the UK on the map for breaking by winning multiple competitions internationally as well as nurturing a new crew of superstars in the making. And finally Chris Reyes whose work is now central to developing the hip hop dance theatre sector with his unique jazz/live/social mix and highlighting the importance of understanding the social context behind such work.
    An eminent panel presided over the applications comprised of Delia Barker, dance specialist and programmes director at the Roundhouse; Benji Reid, one of the UKs pioneer of hip hop theatre and culture and Kenrick Sandy MBE, award-winning dancer, choreographer, teacher, actor and co-founder/artistic director of the legendary Boy Blue Entertainment.
    All the finalists will receive £1,000 with the exception of one who will be awarded the £10,000 fellowship. This will be announced at the AFFAs (Arts Foundation Futures Awards) at the ICA on the 28th January at the ICA along with the results from the four other artforms; poetry, experimental architecture, visual arts and designer-makers.
    The decision to include Hip Hop Dance was due in part to an article in 2017 in Arts Professional which stated that in addition to no conservatoires offering educational training to hip hop or street dance artists, that practitioners ‘are unable to access commissions and large scale profiling because their work isn’t seen as equal to that of other dance genres.’
    Over the past 25 years The Arts Foundation has given over £1.7m to individual artists from across the spectrum of the Arts with the aim of buying them time away from commissions to allow them sit, think, imagine, plan and be rigorous in creating ideas and begin to develop future work. For more info on the artists : http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/content/2019-shortlist

  • 15-11-2018
  • Sarat Babu creates new titanium material

  • Materials Innovation finalist in 2015, Sarat Babu and his team at Betatype have developed a new titanium mesh fabric material with London based company called Uniform Wares who explore how Metal Additive Manufacturing can re-invent their products. Betatype collaborated with the luxury watchmakers to develop and manufacture a new titanium mesh for their straps and bracelets as part of their new 2019 watch collection. The material, which is to be used for a forthcoming watch line, is completely built on Betaype's site and is already shipping globally.

    Sarat's works focus on the microscopic, looking at how shape and form at a miniscule level can affect the macroscopic for altering the properties a material has to dynamically produce a disassociated tactile experience. Much of his current work uses pioneering research into sintered metals and microarchitecture to produce materials which are ultra light and yet capable of incredible strength.

    The Materials Evolution Award has been supported by The Clothworkers' Company for the past 4 years. It focuses on entrepreneurial Materials Innovation which incorporates a broad set of practices permeating design thinking and problem-solving in society. For more information on past winners please go here : http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/Artist-Genre/821

    Pictured : C36 watch with titanium mesh NATO strap / Image courtesy of Uniform Wares.