• 15-11-2018
  • Designer-Makers Fabio Hendry, Oscar Lhermitte, The Bristol Weaving Mill and Liam Hopkins have been shortlisted for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Materials Evolution Award supported by The Clothworkers' Company.

  • The Materials Innovation Award has set a new agenda bringing together extraordinary work for further support and public recognition. Initiated five years ago by The Clothworkers’ Company and the Arts Foundation, it backed entrepreneurial materials innovators such as Julia Lohmann for her work with seaweed within design and Sarat Babu for his work in microkinetics, developing materials capable of changing their physical property.

    It’s evident that entrepreneurial materials innovation now describes a broader set of practices permeating design thinking and problem-solving in society including practitioners interested in ethics and social impact where materials become ‘tools for social change’, and others who identify themselves as part of the ‘maker movement’– engaged from idea through production to application or market.

    Taking this into consideration the Prize will now be running three parallel categories, awarded on a yearly rotation comprised of Materials Innovation, Social Innovation and lastly Designer-Makers which was selected for this years’ award.

    Four designer-makers, Bristol Weaving Mill, Fabio Hendry , Oscar Lhermitte
    and Liam Hopkins have now been shortlisted for the £10,000 prize. Selected from a longlist of UK-based practitioners nominated by experts and practitioners, the finalists demonstrated both entrepreneurship and experimentation in equal measures; from the directors of Bristol Weaving Mill (products developed from local sourced wool & Alpaca) who have built up their brand following a demand for small-batch, innovative woven fabric to Fabio Hendry whose focus on ‘overlooked matter’ has led him to create furniture from nylon powder, a by-product of 3D printing. With Oscar Lhermitte, his success in bringing a highly designed product to market from an initial idea was highly rated by the judges as was Liam Hopkins’ combination of traditional handcraft techniques, modern computer-based modelling and pattern cutting using the lightest materials.

    The judges included jeans entrepreneur David Hieatt (Huit Denim), designer Sarah Van Gameren(Glithero) and craft specialist Martina Margetts. The recipient of the award will be announced at a special ceremony at London's ICA on Monday 28th January at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2019 when £78,000 of awards will be announced across the Arts, with each of the runners-up receiving £1,000. The other categories for 2019 include Experimental Architecture, Hip Hop Dance, Visual Arts and Poetry.

    The Clothworkers’ Company’s focus is on supporting textiles research, innovation, skills and links with industry; and on fostering wider participation in trusteeship and charity governance. Its sister organisation, The Clothworkers' Foundation, supports charities which are set up to improve the lives of people and communities particularly those facing disadvantage. To date it has awarded grants of more than £130m.

    Image : Hot Wire Extensions by Fabio Hendry

  • 12-11-2018
  • Andrew Kötting - Earthworks trilogy

  • Sat 17 Nov The Brighton Film Festival, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
    This Filthy Earth + INTRO - 11am
    Ivul - 2.00pm
    Lek and the Dogs - 4.30pm

    Following his exhibition at Towner Art Gallery last year, Andrew Kötting returns to Eastbourne to present a rare opportunity to see his Earthworks trilogy in its entirety.
    Andrew will be with us all day, introducing each film, before being joined by Jason Wood (Artistic Director of Film at HOME in Manchester) for an extended Q&A after the final part of the trilogy, Lek and the Dogs. Tickets are available for the whole triple bill and each individual film.

    For more info visit http://www.cine-city.co.uk/event/andrew-kotting-earthworks-trilogy/?fbcl...

  • 06-11-2018
  • Shortlist Announced for Visual Arts Award

  • An all-female line-up; Jamila Johnson-Small, Ima-Abasi Okon, Alice Theobald and Sung Tieu have been shortlisted for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Award for Visual Arts supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate.

    Judges for this award were Helen Legg , Director of Tate Liverpool, artist Maciej Urbanek , and George Vasey , writer and currently curator at the Wellcome Collection. The four artists were selected from a longlist of UK-based practitioners nominated by experts and practitioners working across the visual arts.

    The decision to select a much broader genre this year was led by trustee Matthew Slotover who says; ‘Artists more and more are working across media and don’t fit into clear definitions like painters and sculptors. For this reason we decided to broaden the category to ‘Visual Arts’ rather than focusing on individual media.’

    The shortlist reflects this decision both in the range of practices and the issues explored by them; from Jamila Johnson-Small's” live practice where through personal narrative she highlights the problematics of globalisation, identity politics and displacement; to Alice Theobald (pictured above 'It’s not who you are, it’s how you are' BALTIC, 2016) whose multi-disciplinary practice often investigates the everyday revealing group dynamics and the intricacies of relationships between people; Ima-Abasi Okon who ‘repurposes’ industrial and personal objects by removing their function, raising questions relating to value, productivity and excess and Sung Tieu whose own emigration from Vietnam to Germany is central to her work impelling her to address Post-Cold War histories and the diasporic experience of unfixed temporal and spatial certainties.

    Judge for the award Helen Legg stated; ‘Having taken our time to narrow down an exceptionally talented field, we have arrived at four already remarkable artists, each at a critical point in the development of their work and each having demonstrated a vision that is worthy of the support and investment an Arts Foundation award offers. This exciting shortlist testifies to the immense ambition and promise of the next generation of artists in the UK’.

  • 16-10-2018
  • Shortlist of the Experimental Architecture Award at the AA this November

  • To celebrate this new award funded by the Arts Foundation, and the shortlist that has been selected, the Architectural Association are hosting both an exhibition of their work and a talk led by Justin McGuirk from the Design Museum and Theodore Spyropoulos, architect and educator at the AA.

    1st Nov 6.30pm, Talk : Ways of Seeing : Experimental Architecture and the Arts Foundation Award Shortlist AA Lecture Hall. Free
    To open the exhibition Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Finn Williams from Public Practice will be introducing their very diverse practices and explaining how their work is affected by their visions of space in today's world. This will be followed by a discussion with Justin McGuirk from the Design Museum and Minimaforms' director and educator from the AA Theo Spyropoulos around what new meanings are architecture, art & design bringing to address spatial issues and what role does experimentation play in contemporary practice?.

    1st - 17th Nov, Exhibition: Pushing the Boundaries: 2019 Arts Foundation Shortlist , 10am – 7pm, AA Members Room. Free
    The exhibition brings together for the first time four very diverse practitioners Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice whose experimental practices explore radical constructions challenging our conceptions of space as an interface. These four shortlisted applicants for the Experimental Architecture Award will be showing some of their work allowing visitors to understand their practices further through visual displays, video and objects related to their current work and preoccupations.

    For further information about the shortlist for the Arts Foundation Award in Experimental Architecture go to : Holly Hendry , Chris Hildrey , Lawrence Lek and Public Practice

    All events at the Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES.

  • 16-10-2018
  • Shortlist Announced for Experimental Architectural Award

  • Three individuals and one collaborative practice have been shortlisted for the £10,000 award. The longlist of applicants included artists, architects and designers who are pushing the boundaries of how we explore, experience and create space, and challenge our conception of space as an interface. We are delighted to announce that Holly Hendry, Chris Hildrey, Lawrence Lek and Public Practice were shortlisted.

    Holly Hendry is an artist whose non-traditional architectural approach is permeated by a fascination with rear spaces and open cracks ‘where you can see the gooey insides’ she says.
    Public Practice , is a social enterprise founded by Pooja Agrawal and Finn Williams to improve the quality of everyday places by building the public sector’s capacity of proactive planning. Lawrence Lek’s work explores the changing nature of architectural experience through new technologies such as real-time computer graphics and virtual reality simulations. Lek is interested by ideas around the experience of space, and not just its physical construction. Chris Hildrey is a London based architect whose ongoing project ProxyAddress uses local data to provide homeless people with stable addresses in order to access vital services.

    Initially nominated by established practitioners from the fields of art, design and architecture, the shortlist were selected by architect Amanda Levete, Minimaforms’ director and educator from the AA, Theodore Spyropoulos, and the Design Museum’s lead curator and writer, Justin McQuirk. The winner, along with four other awards in different artforms, will be announced at the Arts Foundation Awards which will be held at the ICA on the 28th January 2019.

    To celebrate this new award the shortlist will be showing some of their work at the Architectural Association in London from 1st to 17th November along
    with a free talk where the shortlist will speak about their practice alongside a panel chaired by Justin McQuirk. For more information visit http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/news/exhibition-experimental-architectur....