• 29-03-2018
  • New book "Break.up" by Joanna Walsh

  • The internet has collapsed the boundaries of time, space, and desire. However far apart lovers are, they can instantly be present. So can they ever really break up?

    This is the question Walsh's narrator must reckon with as she travels across Europe after the end of a love affair conducted largely online. This pilgrimage through 'offline' space dictated by chance - on railways, on buses, on planes and, above all, on foot - wrestles with the dangers of converting longing into language, and reclaims and reshapes the territory of the male travel writer by creating personal and innovative maps of cities by which Walsh navigates the complexities of modern love.
    For more info please visit https://serpentstail.com/break-up-hb.html

  • 26-03-2018
  • Eley Williams has won the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses

  • Hackney-based independent publisher Influx Press has won the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses for its title Attrib. and Other Stories by Eley Williams.

    Influx Press, an outfit run out of east London by Kit Caless, Gary Budden and Sanya Semakula, published Williams’ debut collection last year. The book, which is centred upon the difficulties of communication, has gone on to earn widespread critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, The Telegraph, the New Statesman, and the London Review of Books, and has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

    Neil Griffiths, the founder of the prize, said Influx's achievement was "exactly what the Republic of Consciousness Prize was set up to reward".
    "A small press that is so focussed on what it wants to publish it can see unusually brilliant writing more clearly – especially when it comes to short stories", he said. “Eley Williams is that rare thing, a deeply serious writer working on a playful level. In the middle of her story 'Smote', I was floored. I realised I was reading a prose poet of a very high calibre indeed, and I said to myself: this book will win. The judges agreed.”


  • 22-03-2018
  • Sam Lee launched "Fire Choir" at the the Foundling Museum.

  • The Foundling Museum’s Picture Gallery.
    Spring term:
    Spring term: 5 February - 30 April 2018
    Summer term: 14 May - 6 August 2018
Autumn term: 10 September - 26 November 2018.

    This new, ‘open to all’ community choir is dedicated to revitalising communal singing with political empowerment and a sonorous means to protest at its heart. Highlighting social and environmental injustice, Fire Choir builds on the Museum’s centuries-old legacy of social change, campaigning and creativity. Singers will tap into the enormous and ancient international repertoire of songs rooted in social change, justice and emancipation. Material will include folk songs, modern songs, anti-war songs, songs of resistance and struggle, the natural world, songs of love and lost worlds. There will also be a generous aspect of the repertoire specially-commissioned for Fire Choir from the perspective of contemporary communities struggling for a louder voice in society, written by some of the UK’s best songwriters and composers. And to keep the spirits high there will of course be lots of good old rabble-rousing, soul-lifting chants and hollers!

    Fire Choir is led by Sam Lee as artistic director, alongside several other choir leaders and music makers bringing a diverse number of musicians to help create a new community of voices. The choir will be a vehicle to take these songs to the streets, the auditoria, the recording studio and many other as yet unknown places.

    For more info please visit: https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/learning/fire-choir/

  • 16-03-2018
  • Andrew Lamb exhibiting at Kirkcaldy Galleries

  • Fife Contemporary presents an exhibition 'Nexus: Meetings at the Edge'
    Kirkcaldy Galleries, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy
    Sat 31 March - Sun 10 June

    This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st-century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms.
    Jewellery, silversmithing, textiles and ceramics all have long histories and deep-rooted traditions behind them. Today their familiar, often restricting, boundaries are being expanded by makers taking leaps of imagination and devising fresh approaches to the way they work.

    The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill, a capacity for free-thinking and confidence in their ideas. However, each has found their own way of extending the boundaries of their art form.

    Nexus celebrates the unexpected. None of the work in this exhibition may be quite what it seems…

    Curated by Dr Elizabeth Goring for Fife Contemporary in collaboration with Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, it features 20 artists from around Britain and Ireland.

    For more information please visit https://www.fcac.co.uk/event/nexus-meetings-edge/

  • 15-03-2018
  • Lin Cheung wins prestigious Françoise van den Bosch Award

  • Congratulations to #ArtsFoundationFellow Lin Cheung for being selected to receive this biennial prize which is awarded to an artist who plays a leading and inspiring role in the international jewellery field. The jury, consisting of Evelien Bracke (independent curator), Beppe Kessler (jewellery artist), Marc Monzó (winner Françoise van den Bosch Award 2016), Hans Stofer (Professor Royal College) Burg Giebichenstein, (Kunsthochschule Halle) and Martijn van Oostroom (art historian, chair) were unanimous in its decision.
    Image : Brooch: Wear again, again, 2010. Nylon-flocked acrylic and brass, faux leather.