• 26-01-2017
  • Last Chance to see Simon Fujiwara at the Photographers Gallery

  • Ending on the 29th January, Simon's exhibition 'Joanne' explores the artist's former secondary school art teacher Joanne Sully in different shades and lights. The teacher had a profound impact on the creative development of the artist during his stint as a scholarship student at the prestigious Harrow School for boys. But, Joanne’s reputation as a teacher and a public figure, faced the wrath of the media campaigns upon the discovery and circulation of a tabloid scandal featuring her in certain private photographs which are deemed objectionable in conservative social standards. Five years later, the artist Simon Fujiwara and his inspirational subject Joanne, embarked on the production of this short film that unfolds the struggle she had to wade through in the wake of the scandal that aimed to tarnish her image presenting a very complex picture of her. The exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery attempts to address the issues around the representation of women in social media, the tabloid press and consumer culture http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/joanne

  • 19-12-2016
  • Is NON-FICTION the New Fiction? Event at City University

  • Internationally renowned novelist and cultural historian Marina Warner, award-winning writer and journalist Dr. Julie Wheelwright and writers Marina Benjamin, Olivier Kugler, Jack Underwood and Joanna Walsh, will be taking part in a special one-off event discussing the Creative Non-Fiction genre, at the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City, University of London on January 19, 2017 at 6.30pm.

    Marina Benjamin, Olivier Kugler, Jack Underwood and Joanna Walsh, who have just been announced as the shortlisted writers for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Creative Non-Fiction Award 2017, will be speaking about why they have chosen to write within creative non-fiction, a burgeoning form of literary work which often brings together such seemly disparate forms as poetry, philosophy, travel writing, memoir and reportage.

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    Using narrative techniques often identified exclusively with fiction, they will explore through their own writing how and why this hybrid genre offers them the freedom to express their ideas and experiences that might previously have been limited to dramatic forms.
    They will be joined by celebrated guest novelist, critic and cultural historian Marina Warner whose writing has not only produced hybrid genre forms but tackled and popularised a wide range of cultural issues.

    Marina’s books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (l976), Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (l982) and Monuments & Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (l988). In l994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. Her study of the Thousand and One Nights, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011) was awarded a Sheykh Zayed Prize in 2012, a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize. Her third novel, The Lost Father, was short-listed for the Booker prize in l988. Marina is a Fellow of the British Academy, was awarded the DBE, and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College. She was given the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities in 2015.

    The event will be chaired by one of the judges for this award Dr. Julie Wheelwright, who is programme director of the UK’s only dedicated MA degree in creative writing (non-fiction) at City University, London. An award-winning writer and journalist herself, her books include The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage, which was translated into five languages.

    The creative non-fiction genre is burgeoning in popularity in the UK. Perhaps as a reaction to the current sound bite news style, there is a new hunger for longer more in-depth pieces that allow the reader to reflect on a deeper level and where the use of literary techniques allow for an aesthetic quality to the writing. As a sign of the increasing recognition afforded to the genre, The 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to a writer of creative non–fiction, Svetlana Alexievich. Current best-sellers in the genre include Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk, Chris Packham’s Fingers In The Sparkle Jar and The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby.

    More information on the shortlist go to http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/winners-and-shortlist/2017

  • 09-12-2016
  • Essay Film Now : Shortlisted artists at the Whitechapel Gallery

  • This special event on Saturday 21st January from 2-6pm dedicated to the art of the Essay Film, will feature the four filmmakers who have been shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Essay Film Award, a new award which is worth £10,000 to the winners and £1,000 to each runner up.

    The award winning filmmakers Charlie Lyne, Marianna Simnett, Sam Stevens and Sarah Wood have all very diverse practices within the genre. The audience will have the chance to hear first hand about their filmmaking and see their latest work.

    Charlie Lyne’s films use existing footage cleverly pieced together to reveal disconcerting undertones such as in Beyond Clueless (2014); Sam Stevens' main interests centre on ecological, social and political realities in Europe as found in his film Atlantropa (2009), which imagines a bridge across the straits of Gibraltar; Marianna Simnett uses surrealist techniques in her work to blend real and imagined events into magic-realist morality tales where she often plays the protagonist undergoing significant physical duress such as in The Needle and the Larynx (2016); and Sarah Wood for whom language has dominated her practice to-date alongside a focus on archive and the way it is used to perform evidence as a shorthand for meaning such as in I Am A Spy (2014). For more information about the featured filmmakers and their websites please go to : http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/winners-and-shortlist/2017
    The winner of the award will be announced at the AF Awards 2017 on the 25th January at 7.15pm.

    In recent years, Essay Filmmaking as a genre has received widespread recognition and is a growing art form, due in part to digital filmmaking. It is a hybrid form bringing together elements of documentary and experimental filmmaking where the voice of the maker or artist is very evident in the narrative thereby allowing themes or ideas to come through in different ways not seen in standard documentary films. Classic exponents of the essay film genre include Chris Marker, Harun Farocki, Patrick Keiller and Agnes Varda.

    The event will conclude with writer and expert on the genre Sophie Mayer who will be discussing the rich history of the essay film, and its contemporary diversity as seen in the shortlisted artists’ work. The event will be chaired by Gareth Evans writer, producer and film curator at the Whitechapel.

    Tickets £12.50/£10.50 concs - available from www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/essay-film-now/