• 16-05-2014
  • Siobhan Davies joins Board of Trustees

  • We are delighted to announce that acclaimed British choreographer, founder and artistic director of Siobhan Davies Dance, Sue Davies is joining the board of trustees. Sue began dancing while a student at Art College and soon joined London Contemporary Dance Theatre, founding in 1982 the influential company Second Stride with Richard Alston and Ian Spink. She made her first work in 1972 and formed her own company in 1988, creating since then over 40 works to critical acclaim (Olivier Awards, South Bank Show Award). Her curiosity has led her to extend her work beyond dance into performance, visual arts, film and crafts, areas which the Arts Foundation also cover. The Siobhan Davies Studios in south London offer a public programme of curated exhibitions and talks, participatory projects and classes. She joins the board which includes FT Arts Editor Jan Dalley, artist Antony Gormley and director/producer Sir Richard Eyre.

  • 16-05-2014
  • Ten Years of Work by Permindar Kaur at Djanogly Art Gallery,Lakeside

  • Permindar Kaur has been quite for some time in terms of exhibiting her work but this hasn't stopped her continuing the creation of sculptural objects and installations that explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging. She does this by apparently innocent means, invoking childhood and domestic spaces with little figures and animals fashioned in soft fleece resembling half-stuffed toys. However, these are far from sentimental trophies; the comfort of fabric is checked by the cold contours of copper and steel. Her toys are armed with claws, horns and beaks, belying their apparent vulnerability and giving them an air of comic menace. Others disappear against identically coloured or patterned backgrounds, an elaborate game of hide-and-seek perhaps, or a strategy of camouflage or self-negation?
    This is the first major exhibition of new work produced over the last ten years by an artist whose concerns with cultural exclusivity remain as pertinent as ever. for more information http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/Exhibitions/ViewEvent.html?e=2570&c=5&d=0

  • 16-05-2014
  • Sculptor Rachael Champion's first solo exhibition at Hales

  • Opening on the 11th June until the 26th July "Primary Producers" is an exploration through energy and architecture in the form of a site-specific installation integrated into the architecture of Hales Gallery. The installation presents a pebble dashed landmass, punctuated with cylindrical concavities containing both wild and specific strains of fresh water algae. The title refers to algae and its characteristics as a basic life form, which, in spite of being used by humans for centuries, only recently became an important subject in sustainability. Pebbledash, a controversial rendering ubiquitous in the British landscape, and algae, a strong candidate for renewable energy as biofuel, are signifiers of both progress and problem-solving. These materials, integrated together as an architectural sculpture, point at both optimistic yet fallible responses to the urgent needs of our society. For more info http://www.halesgallery.com/exhibitions/66/installation_shots/

  • 05-05-2014
  • LINDA FRANCE, poetry fellow, wins 2014 National Poetry Prize

  • Her poem entitled 'Bernard and Cerinthe' imagines an erotic encounter between a buttoned-up man and a seductive flower and winning her £5,000 awarded by the National Poetry Competition. France summons up the purple, downward-pointing blossoms of the honeywort – Cerinthe major Purpurascens – evoking the "ruffle / of knickerbockers or petticoat", the "scent / of terror, vanilla musk". But her protagonist is left "dumbstruck, / a buffoon in front of a saloon honey // high-kicking the can-can" and tries to "cool himself". First awarded in 1978, the prize is judged anonymously, with the panel only discovering the identity of the poets after making their final decision. France, who lives in Northumberland and edited the anthology Sixty Women Poets, joins a roster of winners including Helen Dunmore, Ruth Padel, Tony Harrison and the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. See http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/29/linda-france-national-poetr... for full review.