• 11-08-2013
  • Iris Garrelfs to play at Barbican

  • Iris is playing a free concert at the Barbican Club Stage this Thursday 15/8/2013 and I'm sure she would be delighted if you could come. Gig starts at 7pm....Also playing are Blanca Regina and Leafcutter John with Steve Beresford
    / “Sawbones 13.2” by raxil4, King Sara and P23 / Sharon Gal / cassiel / Darkroom and it's a Music Hackspace Performances@HacktheBarbican event curated by Blanca Regina. For more information go to http://musichackspace.org/musichackspace-performanceshackthebarbican-15t...

  • 10-07-2013
  • Composer of Oliver! makes possible new theatre award for the Arts Foundation

  • The Arts Foundation are delighted to announce a new fellowship for theatre supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation. The recipient of the first annual award will be announced in January 2013 in the artform 'Composition for Musicals'. Lionel Bart set up a charitable foundation under his Estate, the objects of which were to give scholarships and awards to, and provide education for, people coming into the world of theatre. The Foundation currently funds an education scheme for composers, lyricists and bookwriters through Mercury Musical Foundation, and gives awards to aspiring drama students. It is delighted to award this new fellowship for the next five years." Lionel Bart was brought up in London's working class East End and had no formal musical education. He gained a scholarship to St Martin's School of Art at age 16 and started work as a set painter in the theatre but when he saw a notice asking for song writers it was to change his life. He wrote his first musical in 1958, Wally Pone of Soho but it was the songs he wrote for the early British rock'n'rollers Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard which brought Lionel his first taste of success. By the end of 1959 his musicals "Fings Ain't Wot They Used and "Lock Up Your Daughters" were running successfully in London's West End and one year later he opened "Oliver!" which had advanced sales of 30,000 in the first week. He died in 1999.

  • 06-06-2013
  • Never Odd Or Even:New Exhibition by Thomson and Craighead

  • Never Odd Or Even is the first survey exhibition by fellows Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead in the UK, bringing together a range of new and recent works.Interested in how information about the world is filtered through the prism of the world wide web, and other forms of information technology, Thomson & Craighead play with this data to create poetic, compelling works that ask fundamental questions about what it is to be human.
    The use of found footage, both visual and textual, is a common thread that links many of Thomson & Craighead's diverse projects. Commandeering the words and pictures that float so freely on the internet, they acknowledge the various artistic and literary traditions that this collage-like activity places them in. Owing as much to the 20th century practice of the readymade, as to the visual poetry of the Oulipo writers, Thomson & Craighead recognise their sources as being an ephemeral products of the moment, but transform them into enduring timeless works.
    On at Carroll Fletcher Gallery until 6th July http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/15/overview/

  • 03-06-2013
  • Ruth Claxton new solo show at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

  • From 7th June to 6th July Pippy Houldsworth Gallery will host Sculpture Fellow Ruth Claxton's first solo exhibition in London. Claxton will present a new installation, Specular Spectacular (Cheryl, Jo, Joanne, Elinor, Claire, Anna), made specifically for the gallery. Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery. Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself. Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
    Ruth Claxton was awarded the 2012 Arts Foundation Sculpture Fellowship. She was commissioned to make a site-specific installation for the Guangzhou Triennial 2012, China, and has recently completed a permanent sculptural installation for the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, acquired by the Contemporary Art Society, London. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe; Spike Island, Bristol; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales; Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva; and Ingleby, Edinburgh. Other shows and projects include Undone, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Remake, Remodel, National Glass Centre, Sunderland; The Figurine Dialogue, Crystal Palace, Stockholm; Known Unknowns, Gallery Loop, Seoul; Daybreakers, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; and An Archaeology, Zabludowicz Collection, London. She has completed public art works for Situations (Wonders of Weston, Weston-super-Mare) and Meadow Arts (House of Beasts, Attingham Park).