• 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).

  • 17-05-2013
  • Wilkie Branson choreographs new show on tour

  • Catch Varmints, a new childrens' show based on Helen Wards' book 'Varmints'. produced in conjunction with Sadlers Wells where Branson is a New Wave Associate. On at Brighton festival on the 21/22 May and touring the country after got to www.wilkiebranson.net for further dates.

  • 26-04-2013
  • Film Directing fellow Asif Kapadia to make film on Amy Winehouse

  • Asif Kapadia, whose last project was about the infamous racing car driver Senna will next turn his attention to another life lived in a very different fast lane with a film about Amy Winehouse.
    The Associated Press reported that Mr. Kapadia, whose film “Senna” won documentary prizes at the Bafta Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, will work with the producer James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Gift Shop”) to tell the story of Ms. Winehouse, the troubled soul singer who died at 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011.

    Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees described the documentary in a joint statement as “an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can.”
    The filmmakers described Ms. Winehouse in the statement as “a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sang from the heart and everyone fell under her spell.”
    The Winehouse family said in a statement reported by The Associated Press that, having been approached about many film projects, they believed that Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees would “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her.”