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Rhythm & Muse Poetry & Prose – Works now available for download

Colliers Wood TQ275705 acrylic and oil on canvas 2014
Rhythm & Muse Poetry & Prose – Works now available for download

The Stanley Picker Gallery and Rhythm & Muse, a local Kingston-based poetry collective, invited all to participate in a special poetry and creative writing workshop inspired by Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC, an exciting exhibition of drawing, painting, text and photographic artworks by psychogeographer, zine-maker and Stanley Picker Fellow in Fine Art Laura Oldfield Ford. The session was led by Alison Hill and Natalie Kay.

Taking suburban South West London as a starting point Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC addressed issues surrounding contested space, landscape, architecture and memory, reworking the ‘dérive’ or drift as a subjective process of mapping territory along the lines of social antagonism. Navigation of the exhibition in turn formed the starting point of the Rhythm & Muse poetic explorations, and complemented the current National Poetry Day theme “Remember”. All were welcome to participate with only ones curiosity and willingness to share ideas being required to join in. We were joined by 12 local residents with experience ranging from first-time writers and aspiring poets to professionals.

Inspired by Laura Oldfield Ford, the outcomes have been collected into zine. Read online or download your copy here.

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Above image: Laura Oldfield Ford Colliers Wood TQ275705 acrylic and oil on canvas (2014) Photo: Ellie Laycock

What is Now? Participation Programme Exhibition 12-15 Nov 2014

What is Now? Participation Programme Exhibition 12-15 Nov 2014

The Stanley Picker Gallery is pleased to present What is Now? an exhibition of diverse artworks made by Surbiton High School Art Scholars’ ages 12-17 who participated in a series of creative workshops inspired by the contemporary practices of past and present Stanley Picker Fellows, including acclaimed artist, writer, psychogeographer, zine-maker Laura Oldfield Ford – whose exciting exhibition of drawing, painting, text and photographic artworks Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC is currently installed in the main gallery.

Throughout the programme, with workshops tailored to meet the interests and requirements of individual students, participants learnt about Fellows’ practice, influences and creative processes – including research methods that do not include googling! Scholars’ shared their individual interpretations of artworks examined, ideas and personal preoccupations through free-writing, zine-making, drawing and discussion. Each scholar was charged with pursuing an area or issue of particular interest to them and reflecting on what they had learnt, create a new piece of work. What is Now, which has been curated by the 6th form scholars showcases a selection of the outcomes and ‘zines as evidence of the research process.

The Gallery team have been intrigued and impressed by all, and hope that you will join us in celebrating their achievements.

This exhibition is curated by Connie Burlton, Lucy Colbert and Charlotte Hick
Exhibiting Artists: Izzy Arthur, Julia Comar, Satine Klement, Lizzie McKeon, Amber Newsom Davis, Charlotte Rich-Jones, Katy Tomiack, Saffron Fellows, India Newsom Davis, Tallulah Atkin, Ameila Tomlin, Beatrice Lovell, Lucy Coombes, Sofia Turner, Holly Lavelle, Jane Popple, Connie Burlton, Lucy Colbert, Charlotte Hicks, Stephanie Bloom, Imogen Gash, Holly Goodwin, Lucy Knollys, Ruksana and Shaukat-Jali.

For more information please contact Natalie Kay on 020 8417 4074 or email n.kay@kingston.ac.uk
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Book Binding for Beginners with Gallery Coordinator Jacqueline Thomas

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Book Binding for Beginners with Gallery Coordinator Jacqueline Thomas

The Stanley Picker Gallery were delighted to invite students from Kingston University’s Faculty of Art Design & Architecture and retired members of the Bradbury Centre (Staywell Foundation) to participate in a special intergenerational Book Binding for Beginners workshop led by our very own Gallery Coordinator and professional hand-bound book maker.

The workshop’s offering was inspired by Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC, our current exhibition of drawing, painting and writing by acclaimed artist, zine-maker and Stanley Picker Fellow Laura Oldfield Ford. Participants began with a visit to the exhibition and viewed examples of Oldfield Ford’s zines alongside the self-published works of Thomas, who addressed her practice throughout. A “patient and interesting” workshop leader, Thomas guided participants through the basics of professional book binding, process and materials, while encouraging them to incorporate elements of their personal style, artworks and writing into the binds.

“I really enjoyed today and the skills I’ve learnt will definitely come in useful with my projects” – Hannah Crees, Graphics Student

Outcomes will be exhibited at the Gallery in late November as part of our Zine Fair and Participation Programme Showcase. Jacqueline Thomas will be exhibiting at Art and the Quantum Moment Exhibition 4 Dec 2014 – 29 Jan 2015 at the Simons Center, New York.

For more information please contact Natalie Kay on 020 8417 4074 or email n.kay@kingston.ac.uk
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Art Club: Zine Making inspired by Laura Oldfield Ford Sat 25 Oct 11am-1pm

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Art Club: Zine Making inspired by Laura Oldfield Ford Sat 25 Oct 11am-1pm

The Stanley Picker Gallery is pleased to invite families with children of all ages, to join us for a special Art Club contributing to The Campaign for Drawing’s much loved annual event – The Big Draw.

Activity will be inspired by our current exhibition of drawing, painting and writing by acclaimed artist, zine-maker and Stanley Picker Fellow Laura Oldfield Ford. Participants will visit Oldfield Ford’s Gallery-based studio and exhibition, and view examples of her ‘zines and the practice of others before embarking on the design and manufacture of their own mini-publications. Outcomes will be exhibited at the Gallery in late November as part of our Zine Fair and Participation Programme Showcase.

For more information please contact Natalie Kay on 020 8417 4074 or email n.kay@kingston.ac.uk
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Gallery & Exhibition Guided Tour Friday 10 October 1-3pm

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Gallery & Exhibition Guided Tour Friday 10 October 1-3pm

The Stanley Picker Gallery is proud to be contributing to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames inaugural Enjoying Later Life Festival, a week of events, activities and opportunities which celebrate all that is positive and exciting about life for older people within our local community.

The Gallery will be attending the Live Life Fayre on Monday 6 October, offsite at Kingston Guildhall, and on Friday 10 October 1-3pm our team invite individuals of all ages to join us for a special guided tour of the Gallery and Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC – a new exhibition of painting, print, text and audio by Stanley Picker Fellow Laura Oldfield Ford, followed with conversation over coffee and cake.

We will also reveal details about our upcoming programme and the current investigations of Design Fellow Fabien Cappello, as he prepares for his exhibition at the Gallery in Spring 2015. We look forward to welcoming you here!

For more information please contact Natalie Kay on 020 8417 4074 or email n.kay@kingston.ac.uk
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The Liquid Game Workshop Review by Gemma Kwon

The Liquid Game Workshop Review
First published in The Griffin Newsletter, Southborough High School (February 2014 edition)

Year 12 & 13 trip to the Stanley Picker Gallery by Gemma Kwon (12LMN)

From what Ive heard from some art students, all art trips to galleries and museums are the same. As a student who, until now, hadnt studied art for 3 years, I had no experience or much interest in visiting an art gallery. I therefore took the opportunity to visit the Stanley Picker Gallery along with my 6th Form art class in order to see for myself what it was really like. It was also my second trip since joining Southborough 6th Form so I was looking forward to it anyway.

When we went into the gallery, we met Natalie Kay, the Participation Curator, and she talked us through a little bit about the gallery and the artists. We then split into groups so we could take turns to go in the exhibition room. While the first group went in, the rest of us went just outside the gallery where there was the Hogsmill River. The task was to look at a section of a part of the river and sketch it, trying to emphasize the details e.g. the water flowing. The rules were to keep the pencil on the paper without taking it off the paper even once. The idea was that in the end, the sketch should look like loads of lines joined together, quite in detail if done well. It was a new technique and most of us struggled as we have never tried this technique before.

I was in the last group so I was one of the last people to go into the Gallery and have a look. As we went in, it felt a little mysterious, since it was all dark and all you can see is a little screen showing slides of pictures of different things like bones and fossils. There was also a big board of text next to it, approximately a paragraph. I dont exactly remember what all of it said, but there was a part which got me thinking and also which Mr Crooks pointed out. It was three words, love the unknown. I thought about this, asking myself how can you love something that is almost unexpected and not identifiable? We then went into the main part of the exhibition; it was quite dark and felt very mysterious as we were also given a torch each. First, I was really confused because of the dim atmosphere and the spooky curtains that were blowing away as we walked into the exhibition. When we got further inside, there was a little room which had different artworks around the walls, ceiling and even the floor. It felt like we were surrounded by different elements of artworks all around. The interesting part was that there were different moving images, different layers to suggest like its all one piece. There were also some sort of scent and sound in the room which really made the atmosphere mysterious with the works in the room. We used the torches to look at the artworks which were stuck on the wall; there were a variety- faces and textures all into one piece, like a collage. I really liked the artists idea, how the works surrounded us, the people in there. Also I loved the idea of putting the moving images on the floor and I particularly liked it when the sea waves were coming in, making us feel like were really there at the seaside.

We did quite a few tasks overall throughout the trip, which was rather unexpected as I thought we would be doing more of the looking-around the gallery, looking at the paintings and sculptures made by different artists. What I personally think that made the trip quite fun and interesting was that we all did something practical, creating something that wasnt planned and in such short time as well.

Personally, I was surprised how creative everyone was, even the teachers were really getting into the task! I could feel that everyone had a great passion in art. I also found it enjoyable when we all got together and tried the technique used by the artist, filming our own backgrounds and putting our own work up on the wall and trying different things to make it into one. I thought it was going to be really hard and complicated but was quite surprised from the outcome which came out really cool and I certainly discovered a new way of creating art.

At the end of the day, I realized how love the unknown gave me a lesson in art, relating that art isnt all about planning and getting the artwork to look perfect. From personal experience, I was more into design technology in my previous school, so for me, I was used to getting the perfect measurements and getting the drawing to look easy and clear to understand. However, from the trip, I have realized how its good to try new things- sometimes you think it just wont look good but actually, you wouldnt even know because you havent even tried. Ive also learnt how art isnt all about the amazing paintings and the sculptures but the history of the artwork and the artist. Looking at artwork in more depth allows you to see the real beauty of art- if you look closely enough; you can actually feel some sort of emotions that the artists have put into their work. Its not about how perfect the artwork looks but the emotions and thoughts that has gone into the work. Ive also realized its not just about the paintings and sculptures that are classified as art but its about delivering some sort of message to the person who is looking at your work and that art can be shown through visual, sound, smell and emotions.