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Online Salon I: Larry Achiampong, Maeve Brennan & Erika Tan

Thursday 26 November 2020

The Stanley Picker Gallery is launching a new series of Online Salons to facilitate exchange and dialogue between the creative community around the Gallery.

With COVID-19 changing how we operate as a cultural venue, our digital platforms have become ever more vital as ways of engaging with each other and with our audiences. We hope these gatherings will enhance our role as an “expanded studio”, where creative work is shared during its production, by inviting practitioners to gather online to share their working practice in an informal manner.

The first Online Salon features three of our current of Stanley Picker Fellows, Larry Achiampong, Maeve Brennan and Erika Tan, who will be in conversation with each other about their Fellowship projects and how COVID-19 has impacted their studio practices.

Larry Achiampong is an artist whose solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Achiampong is a 2018 Jarman Award-nominated artist and a 2019 Paul Hamlyn Award recipient (for Visual Arts) and has worked with major institutions on commissions, residencies and exhibitions with spaces including Tate Galleries, the Venice and Singapore Biennales, Somerset House and Transport for London.

Maeve Brennan is an artist based in London. Her practice explores the political and historical resonance of material and place. Working primarily with moving image and installation, she develops long-term investigations led by personal encounters. Brennan has recently had solo exhibitions at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Finland (2019); Jerwood Space, London; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin (both 2018); The Whitworth, Manchester; Spike Island, Bristol and Chisenhale Gallery, London (all 2017). She was the recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Award 2018.

Erika Tan is an artist and curator whose work is primarily research-led and manifests itself in multiple formats such as moving image, publications, curatorial and participatory projects. Tan’s work has been exhibited, collected and commissioned internationally including: The Diaspora Pavilion, (Venice Biennale 2017); Artist and Empire (Tate Touring, National Gallery Singapore 2016/7); Come Cannibalise Us, Why Don’t You (NUS Museum, Singapore 2014); There Is No Road (LABoral, Spain 2010); Thermocline of Art (ZKM, Germany 2007); Around The World in Eighty Days (South London Gallery / ICA 2007); The Singapore Biennale (2006); Cities on the Move (Hayward Gallery, London). Recent curatorial projects include Sonic Soundings/Venice Trajectories.

Artist Talk: Judy Price in conversation with Mo Mansfield and Mandy Ogunmokun

Wednesday 21 October 2020

To coincide with The End of the Sentence at Stanley Picker Gallery, artist Judy Price hosted an online conversation with Mo Mansfield and Mandy Ogunmokun about the issues affecting women in prison and the impact of the pandemic on this sector.

Since the closure of Holloway Women’s Prison in 2016, Price, Mansfield and Ogunmokun have been involved in the coalition group Reclaim Holloway, which has been actively campaigning for a Women’s Building to be included in the redevelopment of the former prison site. Reclaim Holloway have been working closely with Islington Council, the Community Plan For Holloway (CPFH) and grassroots organisations on the Women’s Building – a service hub helping vulnerable women stay out of the criminal justice system, a transformational space for the local community, and a positive legacy for the thousands of women held in Holloway prison over its 164-year history.

Mo Mansfield is a community organiser, advocate and feminist campaigner for prison abolition.  She has over 15 years experience working in the voluntary sector in both front-line and management positions at organisations such as Women at WISHWomen In Prison and the Women’s Resource Centre and currently works on Family Participation at INQUEST. Much of her work has focussed on providing independent support to criminalised women from a social justice perspective.  She is member of the Reclaim Justice Network; Reclaim Holloway; and is co-founder of the Holloway Prison Stories website. Mo was also part of the organising committee for Abolitionist Futures: the International Conference on Penal Abolition held in London in June 2018. Mo recently completed a MSc focussed on improving services for people with personality disorders. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative at the Open University.

Mandy Ogunmokun joined the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust in September 2005 as a CARAT worker in HMP Holloway offering support in all areas of social issues as well as substance abuse. She became a senior worker within three years organising her own team of staff. Mandy has used her own journey of drug addiction and prison to inspire and motivate others and became an ambassador for both the Rapt Carat Team and the Phoenix Futures Interventions. In 2012, Mandy was awarded the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch to the Guildhall Hall and in 2013, she earned a Commendation from the Butler Trust for her dedication and skill in addressing the needs of women prisoners with substance misuse problems, going “above and beyond her role” to provide guidance and help for the women at HMP Holloway. In 2011, she established the Treasures Foundation to aid women with substance misuse issues and housing needs. Three years later, her tenacity and vision created three connecting houses in East London that are staffed day and night to provide continuous individual support for up to nine women. Mandy continues to connect with women’s prisons and help women find the treasures in themselves.

Judy Price is a London based artist who works across photography, moving image, sound and installation. A focus of her work is how art can create new perceptions of the experiences of individuals and social groups and arts’ effectiveness and relevance to collective struggles. Her practice involves extensive field research where she often draws on images and sounds from archival sources as well as from a sustained study of a place to explores sites and locations that are interweaved and striated by multiple histories, economies and forces. Palestine was an enduring focus of her work from 2004-2017.  She is course leader on the Photography (MA) at Kingston School of Art and is a senior lecturer in Moving Image (BA) at the University of Brighton. Solo exhibitions include Mosaic Rooms, London; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Wingsford Arts, Suffolk; Stiftelsen 3,14 and USF Centre, Bergen, Norway. Group exhibitions and screenings include Delfina Foundation, Imperial War Museum, Barbican, Curzon Cinema Soho, Curzon Cinema Goldsmiths, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery. Price is an active member of Reclaim Holloway.

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Artist Talk: Judy Price in conversation with Pamela Windham Stewart

Wednesday 19th February 2020

The End of the Sentence presents artist Judy Price’s research into the history of Holloway Women’s Prison. The exhibition reflects on the impact of the criminal justice system on women and features new work by Price, archival material, and artists and writers invited by Price including Erika Flowers, Hannah Hull, Nina Ward, Katrina McPherson, Carly Guest and Rachel Seoighe. The project draws on networks, collaborations and relationships developed through Reclaim Holloway, which has been actively campaigning for a Women’s Building on the former prison site since 2016.

As part of The End of the Sentence, Price presents a new moving image installation in collaboration with Dorich House Museum, which features a bronze sculpture of a baby by Dora Gordine (1895-1991) commissioned for the Mother and Baby Unit at Holloway Women’s Prison in 1948. The soundtrack to the film explores incarcerated pregnancy, drawing on the writing and fieldwork of midwife Dr Laura Abbott and forensic psychotherapist Pamela Windham Stewart. The script is re-voiced by actors from Clean Break, a women’s theatre company whose members have lived experience of the criminal justice system. For the duration of the exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery, the original bronze sculpture, on loan from the National Justice Museum, will be on display at Dorich House Museum in Kingston, Gordine’s former studio home.

Pamela Windham Stewart has worked for over twenty years as a psychotherapist in several prisons, including HMP Holloway, where she has developed and facilitated therapy groups for mothers and babies who are incarcerated. Pamela lectures widely and is the founder of the Saturday Forensic Forum. She has a private practice and is a clinical supervisor. With Jessica Collier, she co-edited The End of the Sentence: Psychotherapy with Female Offenders (Routledge, 2018) from which the title of the exhibition is borrowed. This seminal book documents the rich and varied psycho-therapeutic work undertaken by dedicated specialists in HMP Holloway, and the often difficult environment where attempts to provide psychological security were often undermined by conflicting ideas of physical security.

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New Music New Functionalities:

Curated by Yuri Suzuki and Disegno
Friday 6 April 2018
at the Design Museum

An evening of talks and performances exploring the intersection between contemporary design and music, New Music New Functionalities examines the work of a series of practitioners breaking new ground within music and sound design. Yuri Suzuki will be joined by the product designer Vahakn Matossian from Human Instruments, a company that produces high-quality musical instruments for people with physical disabilities, and the artist Imogen Piper, whose ‘Encoded Revolt’ is a musical composition derived from the co-ordinates of airstrikes in Syria. The evening will feature a rendition of ‘Encoded Revolt’, as well as a live performance by the celebrated musician John Kelly, a member of the British Paraorchestra. New Music New Functionalities is part of a wider series of performances and talks curated by Yuri Suzuki and the quarterly design journal Disegno to celebrate Suzuki’s Furniture Music exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery.

On Collaboration, with Ellen Mara De Wachter

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Inspired by the collaborative nature of the exhibition 31 Candles: Jessi Reaves feat. Bradley Kronz and Jessi Reaves (Waiting for Boots) at Dorich House Museum, On Collaboration is a conversation staged within the show itself and led by Ellen Mara De Wachter, author of Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration (Phaidon, 2017) with guest speakers Cullinan–Richards and Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski.

Ellen Mara De Wachter is a writer and curator based in London. She is a frequent contributor to Frieze magazine, and her writing has featured in numerous publications and exhibition catalogues. Her book ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’, published by Phaidon, explores the phenomenon of collaboration in the visual arts and its potential in society at large. De Wachter is a Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, and has taught at the Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University, Newcastle University among other places. In 2013-15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society, where she was responsible for CAS’s acquisitions scheme for museums across the UK. Prior to that, she worked at various arts organisations including the British Museum and the Barbican Art Gallery.

Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards are an artist duo whose work explores ‘the exhibition’ as a medium itself through the use of their studio based production. They use paintings, sculptural support structures, lighting systems and found objects to investigate ideas of contingency, provisionality, fluidity and interconnectedness in relation to making artwork. For a recent exhibition Cullinan Richards created spaces for dialogue around feminist thinking in a show titled: ‘Of Other Spaces: Where does Gesture Become Event?’, at Cooper Gallery Dundee 2016 -17, linking the exhibition throughout with a series of specially commissioned structures collectively titled A Modular Infrastructure Acting in Concert with Cooper Gallery. Made from steel scaffolding and mirrored plywood panels, these structures functioned as both artworks and display units for groupings of other artist’s work, documentation and archive material.Two recent major works for Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver CA, in February 2017 titled: Pleistocene and Feeling Guilty About Painting were included in the Exhibition Goodbye Charles developing Cullinan Richards interest in the function of narrative in ‘staging’ exhibitions..

Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski’s expanded practice includes film, performance, installation, poetry and music. Their work has been shown in exhibitions, performances and film screenings in the UK, Europe, and the USA. Together with their band Das Hund, they have performed internationally and are currently recording their debut album For Freedom. Since 2011, they have curated the artist-run gallery French Riviera in Bethnal Green, east London. In 2016 they received an Artists International Development Fund award from the British Council and Arts Council England, for their Alternative Living Tour, an artist residency in Joshua Tree and a series of performances in Los Angeles. Their new film Peace Flags 4 Chaos, filmed in London, Somerset, Colorado and California during 2016, will be included in The Housing Question, the upcoming exhibition at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK opening in October 2017.

Artist’s Talk: Céline Condorelli in conversation with Prem Krishnamurthy

Wednesday 22 November 2017

To mark the opening of Céline Condorelli’s solo exhibition, Prologue, which forms part of P!CKER, curated by Stanley Picker Gallery with Prem Krishnamurthy / P!, Condorelli is in conversation with Krishnamurthy discussing Herbert Bayer’s legacy and P!’s own institutional story.

Céline Condorelli is an artist based in London. Recent exhibitions include Proposals for a Qualitative Society (Spinning), Stroom Den Haag, NL, Corps á Corps, IMA Brisbane, Australia in 2017; 11th Gwangju Biennale, Liverpool Biennial 2016, 20th Biennale of Sydney, and Concrete Distractions, Kunsthalle Lissabon in 2016; bau bau, HangarBicocca, Milan in 2015; as well as Céline Condorelli, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Positions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the publication The Company She Keeps with Bookworks in 2014. Previous exhibitions include Puppet Show (various venues, 2014), Additionals, Project Art Centre, Dublin, as well as exhibitions at venues ranging from the Grazer Kunstverein, Hessel Museum, Castello di Rivoli, SALT Istanbul, LUMA Arles, and others. She is currently Professor at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Milan, and one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK, as well as the author and editor of Support Structures, published by Sternberg Press (2009/2014).

Prem Krishnamurthy is a Founding Principal of design studio Project Projects, recipient of the Cooper Hewitt’s 2015 National Design Award for Communication Design, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. From 2012–2017, Prem established and led the experimental gallery P! in New York City’s Chinatown, while also curating exhibitions andprograms at Para Site (Hong Kong), SALT (Istanbul), and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. Recent books as co-editor include Speculation, Now and Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment. He has taught and lectured in art and designprograms, non-profit spaces, museums, and universities worldwide, and is on faculty at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Barnard College.

Artist’s Talk: Michael Marriott

Friday 9 February 2018

Michael Marriott, Stanley Picker Fellow in Design 2017, presents an introduction to his fellowship research.

Born and based in London, Marriott has been working as a designer since 1993. Trained as a furniture designer, which still forms the core of his practice, his work has broadened to incorporate regular exhibition, product and interior design projects. In all his varied practice there is a common core though, which is a search for the elemental nature of the thing in hand.

He is known for making supremely well detailed and highly functional objects, renowned for their keen and economical grace. He has recently launched his first injection moulded product, a wall mounted coat hook, named after the Anglo-Hungarian architect Ernö Goldfinger. During his Fellowship, he will investigate alternative means of marking and colouring plywood – one of the materials he employs most extensively in his work – with methods that don’t rely on brush strokes, screenprinting or out-sourced services.

Prem Krishnamurthy: P!DF

Thursday 28 September 2017

As part of P!CKER, designer, curator, and educator Prem Krishnamurthy presents his genre-defying talk ‘P!DF’, an interactive presentation that charts emerging forms of creative practice.

Prem Krishnamurthy is a Founding Principal of design studio Project Projects, recipient of the Cooper Hewitt’s 2015 National Design Award for Communication Design, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. From 2012–2017, Prem established and led the experimental gallery P! in New York City’s Chinatown, while also curating exhibitions andprograms at Para Site (Hong Kong), SALT (Istanbul), and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. Recent books as co-editor include Speculation, Now and Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment. He has taught and lectured in art and designprograms, non-profit spaces, museums, and universities worldwide, and is on faculty at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Barnard College.

Anat Ben-David: Kairos

Watch the online documentation of Kairos by Anat Ben-David,  previewed at Stanley Picker Gallery in January 2017.

Inspired by Sadie Plant’s seminal book Zeros + Ones (1997), Kairos is a theatrical song-cycle bringing together performers and musicians from the worlds of opera, electronic and experimental composition, in a futuristic staging created with avant-garde fashion studio Boudicca. Following the poetic schema of Zeros + Ones through a cycle of nine songs, Kairos makes reference to technological developments, post-humanist writings and cybernetic theories.

Stanley Picker Public Lectures 2016 at ICA London: Sarah Michelson

“The question is, is making artand within that, I am a dancemakera self-congratulatory redundant practice, orif there is a real pursuit of the nature of the beast to ground level, knowing there is no grounda humble service?” Sarah Michelson

Sarah Michelson stays clinging to the ice mountain of dance. She has served as associate director of Movement Research, editor-in-chief of Performance Journal, and is currently an associate curator of dance at The Kitchen.