Whilst the Stanley Picker Gallery is closed to the public over the summer we are preparing an exciting range of exhibitions and events to take place onsite, offsite and online from September 2013.
We begin the new season offsite at the Victoria and Albert Museum with Marloes ten Bhömer, whose work currently features on the cover of Vogue Italia (August 2013) with the model wearing Blackfoldedshoe (2010), highlighting how the designer’s research-based approach to footwear design is being embraced by the world of mainstream fashion. For London Design Festival at the V&A in September, ten Bhömer will stage a selection of work commissioned through her recent Stanley Picker Fellowship, that investigates the ‘woman in motion’ as an engineering problem, and the role high heels play in the cultural construction of female identity. Entitled A Measurable Factor Sets the Conditions of its Operation the display will present a series of investigative pieces that purposefully shirk fashion trends and styles, based instead upon extensive research into the structural parameters required to support a foot (in a high-heeled position) whilst in motion. Marloes will be discussing her practice at a special lecture at 2pm on Monday 16 September in the V&A Hochhauser Auditorium (free event; no booking required) with her LDF display showing in the V&A Fashion Galleries from 14-22 September.
Our first exhibition onsite at the Stanley Picker Gallery will be a display of new work by graduating Kingston University MA Fine Art students from 17-21 September, before we launch the Crafts Council curated exhibition Sound Matters from 2 October-23 November, including seven invited contemporary practitioners considering the connection between craft practice and sound art, illustrating surprising ways these two distinct practices collide.
Meanwhile, recordings of Performing the Music of MI!MS by Stanley Picker Fellow Andy Holden and fellow Grubby MItts band member Roger Illingworth, performed in July with Tiffin School Orchestra and Children’s Choir at Rose Theatre Kingston as part of the International Youth Arts Festival, will provide the soundtrack to a large-scale exhibition opening in late September at the Zabludowicz Collection London.