NB: Town House access currently restricted due to Covid-19
Stanley Picker Gallery is curating a series of major art installations by leading contemporary practitioners associated with Kingston University, staged around its spectacular new Town House building, designed by RIBA 2020 Gold Medal winners Grafton Architects, as part of the Kingston Spotlight celebrations. From 19 to 27 September 2020, Town House, The Picker House and Dorich House Museum are participating in Open House Festival online.
Kingston School of Art Professors Ben Kelly, Mike Nelson, Elizabeth Price and designer Yemi Awosile are each presenting ambitious works that will enhance the University’s impressive new public library over the course of 2020-21.
With more than 100 years of history bringing arts, science and technology education together, Kingston Spotlight celebrates Kingston University with a special programme of performances, exhibitions, lectures and podcasts.
March – December 2020
Mike Nelson presents a selection of recent works from his acclaimed Tate Britain Commission The Asset Strippers (2019). For this ambitious project, Nelson scoured online auctions of UK based company liquidators, sourcing a range of decommissioned manufacturing machinery and equipment to create a collection of ‘monuments’ to post-WW2 Britain. Professor of Fine Art at Kingston School of Art, Nelson was nominated for the Turner Prize both in 2001 and 2007, and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
As originally conceived and commissioned for the Tate Britain Commission 2019
Yemi Awosile is a designer living and working in London. Her work is informed by cultural insights expressed primarily through textiles and printed matter. The broader scope of her practice bridges design and visual arts through social interventions. Recent projects include collaborations with Tent Rotterdam, Tate Gallery, Contemporary And (C&) magazine and the British Council. Her investigation into materials can be seen in the V&A Museum textiles handling collection and she was recently commissioned to produce two permanent public artworks in London due to be completed in 2022. She is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London teaching BA Design, Studio Practice. She is a member of the Stanley Picker Gallery & Dorich House Museum Advisory Group.
Ben Kelly is one of the UK’s most influential designers. He is best known for his interior design of the legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda, and his work for The Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, Factory Records, 4AD, The Science Museum, The Design Council, the V&A and 180 The Strand. Kelly is presenting COLUMNS concerning the building of these columns, we have no certain news, a recent series of sculptures throughout Town House. Kelly was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Design from Kingston University in 2000 and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art in 2018. He is a Royal Designer for Industry and Professor in Interior Design at Kingston School of Art.
Originally presented by Alex Eagle at 180 The Strand and commissioned by The Store X The Vinyl Factory, 2017
Elizabeth Price was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize in 2012 and the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award in 2013. A recent major survey exhibition of her work A LONG MEMORY at The Whitworth Manchester, included her Stanley Picker Fellowship commission AT THE HOUSE OF MR X (2007), filmed entirely on location at The Picker House in Kingston. With a solo presentation of her work being staged by Artangel in London during Autumn 2020, Price is creating a new piece for Town House later this year. She is Professor of Film and Photography at Kingston School of Art.