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UCL Slade School's innovative collaboration project

24 April 2012

The UCL Slade School is one of a number of organisations taking part in Junction: North London Cultural Consortium - an ongoing collaboration between arts organisations in North London.


The UCL Slade School of Fine Art is one of a number of organisations launching Junction: North London Cultural Consortium - a network of arts organisations in North London. 

A launch weekend is running 27-29 April 2012 during which there will be a series of exhibitions, performances and artist-led walks around King’s Cross. 

The North Lodge at UCL will be open 12.00 - 5.00pm during the launch weekend and will display an exhibition of works relating the artists’ walks and commissions. Visitors can also find more information about the Consortium, the artist’s projects and what's on in the area.

Along with the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, the Consortium members are Camden Arts Centre, Cubitt, The Place, Wellcome Collection, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, UAL and UCLH NHS Foundation Trust Hospital Trust. The Consortium offers a new platform from which to support and develop artists’ projects. 

The Consortium will be launched with a series of exhibitions, performances and specially commissioned artist-led walks responding in different ways to the history, environment and people of the area.

The official launch of Junction: North London Cultural Consortium begins at Camden Arts Centre with a VIP reception on Friday 27 April, 6.30 – 8.30pm. There will be a temporary project space for performances and artists projects produced by Consortium members at 10 Woburn Walk, London, also open 12.00 - 5.00pm during the launch weekend. 

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the walks around King’s Cross each led by an artist, including a current Slade student, an alumnus and a lecturer. Places on each walk are limited so booking is essential. Brief details are given below:

Artist led-walks - all welcome

  • Rebecca Birch 
- And the days run away A walk around the hidden spaces of King’s Cross; dancers in rehearsal, artists in their studios, doctors preparing for surgery. Along the way participants will be show fragments of film relating to their location alongside the narrative of the route itself. Times: 
12pm and 3pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April

  • Simon Faithfull - 
King’s Cross: A Pictorial Guide Faithfull’s walk and accompanying book will be a personal and esoteric guide to King’s Cross including new drawings and texts, inspired by the Wainwright Guides of the Lake District. Times:
12pm and 3pm on Sunday 29 April 

  • Tanya Loi - Thomas Percival Harefield And The Golden Rectangle A historical walk through King’s Cross based on William Blake’s Golden Quadrangle. The route explores the enigmatic story of Thomas Percival Harefield, along the way visiting some significant places in a life lived, as far as we know, entirely within the King’s Cross/St. Pancras/Islington locality. Times:12pm and 3pm Saturday 28 April
 and Sunday 29 
  • Katherine Midgley - 
Beneath Your Feet The route follows the path of the River Fleet. This ancient tributary of the Thames once flowed over ground but has since been channelled beneath the pavement and has been everything from a sacred site to an open sewer. 

12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm Saturday 28 April 
and Sunday 29

Image: Taken from Rebecca Birch’s film: And The Days Run Away, 2012. Commissioned by Junction: North London Cultural Consortium. ©The artist

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