Time, Labour, Process - Unit 1 Gallery
Alumna Elora Kadir is showing in Time, Labour, Process, an exhibition of works by Acme’s Alternative Pathway Awards recipients, celebrating their shared experiences and individual practices. A Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation, the awards provided space, time, and support for recipients of the award to work on their practices, culminating in this exhibition. The show takes place at Unit 1 Gallery, 1 Bard Road, London W10 6TP, from 16 - 24 June 2023.Spanning moving image, installation, and pencil drawings, the works address themes of labour, uprising, bureaucracy, violence, and migration.Free, reserve your ticket on: https://artsvp.com/6350a4
Clotilde Jiménez invited to take part in Artistic Poster programme for Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad
Congratulations to alumnus Clotilde Jiménez, who has been invited to take part in the Paris 2024 Artistic Poster programme, part of the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad. Each artist was tasked with creating two posters: one representing the Olympics Games Paris 2024 and one representing the Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
He writes: "My job as an artist is to represent and document the world that I exist in and I want these artworks to reflect the Paris that I know and that reflects the Olympic Ideals of excellence, friendship, and respect.
It's an immense honour to be a part of the time-honoured tradition of crafting these iconic posters. Here's to the world uniting in the spirit of sport, breaking down barriers and celebrating the power of unity—Let the games begin! "
Read more about the project on the International Olympic Committee News website.
Contemporary Art Lecture - Rhea Dillon
This week's Contemporary Art Lecture is given by Rhea Dillon. The event takes place on Wednesday 7 June, at the Cruciform Lecture Theatre, B404 - Lecture Theatre 2, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT at 5pm.
Rhea Dillon graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2019 and recently completed a course at the Institute of Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles, California, USA. Dillon works with mediums such as video, painting, photography, installation & olfaction.
Rhea Dillon An Alterable Terrain is showing at Tate Britain until 1 January 2023.
Jake Elwes, The Zizi Show - V&A
Jake Elwes' large multi-channel commission for the V&A, The Zizi Show - A Deepfake Drag Cabaret, is presented in the first room as part of the launch of the new Photography Centre at the V&A, South Kensington. Opening 25 May 2023 – 20 April 2024.
The Zizi Show is a deepfake drag cabaret that explores the ethical problems which exist in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
See the V&A website for more information.
Jesse Darling nominated for Turner Prize 2023
Congratulations to Jesse Darling, who has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2023 for his solo exhibitions No Medals, No Ribbons at Modern Art Oxford and Enclosures at Camden Art Centre.
An exhibition of shortlisted artists' work will be held at Towner Eastbourne, East Sussex, from 28 September 2023 to 14 April 2024. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2023 at an award ceremony in Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens.
Waiting as a form of resistance
This symposium organised by Slade School of Fine Art students, as part of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative, UCL, will present films and art works that range from direct engagement with politics and protest, to forms of quiet and sustained refusal.
Thursday 1 - Friday 2 June, 2023
The IAS Common Ground is room G11, on the ground floor of the South Wing. It is step-free / wheelchair accessible.
Jumana Emil Abboud
BA/BFA Degree Show 2023
Our BA/BFA Degree Show is open from 19 - 25 May (Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm, weekends 10am - 5pm) at the main Slade Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Come and see the work by our talented finalists!
The Critical Perspectives on Racism and Colonialism Conference
PhD student Bindu Mehra will be presenting a paper Silence of the Well, ‘Aur Mein Bhi’ (and me too): Women’s Silence and the Unsaid in Contemporary Narratives in India as part of Panel Session 1: Colonial Legacies, 10:30-12:30 at The Critical Perspectives on Racism and Colonialism Conference at the Institute of Advanced Studies, 25 May – 26 May 2023.
Backdrop by Ivan Kashdan
Current MA student Ivan Kashdan recently completed 'Backdrop', a 5 x 10m triptych created on the Bloomsbury Theatre paint frame, formerly used by students on the Slade Theatre Design course, which closed in 2003.
The photos show the work installed in the Bloomsbury Theatre auditorium. 'Backdrop' will be returning to the stage next week as part of Platform 1 at Bloomsbury Theatre on the 4th and 5th May. Book your tickets now via UCL ticketing for a night of exciting performances by current Slade students.
With thanks to Ellen Frost at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Stephanie Nebbia, Liquitex and Colart.
For more images and a time lapse video of the work's creation, see the Backdrop webpage.
Inter Worlds Talk: Suki Chan, Dr Alice Correia, Bhajan Hunjan
Part of a series of talks, presenting South and East Asian British contemporary women artists’ practice by artists, writers and curators: Suki Chan, Dr Alice Correia, Bhajan Hunjan, in association with Chai Shai: Asian British Art Research Group. Friday 12 May 2023, 2 - 4pm BST, online via Zoom. Free, reserve via Eventbrite. See event page for more information.
Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Alumna Cecily Brown has a solo show, Cecily Brown: Death and the Maid, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 4 April - 3 December 2023.
The show unites some 50 paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and monotypes — many never before seen in New York and several recently completed — to focus on Brown’s enduring and intertwining themes of still life, memento mori, mirroring, and vanitas, symbolic depictions of human vanity or life’s brevity.
Read Edward Helmore's interview with Cecily Brown in The Guardian, 16 April 2023.
Slade Undergraduate Virtual Q&A
Join us for the Slade Undergraduate Virtual Q&A on 27 April. There are two sessions available (you only need to book one session), at 10am and 5pm.
Book now via the UCL website, please select the Slade School of Fine Art Information session.
We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Vivan Sundaram, who studied at the Slade from 1966 - 1968. Our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends. Read an appreciation of his life in Art News.
Booking for Slade Summer School 2023 now open
Booking for Slade Summer School now open! Slade Summer School will run from 10 July - 2 September 2023. We are delighted to return to teaching in person. Further information on our Summer Short Courses webpage.
Dr Sally Witcher awarded an honorary degree from the University of Stirling
Congratulations to alumna Dr Sally Witcher, who has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Stirling.
Dr Sally Witcher OBE is a high-profile campaigner on disability, inequality and exclusion. She has held a range of senior leadership roles in related fields in third and public sectors, and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for her services to people with disabilities.
Read more on the University of Stirling website.
Fevers, Frets and Futures
Fevers, Frets and Futures: Uncertainty and New Ecologies for Post-Covid Healthcare - call for abstracts and conference, and student competition. Deadline for submissions has been extended to 9am, Tuesday 11 April 2023. See the IAS webpage for further details regarding the call for abstracts and student competition.
Rites of Passage - Gagosian
Alumnae Phoebe Boswell and Nengi Omuku are showing in Rites of Passage at Gagosian, Britannia Street London WC1X 9JD, from 16 March - 29 April 2023. Rites of Passage, curated by Péjú Oshin, features work by nineteen contemporary artists who share a history of migration. Rites of Passage explores the idea of “liminal space,” a coinage of anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (1873–1957). In his 1909 book, after which the exhibition is titled, Van Gennep was among the first to observe that the transitional events of birth, puberty, marriage, and death are marked by ceremonies with a ritual function that transcends cultural boundaries.
Carey Young: Appearance - Modern Art Oxford
Modern Art Oxford announces the largest institutional show in the UK by Carey Young. Focusing on the artist’s multi-layered vision of female identity, the exhibition offers timely new perspectives on power, gender and justice. Featuring three major video works, including the ambitious new commission Appearance (2023), as well as related text-based and photographic works, Carey Young: Appearance, runs from 25 March until 2 July 2023.
In the video work Appearance, Young extends her ongoing artistic interest in the law, developed over the past two decades. This wordless, filmic portrait presents UK female judges - diverse in seniority, age and ethnicity - in their judicial robes looking straight at the camera. With almost forensic close-ups of hair, shoes, jewellery and regalia, the camera plays off the judges’ roles as powerful, self-possessed public intellectuals against their varied physical presence and the quirks of individual personalities. Sitters including Dame Vivien Rose, Justice of the Supreme Court, exhibit a mix of studied neutrality and a complex interiority. Stylistically poised between painting and photography, the piece takes inspiration from Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, which in itself was inspired by the ‘most wanted’ ads of the New York Police Dept. Whilst countering the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Appearance places the viewer in the dock, and centres on ideas of judgement between viewer and judge, on judging as performance, and on the power relations between judge and camera.
Other notable prior works include the critically-acclaimed Palais de Justice (2017), for which Young surreptitiously filmed courtroom trials at Brussels’ labyrinthine main courthouse over a two-year period. Shooting only female judges and lawyers glimpsed through circular windows in courthouse doors, the piece uses a painterly, hallucinatory aesthetic to evoke a legal system controlled by women. The Vision Machine (2020), here receiving its UK debut, develops the approach and aesthetic of Palais de Justice to a concern with women as skilled technicians and often-overlooked creators. Filmed at the factory of SIGMA Corporation, a renowned brand of lenses for photography and video, the piece reflects on the factory and its processes as a metaphor for photography and mass production, suggesting a female-centric vision, or indeed, perhaps a wider visual culture created by women.
Alongside the videos, a selection of Young’s new and existing text and photographic works feature sites including prisons, legal borders and imaginary space, connecting law, architecture, language and the body.
Exhibition curator Emma Ridgway said, “Young's compelling and intelligently playful work has substantially expanded in scale and ambition in recent years. Her new videos make a valuable contribution to discussions on gender equality, visual perception and the codifications of power. Her latest video work 'Appearance' is a masterclass in the act of seeing, sensitising us to the delights of looking closely at telling details.”
Supporters of Carey Young: Appearance
Arts Council England, Modern Art Oxford Commissioning Circle, UCL Grand Challenges, UCL HEIF Knowledge and Innovation Fund, UCL Dean’s Award, UCL Judicial Institute & Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. With additional thanks to: Ede & Ravenscroft, Simmons & Simmons LLP, Slade School of Fine Art, The Lord Chief Justice & TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), University of Oxford. Special thanks are also extended to: Annick Mottet, Daiwa Foundation, Elephant Trust, SIGMA Corporation, SohoSonic Studios, Wolfson College (University of Oxford) & Humanities Cultural Programme (TORCH, University of Oxford) and Prof. Cheryl Thomas, UCL Judicial Institute/UCL Laws.
Read the review of Carey Young: Appearance in The Guardian, 26 March 2023.
Choral performance of Gospel Oak - St James Church
John William Griffith, composer and conductor, currently studying at the RCM, has composed choral music for 9 poems from the poetry collection, Gospel Oak by Sharon Morris. The concert will take place at St. James Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington, 8.00 p.m. Thursday 30 March 2023. Choral singers include Slade alumnus Sam Belinfante. See the St James Church website for details.
£1.5M Philanthropic Gift To Support Inclusivity And Welfare At UCL Slade School Of Fine Art
Students and prospective students are to benefit from a transformational £1.5m donation which will facilitate recruitment of more diverse cohorts, outreach activities and student welfare at the Slade.
We are delighted that this generous gift will forge more accessible pathways to a fine arts education and enact real, long-term change for the future talent pipeline by supporting a trio of targeted initiatives.
Of these, the Bloomfield Scholarships will be established to fund the tuition fees and living costs of ten UK-based students (over the next five years) applying to the three-year BFA Fine Art Undergraduate degree at UCL.
Student feedback consistently highlights financial circumstances as a significant barrier to higher education in fine art. Recipients of the scholarships will be selected on the basis of financial need, as well as artistic merit, and applications will open ahead of the 2023/24 academic year.
Furthermore, the Slade’s hardship fund will benefit from £100,000 in philanthropic support, providing a vital lifeline for students facing unforeseen financial hardship during their studies.
Underpinned by the belief that nobody should have to withdraw from their studies because of monetary concerns, the fund has experienced an unprecedented demand for its services since the onset of the cost-of-living crisis and now receives more than 50 requests for help annually.
This sum will enable UCL to act quickly and responsibly to provide assistance to students in need, with emergency funding of up to £500 available to eligible applicants.
Finally, the gift will directly enable UCL to host a dedicated Slade Widening Participation Summer School on our Bloomsbury campus for Year 13 learners in each of the next five years.
The four-week summer schools will act as an inclusive pathway to higher education in fine art by demonstrating the potential of an artistic career to up to 40 learners, helping to develop their skills and knowledge and to provide a platform for progression within the sector.
“The potential of a gift of this scope to open up participation in fine art education is transformational,” said Professor Kieren Reed, Director of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. “This activity will support current Slade students who need it the most and empower future Slade students from disadvantaged backgrounds to envisage a future for themselves as the artists of tomorrow. We are proud to be leading on this important work to grow a more diverse talent pipeline for the entire industry and very grateful to the donor for their generous support.”
“A determination to nurture a more diverse community is core to the Slade’s vision but there are too many systemic barriers to higher education in fine art, exacerbated by rising living and study costs and a fear of uncertain career prospects,” said Professor Stella Bruzzi, Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCL. “Philanthropy has the power to enable those who have the talent, but not the resources, to come to the Slade and carve a future for themselves in the ever-growing creative and cultural industries.”
Having marked the 150th anniversary of its foundation through a bequest from Felix Slade in 1872, the School is privileged to work with stakeholders and visionary philanthropists to reshape the future of arts education and foster a rich and exciting community of creatives.
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