Henrietta Stuart at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition

“It has become second nature to enter into competitions and open exhibitions. We choose are images and send them off into the ether over the internet and with them our hopes and fears. It is then that we start building our defences against the email that tells us that we have not been selected but thank you and better luck next time. So imagine my happiness at having got two of my paintings pre selected to the shortlist for the National Open Competition. The paintings were then labelled and wrapped and shipped off to Chichester and the waiting began again. This time we tell ourselves that it is brilliant just to have been shortlisted and try to curb our excitement. Then the day arrives for the results . I have to read, reread and check again. This time the email says CONGRATULATIONS the following paintings by Henrietta Stuart, Inland from Achiltibuie & Coastal walk, have been selected to be shown in the 21st National Open Exhibition at the Bargehouse London. I am bubbling with excitement and cannot wait to see my paintings hung with the others in the exhibition”

Henrietta Stuart

21st National Open Art Exhibition will run from 17 – 26 Nov 2017 at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

Asymptomatic Pictoplasma: Flashbacks into Contemporary Art.

30 September 2017 – 4 February 2018

ASYMPTOMATIC PICTOPLASMA: FLASHBACKS INTO CONTEMPORARY ART is the last exhibition in the 2017 season.
Although it stakes no claim to being exhaustive, considering the enormous historical heritage of the realms of painting, this exhibition sets out to refocus attention on this medium of expression, all too often still subjected to derision, at an epoch-making moment when experimentation and the experimental are no longer experiencing a sufficiently fertile terrain for developing new ideas and artistic proposals.

As time goes by, painting remains an authentic medium that has almost never been able to elude an objective critique of its nature and within the bounds of the quality parameters of the artistic product.
While on the one hand the purpose of the exhibitions organised recently has been to highlight the latest new trends in contemporary painting, HEALTHY CARRIERS OF PICTOPLASM adopts a basic approach to tackle the issue of painting from a more general, less specific vantage point.
This, then is about ‘painting’, not as a locus of the mind and cradle of avant-garde potentialities, but as free artistic geography.

The artists considered, chosen by the curator for the express purpose of avoiding slipping into the trap of affectedness and linguistic militancy for its own sake, share the particular characteristic of fertilising creative ideas that fall outside stereotypes of idiom, fashions or the dominant style of the moment in a given market. This characteristic makes them stronger and independent, nor are they short of the occasional historical landmark.

The MACT/CACT has been holding thematic exhibitions for some time, with the aim of furnishing food for thought about the crisis currently afflicting global culture and about the cult of ignorance that has been taking hold in recent years, witness the fall-off in the markets for the arts, antiques and museology. There are no answers in sight for now, other than the rearrangement of social and sociological structures.

Mario Casanova, Bellinzona 2017
Translation by Pete Kercher

MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino enjoys the financial and cultural support of the Republic and Canton of Ticino/Swisslos, the Alfred Richterich Foundation Kastanienbaum, the City of Bellinzona, the Berla Collection, Friends and Supporters of MACT/CACT and of Collectors and Artists.

Tom Cartmill and Suzsi Corio selected for the NOA Competition 2017

Out of the Wardrobe by Suzsi Corio and U n d e r t o w by Tom Cartmill have been selected for the National Open Art exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, which will be transformed into a contemporary gallery space to showcase a cross-section of the very best British and Irish contemporary art, photography and moving image of 2017.

The 2017 Judges include Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue RA, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward. All artwork is judged strictly anonymously on talent and results in an exhibition of 100% of the open entries – not one ‘invited’ artist. By entering their work, artists have the chance of winning part of a £60,000 prize fund and being showcased in prestigious exhibitions in London and beyond.

The show is at Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London. 17 – 26 November 2017.

BEAT – Borough of Ealing Art Trail 2017

In September 2015 a number of like-minded artists from several local Ealing-based art groups met to form the origins of BEAT. The plan was to create a local platform for local artists to showcase their work to the public through the medium of an annual Art Trail. After establishing a steering committee to run BEAT, they launched their first ever event in September 2016.

BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) is a not-for-profit organisation, run by artists for artists, with an elected committee responsible for the administration, development and promotion of BEAT and its activities. It is funded from membership fees; advertisements in the event brochure; and sponsorship.

It is not affiliated to any one art group or political organisation within the Borough of Ealing and will always aim to be a voluntary organisation run by its members. BEAT offers a window into the world of local artists and encourages their passion for creating and will provide an exciting opportunity to broaden the artistic experience, not only for the general public and local community, but also for those taking part.

BEAT’S aims are to hold an annual event, enabling members to sell and promote their work; to build up links between artists and the community to encourage mutual mentoring amongst members; to develop a local artist community network, open to all; to reach thousands of people in Ealing and beyond as potential visitors to our event; to identify and promote the Borough of Ealing as a creative and artistic centre and to complement the other cultural, arts and enterprise activities already established in the Borough’s calendar.

On its second edition this year, BEAT will have 160 artists opening their studios over two weekends this September – among them, Artrooms 2018 applicant Stella Tooth, who can be seen in her home studio at venue 19 on Sunday the 10th, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th from 11am-6pm and Friday the 15th from 4pm-8pm with examples of her portraiture and her performing art.

From: 8–10th and 15–17th September 2017

Nearest tube Northfields (Piccadilly line).

For further information and maps showing all the venues @ealingbeat.

Debbie Chapman at ‘Queeriosity’

Artrooms 2018 applicant Debbie Chapman will be of an art exhibition called Queeriosity, showcasing a range of artists and art forms exploring, creating and expressing a celebration of all things queer. Lasting for the whole month of August until the 2nd of September in the run up to Belfast Pride, the exhibition features over 50 works by 21 local, national and international LGBTQ artists and explores unconventional questions about the role of LGBTQ identities and experiences, interpreted through art.

The exhibition is over three inter-connecting rooms, with the lead in corridor showing both the introduction poster and also one exhibit, which consists of excerpts from what appears to be children’s notebooks – some very poignant writings.

The gallery items range from paintings, through ceramics, installations, photographs and cover a range of topics including marriage, how we are labelled within society and body shape.

Venue:

Crescent Arts Centre

2-4 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NH

 

Imagination: Group Exhibition

Supreetha Tiru, one of Artrooms 2018 applicant, will be part of a group exhibit called Imagination along with other local budding and established artists. She will be displaying one of her recent collections Unknown Path as part of this exhibit.

“Imagination is the core of creativity and influences everything we do in our daily lives”. The artist’s work is inspired based on how the journey of life unfolds mysteriously. “Most of the time we have to take that turn, make that decision into the unknown and we will be surprised to see what we find. Be brave enough to walk the unknown and get out of your comfort zone. It is called befriending the unknown.”

The exhibition is hosted by Artusiasm Gallery, and has been curated by the couple Tanzina Amin and Carlos Rodrigues. They host regular art events throughout the year, providing a space for local emerging artists to display their artwork and bringing general public closer to the wonderful world of art.

Venue:

1648 St Clair Ave West,
Toronto, ON, M6N1H8

Opening Reception:

August 25th between the hours of 7-11 PM
By Invitation Only

Exhibit Duration:

August 25th to September 3rd, 2017
Weekdays 2 to 6 pm.
Closed on Wednesdays and statutory holidays.
Saturday and Sunday 2 to 5 pm.

For further information please contact:

Gallery : artusiasm@gmail.com
Artist: supreetha.art@gmail.com

Guido Salimbeni shortlisted for The National Open Art Competition 2017

Artrooms 2018 applicant Guido Salimbeni has been shortlisted by the panel of judges for the second round on 29th august 2017 in the National Open Art Competition 2017.

The NOA welcome you to engage, browse and support the shortlisted artists by voting for one, or as many of your favourites as you wish. The artwork with the most votes will be revealed in early September, win the £1,000 prize sponsored by MS Amlin and despite the judges decision in Round 2, be exhibited in the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank, London from 17 – 26 November 2017and in the Winners’ Exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 6 – 17 December 2017.

To vote for his artwork, go to: http://www.nationalopenart.org/gallery2.php?as=1&Man-Descending-the-Staircase-19117

The public vote has been organised by the National Open Art (NOA) which is one of the UK’s leading art competitions, open to amateur and professional artists in the UK and Ireland. Since their first competition and exhibition in 1996, they have grown to offer multiple prizes that recognise talent and artistic excellence in a broad variety of artistic mediums and styles. Their panel of judges changes annually and features some of the most experienced and influential figures in the art world, from Royal Academicians to critics, curators and professionals.

National Open Art is administrated by the Chichester Art Trust, a registered not for profit arts charity, whose aim is to provide a truly open and fair platform for all UK and Irish artists.

 

Group Exhibition: Nothing in Common…

Guido Salimbeni will be part of  a group exhibition by Fine Art, Printmaking and Jewellery Futures, Masters graduates.
Fifteen distinctive international artists ask us to consider our perceptions of what we might have in common and how we might differ, by working with the idea of ‘commonality’ as a thematic device. From the everyday to the fantastical, the diverse works presented in Nothing in Common… reflect a dynamic range of artistic practices, methods and backgrounds informed by the intensive studio research processes of the Masters programme, which encourages independent thinking in a globally relevant context.

The exhibition will also include Postgraduate finalists on both the Graphic Design and Childrens’ Book Illustration and Graphic Novels Masters programmes.

 

 Venue:

The Grove Building, Middlesex University,

The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT – Hendon Central tube.

 

Preview:
14th September 5.30-8pm

Opening times:

14-22 September 2017

10am-4pm

Weekdays Only

 

For further information please contact:

Maya Amrami at me@mayaamrami.com or

Guido Salimbeni at guido.salimbeni@gmail.com

Anti-Ad Artist Shows at Blackshed – International Times Review

Down a winding farm track near the historic village of Robertsbridge in East Sussex, lies an unusual gallery …
Behind the black timber doors subversive artwork vividly confronts the curious eye.

Brainchild of curator Kenton Lowe, this little gem of a gallery is not about to show a handful of
twee watercolours depicting local scenery, flora and churches—just yet! As writer Richard Best spoke
of Kenton’s genuinely surprising choices of protagonist that have delivered a ‘plethora of provocative
art works’ … Julia Andrews-Clifford’s current show is no exception.

There has always been something subversive about photomontage—from Dadaists George Grosz and the
Berlin Club polemicizing the medium with scalpel sharp attacks of World War 1, and in 2003 the Chapman
Brothers re-imagining of Goya’s plates from the Disasters of War. Andrews-Clifford is rallying not at war,
but advertising. Particularly the visual trend for ‘porno-chic’ that saturates the pages of contemporary
fashion magazines like i-D, Harpers, Nylon and W Magazine.

Her work, embedded in the zeitgeist, is satiric, and boldly graphic. Julia used to work with the Museum
of Moving Image in New York and also as a film educator at the BFI. It is this background that critically
informs her image-making… She rips, cuts and slices images from vintage magazines which are then
intercut, often with newer pornographic material, before compositing through complex layering techniques
then blown-up to human scale. These anti-ads makes us look again at the imagery that surrounds us,
like ‘Don’t Look Now’, the towering image of a model recumbent on a slab of stone. ‘To me she looked
like a piece of meat so I cut away the skin and layered in images of raw meat; removing also the ‘S’
from the Saint Laurent double spread’.

For international women’s day she enlarged her image to 10 ft x 20 ft, stole out in the middle of the
night with her accomplice and pasted her art work up on a flaking billboard at a major junction. Concurrent
with this there was a huge backlash in Paris to the Saint Laurent campaign and overnight Aint Laurent became
a mission to ban YSL’s degrading posters, where many of the models are seriously underweight.
Unilever has last month launched its first ever ‘Unstereotype Advertising’ campaign, the mission here again
resonates with the artist’s own. ‘I am interested in who is looking at who–whether it is the ‘female gaze’
or the ‘male gaze’ which predominates in advertising, and to particularly reappraise how we view images
of women. Since the Trump inauguration it is interesting to look again at women and their roles; I think we
are headed for another shift in feminism and postmodernism, which we haven’t seen since the late 80s’.

One outcome for this work would be to broaden the palette of gender representation–but /Cut is essentially
about re-humanisation and not commodification and that can only be a positive thing in an increasingly non-
unified and conflicted world order. Guerrilla art and public activism is increasingly necessary to question
the status quo, as it bypasses all channels of media interference, fake news, lies and damn lies that make up
our cultural soup.

The bus shelter takeovers have been taped up by the Police or replaced with the same advertising fodder,
the sort that Banksy commented this week ‘are taking the piss out of you everyday’…

The billboard has subsequently been scrawled with political graffiti–‘VOTE because your worth it’… But
rather than seeing this as destructive to the art work the artist is delighted that the paste-up is perpetuating
the dialogue. ‘We have to give ourselves permission to make these acts of revolt: if not, we might as well
lie down on that slab of stone.'”.

Published on International Times – 3rd July 2017

‘Out of the Wardrobe’ by Suzsi Corio shortlisted for NOA 2017

Out of the Wardrobe by Suzsi Corio has been shortlisted for the National Open Art exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, which will be transformed into a contemporary gallery space to showcase a cross-section of the very best British and Irish contemporary art, photography and moving image of 2017.
The 2017 Judges include Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue RA, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett, photographer Zelda Cheatle and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward. All artwork is judged strictly anonymously on talent and results in an exhibition of 100% of the open entries – not one ‘invited’ artist. By entering their work, artists have the chance of winning part of a £60,000 prize fund and being showcased in prestigious exhibitions in London and beyond.

The National Open Art World Art Vote sponsored by MS Amlin is a celebration honouring the democratic nature of the National Open Art Competition, providing the public with the chance to show their appreciation for their favourite work or favourite artist. The public is welcome to engage, browse and support the shortlisted artists by voting for one, or as many of your favourites artists as they wish. The artwork with the most votes will be revealed and exhibited in the 21st National Open Art Exhibition, 17 – 26 November 2017, and in the Winners’ Exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, 5-17 December 2017.

To vote for Out of the Wardrobe by Suzsi Corio go to http://www.nationalopenart.org/gallery2.php?as=1&Out-of-the-wardrobe-20769.