I am showing my work The Smile on her Face at Femfest on 9 & 10 September. The private view is on Saturday 9th from 6 to 10pm.
Sweet ‘Art’s femfest was borne from our missions and values and identifying a need for arts festivals to focus on and privilege the voices and experiences of those identifying as women. We have selected an array of performance artists, filmmakers, visual artists, makers and designers to be featured throughout the festival, which aims to showcase artists in a range of ways and through various platforms from a contemporary exhibition, to interactive performance pieces and maker fair.femfest will open with a short film night, with a selection of films chosen by emerging curator Christine Pungong, exploring a multitude of themes such as female abjection, desire, friendship, trauma, assault and misogynoir - though each in very distinct ways.
The festival continues with our contemporary visual art exhibition, held over 3 floors and showcasing the work of 70 visual artists exploring themes of feminine identity with work that celebrates, critiques and challenges what we think of as “female”; artists such as Karen Byrne use sculptural forms to critique representations of the female form in culture, Agnes Eva Molnar creates humerous photographic tributes to feminist groups, and painter Fabienne Jenny Jacquet creates semi-abstract works diarizing her experience of misogyny.
Live art performances will be ongoing throughout the duration of the exhibition. Among others, Rub being performed by artist Amanda Struver questions societal expectations of female pleasure, sensuality, and maternity. The Existential Plumber’s Collective will present the Existentialist Plumbers’ Parlour, where in comfortable and chic surroundings, along with a soothing soundtrack of flushing toilets, an audience will be invited to an intimate and contemplative reading experience of their Plumbers’ Digest.
Sweet ‘Art will also be producing issue 2 of their Sweet ‘Art zine, a participatory artwork, to be made in collaboration with visitors to the exhibition, alongside an immersive installation created by artist Freya Nash featuring Sweet ‘Art’s zine and feminist book library. Self-publications have a long history of political resistance, with movements such as the Riot Grrrl movement, with women producing zines with radical and feminist content. The femfest zine workshop will allow audiences to express their responses to the artwork on show, as well as contributing their own ideas to the themes of the exhibition and will grow organically throughout the festival’s duration.
For one day only, Sweet ‘Art will also be hosting femfair, a market for 30 female or non-binary identifying artists, designers and makers selling work to visitors. Stands include artists Jess de Wahls, who will be selling a selection of her feminist felt portraits, and klaus is koming who recently exhibited as part of the Coming Out exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.
Join us for our art party, which will be a fun-filled night including all of the above, as well as DJ’s, drinks courtesy of our sponsor Fentimans, goody bags and the notorious vagina cup cakes.
You can keep up to date with some of the amazing artists we are working with via the website or facebook pages, so make sure you check them out. Please let us know if you are coming by clicking 'attending' on the event page.
Tickets for femfilm are on sale now and are limited in number so make sure you book asap!
Well I don't know what you were doing on 17th June last year but I was doing this! My prize from the Art at the Bridge exhibition in the Engine Room of Tower Bridge was to perform a bridge lift at Tower Bridge which I did on 17th June 2016 at 7.45pm. Here are some photos documenting the event all taken by Monika Kita and a film showing what happened. It was such fun.
An exhibition of works on paper by artists who identify as being dyslexic
Curated by Kim Thornton
For the first time Bell House in Dulwich will open its doors to the public to take part in the Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House showing work by artists who indentify as being dyslexic. Referencing the history of the house, commissioned in 1767 by Thomas Wright a poor warehouse worker who started his own lucrative publishing business, the works from Lucy Bainbridge, Sophie Eade, Jane Higginbottom, Alice Irwin, Valeriya N-Georg and Lucy Soni will be on paper.
Both Lucy Soni and Alice Irwin throw off the constraints of the structured world drawing on children’s play and everyday chance in their work. In contrast, Valeriya N-Georg turns to quantum physics to investigate the boundaries between the human body and the inner self.
Lucy Bainbridge, Jane Higginbottom and Sophie Eade are all creating their own realities through their study of the environment they live in. Lucy Bainbridge tries to pause time with her softened city prints whilst Sophie Eade eradicates urbanity and words from the magazine pages that purport to extol rural life. Jane Higginbottom studies the environment and measures time through nature.
Bell House will also host an artist in residence in a doll’s house, The Sophie Croxton Doll House Gallery. The project is conceived and curated by Sophie Eade and Lucy Soni. who have awarded the Picture This… residency to painter Clare Price.
The origin of the word ‘dyslexia’ comes from the German dys- ‘difficult’ and the Greek word lexis ‘speech’. Although this difficulty with words that affects reading, spelling and writing, defines the dyslexic learning process, dyslexia is really about information processing. People with dyslexia have a different way of thinking, often thinking in pictures rather words. As a result they frequently have strong visual and creative skills.
This collection of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, interventions and installations illustrate how a different way of thinking can enrich our lives.
Bell House is an educational centre that offers support outside the mainstream school curriculum, lifelong learning, exhibitions, talks and musical events including support for dyslexia and other specific learning differences.
I am delighted that my work Woman Interrupted has been selected by Paul Hobson and Isabel de Vasconcellos for the OVADA Seven Counties Open 2017 exhibition. Other exhibitors are: John Blythe, Lydia Brockless, Eric Butcher, Kieran Cox, Aileen Creegan, Giorgio Garippa & Oliver Palmer, Tom Milnes, Jezella Pigott, Duncan McAfee, Catalina Renjifo, Cally Shadbolt, Brigitte Stepputis and Tess Tallula.
The exhibition previews on 11 May and is open until 4 June.
CROWN WORKSHOP PRESENTS: STRUCTURED MAGIC
PV 19th of May 2017
Open Day 20th of May 2017
Hoxton Basement Gallery
12-18 Hoxton Street
Crown Workshop is pleased to present STRUCTURED MAGIC - an exhibition beyond exhibitions consisting of visual and performing art directly inspired and informed by the space.
Through a multidisciplinary series of work, six artists create an immersive and engaging experience. Their collective aim is to create alternative spaces and to explore unusual ways of occupying existing ones. Playing with the idea of subverting the prevailing zeitgeist, or conjuring ways to escape it, is at the heart of our inquiry. An important aspect of the show will be site specific, responding to the unique character of the space. And in doing so they will work in a collaborative way with the physical space as well as with the ethos and approach of the gallery.
The Structure of Magic is a psychotherapeutic term, which involves offering new models of being in an imaginary context. This is a method intended to transform a person’s perception of the world and their place in it, on a fundamental level - literally expanding their reality, by demonstrating that there are always more choices than initially perceived. Hence making the invisible visible.
‘Fantasy is an expansive force in a person’s life – it reaches and stretches beyond the immediate people environment or event which may otherwise contain him… Sometimes these extensions (fantasy) can gather such great force and poignancy that they achieve a presence which is more compelling than some real-life situations…’ (Polster & Polster, Gestalt Therapy Integrated, 1973)’
Artists and performers include, Kim Thornton, Ola Leander, Robina Doxi, David Wood, Sejal Parekh and Léonie Cronin.
Curated by Robina Doxi.
This week I am taking part in two events to celebrate International Women's Day.
From Monday 6 March to Saturday 11 March I am participating in a visual conversation on Fast Forward: Women in Photo instagram page. Together with Pia Johnson from Australia and Casia Bromberg in Sweden I will be exploring themes and questions surrounding our work. You can follow this #FFconversation on @womeninphoto @kimthornt
From 8 to 10 March 2017 I am exhibiting at the Agenci produced She Said... curated by Cristina Prudente at Nolia's Gallery in Southwark.
Art Reveal Magazine has just published it’s 24th issue on-line including a feature on the Olympic Dreams project I took part in during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Jackie Brown, Léonie Cronin, Laura Moreton-Griffiths and I were invited to share our collective experiences of working together and to present the work we created. Follow the link to see the article: https://issuu.com/artrevealmagazine/docs/no24
I am pleased to announce that my work is included in the WAL (Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London) App which has been just been completed, approved by Apple and released on the App Store!
You can find the App here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wal/id1189925919?ls=1&mt=8
The app is part of a research project led by Ana-Maria Herman, a resident Research Associate at WAL, called 'How to Make an Archive Travel' that aims to bring more attention to the work of women artists by making archival materials 'travel' outside the Library walls. The other participating artists are Marcia Bennett-Male, Claire Collison, Angela Edmonds, Kathleen Fox, Caroline Hands and Freddie Robins.
The App was designed for the iPhone 5, but can be downloaded on other Apple devices such as the iPhone 6 and iPads.
Work from my Domestic Heptathlon series will be on show from this week at two venues.
Domestic Heptathlon: Come Down, O Maid will be here:
Friday 9 December – 28 January 2017
Launch Party | Thursday 8 December 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Open Mon-Sat 11am to 6pm
Members’ photography exhibition which will display an impressive range of work produced by our Members throughout the year. One hundred and three artists will be featured in this year’s SALON. There are no categories or themes, the aim of Photofusion SALON is simply to showcase individual images that are powerful enough to stand alone in representation of a captivating story or concept.
17A Electric Lane
And for one night only at MARKET PECKHAM:
Our Olympic Dreams zine is now available, being distributed at South London Gallery in Camberwell, Photofusion in Brixton and other south east London venues. The work can also be seen at: https://olympicdreamssite.wordpress.com/