Kim Thornton is the artist behind the Home Entertainment exhibition, in the Old Fire Station Gallery 25 May – 14 July.
Join her for a screening of her art film Sugar in my Bowl (6’ 39”) followed by the artist in conversation with Kim Shaw, photographer and Executive Director at Photofusion, London’s largest independent photography resource centre.
Sugar in my Bowl parodies popular television cookery demonstrations. A woman is engaged in the homely task of making cupcakes with a surprising outcome. Wearing an apron made from cupcake cases she stirs and ices the cakes to the soundtrack of a childhood creative programme Vision On whose presenter Tony Hart would paint using kitchen utensils as his brushes.
Free - please book your place. In the OFS Gallery.
A reminder that my solo show Home Entertainment opens at the Old Fire Station in Oxford tomorrow, 24 May from 6-8pm. Please come along if you are in the area. The exhibition continues until 14 July.
There is a limited edition of 50 tea towels featuring my image The Bigger Splash available for sale in the gift shop.
The exhibition looks great at Safehouse1, it's an atmospheric derelict house that has inspired such creativity.
Safehouse1, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham SE15 3SN
12 & 13 May 2018 11am – 6pm
Rituals at 12 and 5 daily
Jackie Brown | Léonie Cronin | Rebecca Fortnum | Nicky Hirst
Laura Moreton-Griffiths | Lucy Soni | Charlotte Squire | Kim Thornton
In Dreaming Awake eight artists probe the liminal state between reality and dreams where the imagination is held as if suspended. Visual connections are made through painting, collage, installation, film, ritual, photography, sculpture and drawing.
The derelict house consumes the artwork repurposing objects and redefining gestures. The architectural atmosphere and history offer a multi-sensory experience. Breathing life into the subliminal world of innate awareness the artists translate these lucid dreams and thoughts into visible ‘actions’ in response to the building.
‘It is tempting to think that the real world and the world of dreams are totally separate.’
(Dr Susan Blackmore, Lucid Dreaming: Awake in your sleep?)
The philosopher Descartes believed that dreams are a sequence of experiences often similar to those we commonly have in waking life. Hobbes questioned this using the principle of coherence, we can think more critically in waking life and we know when we are awake as the absurdity is no longer there. Harnessing the power of conscious thought Dreaming Awake merges dreams with real life to suggest different hidden states.
The exhibition is part of Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House 2018
I am delighted to be exhibiting in Oxford at the Old Fire Station from 25 May until 14 July. The opening is on Thursday 24 May at 6pm and all are welcome.
Pillow Talk: conversations with women is participating in Uniqlo Tate Late on Friday 23 February 6-10pm
Dreaming Awake, an exhibition at Safehouse1 in Peckham on 12 & 13 May as part of Dulwich Festival - artists: Jackie Brown, Léonie Cronin, Rebecca Fortnum, Nicky Hirst, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Lucy Soni, Charlotte Squire, Kim Thornton
Home Entertainment, a solo show supported by Arts Council England at Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford launches on 24 May and continues until 14 July.
I am delighted that Pillow Talk has been invited to be part of Uniqlo Tate Late on 23 February celebrating the first women gaining the vote 100 years ago. Join SLWA & the WAL there – we’ll be on Level 2 in the Blavatnik Building.
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.
PICTURE THIS... Curated by Kim Thornton at BELL HOUSE, 27 COLLEGE ROAD, DULWICH – ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSE 13 & 14 May 2017, 11am to 6pm
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.
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