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Tooting’s only Art Pound Shop

It’s been a busy time lately at Market POST. We are currently running a pound shop! There have been lots of pound shops in Tooting, but not like this one! Market POST is launching Tooting’s first ever Art Pound Shop with small works of art for just £1! This pound shop functions as a site responsive artwork in itself, questioning the value of art and the way that it is perceived. There are all sorts of strange and lovely works for sale including some original drawings, greetings cards, yam prints, and even concrete cupcakes!

Open 13th – 22nd June 12pm – 5pm daily


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Lightship residency video

Artist Residency On Board Light Vessel 21 from Spaghetti Weston on Vimeo.

After our wonderful residency aboard lightship LV21, Co-owner Gary Weston has made another brilliant video to show what we got up to and presented on the Public Open Day. As you can see, our Light Vessel Historical Society lecture and museum display, including Elsa Molpe’s painting, is shown on the initial screen of the video.

Thanks again to Paivi and Gary, LV21’s owners and Figure Ground for an incredible opportunity to explore such an astounding place with a great bunch of people.

I’m a page 3 girl!

Degree Show

I’ve been featured in a full page article with images in the a-n degrees unedited publication this year. It gave me the opportunity to talk about POST Artists, Market POST and the other things I’ve been up to since graduating last year. I can’t believe it’s virtually a whole year now. I’m looking forward to going to this year’s Wimbledon degree show this Thursday to see what everyone’s been up to.

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20 Artists, and an historical society, commandeer a lightship

I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this amazing mini-residency on Light Vessel 21. Not only did I get to explore some intriguing nooks and crannies, but I also got to collaborate with some really interesting artists in response to the place. Steve McPherson, Sarah Britten-Jones, Katy Beinart and myself discovered that we have a mutual fascination with archaeology and the way in which we believe the labels in museums as absolute truth even though they are often just supposition.

This led us to create an amateur historical society. We gave three lectures in the control room about “The Secret History of LV21″ including extracts of diaries that had been found from the all female crew who crewed the ship for a period during WWII. This was further supported by the range of displayed artefacts, mentioned in the diaries. These included a paper model of LV21, a painting made on board of a face like element of the ship, and a replica signalling balaclava. Many were fascinated by the story, a journalist from a local paper was taking vigorous notes and we had people mention that we should investigate further and turn it into a tv documentary, a book or a film. As Steve stated, we would need to get someone to do the writing for us since none of us are very good at creative writing.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to figure ground for organising the event and to ship owners Paivi and Gary for hosting it all and letting us run riot! It was a great pleasure to meet all the other artists and I hope to see you all again soon and thanks also to everyone who came to see the art, watch the performances and hear our lecture.

Rochester People Article
Jaye Nolan’s Blog features the Light Vessel Historical Society

20 Artists commandeer a lightship




lightship exhibition

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This Wednesday, we open up LV21 and our exhibition of collaborative artworks, responding to the ship. The ship will be free to explore between midday and 5pm on the 20th April, so if you can make it to Gillingham Pier that day, I thoroughly recommend a visit. I’m pleased to be one of the twenty artists selected by figure ground

an artist’s network that aims to reconfigure the current context of art in public places.

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Directions to Lightship event
From London it takes about 45mins on the high speed train from St Pancras Intl or Stratford Intl to Gillingham. You can also catch a slower train from Victoria or Charing Cross. It takes about 20mins to walk from the station to the Lightship.

Here is Gary Weston’s beautiful short film of the first day of our mini-residency on the lightship

20 Artists Commandeer Light Vessel 21 from Spaghetti Weston on Vimeo.

Market POST




Market POST

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I’ve been busy lately setting up Market POST, a POST Artists’ project based in Tooting Market where we plan to develop a space which encourages experimentation, and investigation of Tooting Market, the people who visit it, and the surrounding area. We would like to run inclusive workshops alongside our programme of events and exhibitions. It will become an exhibition/project/studio/tea lounge/collaboration space for all to come and see and join in with. We begin tomorrow and our first exhibition and event will be on May Day. More details to follow…

Mini-residency aboard Lightship LV21

Last weekend, on the 19th March, I was lucky enough to go on the first day of a mini-residency on a lightship! 20 artists were invited by artists network Figure Ground to join them in responding collaboratively to the vessel. LV21 is a magnificent red ship, bright against the crisp blue sky, that is becoming a floating cultural facility. I’m very pleased to be collaborating with Katy Beinart, Steve McPherson, and Sarah Britten-Jones. When we introduced ourselves and our work to one another, we seemed to find several common threads of interest like archaeology, a curiosity for how objects could be interpreted, and the powers of museology. It was really great talking to them about these things and finding such common ground. We then explored the ship, from the top of the tower to the depths of the voids. I was in my absolute element getting to clamber about and explore in tight and intriguing spaces! Totally inspired by the ship and its history, we talked more about what we’re going to work on together for the show next month. There will be a lecture and there will be objects. That’s all I’m saying for now but it would be great if you can come and join us aboard, on the 20th April to come and experience the place for yourself, explore and see some fascinating art made by a jolly lovely group of artists. I’m so happy and grateful to be a part of it!

lightship exhibition

POST Artists




POST Artists

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I’m pleased to announce that I’m the new chair-person for POST artists.

Founded in 2008, POST is the new peer-led network for artists who respond to place. POST artists work in areas with which they have a personal involvement, staging site-specific shows that reflect the diverse practices of the members. Projects often engage with over-looked and disused spaces and investigate notions of public space. POST is interested in sites that both provoke differences and maintain stability. POST picks up on elements within a site and builds an artwork or event that spirals out from this.

Q Art Presents, Show Convenor

Bones

One of the interesting events at the Q Art Presents exhibition at the APT Gallery in Deptford was an end of show convenor. Exhibitors were given the chance to talk about their work and have a Q&A session. I always find this process so helpful as it highlights elements of the work which are and are not working.

I find it interesting how universal our fascination with bones is. I think it’s something primal in us that makes us more aware of our own mortality. Part repulsion, part intrigue; a freak show of objects. I’ve found similar effects with fur, skin, and wood. We are drawn to our caveman past like staring into the flames of a fire.

This piece is called ‘Bones’. An intentionally literal title. It is a new version of a piece I first conceived of during my residency at the Chinese Arts Centre. The first Chinese calligraphy was found carved into bones so I thought it would be interesting to dye bones entirely with Chinese ink and use each bone as a calligraphic stroke, with smaller bone fragments mirroring the way the ink stroke fragments on textured paper as the ink runs out.

I opted for the character for bones partly because it is so literally describing what its made from, and that amused me. I was also motivated by the fact that, to me, the character looks like a human figure, showing both our bones as the framework of us, and elements of characters, letters, ink strokes, as the framework of language and visual language. ‘ told that the top of the character means flesh, and the bottom part means bones, together meaning bones. It is customarily polite to ask for a bone if you actually want flesh.

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Thanks to Jess Blandford for the bottom photo. You can see more of her photos from the whole show here.

A huge thank you to Sarah Rowles who founded Q-Art, a great organisation, and Erica Shiozaki who co-curated the show with Sarah. A lot of hard work and a great result. There were some wonderful relationships occurring between the works in the show, particularly the triangulating black fragments in the front space. Bliss!