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Tannery Arts Group Show 2017

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I’m very pleased to be showing some work in the Tannery Arts Group Show 2017 at Tannery Projects

A group show of work from Tannery Arts studio holders and staff

Anja Aichinger, Frank Ammerlaan, Michael Armitage, Andrew Bick, Tom Brown, Marcus Cope, Chris Daniels, Mahal de Man, Benjamin Deakin, Howard Dyke, Laura Eldret, Jamie George, Nick Goss, Fiona Grady, Adrian Haak, Fiona Long, Hannah Luxton, Anna Lytridou, Alice McCabe, Sarah McDonald, Jacqui McIntosh, Robert Montgomery, David Musgrave, Roger Phillips, Ellie Pratt, Nell Sully, Nadine Talalla, Nicola Wallis, Alison Wilding

Private view Friday 27 January 6.00-8.30pm

Show continues Saturday 28 January – Sunday 19 February
Tues – Fri 11am – 6pm
Sat / Sun 12 – 6pm
Closed Mondays
Accessible through Drawing Room

Drawing Room
Unit 8 Rich Estate
46 Willow Walk
London SE1 5SF

Turps Goes West

I’m taking part in a group show entitled: ‘ Turps Goes West’, curated by Marcus Harvey and Phil Allen at Edel Assanti Gallery.

The exhibiton runs from the 25 August – 1 September 2015 with the closing party on the 1st September.

This is the final show of the Turps Banana Studio programme I have participated in over the last twelve months.

Please note that the gallery is closed on bank holiday Monday.

Turps Goes West

Adam Fenton’s Painting Club

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Adam Fenton’s Painting Club brings together a diverse range of 13 contemporary painters, artists who perhaps wouldn’t normally meet or exhibit together. The artists presented share an interest in a figurative painterly language and the exhibition aims to emphasize the breadth of different approaches it encompasses. The exhibition has been curated to create a dialogue between works and to form the basis for a discussion.

MOMA curator Laura Hoptman recently claimed that contemporary painting is in a state of atemporality, reflecting our current cultural moment. At a time where “all eras seem to exist at once”, any historical genre, stylistic language or motif can be adopted by the contemporary painter.

Adam Fenton’s Painting Club posits the idea that ‘contemporary painting’ as it is often presented is indeed nothing but a genre in itself, recognizable by very distinct formal elements. And often it is determined in so many ways by the intermediary segment of the art world – curators, collectors, gallerists – rather than by the artists themselves.

Thus, the exhibition wishes to address the notion of painting in terms of ‘personality’, as opposed to ‘contemporary’. Each artist in the exhibition demonstrates a personal passion for a unique subject matter, process or style that goes far deeper than just illustrating the current critical discourse. Hopefully, the exhibition will thereby contribute to pointing to the very rich breadth of painting today and a discussion of the diverse and interlapping elements of it.

Ben Clarke, David Dellagi, Mark Edmonds, Adam Fenton, Callum Green, Fiona Long, Paula MacArthur, Benjamin Prosser, Matthew Randle, Mark Sheeky, Hideatsu Shiba, Dovilė Šimonytė, Eleanor Watson

Private View: Friday 21st August 6-9pm
Open: Saturday 22nd August 1-5pm
Discussion: Sunday 23rd August 1-5pm

No Format Gallery
Second Floor Studios & Arts,
Harrington Way,
Woolwich,
London
SE18 5NR

Turps Interim Show 2015

Our Interim Show for the Turps Studio Painting Program 2015 opens on Thursday 19 March 6.30-9.30pm. Each of the 16 painters will be showing selected work from our year on the Programme so far.

The Turps Studio Programme, affiliated with the wonderful Turps Banana Magazine, provides a dynamic structure of: mentoring, peer-led learning, talks and visitors within an open studio environment.

This intensive and supported one year programme stimulates conversation and debate, through discourse and practice, advancing individual development.

– See more at: http://turpsbanana.com/art-school#sthash.UaHdKNkd.dpuf

“I’m in the heart of Tooting at the moment”

“I’m in the heart of Tooting at the moment” is a show titled after overhearing a mobile phone conversation and wondering what the heart of Tooting actually is. The site responsive artists of Market POST will respond to this question in the show. There is no clear town centre in Tooting and it seems to lie along arterial routes with no real heart. Where do members of the community consider the heart of Tooting to be or does it have one at all?

Come and see us at our private view this Friday, 24th June 6-8pm. The show continues daily 12-5pm until the 2nd July.

Darling Buds exhibition

I really enjoyed taking part in the artist’s talk at the Darling Buds exhibition on Saturday. The show was put together by a group of curators: Rebecca Hallett, Davinia-Ann Robinson, Boudicca Collins, Nelly Curtis and Jessica Mautner, who haven’t worked together before and they all got on brilliantly. I think the show demonstrated how well they got on. There was a really harmonious feel to it.

The show was really well attended and I was pleased to hear about some of the reactions to my “Frustrated Play” piece. Apparently many children had gravitated towards the piece, and backed away at the last minute, perhaps because of the aesthetic of the piece or maybe because they were perplexed by it. two or three bent down and played with it and asked why it couldn’t be played with properly since the train wouldn’t go round. Others were told not to touch it by their parents. One of the parents asked what it was about and felt that it reminded her of being on the road and packing stuff up all the time. She found it melancholy and a little disturbing. Since two of my least favourite things are tidying and moving house….she could well be right!

Participating Artists:
Grace Adam
Daniel Bourke
Matt Gee
Sian Griffiths
Melissa Henderson
Sadie Hennessy
Fiona Long
Sonja Van Kerkhoff & Sen McGlinn

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!

Q Art Presents 2010




Bones

Originally uploaded by fionalongart.

I’m pleased to be taking part in this year’s Q Art Presents exhibition at APT Gallery in Deptford. It’s a really amazing space.

The show comprises work from nearly 40 graduate and undergraduate artists from London’s top art schools.

The show runs from the 19th – 28th November
Private View Thursday 18th November 6-8pm
Deptford Last Fridays Opening 26th November 6-8pm

APT Gallery Deptford, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA


There are some great events running alongside the show including:

Tuesday 23rd November. Self Assembly with Artquest
Saturday 27th November 1-5pm: Explore and Function, South London Tour with Jotta and Q Art
Sunday 28th November 1.30-5pm with artists from the show talking about their work. I’ll be talking about my work fairly early on in this time period.

I hope you can make it along to the show!


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Nearest rail stations Deptford and New Cross or DLR stops Deptford Bridge or Greenwich.

Block Printing




Block Printing

Originally uploaded by fionalongart.

I recently helped out at another workshop for the lovely organisation, River and Cloth, celebrating the textile heritage of the River Wandle. The previous phases were dye and stitch and this one is print.

This print workshop run by Sandrine Case involved simply pushing indentations into polystyrene paisley shapes with a biro, inking the paisley up and pushing in onto the material. Et voila! All participants then added their individual designs to a ‘tree of life’ textile piece. It looked great!

This ‘tree of life’ and many other beautiful results of the project will be on display at our exhibition this September at the weird oasis of tranquility that is Merton Abbey Mills. The show runs 10am – 5pm daily from the 17th – 23rd September. If you’re in the area or fancy the surreal experience of seeing a watermill powered pottery in something like a village market, then come and see what we’ve been up to with numerous school and community groups in the area.