A dialogue between two artist practitioners.
How does an audience respond to series of visual works presented by two artists?
an exhibition by RCA graduates
2 - 16August 2015
An exhibition of works at the Imperial War Museum
Peter Kennard is acknowledged as being the country’s leading ‘photo-montagist’ and is known for his work as a “political artist“ - covering issues of conflict and political event. Kennard studied painting at the Slade and then at the RCA (1976-79). He is currently a "Senior Research Reader - Art and the Public Domain" in the RCA's School of Photography.
The attraction of seeing works in progress, of ideas developing - is very much what the Interim shows at the RCA are about. Not only a “useful experience” for students to see, before the “Final Graduation Shows”, how their works “look” in an exhibition environment, to hear response but also to test the calibre of the work and measure it alongside others.
More than fifty people gathered at “AND eventSpace 1” on Friday evening 22 May to see “Crossing Fields” - an exhibition of recent works by Roderick Coyne. These works further extends his previous practice of using photographic imagery to include the process of painting.
An exhibition of objects that have been “fixed” from different broken objects which have been “perfectly” repaired or have incorporated the fault line into its reconstitution. The exhibition, curated by Glenn Adamson, a tutor at the RCA and head of research at the Victoria & Albert museum, brings together a vast scale of “fixed” items - from small coins to grand pianos.
Rhonda Whitehead’s series of large abstract paintings are a rich layering of textures and colour which bring to mind the arbitrary landscapes made up of imaginary stories and real histories depicted on wall surfaces of weathered buildings... These are sharply contrasted by the harsh geometry of her later paintings.
On 8 September 2012 H.E. Garvin Nicholas, High Commissioner for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, presented Althea McNish with an award for Achievement in the Arts as part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel, London.
May Ayres studied Illustration at the RCA during the early 1970s. For a number of years she has transposed her illustrators skills to ceramics. At the same time both the strength and fragilityof the fired material lends itself to the subject matter she has pursued - the human condition in extreme situations - not natural conditions but cruel situations - ones manufactured by tyrants and oppressors: war - torture. May acknowledges that some of the works in this exhibition are horrible - that is about horrible subjects.
A 17th Century painting of 'Judith with the head of Holofernes' by Gerad Seqhers has for many years adorned the yellow painted walls of Tenterden's local town hall - until now.
In these days of cuts and cash crises local councillors have decided to 'flog it' along with another painting to raise dosh for a new heating system. There is a lot of coverage about how the vital public services are affected by budget cuts but the arts are often the first to feel the squeeze.