Please note that this series of events has been organised by the Wellcome Library, and will take place in the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection.
What is the value of art created in the asylum? Who does it belong to and how should it be used?
Join contributors from the fields of mental health, art, libraries and ethics for a series of intimate discussions exploring value, power and identity, and shape how the Adamson Collection is framed.
The events will taking place in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection and are drop-in events. First-come-first-seated – places are limited.
Naming the Unnamed
Tuesday 18th July, 15.00-16.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 14.00-15.00)
Should artists be named, or should they remain unnamed patients? Join Val Huet (BAAT), Michael Barham (Dramatherapist), Fiona Johnstone (Birkbeck) and Marie-France (ex- service user) to explore issues of sensitivity, identity and agency.
The ‘A’ Word
Thursday 20th July, 19.00-20.00 (viewing of selected paintings, 18.00-19.00)
Is work from the asylum art or medical record? What art history period does it fit into, if any? Join Beth Elliot (Bethlem Gallery), Marc Steene (Outside In) and Lamis Bayar (Dragon Café) to discuss how art from the asylum (and beyond) can be framed, and the value of terms such as Outsider Art and Art Brut.
Photography will be taking place during this event. Please speak to a member of staff for further information.
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The Jennifer Lauren Gallery is proud to present
Masao Obata: Drawing Happiness in Red
Launch event 21 June 2017, 6 – 8:30pm
Continues 21-25 June 2017
Dates: 21-25 June 2017
Pop-up Venue: 264 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0JD
Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green – Central Line
Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
“I am happiest when I am working and by working I mean drawing.”
Masao Obata (b.1943) only started drawing whilst in his residential care facility in Japan after the age of 60. Raised by his grandmother, Obata moved around many institutions before settling at Hyogo Prefecture for a longer period of time. His strong urge to create led him to source large cardboard pieces to draw on from the kitchens in his facility, as paper was not strong enough for him and he was concerned it would rip easily.
In the facility Obata could be found night after night continuously drawing often on both sides of the cardboard, completing one piece of work each night. He produced thousands of drawings before his passing in 2010, but many were disposed of by the facility that, in the beginning, had not recognised the artistic value of his work.
Often creating in red pencil, Obata stated that for him this was the colour of happiness and fulfillment. The major themes in Obata’s work include family and marriage, both of which eluded Obata during his lifetime. He did on occasions say that the works featuring a man, a woman and a child were himself and his parents, and that he missed them profusely.
Women were often depicted wearing earrings and necklaces, whilst men were known to be featured wearing ties. His drawings also featured a characteristic attention to detail when depicting genitalia in his representations of humans. Other themes included things he observed: vehicles, landscapes and plants.
This exhibition is the first by the Jennifer Lauren Gallery and the first solo exhibition for the late Masao Obata. Bringing together 15 works on cardboard, along with a film of Obata working, it is hoped that many will get to enjoy Obata’s playful works.
What: Exhibition – The Fabric of Being
When: 22 February – 17 March 2017, open Weds-Fri, 10am-5pm
Where: Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX. Map
‘The Twelve Pins, Finsbury Park’, and, ‘Better Red Than Dead’
“For starters, I’m going to try not to talk about myself in the third person. There’s no way Tim Bradford is going down that route.
The work on my website is divided into seven categories, each containing a small series of paintings representing a particular layer of my obsessions. These are Museum of Reconstituted Charity Shop Art, Irrational Portrait Gallery, Once Upon A Time In The West (Of Ireland), The Patchwork Landscape, Finsbury Park Institute of Football Art, Useful Gods and Botanic Transcendental Paintings.
It’s also in some ways a celebration of my parallel universe art career as a member of the ‘Bearded Rural Artists Who Prefer Living In Cities’ group. And in this scenario I went to art college instead of studying English at university – making a living as a football arm tattoo artist and getting dumped several times by Tracey Emin.
I am now what is generally known as a new wave wang-eyed pop folk artist.
Although I’m now considerably older than John Lennon was when he died, and Dino Zoff when he collected a World Cup winner’s medal, I like to think of myself as an emerging artist. I’m just emerging in slow motion.
For twenty years or so after leaving school I painted semi-regularly, as a kind of grounding mechanism, then stashed the resulting pictures in attics or cupboards and it wasn’t until 2005 that I started to become reasonably prolific.
The year after that we lived in the west of Ireland for a year and a half and I fell in with the notorious Ennistymon artists set, a collection of ferociously intelligent and talented dazzling women painters and intense bearded film maker blokes.
In this hotbed of hair and ideas I gained the confidence to put on my own exhibition. In Bachelors Walk I developed some of the themes that had obsessed me for years – fast disappearing landscapes, ravaged old blokes tortured by loneliness or frustration, lovely dreamlike women who know a lot about ‘stuff’.
The vivid, mostly primary, colours are intended to have a life-affirming effect on the viewer, perhaps with the sense of having a revelatory vision, a mild migraine or recovering from a hangover.
When I’m not painting, over-cooking pasta for the kids or wandering aimlessly around the local streets, I do illustrations for the football magazine When Saturday Comes and write non-fiction books.”
Visit Tim Bradford’s website, here.
WHAT: Call for art submissions for One Bare Foot Square.
WHEN: Deadline, 7 May 2016. First show runs 30 July – 13 August 2016.
WHERE: Launch exhibition, July 30 2016, Amsterdam Outsider Art Gallery.
Are you an artist interested in exhibiting with other artists, in a collaborative touring exhibition, with the opportunity to host the artwork locally? Yvonne Mabs Francis alerted us to this excellent opportunity from Nok and Uncooked Culture, read on to get involved…
Following 4 years of travelling art work, across the UK and three continents worldwide, UNCOOKED CULTURE are calling for art submissions to be part of their new new touring exhibition, ‘One Bare Foot Square’.
Example of artwork: Painting created by Bert Schoonhoven on bare canvas,
16 x 16in (30 x 30 cm) including blank borders.
CONCEPT: ‘Led by artist ‘Nok’, the founder and director of Uncooked Culture, this new touring art project aims to “create mobility and accessibility of art and build a Sustainable Artists Community across the world”, and they “encourage and invite artists from all disciplines to participate in the project.”
BRIEF: Dimensions of the work must be 16 inches square, consisting of a painted area on bare canvas (without any support or stretchers). The painted area must be 12 inches square, leaving a 2 inch blank/unpainted margin around the artwork. Each individual artwork will be stitched onto a piece of fabric, to form a large collaborative artwork, using the four corners of the 2 inch margin area to create a big wall mural on large scale fabric support.
The required 2 inch surrounding margin around the painted area is designed to serve the purpose of selling the work. Once an artwork is purchased, the work can be wrapped and fixed onto a standard 12 x 12 inch stretcher (canvas frame). Some stretchers/canvas frames and mounting service may be provided in the exhibition.
THEME: ‘Paradox of Life… Bright & Dark side of the Moon’. Your life expression, or story, on each single square canvas will be a part of this collected ‘Life Journey Mural’. The mural will reflect the spectrum of human paths, experience and psychology.
KEY WORDS: Life journey, bright or dark side – Imaginative journey – Fantasy adventure – Reality – Capability – Incapability – Coordination – Fragmentation – Dream – Struggle – Naievety – Purity – Manipulation
INSPIRATION: The project is inspired by artists mosaic canvases from the previous Uncooked Culture art project, ‘Circus Terminal Worldwide’, Suriname, South America 2014.
DEADLINES TO MAKE A NOTE OF:
Deadline for expressing your interest: 25 March 2016
Deadline for artwork JPEGS (work in progress images are acceptable): 30 April 2016
Deadline for artwork delivery to Uncooked Culture in London, UK: 7 MAY 2016
Submissions must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.uncookedculturegallery.com / www.uncookedculture.com
LAUNCH EXHIBITION: ‘One Bare Foot Square’ is scheduled to be launched 30 July 2016 at The Amsterdam Outsider Art Gallery in The Netherlands at its old location in Amsterdam (Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1A, 1018, DR Amsterdam), with the first exhibition from the project. Dates of the debut exhibition are to be concluded.
SELLING WORK: All works will be at set wall-price of £200 each, including 20% contribution to the project from the sales of artwork. Pricing your artwork in an exceptional cases can be discussed. Changes of price are possible, based on situations such as required commission from the venue/gallery hosting the project and nature of different currency. All participating artists will be informed in advance if the set price would need to be adjusted.
OPPORTUNITY TO HOST THE PROJECT: All participating artists are invited to host the touring wall mural in their town or city. ‘One Bare Foot Square’ adopts a format used in the ‘Uncooked Culture – Circus Terminal Worldwide’ project, bringing local and international artists to collaborate and share their inspirational creativity together. Everywhere the project will be held, local artists will be invited to create square canvases to incorporate the mural from international artists. Lead artist(s) of each exhibition stop, where the project will be held, will be working closely with Nok, the project lead artist. Additional events, such as workshops, are encouraged to be held along with the exhibition to inspire creativity to the local community.
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in hosting this project with Nok in your community: email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: Only original artworks will be accepted. Computer generated work and any forms of reproduction, except handmade print-making, will not be accepted. Only recent artworks created during 2013 – 2016 will be included in this project. Artists can replace their sold artworks with other artworks that follow the format required for the project.
WHO CAN SUBMIT: Both non-members and members of Uncooked Culture at http://www.uncookedculture.ning.com. An artist can submit various forms of art on canvas – drawing, painting, collage, handmade print-making & mixed-media. A maximum of 3 works per artist can be submitted. Sculptural works can be submitted upon discussion of format, dimensions and weight condition, please contact Nok to discuss specifics: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info about Circus Terminal Worldwide, on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CircusTerminalWorldwide
‘The Inner Self: Drawings from the Subconscious’ is a group show of the work of seven Outside In artists all living within Greater London and working on the theme of the subconscious. Predominantly black and white in colour and using drawing as the primary medium, the works were selected from 154 submissions to Outside In’s open call out earlier in the year.
The selectors included CGP London Director Ron Henocq; Vivienne Roberts, Curator at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery; Outsider Artist Nick Blinko; and Outside In Manager Jennifer Gilbert. From these seven artists, one will be selected by Vivienne Roberts to receive a solo show at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery in Central London in November 2014. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, talks and workshops organised by Outside In and its London partner organisations.
Work by the Outside In artists will sit alongside Outsider Artist Nick Blinko’s minutely detailed monochrome pieces. Macabre and intense; Nick’s images depict microscopically detailed interconnecting worlds and figures such as skulls, broken dolls, imps, foetuses and precisely handwritten notes. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, talks and workshops organised by Outside In’s partners.
The artists exhibiting are:
Wrestling with the Bull
From an early age, Jan liked to copy cartoons and comic book characters before moving on to still life and portraits in secondary school. For many years he studied mime, dance, singing and drama before coming back to drawing and painting in 2009. Jan likes to combine Celtic knot-work with African faces and South American Shamanistic Aztec priests, people, animals, symbols and shapes. He creates what he sees on the paper after moving the biro in dance like movements, eyes closed and reaching into the subconscious for inspiration and guidance.
Imma is predominantly a textile artist, as well as being a survivor of mental illness. Alongside her drawings such as ‘Foot’, Imma creates icons, which she has been painting for about fifteen years. For these, she uses traditional methods dating back to Roman times.
Nigel’s fine, delicate portraits depict women as mystical goddesses attired in glamorous ball gowns, decadent outfits and floating dresses. Each picture is unique, sometimes drawn from memory, sometimes of those in close proximity, but always of women he likes and is inspired by. This fascination with the female form inspires Nigel to create drawings with a frequently mysterious and eerie quality, although his idolisation of the figure in such a rare and carefully observed manner is far removed from contemporary issues of gender stereotyping.
Hannah was diagnosed with Bipolar at the age of 50 after the death of her mother. She began creating her works during her time in hospital, producing images of angels that embodied her mother, keeping her memories alive.
At the age of 14, Billy had a brain haemorrhage which resulted in the loss of his drawing right hand. He never regained the use of his right side, but relearned his natural artistic talent through his left hand. Since then, Billy has carried notebooks with him, drawing and painting life as it goes through his head.
Pat has specialised in fine art painting as a result of attending Croydon College of Art in the 1960s-70s but has since moved away from original hard-edged brainwork towards more intuitive work. Her other works include fine line Indian ink animal drawings as well as an exploration of imaginary landscapes on cork; an environmentally renewable source.
Definitions of Normal
Terence studied printed textiles at Winchester School of Art, graduating in 1986 with a First Class Degree. Creativity is a visual language that helps convey a sense of history and the reality of the past for himself and other adult survivors. It offers respite through escape, and is key in his spiritual journey. He currently works as an art and textiles instructor within the Occupational Therapy department at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.
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