Written on the skin is a self-curated group exhibition project by three emerging London-based artists. Taking as its point of departure the idea that the human body – with all the fragility, resilience and multiplicity of the flesh – is a site for expression and exploration; the exhibition introduces practices which variously explore notions of safety, difference, innocence and emotional exposé. The project brings together artworks across a range of media – including painting, sculpture, installation and text: these practices are in places complimentary but simultaneously distinct. Softly painted figurative renderings and autobiographical texts exploring queer sentimentalities contrast both installation works whimsically assembled using the detritus of domestic life, and figurative sculptures in the classical tradition which unpick traditional notions of perfection.
When considered together these works, in places visually complimentary yet occasionally oppositional in approach, sketch out a delicate and malleable narrative concerning the ideologies of vulnerability, femininity, sentimentality and feelings of minority and disassociation. These are expressive artists committed to translating their bodily and emotional experiences and for whom their concerns are, emotionally and metaphorically, written on the skin. Their texts – as paintings, sculptures, installations or writings - aim to further our imaginings of the internal architecture of the human condition.
HELENA COLLINS is interested in the artist’s body as muse. She works primarily with sculpture as a medium for the tentative and material exploration of form and context related to the physical and psychological vulnerabilities of the human body. For Collins breakages, slippages, separations and medicines represent a re-evaluation of traditional notions of the human form as represented in traditional canons of representation. She sees the act of sculpting as a ‘physical working through’ of her emotions.
ALEXANDRA LINFOOT is interested in the heightening of the domestic space through the constructs of Fine Art. Linfoot takes items, objects and materials which are commonplace and traditionally overlooked in domestic settings and elevates these through the act of assemblage, dismantling and redirecting traditional associations. In her sculptures, where peripheral elements usually orbit a singular ‘main event’, the everyday household object becomes a site for contemplation and reflection on the aesthetics of personal experience, femininity and the sanctity of the spaces we reserve for ‘home’.
JAMIE SHAW treats art practice as a realm of personal expression related to contemporary lived experience, believing that the personal is political. He works with intention to create intimate, sentimental musings concerned with expressing desire, longing, and failures in dreaming. His paintings and texts examine the discrepancies between sexuality and innocence, and examine the interstices between consumption and desire; marginality and complicity; kitsch and sublime. He counts life, difference, and innocence amongst his main inspirations. Shaw aims to create poetic encounters of a vision informed both by the minority queer experience and myths of the artist as ‘outsider’. The work expresses uniquely personal struggles in desire and constitutes a failed quest for ‘pink utopia’: He says “I work to create my own personal visual mythology: my gods live on a pink cloud.”
All artists graduated BA (hons) Mixed Media Fine Art from the University of Westminster in 2015.
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15th - 29th September
Artists: Helen Stone, Caroline Wong, Michele Opoku-Taylor, Johanna Watts, Bridget Rampton, Alessandra Betollo, Ali Rideout, Fiona Land
Private View: 22nd September 7-9pm
A group of 8 women artists studying contemporary portraiture at The Art Academy and endeavouring to make sense of this funny old world.
The Tree of Here
14th - 21st July
Artists: Bea Banfi & Emanuela Marcu
Preview: 14th July, 7-9pm
An installation created by the joint work of artists Bea Banfi and Emanuela Marcu - an experimentation, dialogue and meeting place of their visual languages. Emanuela's sculptural pieces will be inhabited by Bea's paintings, dislocated from the spaces where they were created. This installation is an attempt to create a soulful connection, that breaks the shell of material appearance and reveals is deeper source, its inner life.
Summer Salon 2017
Private View: 2nd June, 6.30pm—9.30pm
Exhibition: 2nd—23rd June 2017
Islington Arts Factory celebrates 10 years of Summer Salon.
This June our flagship exhibition programme Summer Salon celebrates ten glorious years, during which more than 800 artists have shown over 1500 works of art in our two beautiful galleries. Since 2007 our aim has been to offer an open and inclusive platform for home grown talent, where amateur artists can exhibit alongside national and international professional artists.
Summer Salon was inspired by the 18th Century French salons where people would meet to discuss the arts and exchange ideas, encouraging new contrasts, comparisons and conversations around the work.
"We are delighted to be celebrating a decade of Summer Salon" , says Eleanor Pearce, Islington Arts Factory’s Director of Art and Summer Salon Curator, “Summer Salon perfectly embodies the Arts Factory’s ethos of creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to participate and express themselves"
This year will be no exception as we invite more artists than ever to hang their work in our galleries. There will be more than 85 artists and over 200 artworks on show, including contributions from our affiliated charities: New Art Studio, who work with refugees and asylum seekers; MENCAP, who provide inspirational classes for adults with learning disabilities, Art Box who work with local disabled artists and local Carnival workshop company, Glorious Backstage Arts.
As part of this year’s tenth anniversary celebrations, regular Summer Salon exhibitor Heather Carol has gifted her painting Carpe Diem to Islington Arts Factory, which will be auctioned in the lead up to the exhibition, with all proceeds going to support our busy and exciting the children's art programme, MakeArt.
To place a bid on Heather's work email firstname.lastname@example.org
How Shall I Get Elephants To Stay
28th April - 19th May 2017
Artist Gaynor Perry.
Preview 28th April 7 - 9pm
How Shall I Get Elephants to Stay is an exhibition of the artwork featured in Gaynor's book of dreams. Here you will see paintings, photographs and sculptures expressing the artist's subconscious reality, guiding the empathic bonds she forms with the Animal Kingdom and Mother Nature.
24th - 31st March
Curator: Lewis Baxter
Exhibition features the work of four artists with widely varying approaches. Ranging from sculpture, to installation and painting, the works shown explore various themes such as religion, pleasure and perception.
Anything You Say
3rd - 9th March
Artists: Allegra Abouzeid, Azalia Barad, Hilary Barnes, Nicola Barrett, Fedra Castro, Olivia John-Charles, Cemo Cinkilic, Sabrina Collares, Laura Cowley, Deanna Credland, Raphael Dalton, Darko, Elpida Fragkeskidou, Christina Ferdriksen, Niamh Ginger, David Iniguez, Ariane Monds, Alex Morillon, Ramazan Mutlu, Alexandros Ntouras, Shannon O'Boyle, Elmas Ozevalat, Tiarnan Savage, Idil Savaskan, Dan Samuel-Thomas, Devina Sharma, Katie Timosenko, Tyler Watson, Sandra Wilmann
An unrivalled opportunity to come and enjoy the diversity of culture, artistic vision and styles by emerging London based artists. Anything You Say is an exhibition that has enabled the artists to express their different artistic and social interests, not enforcing any clear theme but a greater focus and consideration of space and instillation. Take the trip down to the converted church building to experience the new creative forces arising in the world today.
Preview Friday 3rd March, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Join the Mayor of Islington in celebrating a decade of MakeArt at Islington Arts Factory
Private View: 2nd December 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: 2nd - 22nd December 2016
This year Islington Arts Factory celebrates a decade of our innovative MakeArt programme which provides enriching education and exhibition opportunities for young people aged 4 - 19 from across the borough. The Mayor of Islington will open the MakeArt exhibition on the 2nd December to a crowd of artists, families and well wishers.
A majestic fire breathing dragon will preside over the gallery, while a creepy graveyard, complete with ghouls and ghosts forms the dramatic centrepiece. A skate park inspired group painting spanning 20ft will dazzle in bright fluorescent tones.
Having explored a variety of drawing and painting techniques, teenage artists from our MakeMoreArt class present a selection of self portraits alongside studies from ornamental stone carvings from across the classical world. These works on paper and canvas are joined by contributions from those who attended IAF's Summerversity Drawing and Painting Workshops.
A herd of horse paintings from Tuesday MakeArt (7 - 11s) were inspired by George Stubbs' famous painting Whistlejacket. Saturday ArtStart (4 - 6s) were also motivated to explore the equine with a series of magical unicorns. Taking inspiration from the wonderful world of insects, Thursday MakeArt (7 - 11s) have created prints that explore symmetry and colour with mark making.
IAF's young ceramicists have individually crafted an impressive collection of 3D textured tiles that combine to create a sublime cityscape. Clay Level 1 will present a selection of characterful busts depicting imaginary beings while Clay Level 2 students are preparing a Feast, with plentiful platters richly decorated in slip, wax, glaze and stain washes to create sumptuous surfaces to whet the appetite.
Islington Arts Factory's outreach work is represented by fabulous colourful creations form ArtyKids at Hugh Myddleton Primary School.
''At Islington Arts Factory we are proud to champion the benefits that involvement in visual arts activities give to children. We offer a nurturing space for creative expression outside of the school system. We believe in supporting children's unique visions and helping them to develop as artist and as individuals within a supportive framework.''
Join us at this celebration of the extraordinary and vivid imaginations, the hard work and sustained commitment of all our young artists.
Eleanor Pearce, Director of Art,Islington Arts Factory
No Mans Land
23rd - 26th November 2016
Artists: Bill Daggs, Simona Pesce, Terence Wilde
In ‘NO MANS LAND’ we are forced to question our identity, to ask ourselves where we stand, where we come from, and where we will go. Sculptures scatter the landscape like relics hinting at the collapse of a past civilisation, or objects of an uncertain present, as if placed in a time capsule and left as a warning of how intolerance and fear can split a society in half.
Bill Daggs and Simona Pesce are two artists whose life experiences enable them to be open to diverse cultures. Bill Daggs, who was born in North West London, has been surrounded by different communities all of his life while Simona Pesce, was born in Italy where she studied, moved to Germany at a young age and has lived in London for the past 20 years.
With these backgrounds and their sense of pride in London’s culturally rich communities Bill Daggs and Simona Pesce are preoccupied with the outcome of the 23rd June 2016 EU Referendum and the migration crisis of 2015. These two events have forced the artists to question the place they call home and where they stand in a society that they have described as a destructive social wreckage. With these events in mind ‘No Man’s Land’ was conceived not only as an exhibition but also a beginning of a collective which aims to invite other artists to discuss the situation of our life now.
Terence Wilde, British artist and pottery instructor within the Occupational Therapy Department at The Bethlem Royal Hospital has been invited to be part of the exhibition. His approach to the emotional wasteland and social wreckage reflects experience of loss and rejection felt by the other two artists
Private View 25th November 7 - 9pm
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