Wild at Art (17th - 24th April 2015)
Islington Arts Factory,Metamorphosis Gallery
2 Parkhurst road
Wild @ Art is an exciting exhibition by a group of comtemporary Artists, whose work is as diverse and interesting as their backgrounds. Ranging in age from 20s to 60s, and hailing from Scotland to Turkey and several places in betweem, they are linked by studing Fine Art together at City Lit College, their continuing friendship and a commitment to their Art. Their occupations include being full time Art Students,Gps, Psychtherapists and Company Directors and they work in a range of styles, 2D and 3D media.
SHIFT EXHIBITION (1st - 6th JUNE 2015 )
51 Southwark street
SHIFT will be the word at the centre of an exhibition by an international group of artist coming to the Menier Gallery in summer 2015. The word SHIFT is an ancient word with many meanings, reflecting the shifting and diverse London that produced the artist collaborating on this show. This represents a rich area of investigation for modern day London culture. The exhibition take place from 1st to 6th June, with private view on the 2nd June. This is an independently funded show.
The Way Ahead (14th August - 22nd October 2015 )
St Pancras Hospital
4 St Pancras Way
The Way ahead looks at the therapeutic value of art in the struggle that veterans and serving men and women face from the experience of war. The striking artworks by former servicemen/women are going on display in a Gallery in St Pancras Hospital. The exhibition brings together 30 pieces from veterans that show the transition from soldier into artist through art therapy. They include haunting imagery from former Royal Highland Fusiler Michael Crossan and former SAS officer Steve Pratt
Index Exhibition (29th Oct - 1st Nov 2015 )
Crypt Gallery Euston
Wimbledon MFA invite you to their interim show INDEX. In this site-specific exhibition, which takes its place in the labyrinthine St Pancras Crypt gallery, the participating artists have responded intuitively, reacting to the physical and the metaphysical in a venture to redefine the space for contemporary art. In a multiplicity of ways INDEX analyses and documents the components of this infinite storehouse of information, navigating through its textual and visual clues. INDEX is an opportunity for reflection, both for the artists and the audience.
The crypt gallery is a unique exhibition space in which time stands still in the presence of what has been and what is to come. Here is a place where humankind pays homage to the past whilst pondering the future, a spiritual home and hidden realm that INDEX guides the audience through.
By creating artwork that raises questions about the human race and our connection to space, place, the unknown, INDEX documents a part of the vast history of the crypt and the world at large, creating an index to the very elements of this life.
Larsens Lost Water ( 13 Nov - 11 Dec 2015 )
Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf lies between the Bellingshausen, Weddell and Scotia Seas. It also forms a barrier between the Southern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. As a result of unprecedented global warming, the B part of the Larsen shelf dramatically fell into the Weddell Sea in 2002. What has happened to this melted water? Has it reached the Arctic yet?
Larsen’s Lost Water coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The exhibition focuses on the ways that the relatively uncharted parts of the globe – the Polar Regions and the seas – are (mis)represented, through exploring context and how introducing an alien or unexpected object into a space affects both components’ readings. The exhibition plays with the dislocated object as cliché, metaphor and metonym in relation to climate change. Ruth Little, from Cape Farewell states, ‘Metaphors allow us to think at different levels of scale simultaneously, linking the minute to the infinite’. However, isn’t there a danger that these metaphorical objects become clichés? These objects and visualizations are impotent as agents for change because - quite literally –‘we’ve seen it all before’ through TV or internet footage.
As few of us have been to the Polar Regions or to the depth of the seas, the exhibition considers the proximity of objects, and how we engage with and witness them. What might happen if the viewer shifts from being a spectator into a witness, because what is happening in front of their eyes is an actuality, not a media representation? As critical writer, James Polchin states, ‘The word witness, as we have come to define it in the latter half of the twentieth century, is more readily equated with the experiences of surviving trauma, investing the act of witnessing with an ethical responsibility.... to witness, especially in the context of historical visual documents, demands not only a speaking, but a speaking out’. So when you are witness to something, you become implicated in it.
Opening to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the show will include pieces such as Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir and Mark Wilson’s project ‘Nanoq: flat out and bluesome’, which archives the taxidermied polar bears in the UK’s public and private collections, Tania Kovats’ ‘Where Seas Meet’ and Heather Ackroyd’s and Dan Harvey’s ‘Crystal Fish’, while the centrepiece of the exhibition will be an ocean-going raft designed and created by four Wimbledon students collectively named the ‘Raftonauts’.