Thursday 31 March 2016

Lottie Stoddart: new work from Dumfries House Residency

Red bank, Lottie Stoddart (2016)

Lottie Stoddart (Drawing Year 2015) has recently returned from a productive three week residency at Dumfries House in Scotland. Here are some images of the work she made there. 
Mourning, Lottie Stoddart (2016)

Pattern, Lottie Stoddart (2016)

Cluster, Lottie Stoddart (2016)

Guardian, Lottie Stoddart (2016)

Mould, Lottie Stoddart (2016)

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Beth Collar wins Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Work by Beth Collar

Beth Collar (Drawing Year 2010) has won the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

Press release
Standpoint is delighted to announce that Beth Collar has won the 2016-17 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. Collar wins £8,000 towards the production of new work over the coming year, towards a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2017.

Collar was selected from 207 applicants from across mainland UK, by a panel comprising Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy, British artist Hew Locke,  Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner 2015-16 Megan Broadmeadow, and MTSA trustee Rebecca Scott.

There was an extremely strong shortlist of eight artists selected for interview. Shortlisted artists were Zoe Schoenherr, Jonathan Trayte, Elly Thomas, Emily Motto, Nicolas Rojas Hayes, Hermione Allsop and Miranda Housden.The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is the most significant award for emerging artists working in the field of sculpture in the UK: offering £8,000 in financial support towards the making of new work plus a solo show at Standpoint Gallery to an exceptional emerging artist working in sculpture. The MTSA seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process, or sensitivity to material.

Collar works in sculpture, drawing, video and text. The main method she employs is an appropriated form of experimental archaeology, a sort of role-play or drag, which she combines with the methods of the prop maker. 
Through engineering scenarios both physical and mental: the blacksmith; the witch; the medium; the medieval sculptor; beings are embodied and things are made: a forged spearhead; performance to camera; etching or sculpture; a replica velociraptor claw; a text; a bouncy, rubber severed head. Collar combines the authentic with the authentic-looking, being interested in and troubled by the fine line that the figure of the ‘artist’ also embodies.

Collar lives and works in Bristol. Since exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2008 her work has been displayed in several prestigious institutions in the UK and internationally, including Probably, Like a Melon Rolling Off a Table: Part II, solo performance for Saturday Live, Serpentine Galleries, London, Jan 2015, Secret Agents, group exhibition curated by Hemera Collective, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Sept-Oct 2015 and 11/50, solo show, Fig-2, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, March 2015
. Collar is currently Artist in Residence at University of Bristol History Dept in the 'Figure of the Witch' research project. Her Tall Tales, touring group exhibition is at the Freud Museum London, Rochdale and Glasgow Women’s Library from March 2016 – 2017.
You can hear an interview with the artist here.

Last year's recipient of the prize is exhibiting at Standpoint gallery in April 2016:

Megan Broadmeadow A CORRUPTION OF MASS
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award
Exhibition: 28 April – 4 June 2016
Opening: Wednesday 27 April 6-8.30pm
Standpoint | 45 Coronet Street, London N1

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Douglas Farthing publishes book on War Artists

Douglas Farthing (Drawing Year 2015) is co-author of ‘War Artists in Afghanistan: Beyond the Wire’, a book about Afghanistan and Art which will be published in May and is available to pre-order on Waterstone's website here

Friday 25 March 2016

Christopher Wheeler and Oliver McConnie in upcoming exhibitions

Christopher Wheeler

Christopher Wheeler (Drawing Year 2009) has an exhibition of recent etchings coming up in April. He would like to extend an invite to the private view on Thursday 7th April (7-9pm). The exhibition is curated by Steph Hirst. More info here. 
Window Prints at ‘The Gallery CafĂ©’, 07 April - 03 May 2016 
Address: St Margarets House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL

Oliver McConnie

Oliver McConnie (Drawing Year 2014) is exhibiting in a show at ‘The Chopping Block’,Peckham alongside artists Ben Branagan, Nelmarie du Preez and Paul Elliman.
‘As We Know It - Future Mythologies of the End’, 31st March - 7th April
Private View: 31st March 7pm. Address: 22a Blenheim Grove, Peckham, London, SE15 4QN

Thursday 24 March 2016

Carl Randall on the BBC

Carl Randall (Drawing Year 2003) was recently interviewed about his Japan paintings by the BBC World Service: World Update. The article 'Carl Randall - Painting the faces in Japan's crowded cities' can be viewed here:

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Benjamin Andreas wins prize at Lynn Painter Stainers 2016

Benjamin AndreasHoxton square daytimeOil on board, 118 x 118 cm
Congratulations to Benjamin Andreas who won a prize for the above painting at the Lynn Painter Stainers 2016 Exhibition. 

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Save the date: The Sir Denis Mahon Exhibition 2016

Rosie Vohra: To Prepare a Face
The Sir Denis Mahon Exhibition 2016

Private View Tuesday 26th April, 6 - 9pm

Exhibition dates: 
18th to 29th April 2016
Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm,
Saturday 9,30 - 4,30 pm

The Royal Drawing School, 
19-22 Charlotte Road, 
London EC2A 3SG

Rosie Vohra studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Leeds College of Art (2010–13) where she was awarded the Leeds Student Exhibition Award. She then took part in ‘The Drawing Year’ postgraduate programme at The Royal Drawing School (2013–14) where she was awarded The Sir Denis Mahon Award 2015/16. Selected group exhibitions include: Forever Say, Forever Always, Gage Gallery, Sheffield (2015); One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, Assembly House, Leeds (2015); Hand in Hand, Leeds College of Art (2014). Rosie is currently living and working in Leeds and is actively involved in the work of ‘Precious’ Art Collective.

My practice encompasses painting, sculpture and textiles with the act of drawing being key to the exploration of form. A significant aspect of my work involves drawing from the marrying of my imagination and observation and how this allows me to create an intuitive and conscious response to reality.

I often begin drawing from observation and adjust scenes with reoccurring characters, Indian mythology, pattern and colour. The suggestion of a narrative in these works provides a backbone to the arrangement of objects and images that are made in a variety of ways. Within these arrangements I aim to address how a piece of work has the ability to demand a physical space. I believe negative space defines our relationship to an object or another person and is an element that exists in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work, whether it is a figure on a page or sculpture in a room.

Being half Indian, I have always been fascinated by Indian culture. Although I have a good understanding of it, it is a side of myself I don’t feel entirely familiar with. The Sir Denis Mahon award has provided me with the opportunity to visit India for the first time, which has been an insightful period to identify, observe and confront the underlying themes of my work. The award has also allowed me to prioritise my practice as my prime daily concern with the direction of working towards an exhibition at the end of the year.

The work that will be on show at ‘To Prepare a Face’ will include embroidered wall hangings, drawings, sculpted heads and paintings on objects, all of which I consider to be an exploration of drawing. 

Click here to be redirected to the artist's website.

Friday 4 March 2016

An Evening with Harry Parker (Drawing Year 2015)

An evening with former soldier and debut novelist Harry Parker (Drawing Year 2015),

Thursday, 10 March, 6.30pm

Venue: The Rifles Club, 52-56 Davies St, Mayfair, London, W1K 5HR. Ticket price: £10 (includes a copy of the book and a beer). Book here: 

Harry Parker’s forthcoming book has already been praised by the likes of Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall) and General (Ret) David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, 2010-11.

In his book Anatomy of a Soldier, Harry Parker tells the heart-stopping story of Captain Tom Barnes who is leading British troops in a war zone. The story opens with one catastrophic act of violence, and on all sides of the conflict people become caught up in the destruction - from the man who trains one boy to fight the infidel invaders to Barnes' family waiting for him to return home. We see them not as they see themselves, but as all the objects surrounding them do: a bicycle, a drone, an exploding IED, a beer glass, dog tags and weaponry.

Harry Parker joined the British Army when he was twenty-three and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is now a writer and an artist, and lives in London.

Harry's book has been reviewed by the Guardian, Reader's Digest, the Evening Standard and the FT.