Tuesday, 25 January 2011

DIY Educate: a new brand of ART education at Core Gallery

Deptford,  London- January 12th  2011 - Core Gallery and Cor Blimey Arts is proud to launch DIY Educate; a contemporary education programme run by artists, curators and other art professionals to encourage artistic development for those seeking to further their career in art.

From peer-led and one to one critiques, professional practice workshops as well as a number of artist’s and curator lectures, DIY Educate provides opportunities to learn, network, share ideas and knowledge, providing impetus for artists to develop their practice.  DIY Educate also gives practical guides and resources to help artists survive in an unstable and competitive climate, making the most of their skills.  

Jane Boyer, artist and one of the DIY Educators says this about the program, “we are firmly situated in the heart of artistic practice,  we are taking our practice and careers into our own hands.  We have developed DIY Educate to address issues we have faced ourselves.  DIY Educate picks up where art school leaves off.  There can be a gap in arts education in terms of professional practice which can leave artists ill-equipped or unaware of the realities of being a successful artist.  We are attempting to bridge that gap.”

DIY Educate was also developed to assist practicing artists who are perhaps working in isolation and artists recently moved to London who may have no real support networks .  DIY Educate will help these artist to connect with other artists to network and get feedback on their work through peer critiques and tutorials.  “It is seven years since I had a one-to-one crit, ( which I had courtesy of Core Gallery ) with someone who was prepared to look at my work and tell me, honestly, what they saw. The connections, sparks, observations that arrived out of that hour will nourish me for a long while yet,” says Annabel Tilley, artist and last year’s Deptford X Fringe Award winner for her piece entitled Drawing the likeness of a brick.

All our workshops and talks will be led by professional established artists, curators and arts practitioners, in cooperation with other arts organizations such as a-n, AIR and Artquest.  Artists involved include Graham Crowley, Rosalind Davis, Elizabeth Murton, Nick Kaplony, Andrew Bryant, Jane Boyer, Annabel Tilley, Arnold Borgerth and Rob Turner, amongst others.

The DIY Educate program offers five areas of instruction.  They are as follows:

Nuts and Bolts Talks/ Workshops
The stuff they don’t teach you at art school….

A range of workshops designed to develop professional practice; whether it be writing an artist statement, applying for an exhibition, selling work, approaching galleries or increasing an artistic profile. The workshops will also focus on the practical side of surviving as an artist; whether through an arts related job, funding applications, private/public commissions, being a lecturer or delivering creative workshops.

Individual Tutorials   

Opportunities to get critical feedback on artwork with established artists or curators. Tutorials will be led by Graham Crowley, one of the most distinguished living painters in the UK today, amongst others.  These individual tutorials will help guide participants to consider issues of current critical debate which may have bearing on an art practice.

Engine ChatChat - art critique

Enging ChatChat started in 2007 in the kitchen of Cor Blimey artist and DIY co-founder, Elizabeth Murton, as an informal place to discuss work and get feedback from other artists. It is an opportunity for artists of any discipline to focus on the ideas, content and context of their work.

Curators and Artist Talks

Opportunities to listen learn and take part in discussions about artistic and curatorial processes and concepts.  These talks are by established artists and curators from the RCA, Goldsmiths, Wimbledon and Chelsea College of Art as well as International Artists from Paraguay and Brazil.

Practical Workshops
Cor Blimey studio artists run a variety of workshops throughout the year, including photography and painting from Lecturers from the University of Arts London and Goldsmiths.

Education Programme launches in Spring 2011 with 3x Taster Events which are free for all:
Saturday February 26th 2011Engine ChatChat ( peer crit ) 12-3pm
Artists and Curators in Dialogue 3.30-5pm
Tuesday 1st March 2011, 6.30-8.30pmNuts and Bolts Workshops :
Practical Guide to being an Artist

DIY Educate Membership is just £18 per year and allows access to all of these DIY workshops and talks for free or at a concessionary rate, with more opportunities throughout the year.  Membership is not required to attend our workshops and talks but members will receive discounted rates on workshop fees and also a reduced rate on our Core Open Submission later in the year.  Email educate@coregallery.co.uk for more information concerning membership.  

Cor Blimey Arts, established in 1995, is a registered charity and rents affordable studio space to artists.  Core Gallery was established last year in the Cor Blimey Arts studio complex and since its inception has worked with around 100 emerging and established, international and UK artists and curators.

" In the 12 months since its inception, Core Gallery has mounted a series of diverse and intelligent exhibitions of contemporary art. Core Gallery has established itself as an important venue...."  Graham Crowley

Rosalind Davis
C101 Faircharm Trading Estate
8-12 Creekside, Deptford
London SE8 3DX
Tel: 0208 692 2783

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Core Gallery to launch DIY Educate in Februrary 2011

Core Gallery is delighted to launch DIY Educate : A contemporary evolving education programme run by and for Artists, Curators and Art Professionals to encourage artistic development.

DIY Educate providing opportunities to learn, share ideas, network, and knowledge, providing impetus to develop your practice.
All our workshops and talks shall be led by a range of professional established artists, curators, arts practitioners, involving a wide range of organisations such as a-n and artquest.

Education Programme launches in Spring 2011 with 3x Taster Events which are free for all

Saturday February 26th 2011
Engine ChatChat ( peer crit ) 12-3pm
Artists and Curators in Dialogue 3.30-5pm

Tuesday 1st March 2011, 6.30-8.30pm
Nuts and Bolts Workshops
How to write and talk about your work

DIY Educate provides the following:

Nuts and Bolts Talks/ Workshops
A range of workshops designed to help with your professional practise: whether it be writing your artist statement, applying for an exhibition, selling your work, increasing your artistic profile and sustaining your practice.

Engine ChatChat art crit
Discuss your work and get feedback from other artists. An opportunity for artists to focus on the ideas, content and context of their work.

Curators and Artist Talks
Opportunities to listen, learn and take part in discussions about artistic and curatorial processes, practice and concepts

Individual Tutorials
Opportunities to develop your practical work with established artists or curators.

DIY educate is just £18 per year and allows you access to all of these workshops either for free or at a concessionary rate plus more special offers around the year including a discount on the Core Gallery Open Submission.

For more information please visit http://www.coregallery.co.uk/diy-educate/
or to sign up as a member please contact us at educate@coregallery.co.uk

Core Gallery, Part of Cor Blimey Arts.
C101 Faircharm Trading Estate
8-12 Creekside
Deptford, SE8 3DX

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Art Talks at Core Gallery this weekend for GIFTED

Core Gallery Open studios. Part of the GIFTED Weekend
Cor Blimey Studios , Artists Talks. Free!

Core Gallery/ Cor Blimey Arts, C101 Faircharm Trading Estate, 8-12 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 3DX
Part of the GIFTED weekend of Art and Design in Deptford
Art Talks
Becoming Part of Something
Rosalind Davis, Mixed Media Artist&Writer
 Rosalind Dais is a mixed media painter, freelance lecturer, award winning blogger and Core Gallery Manager. She will discuss all of these roles:  her paintings and career through from textiles to fine art, blogging and becoming nominated to AIR to represent artists across the UK.
Talking Photography
Arnold Borgerth, Photographer
Come along and follow a step by step guide through the development of my career as an artist, academic and commercial photographer. Experience photography as a language, and hear about my take on how to move from taking pictures into making them
Enver Gursev
"Celebrated Artist Enver Gursev of 'Core Gallery' fame would be delighted if you joined him for an afternoon of discussion.  He will be talking about Art as a lifestyle, concept development, the delicate skill of 'seeing' and how to mix a damned fine cocktail."
Sunday 5th December

"What the hell am I doing here?!"
Neil Kelly, Mixed Media Artist www.neilkellyart.com
Neil will be talking about how his life experiences have shaped and informed his practice showing examples of the above. As a mixed media artist Neil works with just about anything he can get his hands on ….

“ Process and Progress ”
Elizabeth Murton, Artist
Elizabeth Murton practice explores a curiosity for woven forms, mark making and using unusual materials (such as 1400 tin cans!) to explore ideas of chaos, movement and order. Elizabeth will talk about her work in the current show Relay, her artist selection  and commissions for the Crafts Council Deptford X 2010.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


Blue Drift, Graham Crowley


42 artists collaborate in pairs for Relay at artist-led space Core Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 27th November-18th December
Relay Private View: 26th November 6.30-9pm

Cor Blimey Arts Open Studios 4th-5th December
Private View: Friday 3rd December, 6.30-9pm

Open Saturdays and Sundays only 11-5pm or by appointment

Cor Blimey Artists slip on their curating shoes as they each select one guest artist to partner with for Relay. The ensuing dialogue between work bounces within Relay as each 'pair' of artists exhibit side by side. From these collaborations, unexpected associations venture out and connect across the whole of the show. The exhibition shall explore a range of themes and trends that proliferate in contemporary art today. This range will cover the distance of subtle similarities and narratives passing between works to contrasts in themes and aesthetics. All finding expression and relevance through the vitality of a shared connection in thought.

Relay will present a variety of artworks; painting, drawing, photography, performance, printmaking, installation and ceramics by established and emerging artists from the UK and around the world.

Studio Artists on the left , invited artists on the right:

Gillian Best Powell selects Jonathan Huxley
Arnold Borgerth selects Silvia Battista
Jane Boyer selects Annabel Tilley
Eleanor Bowen selects Miray Mehmet
Rosalind Davis selects Graham Crowley
Josie Dick selects Denise Hawrysio
Kasia Fijalkowska selects Tim Giles
Kelda Hole selects Melike Sen
Pierre Gerard selects Claire Astruc
Enver Gursev selects Antonio Pauciulo
Sarah Hervey selects Clare Stanhope
Neil Kelly selects Vanessa Smith
Ling-Ting Kao selects Alberto Torres
Stuart Kelly selects Tam Joseph
Geoff Litherland selects Chris Wraith
Elizabeth Murton selects Jenny Weiner
Rebekah Narewski selects Sandy Brown
Mo Negm selects Hannah Hopkin
Edd Pearman selects Ceal Warnants
Zoe Powell selects Mehtap Birgun
Deidre Ruane selects Stella Harding

Rosalind Davis, painter and Core Gallery Manager, says this about Relay,
"The idea for the exhibition came through a desire to allow our studio artist members to become their own mini curators and collaborators and for the exhibition to be a celebration of the achievements we have made at Core Gallery this year since opening in April 2010. The artists and artworks that have been selected are diverse and thought provoking. It is going to be a thrilling exhibition"

Davis invites mentor and fellow painter Graham Crowley, one of the most distinguished living painters in the UK today. Both painters project the historical, social and political backgrounds which infuse their painted environments with the identities of those who inhabit these physical environments but are absent from the painted scene. We're left with a distilled extraction of human psychology through environment.

Other examples of topics examined in Relay are an exploration of coding by Cor Blimey Artist Elizabeth Murton and her guest, artist Jenny Wiener who shapes her work from a desire "to understand the numerical systems that we create to organize our lives". Murton relates to these numerical systems through material and process. She is interested in "the linear visuals that are formed as materials are manipulated under pressure in a process such as weaving."

While Cor Blimey member Neil Kelly and his guest Vanessa Smith both explore flatness of line and colour in strange domestic scenes or banal landscapes. The flatness in their work reveals the tension and mystery in what can be termed ‘ordinary'.

New Core Gallery associate member, Jane Boyer extends an invitation to Annabel Tilley. Their collaboration for Relay entitled Extreme Narrative explores interrupted identity. Their contrasting approaches: idea/fact, abstraction/reality, gestural/graphic combine to create the friction of a spinning coin with elements from both sides visible at once. Boyer says, "through pairing my work with Annabel's, I've actually found a meaning to one of my works which I was struggling to find on my own. This show has been really stimulating."

Please read our Core Gallery interview with Relay artist and Core Gallery associate Jane Boyer here

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Psychometry Previews this week, the fab Nick Kaplony is back!

Psychometry Reminder: Preview this Friday 5th November

Curated by Nick Kaplony

PV: 5 November 6.30 - 9.30pm
Exhibition Dates: 6-20 November
Artists & Curators in dialogue 20 November 3pm

We also have a wonderful Core Gallery Interview with Nick Kaplony here

Core Gallery is delighted to present Psychometry, an exhibition of works by 12 contemporary artists that channel and manifest the intangible and invisible through their work. The exhibition takes its title from a practice employed by psychics and mediums, whereby past events and personal histories are divined through physical contact with an object.

Claire Haddon, Peter Jones, Nick Kaplony, Sean Langton, Debbie Lawson, Sophie Molins, Michaela Nettell and Tom Simmons, Richard Paul, Helen Pynor, Melanie Stidolph, Karen Stripp.

Please see our website for more information

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Sisyphus Pictures

Facebook (24) | Sisyphus
Images of the exhibition and the Private View !
Come down for ' artists in dialogue ' Saturday 30th September at 3pm!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Sisyphus now open at Core Gallery

Curated by Rachel Price, read her Core Gallery Interview here 
Core Gallery Deptford, London, SE8 3DX

22 OCTOBER - 30 OCTOBER 2010
Deptford Last Friday Late Opening: 29 OCTOBER 2010; we remain open until 8.30pm

(Part I): Nick Bailey │Alexander Bates │ Jim Bond │Rodney Dee │
JooHee Hwang│ Matthew James Kay│ Rachel Price

New sculpture and video by 7 artists across in response to the Greek myth of Sisyphus. The exhibiting artists all explore notions of the absurd, futility and circularity in their practice whilst simultaneously displaying an immersion in the process, be it material or conceptual.

In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king who for his crimes was subjected to the ceaseless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain only to watch it fall down the other side, and to repeat this for all eternity. However it is Sisyphus’ approach to his hopeless fate that rouses interest and why the myth is so frequently revisited in literary interpretations. The French Absurdist, Albert Camus, refers to Sisyphus as ‘The Absurd Hero’ concluding that:

“I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy”.
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942).

Part 1. Core Gallery
Exhibiting Artists
21 OCTOBER - 30 OCTOBER 2010

Nick Bailey’s work inhabits a realm of mild disappointment and temptation: the apparatus that compose the work entice through traditionally tactile objects such as buttons, switches, handles and hammers. These often readily recognisable and archetypal objects provide a launch pad to understanding notions and concepts behind the work, using both a simple, charming language of familiarity and the more intricate language of whimsical desire and self-restraint.

The work draws the audience into questioning their conventional role; a viewer is compelled to gauge whether it is acceptable to physically engage with the work, whilst coming to an understanding of what the physical form of the artwork offers. One is reminded that, at best, this still only amounts to physical contact with an object or objects, and while the ‘toucher’ may be momentarily rewarded with some form of reaction or consequence this is only a superficial disguise for base positive reinforcement.

Bailey graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2009 receiving the Landmark Award in the same year. Bailey was also named as one of Catriona Warren’s top graduates of 2009. Exhibitions include ‘Hand or Eye’ Adjacent Gallery (2008) and ‘New Artwork’ Et Cetera Gallery (2007). Bailey lives and works in London.

Alexander Bates is inspired by the human desire to create order out of disorder. His practice can be seen as both a reflection of this need and also through the use of scale, materials and context in individual pieces, a way of undermining and rebelling against this compulsion.

In recent investigations, Alexander has simplified his methods, combining the repetitive and accumulative approach used in old artworks with more direct and quicker pieces. This is an attempt to not only enrich and vary his artistic output but also forms a personal enquiry into what defines something as a “work” of art and questions whether an object’s worth is reflective of its duration.

Bates has studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and The Slade, graduating with an MFA in 2008. Bates has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, recent exhibitions including: ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ Arsenal Gallery, Poznan (2010), ‘The Neutrality of this Section is Disputed’ Giatrakou 28, Athens (2009), ‘After the Curtain Falls’ Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool. In addition to his studio practice, Alexander is also co-founder, editor and contributor for quarterly Art zine “Impulsive Random Platform”. In 2008 Bates was nominated for the Adrain Carruthers Studio Award. Bates currently lives and works in London and is a visiting lecturer at The Slade.

Jim Bond is best known for his large scale kinetic sculptures and installations. Bond uses the human condition as a springboard for his mechanical works. Often reductive and subtly humorous these works highlight the circular nature of the everyday. Often the cold mechanical aesthetic of these works is at odds with the very human content evoked.

Bond has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally for over 10 years. More recent projects include: ‘Assembling Bodies – Art, Science & Imagination’ Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge University (2010), ‘Creatures Great and Small’A22 Gallery, Kinetica, Budapest (2009), ‘Domestic Appliance’ Flowers East, London (2008). Bond trained at Middlesex University and Bezalel College of Art, Jerusalem, Awards include The JD Fergusson Award and The Juliet Gomperts Trust Award. Bond lives and works in Yorkshire and is also a visiting lecturer at Nottingham University.

Through his work Rodney Dee explores notions of ritualism and the connections held between physical action and transcendence. Whilst working predominately in video and basing works around the body, Dee looks to explore one’s ability to exceed boundaries, and move between different spaces.

In the context of Sisyphus Dee has been particularly drawn to notions of gravity both as an elemental force acting upon the rock and it’s trajectory, as well as the broader readings of this myth in which the rock denotes the sun rising and falling in the sky in accordance with daily solar activity.

Dee also notes an interest in the perpetual nature of this act in relation to some higher purpose: “For wherein most rituals offer the allusion of transcendence; Sisyphus’ own efforts at pushing the rock are a testament to his absurdity – continually reinforced with every failed attempt. As a result his description as an ‘absurd hero’ is well deserved, for whilst he never reaches the apex of the hill, he is never fully released from the cycle either and therein lays an opportunity to try again”.

Dee gained his MA from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008 and has exhibited throughout the UK, recent projects include: ‘(N)everland’ The Nunnery, London (2009), ‘Drawing Room II’ Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2009), ‘Signs of Life: Part II’ Colliers Wood, London (2008). Dee currently lives and works in Bracknell, Berkshire.

JooHee Hwang’s personal experience of finding herself in unfamiliar surrounds has lead her to questioning notions of space and territory. What she now describes as ‘subjectivity of space’ is explored in her vast sculptural installations.

“After leaving my warm nest what I discovered was the subjectivity of space. It appeared as though we are belonging in the same frame of space and time, in fact, we are living in completely different worlds depending on who we are and how we perceive the space. That is to say, the definition of the space can be varied by one’s own perception”.

Hwang’s interest in Sisyphus lies in the notion of a world within a world. For Sisyphus, the mountain became a world within itself, a new reality.

Hwang trained at Hong-ik University, Seoul and recently gained her MFA from The Slade, London. Hwang has exhibited in both London and Korea, more recent projects include:
‘Surface/Time/Space’ Crypt Gallery, London(2009), ‘Foyer Project’ Fusion Art, Kingston (2009) and ‘Space within a Space’ Woburn Research Centre, London (2008). Hwang currently lives and works in London.

Process and repetition play a major role in the development of Matthew James Kay’s work. Through this largely sculptural practice and research Kay explores themes of the transcendent everyday - a (potentially hapless) quest for fullness of life in the face of the mundane.

This is manifest in works which balance repetition and nothingness with purposeful action and creation, and which walk a line between brokenness and wholeness, between dissatisfaction and hope, doubt and faith. Kay also expresses an interest in the idea of the making process as ritual or a meditative engagement with experience. From this perspective visual poems are created that join together to map exploration of the uncomfortable process of living, a beautiful, frustrating, joyous, holy, painful, funny process of transformation and becoming. These works have most recently taken the form of recyclable temporary sculptures and installations in cardboard, and animated videos.

Kay attended Loughborough University and recently graduated with an MA in Sculpture from The University of The Arts London. Kay has exhibited throughout the UK, recent projects include: ‘Not Holding the String’ A&E Gallery, Brighton (2010), ‘Dead Time and Negative Space’ William Goodenough House, London (2009), ‘Intersections’ The Nunnery, London (2009). Kay lives and works in London.

Adopting an experimental and material led approach to her practice Rachel Price's work is concerned with investigating the dynamic between our material and our conceptual worlds often through the pairing of image and form. Price works on the assumption that our physical experience of the world helps inform our conceptual formation of it, i.e that they should not be viewed as mutually exclusive.

Alongside her studio practice Price works as an independent curator providing opportunities for emerging and established artists to produce new works in response to challenging curatorial themes, providing opportunity for artists to question the context of their practice. In 2009 Price co-curated ‘Skinflint’ at the Arthouse, Lewisham deliberately restricting the materials the selected artists worked with to encourage inventiveness in the midst of the economic downturn.

Price graduated from the University of Reading in 2006 and has exhibited throughout the UK. Recent projects include: ‘Planning Permission’ Squid & Tabernacle, Dalston, London (2010), ‘Skinflint’ Lewisham Arthouse, London (2009), ‘The End is the Beginning is the End’ Central Gallery, University of Reading (2009) as well as collaborative projects including ‘Live Sculpture’ with Release the Hounds Production Company (2009).
Price currently lives and works in New Cross, London.

Notes to editor:

Core Gallery is run by a committee of artists from the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths, Camberwell and Wimbledon College of Arts, amongst others. Focusing on outstanding contemporary art and curated shows, Core Gallery is a key place to visit in Deptford and has seen over 1,000 visitors since its opening in April 2010. Core Gallery is situated in one of Deptford's thriving artist-run studio complexes. Educational talks with artists, guest speakers, curators and artists discussions accompany the exhibition programme. Core Gallery is part of the Cor Blimey Arts charitable cooperative.

For further information on the show/artists contact: Rachel Price sisyphus.exhibition@gmail.com

Deptford last Fridays is supported by Deptford Art Map: http://www.deptfordartmap.com

Core Gallery
Cor Blimey Arts ,C101 Faircharm Trading Estate, 8-12 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 3DX

Opening times Monday -weds by appointment
Thursday-Saturday; 12-5pm
For further information, please contact: info@coregallery.co.uk