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Past Exhibitions   2013

mirrorSCAPE | Redstart Arts

January 2013

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Supported by A.P.T Projects


"There are no lines here … only the slow curve of the horizon"
Simon Cunningham, Matt Golden, Dave Hazel, Richard Paul, Mandy Ure

Exhibition | 7 - 17 February 2013
Open Thursday to Sunday from 12noon to 5pm

Talk | Saturday 9 February 2013 at 2pm| Dr Stewart Martin, Senior Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory

Talk | Saturday 16 February 2013 at 2pm| David Evans, Arts University Bournemouth

The Equator is a navigable idea that must be celebrated when traversed; a literal rite of passage that initiate must visit upon the neophyte.

The concept of the equator as geometric form, 'imaginary line' and specific place, and institution to be inducted into, symbolised in the Crossing the Line Ceremony image, acts as a metaphor for the material and conceptual concerns that each artist shares. The exhibition will present work which problematises the relationship between depiction, and the perception of that depiction; the artwork as 'thing-in-itself', which can also can be perceived as referring to something outside of itself; and an implicit suggestion of pareidolia, whereby vague and random visual stimuli are perceived as significant.

All of the work relates in some way to the Crossing the Line Ceremony image: Dave Hazel's geometric abstract photographs, which can also be read as suns, eclipses or moons; Matt Golden's upscaling of fragments of Japanese pottery, re-imagining them as part of a painterly landscape tradition, echoing the trade/appropriation of visual languages; Richard Paul's Atoll installation of packing crate lightboxes and a carpet printed with a 3D geometry diagram of spheres; the tension in Mandy Ure's paintings between primitive, almost child-like imagery and laboriously repetitive production, which in this context could be read as a metaphor for the contrast between modern ship and primitive ritual - physical and psychological dichotomies which are also key features of Simon Cunningham's photographic work.



Simon Cunningham

Simon Cunningham graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Art (2007). He has exhibited in group shows worldwide including Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, China and the US. His work is held in a number of private collections and has featured in press, periodicals and publications including Art Review (Future Greats issue); Wallpaper (Next Generation issue); Source magazine (Cover Issue 42); New Photography In Britain (Skira); Critical Dictionary (Black Dog). His Duckrabbitfeatured as an art-label on six million bottles of Becks beer and in the 2011 billboard campaign celebrating 25 years of Beck's art labels.


Matt Golden

Matt Golden gained his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2005). He was awarded The Vordemberg-Gildewart Scholarship in 2007 and in 2011 won the TheYomaSasburg Award for Sculpture. Recent solo shows include: Vernacular In The Contemporary. SGFA, MY 2012, House of Nguyen, Limoncello, London, UK (2012), FIELD RECORDINGS, Kyoto Zokei University, JP 2011, More Bit Parts in Little Theatres BISCHOFF/WEISS, London, UK (2011); Recent group shows include: Young British Art, Limoncello, London, UK (2011), Keeping Up Appearances, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, DE 2011; Kyoto Art Walk, JP 2008. He was the founder and curator of The Russian Club Gallery, London, and is represented by Limoncello Gallery, London


David Hazel

David Hazel has a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Glasgow School of Art - David Cargill Traveling Scholarship), an MFA Photography (University of Alberta as Commonwealth Scholar, Alberta Arts Foundation Scohlarship), and is Principal Lecturer in Photography at the Arts University, Bournemouth. David's research interests are concerned in the area of Concrete (cameraless) photography and video work that are based on land and the photograph as object. His most recent exhibition was Critical Dictionary, Work Gallery, London, 2012.


Richard Paul

Richard Paul has an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, and an MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory from Middlesex University. His most recent exhibitions include Diagram, Banner Repeater Gallery, London June 2012, Matt Golden/Richard Paul at The Russian Club Gallery, April 2012, Critical Dictionary, Work Gallery, London, January 2012, The Stereo Realist,(solo) Sluice Art Fair, October 2011, Compound Noun, (solo) Theodore:Art, New York, Perception, Attention (with DavidSherry), Trade Gallery, Nottingham, February 2011, I Was A Teenage Hand Model Too, (solo) Seventeen Gallery, Shoreditch,London, September 2009. He is represented by Theodore:Art, New York.


Mandy Ure

Mandy Ure makes paintings. Ure's paintings employ the romantic conventions of painting and the picturesque whilesimultaneously refuting those through a deadpan process of repetitive schema and laborious manufacture.
"The ambiguities and capabilities of painting provide the backdrop for Mandy Ure's work, which leads us through severalphases of ambiguity to a moment of absolute candour... forms swim out of Ure's painted blats, always remaining the result of aunitary, mechanistic production - they do not signify in anexpressionistic way and, close up, rapidly disperse into abstractions… …All the classic ingredients are in place, but explodedso as to be read as conventions." Martin Herbert.



Callum Green
Jack Lloyd-Jones
Ann-Marie Rayney
Margaret Stewart
Samuel Travis

Exhibition | 21 February to 10 March 2013

Foma (an invented word from Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle) are defined in the writings of Vonnegut's 'Bokonon' character. It is here they are understood as 'harmless untruths'. Used correctly, Foma provoke desirable results. One could reasonably speculate that its etymology may lie in the Latin 'forma', which means, amongst other things, form, appearance, beauty, map, to shape, and to make up. It is a case of being open to unlikely material conclusions and to take pleasure in the unexpected combination of materials. It is to create a mark that references the process through which it was accomplished. It is for colour and the quality of line to situate an image within a cultural field. The five artists bought together in this exhibition practice in a manner that requires a faith in these aesthetic and formal qualities, so often regarded with suspicion. These qualities act as producers of meaning and direction in their work. In their making there is a certain leap of faith, it is their own Foma, their harmless, useful untruth.


Callum Green's interest lies in the act of painting and questions what it may mean to pull apart the materials that comprise that act. In recent work the process of making has led into more sculptural territory with steel becoming an increasingly important material along with the constituent materials of traditional oil painting; canvas, supports, pigment and oil. Process plays a major role in his work.


Jack Lloyd-Jones works amongst materials of varying status, both found and purchased, converging upon a shared fate of execution. The works make a casual yet imposing presence of themselves, extending a heuristic function endogenous to the mundane yet pervasive processes of mass-production.


Ann-Marie Rayney uses different printmaking processes to explore ideas of visual ambiguity, sometimes pushing images to the point of abstraction. There is an interest in prioritising background information, in giving space to those areas that usually go unnoticed. Effectively, she is trying to claim a visual reprieve, to allow the viewer a quiet moment.


Margaret Stewart's works are a composite of painterly techniques; an idea for painting is employed in selecting the image used, rather than the image informing the painting. Specific motifs are sought in the landscape or borrowed from traditional art, appealing to a new reproduction or inviting a particular way of making. Images are considered in terms of shape, scale, rotation and tessellation; devices geared toward seducing the viewer, re-ordering the relation of the spectator to the painting.


Samuel Travis' paintings explore the potential of the medium to transform appropriated texts and motifs. Cyclical mantras and bombastic declamations are foregrounded against halo gradients of colour. The effortless tropes of digital design are layered upon one another through the awkward physicality and presence of oil paints. The mundane clamour of advertising and evangelism is laboured over and absurdly monumentalised, the images at once seductive and vacuous.


Foma is a group exhibition displaying the work of five artists who met on the BA Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Their practices, broadly speaking, are engaged with a particular painterly concern. It is in these practices that the act of making and the aesthetics that making produces precedes and helps to engineer "meaning", or whatever it is that lies outside of the work.


This 'Me'of Mine

14 March - 31 March 2013

Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Jane Boyer, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, and Cathy Lomax.

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Uniforms, objects, social media, memories - a complex mixture of influences on contemporary identity; do we still have the wherewithal to navigate this Sargasso Sea of influences and not lose ourselves? Each 'self' is defined by context - our social groups, experiences and memories; how is the surge in on-line communications and a transient internet affecting this context and ultimately how we see ourselves? Have we become more engaged with objects than people or has personal communication been reinvigorated by social media?
This 'Me' of Mine, a touring exhibition of 15 artists considers these questions.

This 'Me' of Mine, a touring contemporary art exhibition which looks at self in relation to context. It will present issues of socialization and the influence of social groups, our connection to objects as a means to express emotion and to hold memories, the passage of time and limitations imposed by circumstance, and finally the effects of living in a digital age. This 'Me' of Mine showcases work by: Aly Helyer, Edd Pearman, Darren Nixon, Hayley Harrison, Melanie Titmuss, Annabel Dover, Kate Murdoch, David Minton, Anthony Boswell, David Riley, Sandra Crisp, Sarah Hervey, Shireen Qureshi, Cathy Lomax, and Jane Boyer. Boyer is also the curator for the project, her first solo project as curator.

The exhibition will travel to four venues: A.P.T Gallery, Strange Cargo|Georges House Gallery, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and The Art School Gallery at Ipswich Museum. A symposium discussing the effects of social media on identity and our connection to objects as mediators of emotion will conclude the exhibition tour at Ipswich Museum in the Fall of 2013. Members on the panel include: Dr David Jones, head of Visual Culture studies at the University of Exeter; Annabel Dover, exhibiting artist and PhD candidate at Wimbledon College of Art; Dr Aiden Gregg, psychologist, lecturer and member of the Centre for Research on Self & Identity at the University of Southampton, and Dr Emma Bond, sociologist and senior lecturer at University Campus Suffolk.

A companion book including interviews with the artists, essays by symposium panellists and other writers will also be published in conjunction with the project.
Jane Boyer is an independent artist, curator and writer. Boyer has written for Whitehot and The Market Magzines. She was recently invited by Art Pie street-art blog to contribute articles related to the This 'Me' of Mine project. Last year, she was part of the dedicated management team for Core Gallery in London where she co-curated four exhibitions. She currently lives in south west France with her husband and travels frequently to the UK for her art practice.

Digital Material

Creekside Open 2013 selected by Paul Noble

2 - 26 May 2013

Opening and Prize Giving Event | Saturday 4 May 3 to 6pm

Exhibition Open | Thursday to Sunday from 12noon to 5pm | Free entry

"From 2318 works down to 125 works, how did I do this? I sat at a computer screen, hand on cursor clicking green 'thumbs up' or red 'thumbs down'. My mind was open but my hand seemed possessed, possessed by the spirit of Kurt Schwitters. I was inspired by what I had seen at Tate Britain. Schwitters reminded me of the force that is released by the simple (and not so simple) manipulation of simple (and not so simple) matter. He had an honest eye. An eye that saw the truth in everything. This is what I was looking for. I am excited by the selection I have made. Kurt is dead. Long live Kurt."
Paul Noble, Creekside Open 2013 Selector

A.P.T set up the Creekside Open in 2005 and now, eight years, and seven exhibitions later, it has grown in recognition and stature and has become one of the UK's foremost open competitions for visual artists.

This year the two selectors, Ceri Hand and Paul Noble, independently viewed over two thousand images and films submitted by 777 artists. This unique format of selecting two shows from one submission gave each work two chances of being selected for exhibition.

Work by the following 125 artists has been selected for exhibition at the A.P.T Gallery by Paul Noble

Cos Ahmet - Andrea Artz - Helen Ashton - ATOI - Amy Thomas and Oliver Irvine - Marta Bakst - Aglaé Bassens - Dominic Beattie - Jessica Blackwood - Allan Boston - Shane Bradford - Denise Bryan - Lindsey Bull - Richard J Butler - John Butterworth - Laura Bygrave - Emmanuelle Camus - Jane Cattlin - Christopher Clack - Paul Cole - Stephen Cooper - Gemma Cossey - Emma Cousin - Daniel Crews-Chubb - Alex Crocker - Blue Curry - Nicholas Dedics - Aidan Doherty - Claire Dorsett - Richard Ducker - Andrew Ekins - James Epps - Luci Eyers - Hayley Field - Craig Fisher - Gordon Flemons - Grant Foster - Mariano Gana - Natsue Golden - Stewart Gough - Helen Grant - Luey Graves - Kate Groobey - Neil Haas - Julia Hamilton - Aly Helyer - Lesley Hilling - Nicky Hirst - Andrew Hladky - Luke Humphries - Bruce Ingram - Benjamin Jenner - Frank Jennings - Andrew Kerr - Caroline King - Amanda Knight - Alec Kronacker - Tamiko Kusuhara - Simon Leahy-Clark - Caterina Lewis - Lana Locke - David Lucas - Lorrain Mailer - E J Major - Enzo Marra - Maslen & Mehra - Jan May - Oliver McConnie - Andrew Miller - Stuart Moller - Ebrel Moore - Eleanor Moreton - Ange Mukeza - Amy Owen - Nicholas Owens - Matthew Pagett - Jitka Palmer - Kyu Eun Park - James Parkinson - David Pike - Ruth Piper - Justin Piperger - Tom Pitt - Emily Platzer - Nick Powell - Jasmine Pradissitto - Katherine Reekie - Reka Ritt - Dai Roberts - Tania Robertson - Carole Romaya - Sam Rountree Williams - Michal Rubin - Melanie Russell - Anna Salamon - Lizi Sanchez - Margot Sanders - Ed Saye - Andrew Seto - Fay Shin - Claire Smith - Sophia Starling - Christy Symington - Shubha Taparia - Mia Taylor - Ernesto Torres Alarcon - Rebecca Townrow - Stella Tripp - Vanesa van Vlerken - Pepe Vives - Robin von Einsiedel - David R Watson - Gethin Wavel - Ashley West - Paul Westcombe - Tisna Westerhof - Caleb Whitefield - Lucy Whitford - Sarah Kate Wilson - Damian Wojcik - Diana Wolzak - Robert Worley - Eric Wright - William Wright - Yi Xin Yan - Guimi You



2013 Fellowship
Robert Welch

"A Sore Head"

24th October to 3rd November 2013

A significant stroke, suffered in December 2011, left Rob with aphasia, loss of right side sensation and other health complication.

As a practising artist he found that drawing, although different from before, enabled his recovery during the long stay in hospital.

This exhibition documents the gradual recovery, the difficulties and the recent return to painting in the studio.

Robert Welch | "A Sore Head"
24 October to 3 November 2013
Exhibition open Thursday to Sunday | 12noon to 5pm

Private View | Friday 25 October | Coinciding with SLAM Last Fridays | 6 to 8pm

Artist's Talk | Sunday 27 October | 3 to 4pm

Robert Welch has been an Artist-member of A.P.T since the charity was founded in 1995.


Supported by A.P.T Projects | A funded education programme which enables artists to develop their artistic practice and release their potential.