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After School – Collective Strategies

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Group Exhibition

Why do it together when you can do it alone?

10th - 19th October, 2019

Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD

(download the exhibition info pack here)

Artists from the programme playing the stick game,
photo by Sarah-Jane Field

Exhibition Hours:

Thursday 10th - Saturday 19th, 12:00 - 18:00 daily

Closed on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th

Opening Night:

Thursday 10th 18:00 - 21:00

Open Discussion:

Getting there: the Highs and Lows of the Journey

Friday 18th 17:00 - 19:00 followed by drinks until 20:30

(Free but space limited. Booking essential via here)

An exhibition that showcases the work of 18 artists and photographers who have been exploring collective ways of working in relation to their own practice. It borrows its title from a talk given by David Morris (editor of Afterall) and Grace Samboh (Indonesia-based curator) during the spring 2019 After School programme.

The exhibition can be perceived as the organic output of all participating artists, workshop leaders and organisers, having gone through a process of collectivity, and asks how the process has influenced their work and how they work.

Stepping in and out of photography, installation, sculpture, text and video, the works in the exhibition also engage with a wide range of personal and collective interests, from questions of romance, ageing and desire, to collective assembling and storytelling and the relationship between the body and the image.

Getting there: the Highs and Lows of the Journey

A discussion focussing on the process of self-initiating and organising, especially in the first few years after graduating. We ask how such endeavours can bring one's practice further. But also what are the struggles and challenges that are often encountered and how have people been managing them?

In the spirit of being open about the lows as well as the highs, the discussion will welcome input from everyone in the room, to exchange tactics, share wisdoms and combat the often felt feeling of isolation when we embark on the creative journey.

Contributors include Effie Paleologou (artist and educator), Sunil Shah (artist, curator and writer), and Jack Lewdjaw & Karanjit Panesar (artists, co-directors of east bristol contemporary).

Exhibiting Artists:

Bayryam Bayryamali, Laura Blight, Jacqueline Ennis Cole, Sarah-Jane Field, Lucas Gabellini-Fava, Rachel Glass, Pamela Gomez, Eva Louisa Jonas, Dawoon Kim, Michaela Lahat, Rowan Lear, Debbie Naylor, Joshua Phillips, Loreal Prystaj, Marie Smith, Marie Sutter, Christel Pilkaer Thomsen, Joanna Wierzbicka.

Workshop Leaders:

Alejandra Carles-Tolrá, Hal Silver (Josh Bilton, Una Hamilton Helle) and Hemera Collective (Fangfei Chen, Jaime Davis, Kay Watson)

Programme Organisers:

Yuxin Jiang (co-founder, pic.london)

Rakesh Mohindra (co-founder, pic.london)

Beverley Carruthers (course director of BA Photography, London College of Communication)