Wednesday, 14 February 2018

MFA graduate Hardeep Pandhal in the New Museum 2018 Triennial, NYC

Congratulations to MFA graduate Hardeep Pandhal who is included in the prestigious New Museum 2018 Triennial, taking place now in New York.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Chloë Reid curates 'To see this story better, close your eyes'

To see this story better, close your eyes

Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art
17 February - 7 March 2018
Preview: Friday, 16 February, 5-7pm

Curated by Chloë Reid (MFA 2017)

An exhibition of film and writing by Thabo Jijana, Jemma Kahn, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Rosa Lyster, Mitchell Gilbert Messina, Njabulo Ndebele, Sean O'Toole, Pravasan Pillay, Chad Rossouw, Penny Siopis, Helen Sullivan and Marianne Thesen Law.
The exhibition title is taken from Banana Moon by Thabo Jijana, 2017.

To see this story better, close your eyes gathers the work of twelve artists and writers currently exhibiting and publishing in South Africa. Each of the films, audio recordings and texts featured in the exhibition employ narrative as a technique, subject or medium. The work is deliberately positioned in the gallery to prompt multiple and overlapping readings.
In Kiluanji Kia Henda's film, Havemos de Voltar (We Shall Return), Amélia Capomba, a stuffed sable antelope, plans her escape from the Archive Centre where she refuses to serve as a historical prop. Through found footage, text and music, Penny Siopis' film, The New Parthenon merges the mediations of an ordinary man's modern Greek history of war, globalization and migration. Helen Sullivan's poem, Mendi, describes the sinking of the British troopship in 1917 that killed 616 South Africans (most of them black South African troops). In Pravasan Pillay's Crooks, sixty-eight year old Kamla reflects on her life as she bathes and washes her adult daughter, Ambi. In Death of a Son by Njabulo Ndebele, a mother narrates the thorny process of grieving the death of her son under the apartheid regime. Thabo Jijana's Banana Moon is apprehensive of the festive character that accompanies a funeral.
Mitchell Gilbert Messina reveals the dark undercurrent of the commercial art world involving the ritual sacrifice of young artists in Detective TalesMessina and Marianne Thesen Law collaboratively illustrate a clumsy and competitive dialogue of sexual fetish in the film, Fantasies Vol. 1. Sean O'Toole provides A Short History of PleasureRosa Lyster delivers the commission, The People's BirdChad Rossouw considers the history of the appearance of the parrot in Western Literature, twice, in relation to Jemma Kahn's Somebody You've Already Painted Many Times from Memory. In Kahn's film, actors mimic an interview between David Sylvester and Francis Bacon.
This exhibition is curated by Chloë Reid, who has been generously assisted by Helen Sullivan in her capacity as editor of Prufrock magazine.

Chloë Reid was born in 1989 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has a bachelor in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT (2011) and a Master of Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art (2017). She is an artist and writer and is currently on a Fellowship at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Margaret Tait Shortlist announced

Three MFA alumni are on the shortlist for the 2018 Margaret Tait Award
Aideen Doran
Alberta Whittle
Corin Sworn
along with regular MFA visiting lecturer

Rob Kennedy
The recipient of the award will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival 2018.
The Margaret Tait Award is a Glasgow Film Festival commission supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, inspired by the celebrated Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918 – 1999), a filmmaker and writer whose film poems, hand-painted animations and documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking.
Inspired by the wealth of talent emerging from Scotland, the Margaret Tait Award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working within the field of experimental filmmaking. The award aims to provide a high-profile platform for the winning artist to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience: the winner will have the opportunity to showcase their work at Glasgow Film Festival 2019.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Maria Gondek in Pharos

An exhibition featuring new work by current MFA student Maria Gondek opens in Manchester this evening.

Private View: 14th Dec 6-9pm
Exhibition: 14.12.17- 13.01.18

Pharos brings together the work of Rebecca Ackroyd, Jesse Darling, Maria Gondek and Mary Hurrell.

Beacons is a programme of 3 exhibitions, talks, workshops and an accompanying publication with interconnecting threads and tangents exploring our relationships with ourselves and each other within the framework of non-linear intergenerational time and feminist legacies.

The exhibitions seek to communicate our experiences of time, existence and our bodies through various means such as empathetic exchanges with objects, emotional archives, traces left in artefacts; imagining futures and resurfacing histories.
Beacons is supported by Arts Council England curated by Rebecca Halliwell Sutton
Caustic Coastal
Unit 2, Regents Trading Estate, Oldfield Road, M5 4DE City of Salford
Caustic Coastal is supported by Islington Mill & Salford City Council.

Open Thursdays & Saturdays 1-5pm
Closed for Christmas 22nd December - 3rd January

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Tatham and O'Sullivan new commission unveiled

Tatham and O'Sullivan (both MFA 1994) unveil a new commission at Granary Square, London.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Sofia Sefraoui at Celine, Glasgow


Let The Dust Settle. A new two person show opening at Celine, Glasgow.

Sofia Sefraoui (MFA 2016) is based in Glasgow. She was born in Paris, from a Moroccan father and a Brazilian mother. Her practice is strongly influenced by her international background. She therefore developed a strong interest for multiculturalism and hybridity. Her work is material based. She always links materials and objects that belong to different realms in order to create tensions and leave the visitors with a feeling of uncanniness. She exhibited her work in France and Scotland and she recently came back from the 2017 Graduate Residency at Hospitalfield.

Stéfan Tulepo is a sculptor and photographer working between France and Scotland and has been involved for three years at The Project Café in Glasgow. He recieved his MFA from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts d'Angers in 2013. Stefan bases his practice on exploring, picking, harvesting; investigating the notion of memory in his own approach to contemporary archaeology. Stefan has been involved in various solo and group exhibitions including; The Carnival Gallery, Glasgow (2017) Passerelle CAC, Brest, France, (2014 & 2016) Common Ground, Glasgow (2016), CAN, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2015), Maison PaiPai, Angers, France (2014).

The exhibition will run until the 5th December 2017 and is open by appointment. 

Please contact the gallery via facebook,
or email; or
or phone; 07787464118(sofia) or +33688348137 (stefan)
to arrange a viewing.

Nicolas Party at Modern Art Oxford

A new exhibition by Nicolas Party (MFA 2009) opens at Modern Art Oxford.
25 November 2017 - 18 February 2018
Preview Party 24 November, 7-8.30pm
'I'm working with subjects that are not from reality, so I think I have a tendency to love this idea of the gallery wall as a theatre or a set. So the show, for me, is also a little theatre.' Nicolas Party
Party has created a playful theatrical set inhabited by a cast of dramatic larger than life female heads. Speakers incorporates a soundscape of piano, cello and voice arrangements, offering up improvised auditory encounters for visitors.