OUR NEXT EVENTS

 

CHRISTMAS DRINKS ...CHRISTMAS DRINKS...CHRISTMAS DRINKS...

at 5.00pm, 19th December at the National Theatre in the bar area. This is an informal gathering- a chance to network, make suggestions for events or just share some Christmas cheer!
Please let us know if you think you will attend so we pick a big enough table.
Hope to see you there, if not have a good Christmas
 
 

RSA FAN FILM NIGHT

Date 19th October. Time 6pm-8.30pm

Venue: The Green lab

We will be screening a selection of short films from RSA fellows, including:

THE GOOD DREAM ROBOT. Animation directed by Talmud Bah. Exploration of ego through a child who has bad dreams.

 

JOURNEYS: WHY PEOPLE JOIN EXTREMIST GROUPS. A documentary that lets people who are, or were, extremists tell their stories.  Directed by Chris Cove and Rory Barber

 

LIQUID VIBRATIONS- a documentary about underwater listening and it’s benefits for children who are hearing impaired. Directed by  Adele Drake

 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS -by Three and me/Matthew Davis. An imaginative music video shot in B & W directed by Laurence Dutton

 

INDIANS IN THE TRENCHES-On the Western Front  - An impressionistic documentary based on the writings of Indians who fought in WW1. Directed by Jay Singh-Sohal, army reservist

 

SAND DAMS- Transforming Lives in drylands. An animated film offering a solution to the water shortages in drylands. Directed by Simon Maddrell

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

RSA - FAN meeting with guest Vikki Heywood (chair of RSA)

 

Date: 19th September 2017    Time: 6.00pm. for 6.15 start - 8.30pm

Venue: The Green Lab, Keeton’s/Collett Road, Bermondsey SE16 4EE (4 mins from Bermondsey tube)

 

The Fellow Artists’ Network of the RSA  heard a short talk by Vikki Heywood, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the RSA on the gig economy followed by questions. The FAN project team continued with a brief summary of last year’s events and their What’s on Your Walls film project.

http://www.fellowartistsnetwork.org.uk/

 

The second part of the evening was an open discussion around what artist Fellows would like FAN to be, their relation to the RSA and use of the House. Vikki stayed and participated.

 

 

Sir John Soanes Museum April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In mid April the Fellow Artists Network of the RSA organised a visit to the Sir John Soanes Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. A group of about fifteen of us were given a guided tour lasting almost 2 hours by John Bridges, a most erudite curator. The museum is an Alice in Wonderland of architectural and spacial surprise behind an elegantly built-out classical façade standing forward in the stolid ‘medium-grand’ of the square.

 

The smoke and mirrors, not much smoke but hundreds of mirrors, spacial (and special) effects of Sir John’s architecture are the backdrop to his personal collection of art and artefacts ranging from classical times to the works of his contemporaries. Gazing downward into the basement from an ingenious balcony, shafts of light fall into a perfectly placed sarcophagus of ancient marble. Looking up, another perfectly choreographed shaft of light might illuminate a series of architectural drawings – his own or perhaps an original Piranesi. In another small high panelled room we are face to face with a wall size original, glorious Canaletto…

Introduced into this packed dream of 19th C (and earlier) cultural riches is currently a show by contemporary artist Marc Quinn titled ‘Drawn from Life’ consisting of casts of parts of his and his partner’s bodies. Many of these are powerfully erotic and found their way into our discussion in the pub… many artists are using casting techniques these days - as mould-making materials are so good - what relation does this have to modelling or actual sculpture… how does it affect the feel of the finished work?

And later, after reflection I became strongly irritated by the convention, or perhaps more accurately moral mores, that allows the intimate parts of woman to be freely

displayed whereas showing the male things is somehow offensive… Was this part of Quinn’s intention?

Andrew Darke

 

By removing wholeness and integrity from the human form Marc Quinn challenges its identity, personality, individuality. Or perhaps he finds the anonymity convenient when 'having his way with’ his partner’s body or for that matter his own - no faces, no reproach. Fragmentation is a radical expression of the emancipation so keenly sought by modernism from the conventions of classical tradition and morality, but its extremity must also take us disturbingly close to a serial killer’s autonomous sensibility devoid of social/ human empathy. Freedom for this individual at the expense of that of his (and so often it is ‘his’) subject/ object/ victim.

 

We should be guided by John Stuart Mill’s liberal paradox: we should be free to do what we want, so long as it does not harm other’s freedom to do what they want. There is no rule for moderation or harmony that is not difficult, perhaps always contradictory - which is precisely what makes it worth pursuing as much for the artist as for any other member of society.

 

The actual and historical context of the Soane’s museum is instructive here. Created at a time regarded by many as the beginning of the modern era, his collection is more concerned with the  re-generation of cultural identity through the gathering, free association and re-assembly of its architectural 'body-parts’: ruin not so much as alienating catastrophe as speculation on what might be possible. Classical culture at that time was being re-invented and re-evaluated for the contemporary world. Sadly, I do not see anything similarly utopian in Marc Quinn’s vision.

Mark Power

 

I really liked Marc Quinn's sculptures.  I am not offended by them. I think one or two would have been enough so repetitive they certainly are. But for me they tap into sexual fantasy, sex with the stranger, no name's exchanged just pure lust, no faces no identity. If he was not behind her and little more than a pair of arms it would not work as well for me.  Now I know this is a woman he is deeply in love with but I didn't know that when I first saw them and many wouldn't. So he probably did not intend to tap into a very common fantasy- does that matter? 
 
The museum on the other hand- was amazing, truly, utterly amazing but a voice in my head increasingly said-  all this money, spent on collecting so much 'stuff' you can't ever take it all in and outside his doors poverty, sickness, abuse and lack of education on a massive scale. People were dying in the streets. So if I had to choose, I would choose the fragile, disposable, brief moment of erotic pleasure over one man's obsession to collect. 
Hazel Chandler

 

 

 

 

7th November 2016- "We Are All Human" exhibition

 

Fellow Artists Network organised a group to go and see the “We are all Human” show of artwork by prisoners at The Spirit Level in the Royal Festival Hall last autumn. Fourteen Fellows and friends were given a guided tour by ex-prisoner Michael. He was an excellent guide and gave us a powerful sense of the importance of artistic expression to those suffering incarceration. It was also crystal clear that the exhibition of their works to the ‘outside’ world is crucially important too. The work in the show was selected by poet Benjamin Zephaniah and contained a significant amount of poetry. The works included quite staggering displays of craftsmanship and also images of deep psychological distress. Souls were bare and regrets palpable. This regular (annual) display funded by The Koestler Trust is worth all the time you can give it and deserves a better venue than the ‘Spirit Level’ basement of the RFH. Why not the Tate?

After a good tour a few of us retired to the bar upstairs to discuss some of the issues raised. All felt that it was a very powerful show raising many troubling questions. Another FAN evening had  proved very stimulating and demonstrated the wish amongst artists and art practitioners to discuss and exchange ideas about our work and other work on show.

More info: https://www.koestlertrust.org.uk/exhibitions/we-are-all-human/

 

 

 

RSA Film Night -22nd July 2016

  

  

The Fellow Artists' Network (FAN) organised a film night in July 2016 in the RSA's Romney Room- which was packed to capacity with standing room only. We showed 11 short members' films from around the world. A wonderful, varied, challenging collection of documentary, animation, drama, music and arts films which sparked debate and provided an opportunity for Fellow filmmakers and guests to meet each other. The films were, in the order shown: The multi award winning “I am Sami” a drama about life in a war zone for 10 year old Sami- directed by Kae Bahar: “Breathe Nothing of Slaughter, a documentary where the reality of war is contrasted with the potent symbol of the war memorial- directed by Tony Heaton: “Then and Now”, multi award winning drama about coming to terms with death and loss- directed by the Bashford Twins: “After the Jungle”, a documentary about ex child soldier, Mash P, coming to terms with his past- directed by Hazel Chandler: “Abandon Ego, The Frog Hawk”, an animated short about identity- directed by Talmud Bah and Mali Summers: “Bubbles”, a drama about a young girl growing up in a violent home- directed by Nasheed Qamar Faruqi: “Estuary Water” an arts film gazing at the phenomena created by the Severn Bore- created by Andrew Darke: “Guage”, stop frame animation in harmony with a wilting rose- by John Ward and Jim Rokos: “The Ambassador”, a mockumentary about an eccentric 70 year old- directed by Andy Dean: “First Light”, an electro pop music video- directed by Laurence Dutton and “It's Tough Being a Man” a documentary about the high rate of suicide in men- produced by Bex Devaraj.
There will be another film night in June 2017- taking entries now!

  

April 2016- Changing Tunes ‘Breaking Free’ Concert


This concert was an opportunity to hear some of the great things Changing Tunes have been doing. Listen and believe in the power of music to transform. Changing Tunes performers brought music and the stories that have re-built and changed the lives of prisoners and ex-prisoners across the southwest of England. Changing Tunes’ professional musicians work with prisoners in small groups and support all aspects of music-making to aid their rehabilitation.

  

January 2016 - Tour of LSE students' building

  

  

An award-winning state-of-the-art public architecture. Designed by the celebrated Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell & John Tuomey, built in 2013 and shortlisted for the RIBA’s Stirling Prize, this extraordinary building responds gymnastically to London’s tight mediaeval street pattern. It is a complex brick tower, whose striking facetted form plays prismatically and dramatically with material, light and shade.