PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 26TH, 2018
Last year we saw women from around the world coming together to respond to decades of sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault. From the Women’s March, #MeToo campaign, and Weinstein effect in 2017 to the Time’s Up movement at the Golden Globes and the Baftas. 2018 shows no signs of stopping and will be the year of women.
As we mark a 100 years’ anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the UK, we will be celebrating the works of progressive female artists and makers pushing boundaries within their work to create dialogue.
Each week we will profile an artist as a run up to International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018. This week’s artist is Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark who will be exhibiting at Empowerment at Creative Debuts, London till 10 March.
London-based artist Rayvenn playfully uses sculpture to explore the space between objects modelling the real and imaginary. Rayvenn’s work often aims to expose the black body laid bare – in traction, unencumbered, and is motivated by issues of blackness fuelling a discussion on the position of the black-artist in the art world.
We met with Rayvenn to discuss her passions, work, and feminism.
SHADES OF NOIR - ETHICS HEIRARCHY AND IMPERIALISM: PRESERVING VOICES VULNERABLE TO ERASURE
PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 30TH, 2018
SHADES OF NOIR provokes, challenges and encourages dialogue and cultural value on the subjects of race within Higher Education, the creative & cultural sectors, through its programme of activities on the subject of race within Art, Design &Higher Education.
ZINES CATALOGUES: http://shadesofnoir.org.uk/terms-of-reference-zines/
PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 19TH, 2017
Next in our In The Beginning series, where we interview students in the first term, we talk to Tooting born and bred South Londoner Rayvenn D’Clark, who did her foundation diploma at Central St. Martins after which she came to Chelsea to do her BA Fine Art before progressing to the current MA Fine Art. Of all the pieces on display at last summer’s undergraduate show it was arguably Rayvenn’s cast of her foot, suspended in the white exhibition space, that drew the most attention. We met Rayvenn to find out what her idea was behind her final piece and explore her experience at Chelsea, particularly the move from BA to MA.
academic support INTERVIEW
PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017
DEGREE SHOW INTERVIEW 2017 - UAL ACADEMIC SUPPORT BY VISHAL KUMARASWAMY
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p.46, featurong 'My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus' (2017)
p.46, featuring 'My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus' (2017)
EXPLORING THE UNIQUE MATERIALITY OF THE 'COPY', NAVIGATING QUESTIONS SURROUNDING SCULPTURES SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH SPACE AND NOTIONS SURROUNDING 'PRESENCE', FUELLING A DISCUSSION OF THE IRREGULAR POSITION OF A BLACK ARTISTS IN A WHITE-WASHED ART-WORLD.
EXPLORING ART AND COMMUNICATION: Be it the shifting dynamics of our socio-economic composition, the functionality of race in the art industry, or the influence of technology on various levels of psychology, the immediacy of these topics is owed largely to their existence as everyday phenomena.
She talks about her art in the new 'Empowerment' exhibition in Shoreditch.
BY Precious Adesina
PUBLISHED ON 14th March, 2018
BY THE DESIGN COLLECTOR
PUBLISHED ON March 16th, 2018
Our friends and partners Creative Debuts are famous for organising neat art events in London being the gatekeepers of the creative scene online. To celebrate International Women’s Day they joined forces with Nasty Women movement to celebrate the work of international feminist artists.
VISUAL ARCHIVE: https://opendialogue-photos.tumblr.com
PUBLISHED ON MARCH 8, 2018
Run by Arts SU, Xhibit 2018 is open to all students, studying at any level, across all disciplines. With no set brief – artists are free to explore any topic and express it through any medium. The result is a powerful collection of work, featuring 32 artists from across all of UAL’s six world-leading colleges.
PUBLISHED ON U.D.
To celebrate International Women’s Day our new partners at Creative Debuts have joined forces with Nasty Women New York, Amsterdam, Lisbon, North East, and London to celebrate the work of international feminist artists. Expect to see a range of contemporary artwork including photography, sculpture, craft, fine art, and embroidery whilst raising money for End Violence Against Women.
WRITTEN BY MADDIE GOGLER
EDITED BY SANJA STRUNA
PUBLISHED ON MARCH 15, 2018 IN VIEW OF THE ARTS
PHOEBE MCINDOE IN THE RAP PROJECT BLOG
PUBLISHED ON April 6, 2018
Above the Amersham Arms, New Cross, is the Take Courage Gallery, an affordable exhibiting space for emerging artists. The current exhibition, “On the Cusp of”, is curated by Ella Devi Dabysing and Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark. The art works themselves are not in-flux, but act as a kind of homage to uncertainty, movement and transitioning. Together the pieces create something which seems more-than-whole, they are a conversation, fluid and dynamic, questioning and challenging our current political and social climate. In a corner of the busy room I speak to Rayvenn who tells me about the title, “On the Cusp of”, and what it means to her. This year and last year, she says, lots of change was happening. We had Brexit and the #MeToo campaign, there has been so much movement. This exhibition, she says, is a space to explore that change and new direction.
Rayvenn D’Clark is a London-born sculptor, her work explores the playful theatricality of sculpture, examining the space between objects modelling the real and its ability to usurp the ‘original’ as self-sustaining fictions
London-born, UK based sculptor, living and working in Central London, my work explores the playful theatricality of sculpture, examining the space between objects modelling the real and its ability to usurp the ‘original’ as self-sustaining fictions. My oeuvre exposes the black body laid bare – in traction, unencumbered, motivated by issues of blackness fuelling a discussion of the irregular position of the black-artist, abstracted and marginalised in a male, pale, and stale, whitewashed art-world.
EXCERPT: In the wake of such widespread political extremism, #Vote11 / #MeToo, racial injustice, gender equality, historical cases of abuse etc; people’s eyes are being opened to the continued inequality and injustices in every sector. There really is no time like the present. At this important juncture in 2018 this is a critical moment of departure. I feel that it is vitally important for art to speak about and comment upon such issues, in which ever way you can as an artist-creator. I am an individual who is placed into many categories – young, female, black – all with their own categorical delimiters and clichéd stereotypes – it is important and useful for me to reflect upon these restrictions within my working practice, to communicate the unique perspective that I myself work from.
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PUBLISHED ON April 27, 2018
PUBLISHED ON APRIL 25, 2018
BY TAMAR RILEY
PUBLISHED ON 18 APRIL 2018
Exploring the dynamics of Gender & Commodification, the Power of Language in Communication, Challenging Mindsets, questioning Implicit/Unconscious Bias related to Race.
BY UAL CREATIVE MINDSETS
PUBLISHED ON 30 JULY 2018