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SARA KHAN - CRAFTS COUNCIL: THE REAL & THE IMAGINARY

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.

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SHADES OF NOIR - ETHICS HEIRARCHY AND IMPERIALISM: PRESERVING VOICES VULNERABLE TO ERASURE

PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 30TH, 2018

MAGAZINE FEATURE, PAGE 64-67

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.

WEBSITE LINK: http://shadesofnoir.org.uk/ethics-preserving-voices-vulnerable-to-erasure/

FULL ARTICLE: https://issuu.com/shadesofnoir/docs/ethics_preserving_voices_vulnerable/1?ff=true&e=27061696%2F57884864

ZINES CATALOGUES: http://shadesofnoir.org.uk/terms-of-reference-zines/

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GAVIN FREEBORNE - IN THE BEGINNING - MA FINE ART - RAYVENN SHALEIGHA D'CLARK

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.

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academic support INTERVIEW

PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017

DEGREE SHOW INTERVIEW 2017 - UAL ACADEMIC SUPPORT BY VISHAL KUMARASWAMY

VIMEO LINK:  https://vimeo.com/244985388/2d80b1dc33

ACADEMIC SUPPORT LINK: https://academicsupportonline.arts.ac.uk/viewpoints

CCW CATALOGUE ACCREDITATION FEATURE - 2018 PROSPECTUS

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CCW CATALOGUE ACCREDITATION FEATURE - 2018 PROSPECTUS

p.46, featuring 'My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus' (2017)

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chelsea degree show 2017: blog feature

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.

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OHWELL?

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.

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Artist Helena Cardow discusses her work, feminism and race

She talks about her art in the new 'Empowerment' exhibition in Shoreditch. 

BY Precious Adesina

PUBLISHED ON 14th March, 2018

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EMPOWERMENT: Exhibition by Creative Debuts ╳ Nasty Women

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.

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Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Mixed media [silicone] sculpture dissecting “ideals of the black body and commodification of the black experience”.

Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Mixed media [silicone] sculpture dissecting “ideals of the black body and commodification of the black experience”.

Xhibit 2018: the most exciting UAL talent revealed

BY ATSEKOURAS

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.

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MEER RAYVENN SHALEIGHA D'CLARK

The unuttered is being enunciated as this particular artist stirs up the conversations based from questioning the abnormal positioning of the black artist in the white-washed art world.

BY AHNI NICHOLE

PUBLISHED ON MAY 7, 2018

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DESIGN COLLECTOR ADVERTISING

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.

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Nasty Women Exhibition – Empowerment: In Conversation with the Curator Calum Hall

WRITTEN BY MADDIE GOGLER

EDITED BY SANJA STRUNA

PUBLISHED ON MARCH 15, 2018 IN VIEW OF THE ARTS

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ON THE CUSP OF COVERAGE / REVIEW

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.

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SPRINT MAG FEATURE

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.

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PRINT PLUG INTERVIEW

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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NORMALTODISSENT

ARCHIVE: AVAILABLE HERE

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SHADES OF NOIR INTERVIEW

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PUBLISHED ON April 27, 2018

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Xhibit 2018: Creating a Legacy

BY HGROUT

PUBLISHED ON APRIL 25, 2018

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus (2017)

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus (2017)

5 Young Female Artists That Are Going To Be Big

BY TAMAR RILEY

PUBLISHED ON 18 APRIL 2018

Creative Mindsets Catalogue

online showcase: ual creative mindsets catalogue

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

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LIFE AT CHELSEA: RAYVENN D'CLARK - MA FINE ART

Continuing with our Life at Chelsea blog series as we approach the MA Summer Show, opening 7 September, we talk to London based Rayvenn D’Clark, who is Black British-Caribbean (with heritage from Guyana, Jamaica & Spain), is currently studying MA Fine Art.

By Gavin Freeborn  on UAL: arts.ac.uk

PUBLISHED ON 8 AUGUST 2018

I DON'T SEE IN COLOUR , RAYVENN SHALEIGHA D'CLARK on Crafts Council

I DON'T SEE IN COLOUR, RAYVENN SHALEIGHA D'CLARK on Crafts Council

COMMON THREAD

Common Thread is the (upcoming) exhibition carrying the spirit of carnival on in East London. We spoke to the curators of the exhibit to spotlight four on-the-rise artists on display.

BY SARA KHAN on CRAFTS COUNCIL UK

PUBLISHED ON 2O AUGUST 2018

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Four artists unpacking black identity that you should know

Common Thread is the (upcoming) exhibition carrying the spirit of carnival on in East London. We spoke to the curators of the exhibit to spotlight four on-the-rise artists on display.

BY Kemi Alemoru on DAZED DIGITAL

PUBLISHED ON 24 AUGUST 2018

ual attainment conference 2018

It is a UAL priority to close the attainment gaps which exist for particular groups of students by 2022. In particular the university is focusing on the attainment of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, international students and working class students. 

The UAL Attainment Conference in July 2018 provided a space for staff, from all colleges and services, to come together to understand the strategic and systematic approach the university is taking to achieve this goal.

It allowed staff to share practice and gain confidence in effecting the change that is needed to close the gaps, building on existing attainment work, platforms and initiatives from across UAL.

By The Teaching & Learning Exchange (UAL)  on VIMEO

PUBLISHED ON 05 SEPTEMBER 2018

RECONSTRUCTING PRACTICE: TOWARDS AN ANTI-RACIST ART & DESIGN FIELD

By The Anti-Racist Classroom

Shot and edited by Sade Young

PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 2018

The Antiracist Classroom is a student-led organization at Art Center College of Design. We’re a group of mostly graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, some staff and faculty, who are committed to cultivating racial equity in art and design education, research, and practice. This event was centered around people, practices, works of art and design, and spaces that seek to embody or enhance racial equity. We see racial equity as the condition of freedom from racially determined experiences and life outcomes, as derived from an intentional and meticulous dismantling of white supremacist frameworks that undergird the institutions in which we operate. The purpose of this convening was to provide a series of opportunities for young creators—of color, especially—to engage with and through art, design, media and/or technology.

ICYMI: Reconstructing Practice

Reconstructing Practice brought over 100 participants to Art Center’s Wind Tunnel on July 13 - 14 for sessions, fellowship, and a gallery opening. Check out the video above or the book here.

Visit antiracistclassroom.com/Reconstructing-Practice for more about the event and the Antiracist Classroom.

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#MiAL2018collection

By Made In Arts London

PUBLISHED ON 19th SEPTEMBER 2018

Official launch of our newest collection of Artists. Curated annually by an invited panel of industry professionals, MiAL Collections invite the most exciting UAL talent  to join Made in Arts London for a two year tenure which provides them with professional development support, exhibition opportunities and, of course, your chance to collect the best of emerging art and design talent!

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Meet the young British artist creating hyper-real human sculptures

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUCCI AW18

To celebrate its AW18 collection, Dazed has teamed up with Gucci to spotlight three young British artists using their art to spark conversations around identity, freedom, and self-expression.

Text by TJ Sidhu on DAZED DIGITAL

PUBLISHED ON 31 OCTOBER 2018

At home with Rayvenn D’Clark

Get to know the young artist from London in the third video from our partnership with Gucci.

PUBLISHED ON 31 OCTOBER 2018

Director: Joe Ridout Camera

Assistant: Rory Mclean

Stylist: Ben Schofield

Grooming: Roku Roppongi

Producer: Lauren Ford

Student Art Edit

student art edit collab.

Community of young artists, who are able to share their work, gain advice and keep up to date with what is going on in the art-world. Exclusively on IG & IG Story

Collaboration which includes

  • Work feature

  • Story Sharing

  • Help, Advice & Experience

  • Tips & Tricks

  • Students INSIGHTS

  • ‘Archive of Students' - students questions about the course you studied

PUBLISHED ON 5 NOVEMBER 2018

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virtual on: feature

As seen in the PORTFOLIO section of the sites GALLERY

Categories:Museums & Galleries, under Levitation Display

PUBLISHED WINTER 2018

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Artist agency called Grand Matter, and we're launching a new editorial platform called ‘& Wherefore’, which will explore the ‘why’ in creativity – a place to initiate new diverse conversations with engaging content, aimed at creatives commissioning works but also artists who’re interested in the topics discussed. The first collection of articles for &W explores blurred boundaries within the visual arts, and as part of this we’re interested in how multi-disciplinary creatives are on the rise.

DORCAS BROWN - ‘GRAND MATTER, MEANINGFUL CREATIVITY’ 2018

How would you describe your practice in your own words?

I would describe my practice as the (literal) act of elevation;  a political act.

To abstract any section of the body becomes a political act; my practice (re)articulates the black body which is laid bare - in traction, unencumbered; It is in this duality that a strict contextual change occurs - where the human anatomy is reinterpreted and transformed, redefining the black aesthetic towards a more positive – heroic even – portrayals of black people(s).

Here the insatiability of self-referential questioning presenting a welcomed opportunity to break free from reference once and for all.X Shifting expectations of the formal arrangement of the figuration of black figures by questioning traditional self-representational practices becomes a way to immortalise (as is often done with white figures in renaissance sculpture) the black body in all of its beauty.

In taking black figures and reconfiguring the narrative by producing portraits full of stylised power, using mixed-media methods & materials, I explore what does it mean to repurpose the lens of whiteness on black figures, not longer subjugating them to positions of inadequacy. It  becomes fundamentally an issue/discussion of framing. In experimenting with (material) format, we can understand aspects of the ‘self’ in a very different way: of inherent strength and endurance in the face of adversity.

In making such work, I felt to be engaged within the process of keeping the black figures at the forefront of our consciousness, the image of black bodies becoming lasting and impermeable by being sculptured into objects, through extending the practice of manifesting black bodies into less traditional mediums, it begs the question what the body politić is moving towards in the present.

Grand Matter
www.grandmatter.com

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the auction collective ‘promo’

As seen in the ABSTRACT : REALITY section of the sites UPCOMING EVENTS

PUBLISHED November 22, 2018

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Talking Innovative Sculpture With Rayvenn D'Clark

Ahead of the exhibition opening next week, we caught up with the talented sculptor and multimedia artist Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark Art to hear more about her hyper-realist 3D printing and the influences behind her work. Great to see Shades of NoirLobiko Ya Congo Nunnery Gallery all getting a shout out. 

Text by Francesca Wilson on The Auction Collective Blog

PUBLISHED ON 29 NOVEMBER 2018

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MULTIDISCIPLINARY artists - &wherefore / GRAND MATTER: meaningful creativity

Founder & Director Ciara Phelan

PUBLISHED ON 6 DECEMBER 2018

http://andwherefore.grandmatter.com/multidisciplinaryartists/
Directory Page – http://andwherefore.grandmatter.com/directory/

Site – andwherefore.com | Instagram – @andwherefore

A new generation of creatives are refusing to be bound to a single discipline. Writers are becoming presenters and directors, illustrators are proving capable animators and sculptors and ad agencies are making make websites, experiences and short films. Embracing this multiplicity can lead to fresh and exciting work. So to showcase multidisciplinary talent at its finest, we’ve put together a gallery of work with the help of our guest curators.

Curators involved: Ali Hanson, Senior Creative at It’s Nice That; Calum Hall, CEO and Founder of Creative Debuts; Mimi Gray, Head of Visual Content at M&C Saatchi London; and Punanimation founders Bee Grandinetti, Hedvig Ahlberg and Linn Fritz. 

IN CONVERSATION WITH SABRINA MUMTAZ HASAN…

“YOU NEED TO INTERRUPT IN ORDER TO HAVE AGENCY”

PUBLISHED ON 21 DECEMBER 2018

Shades of Noir sat down with Lead Curator of The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto Exhibition to discuss some of the larger themes and terminology emerging within the Exhibition and Extended Symposium

THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION is based on a Manifesto written by Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan and focuses on the positive aspects of migration, through the lens of the parasite.

The show opens on Thursday 10th January 2019 and runs until the 19th January. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO Jorge Aguilar Rojo, Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan & Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark

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CRAFTS COUNCIL ‘MAKER’ DIRECTORY

From thrown to hand-blown, rugs to trugs, Kent to Stoke-on-Trent and everything in between. Discover craft and makers across the UK on the Crafts Council Directory, find the very best contemporary craft makers in the UK all in one place.

DIRECTORY

Find makers and craft across the UK

EXPLORE NOW

The Crafts Council Directory connects you with high-quality craft and makers across the UK.  

Makers across all craft disciplines including automata, basketry, ceramics, glass, shoemaking, millinery, furniture, jewellery, silversmithing and textiles. 

Each maker profile has a portfolio of projects showing their work alongside an artist statement, an up-to-date news section, their CV, social media links and much more.  You can search by maker, discipline, material, location, price range and follow makers on the site as well as sharing the things you find on social media.

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CUNTemporary NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019: FEATURED EVENT

PUBLISHED ON 29 DECEMBER 2018

THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION @ NUNNERY GALLERY

The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto Exhibition is based on a Manifesto written by Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan and focuses on the positive aspects of migration, through the lens of the parasite. During this pivotal period of political change, the ambition of this exhibition is to put into discussion the positive parasite-host relationship, as a means of exercising new methods aimed at finding social change by editing the current pejorative perspective of human bodies behaving parasitic towards each other and new hosting environments. The exhibition aspires to further develop the ethnographic context of the social body inclusive of the immigrant – expanding it in an interpersonal science-led narrative as a means of interrogating our existence, usage and value in the current political crisis. The exhibition is in lead up to Brexit and is a polemic act of resistance for positive change in the UK in supporting minority groups, immigrants and the communities we live in.

Main image: Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Untitled (Horcelie), 2017. Sculpture

Exhibition supported by Shades of Noir and UAL

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Artists Recognize the Benefits of a Parasite-Host Relationship

PUBLISHED ON 16 JANUARY 2019

THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION @ NUNNERY GALLERY

Inspired by the curator’s manifesto, artists look at how points where the parasite and the host engage or “interrupt” each other.

Lizzy Vartanian Collier

Main image - Installation view, The Socio-Parasitology Manifesto (image courtesy Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan)

LONDON — In a reactionary exhibition, ten artists respond to a treatise – the Socio-Parasitology Manifesto — that compares migrants to parasites. Written in reaction to how immigrants are seen pejoratively in the British media, curator Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan’s manifesto redefines terms like “parasite” in a favorable light.

Exhibition supported by Shades of Noir and UAL

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MIGRANTS ARE POSITIVE PARASITES: SYMPOSIUM EVENT REVIEW VIA PG-COMMUNITY

PUBLISHED ON 31 JANUARY 2019

THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION @ NUNNERY GALLERY

Main image - Photo: ‘MIGRANTS ARE POSITIVE PARASITES…’ Panel, featuring Othello Hartley De-Souza, Tunde Abdulazeez and Aura Raulo 

Exhibition supported by Shades of Noir and UAL

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what we learn, we learn by doing

PUBLISHED ON 28 FEBRUARY 2019

Changing Mindsets Project Review - A Office for Students funded project focused on closing attainment gaps in higher education

Main image - Photo: Gareth Johnson, Shannon Bono and Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark

heart of art

Moondog Productions: Documentary series highlighting different artists, their styles, their backgrounds and the process of their work.

PUBLISHED ON MARCH 2019

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IN CONVERSATION | THE DIGITAL SCULPTOR

PUBLISHED ON 16.01.19

‘IN CONVERSATION 02’: a research series that aims to understand the needs for studio space, of London’s artist community in maintain our creative culture. The series aims to understand what is crucial in terms of making studios work for each individual, what we can do to maintain London’s creative fabric and how we can open up conversations between developers and artists.

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How are you Babe? 

PUBLISHED ON 19/03/2019

PROMO // INTERVIEW

Featuring works by Alice Morey, Iseult Enright, Madelynn Mae Green, Mew Jirasirikul, Monica Perez Vega, Niloofar Taatizadeh, Paola Estrella, Rosie Gibbens, Rayvenn D’Clark and Yuli Serfaty. How are you Babe? is exploring a contemporary collective feeling of hope from a female perspective. The exhibition will showcase ten international artists, creating a dialogue through performance, sculpture, virtual reality, painting and video installation. The artists will share an intimate view into their perception of the time we live in, questioning social conventions and aesthetic convictions. While it seems tempting to get lost within this generation and its complex issues, the exhibition aims to share a sense of being off to new horizons. By bringing together emerging talents who honestly confront us with the ambiguities of personal expectations and within society, the show delivers a hopeful picture of individual self-determination within the collective.

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POSTGRAD STORIES

PUBLISHED ON 16/04/2019

Article by Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, exploring the shifting viewpoints of race online, Black + White = Grey is a brand new installation of 3D lenticular prints.

‘Information, from afar possessed knowledge which gives it authority even without verification…’ In its relationship to questions of power, hierarchy and undoubtedly race, this includes imagery directly related to or depicting black-brown bodies and the presumed (digital) dimensionality of ‘blackness’ in its direct relationship to ‘whiteness, I ask, when will the black body truly escape [from] the guise of the white imagination?’

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Meet Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark

ALUMNI & FRIENDS - ‘STORIES’

PUBLISHED ON 25/04/2019

Article by MARIA RYAN

Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark studied a Foundation at Central Saint Martins, and then went on to Chelsea College of Artsto study BA (Hons) and the MA in Fine Art. Since gradauting from the MA last year, she has continued to be an integral part of life at UAL, working for Shades of Noir as a Junior Editor and more recently, joining the UAL Alumni of Colour Associaition as Head of Creative.

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&WHEREFORE - AN IMAGE PROBLEM

PUBLISHED ON 13/05/2019

Article by DORCAS BROWN

We are seeing individual artists and creatives using their work to challenge body stereotypes and celebrate variety within society. This move towards inclusivity has the potential to make a huge difference to the way people think and feel about their bodies.

In the context of consumerism, the creative industry is without doubt culpable at times for contributing negatively to our mental health when it comes to body image. Whether to do with shape and size, skin, gender, ethnicity or age, the images we are surrounded by on a daily basis can perpetuate unattainable or misrepresentative images of ‘perfection’ and contribute to feelings of shame or exclusion. With this much sway as an industry, what potential do creative outputs have to bolster a move towards a more inclusive perspective?

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Streetwear and Editorial: London, #StockXStreetstyle

#StockXStreetStyle with Bre’Ann Whlgn, Part 2: London

PUBLISHED ON 18/05/2019

Bre’Ann Whlgn, world-famous photographer and creative, recently traveled the world capturing #StockXStreetstyle. Whether she’s shooting in cities in Australia, Africa, or Europe, Bre’Ann delivers some of the most original and compelling images of streetwear and style from around the globe.

For this edition, Bre’Ann gives us her best pics from London.

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INTERVIEW: Memes & Materiality with Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark

issue one: Decorating Dissidence

PUBLISHED ON 10/05/2019

Decorating Dissidence is an interdisciplinary project exploring the political, aesthetic & conceptual qualities of feminine-coded arts from modernism to the contemporary. It brings together art practitioners, makers, curators, activists and academics to break down disciplinary boundaries and find new ways to critically engage with feminist art history. It opens up a space for intergenerational dialogue between contemporary and modernist makers, in order to reveal the lasting legacies of marginalised women artists who worked at the dissident intersections between established mediums and modes of modern art.

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How bald black women overcome sexual harassment - BBC NEWS

PUBLISHED ON 20/05/2019

Producer and Editor: Cherish Oteka

Video Journalist: Tom Beal

Additional Camera: Brandon Brown

Executive Producer: Karlene Pinnock & Anisa Subedar

The decision for a woman to shave her hair isn’t an easy one to make. As well as having to overcome societies’ stereotypes and ideals around femininity, masculinity and sexuality, many women also have to navigate being sexually harassed in barbershops. Ruth Sutoyé is a visual artist who created the Bald Black Girl(s) exhibition to provide a space for people to share their experiences.

Available via:

  1. BBC News

  2. VTN News

  3. KatiaZev News

  4. BH

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OPEN DIALOGUES - WEBSITE LAUNCH

PUBLISHED ON 22/05/2019

Developed by Kelly Walters and Anoushka Khandwala

Curatorial Statement

In Spring 2018, artist + designer, Kelly Walters, worked in collaboration with Central Saint Martins’ Graphic Communication Design (GCD) Programme and University Arts London (UAL) to organize an exhibition entitled Open Dialogue: Artists + Designers of Afro-Caribbean Descent. Initially beginning as a series of conversations about race and identity, the project expanded into a week long exhibition with supplemental artist talks in CSM’s GCD studio space. Open Dialogue celebrated the richness of ethnic affiliations within the African diaspora and provided space to examine the complexities of race, identity politics, gender stereotypes, sexuality and religious views present within the UAL Afro-Caribbean student community. The exhibition featured the work Afro-Caribbean students and alumni across UAL’s affiliated 6 colleges. 

The opening reception was was incredibly well received by UAL administration, staff and students. Over 100 people attended the opening night, and the exhibition was lauded by the extended London arts community. Exhibiting the work of students of Afro-Caribbean diaspora facilitated a comfortable and accessible space in which to initiate the dialogue around the challenges they face across art and design disciplines. Participants described the event as ‘Inspirational - heart warming - motivational’ as well as ‘Necessary’ and ‘Important’. The exhibition was featured on the platforms of Eye Magazine, and shared at the 2018 UAL Attainment Conference, the Reconstructing Practice: Toward an Anti-racist Art + Design Field conference in Pasadena, California and at the 2019 College Art Association Conference in New York City, NY. The glowing reception of the event showcases the power of the exhibition and the need for content to be archived in order to educate a growing audience.  Read more about the process ↦             

Read reviews about the exhibition by Shannon Bono and Rayvenn D’Clark.

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[MENTION]: KAIN SHAKA SPEAKS TO SAE ABOUT HIS SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND HIS LATEST SHORT FILM, LOVE AND FOOTBALL

PUBLISHED ON 03/06/2019

by SAE INSTITUTE

Kain Shaka is a Digital Film Production student at SAE London. He is currently working on a short film titled Love and Football, with his company KSDigiFilm. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about this project and some of his other work.

What was working with your daughter, Rayvenn D'Clark, on this project like?

Working with Rayvenn was fun - she's 23 now and is a strong, independent woman with her career in Art (she's a sculptor), and she's become an activist for Black women in the Fine Arts field (a real chip of the old block!). She'd heard about the 'Pauline' incident growing up and was curious about exactly what happened - so I let her read the script and asked if she wanted a part, which she agreed to do. She's incredibly disciplined and took directions well, so that was pleasing all round.

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[MENTION]: Using identity as a tool for creativity

PUBLISHED ON 06/2019

by Anoushka Khandwala (Insights Tutor)

Identity can often be a difficult subject to express within our work.

Wrestling with who we are is a lifelong journey, and it can be confusing to pick a strand of our identity to explore, without resorting to clichéd outcomes. However, the process of researching these themes can be cathartic, and looking to other artists and designers who have already made an example of this can be more helpful than we imagine.

Below are five creative practitioners that convey different aspects or intersections of their identity through a number of different media. From murals to makeup, allowing ourselves to use the tools we feel most comfortable with provides a platform from which to explore subjects we may find challenging. The result is often unique and original work, which sparks a pang of resonance in the onlooker. Some of the most successful work is that which an audience can relate to. By finding work we ourselves identify with, we can begin to create in a way that communicates more directly with our audience.

  1. Jasmin Sehra: Illustrator

  2. Zanele Muholi: Visual Activist

  3. Umber Ghauri: Makeup Artist

  4. Dreph: Graffiti ARtist

  5. Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark: Visual Artist

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AUC NEWSLETTER FEATURE (JUNE, 2019)

PUBLISHED ON 05/06/2019

by AUC ART

AucArt Is the worlds first online auction house to specialise in early career art work, connecting art collectors with recent art school graduates

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GUTS GALLERY PROMO VID.

PUBLISHED ON 08/06/2019

by GUTS GALLERY

From the 16-19th May 2019, Guts Gallery is opening its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space. An extensive programme has been curated, with talks, tours and spoken word events taking place, to produce and uphold creative networks for artists often not afforded such opportunities. In partnership with the company, Ugly Duck, whose large scale studio complex is being offered, enabling artists, community groups and the public to come together in London’s busy centre.

Guts Gallery aims are to provide financial support and exhibition opportunities for artists less platformed within today’s contemporary art scene; our desire is to facilitate space and exposure for BAME artists, female artists, working-class artists, queer artists, and artists outside of London (bridging the North/South divide)

Through initiating relationships between established and emerging artists, we can create an inclusive and diverse arts community, with a dynamic and interesting creative working environment, to produce new structures that enable emerging artists to have the exposure they are often denied.

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MiAL X FREE RANGE: ART WEEK 2019 [PANEL]

PUBLISHED ON 25/06/2019

by MIAL / ARTsSU

Rayvenn D'Clark, 3.30pm – 4.30pm 7th Sunday

Join current Made in Arts London artist, Rayvenn D'Clark, as she discusses life post-university. July 2019 will be nearly a full year post-study for Rayvenn which feels quite pivotal to her practice and plans moving forwards, especially juggling the difficulties and delights of freelance work.

Free entry, book here to reserve your place!

Available via: https://madeinartslondon.com/pages/events

Available via: https://www.arts-su.com/events/meet-the-artist-rayvenn-d-clark

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body+soul

PUBLISHED ON 08/2019

by Canary Wharf Group PL

TUESDAY 27 AUGUST - TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER

CAN SCULPTURE EVER HAVE A SOUL?

An exhibition exploring materials, scale and consciousness in the representation of the human form by artists Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, Aron Demetz, Carole A Feuerman, Sean Henry, Jonty Hurwitz, Warren King, Tom Price and Recycle Group. Together they cause us to question, how can the soul ever be captured through the medium of sculpture?

Each artist has not only interpreted his or her model literally but has gone further to capture an invisible quality that fills the figure: from Sean Henry’s sculptures where every millimetre of his subject has been explored in minute detail to bring an exaggerated feeling of realism, to Recycle Group’s use of Augmented Reality, where viewers can hover their app in front of the works to see them come alive. The varying use of materials in modern sculpture is reflected here, with works in bronze, wood (natural and burnt), ceramic, resin, coal, cardboard, and even 3D printing by Rayvenn Sheleigha D’Clark and a microscopic work by Jonty Hurwitz – the smallest Nano sculpture ever created, invisible to the naked eye, which is represented here photographically.

Press Release: https://canarywharf.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/canary-wharf-arts-events-body-soul-exhibition-leaflet.pdf

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Feelunique X Mind Panel Talk

PUBLISHED ON 16/09/2019

TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER - 6.15-9.15PM

by Feel Unique

This year, Feelunique are proudly partnering with Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity. Together, we are on a mission to encourage and give a platform for open discussion around the subject of mental health. That’s why we have launched the #openupformind campaign to inspire more conversation around mental health, because opening up to someone gives us the space to talk about things that are more than skin deep.

To kickstart the discussion, Feelunique will be hosting an exclusive panel talk with well-known mental health advocates, brand founders and body positivity activists to reflect on their own experiences surrounding mental health, the role that social media has played in this and what the beauty industry can do to promote more positive messaging around the topic. As well as the open discussion, there will be a number of other exciting offerings to get involved with throughout the evening. ILA Apocathery will be on hand to offer ten-minute uplifting treatments focusing on pressure points, head, shoulders, intention work and breathing with product infusion while artists, Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark and Ella Devi Dabysing, will be hosting art therapy workshops; a guided meditation into achieving the ‘perfect’ self-portrait by drawing the ‘inner self’ rather than the outward exterior. All guests will also receive an exclusive Feelunique goodie bag worth over £75 full of some of our favourite self-care products.

LONDON LIVE

PUBLISHED ON 03/09/2019

The entrance hall of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf has been filled with a range of new sculptures, celebrating those who use the space. The Body and Soul exhibition explores the human form, and gives artists a chance to share their personal views on the body and the mind. 

The exhibition is free and available to see until 8th of October.

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An invasion: Body + Soul at Canary Wharf

PUBLISHED ON 07/09/2019

By Ian Caldwell

[Snippet]: Look into the eyes of these sculptures by Rayveen Shaleigha D’Clark, Sean Henry, Aron Demetz, Carole Freuerman, Warren King and Tom Price. Can you see into their souls? Can you see what they might be thinking as they watch the constant stream of people passing through? Some of their eyes are closed; some have no eyes, just sockets and deep cavities.

Who needs an art gallery when you have the Lobby at One Canada Square with the latest in its excellent programme of exhibitions. Will the Canary Wharf Group will do something similar in their new development on London’s South Bank?

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Body + Soul

PUBLISHED ON 26/08/2019

By London Art News

Exhibiting in One Canada Square this month, Body+Soul collates the works of eight, hyper realism sculptors.

Together the exhibition causes us to question, how can the soul ever be captured through the medium of sculpture?

Each artist in this exhibition has not only interpreted their model literally but has gone further to capture an invisible quality that fills the figure.  From Sean Henry’s “Seated Man”, where every millimetre of his subject has been explored in minute detail to bring an exaggerated feeling of realism,  to Recycle Group’s use of virtual reality, where viewers can hover their Recycle Group app in front of the works to see them come alive as their souls are exposed.  This immersive technique prompts viewers to consider how technology has changed society and if machines can ever have their own feelings.

The varying use of material in modern sculpture, deviating from the traditional use of marble and other natural stones is something which surprised Canary Wharf’s Public Art Curator Keith Watson. The artists shown in this exhibition have carved their figures with bronze, wood (natural and burnt) ceramic, resin, coal, cardboard and even 3D printing and virtual reality

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BODY+SOUL EXHIBITION: CAN SCULPTURE EVER HAVE A SOUL?

PUBLISHED ON 22/08/2019

By Canary Wharf Group PLC

Canary Wharf exhibits the work of eight sculptors, exploring materials and scale within the human form. Exhibiting in One Canada Square this month, Body+Soul collates the works of eight, hyper realism sculptors. Together the exhibition causes us to question, how can the soul ever be captured through the medium of sculpture?

The varying use of material in modern sculpture, deviating from the traditional use of marble and other natural stones is something which surprised Canary Wharf’s Public Art Curator Keith Watson. The artists shown in this exhibition have carved their figures with bronze, wood (natural and burnt) ceramic, resin, coal, cardboard and even 3D printing and virtual reality.

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RAYVENN D’CLARK AT THE BODY+SOUL EXHIBITION

PUBLISHED ON 26/08/2019

By FLUXUXIS

We produced this sculpture for artist Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark as part of the Body + Soul exhibition, for which she was a contributing artist. The exhibition was held at One Canada Square in London, and aimed to explore materials, scale and consciousness in the representation of the human form.We printed the piece on the Fortus 900mc in White ASA at a 0.5mm layer height. It was split into 5 separate sections, which were printed in around 150 hours, before being bonded back together post-print.Whilst the client provided the original scan data, the desired texture was achieved in collaboration with one of our CAD associates. This meant no finish was needed, and so the piece was left natural with the layer lines. The incorporation of 3D printing technology by D’Clark is revolutionary, with positive and striking results. Watch the video!

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gradual s3 e4: rayvenn d’clark

PUBLISHED ON 07/10/2019

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