From the 16-19th May 2019, Guts Gallery opened its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space. An extensive programme was curated, with talks, tours and spoken word events taking place, to produce and uphold creative networks for artists often not afforded such opportunities.⠀ Photography by Viola Zichy, Tempe Storm and Chloe Toone.
HOXTON 253 ART PROJECT SPACE [PANEL]
In conversation with Youcef Hadjazi - (Residency 11:11) at HOXTON Art Project Space - Algerian born Artist currently based in Manchester. He graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2017 and was awarded the MSoA Award. Youcef's work explores socio-political notions through photography, video and performance. His main focus lies within North African and Arab (under)representations his research stretches to BAME and Queer art practitioners and their experiences as a whole. During his residency period, he collects information and perceptions of various art practitioners to shape a discussion for his final event. For his event he will be inviting some of his research collaborators to discuss their experiences while conducting an open conversation.
BLACK + WHITE = GREY
31 MAR—25 MAY 2019 PRIVATE VIEW 30 MAR 3—4.30PM
Picnic is proud to present Black + White = Grey, a brand new installation of 3D lenticular prints and text by Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, exploring the shifting viewpoints of race online.
When it comes to how the lives of black people are portrayed online, these fictions end up spreading at rapid pace through the online world, having real life effects on the people they depict . Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark’s work seeks to breaks down these biased and un-thoughtful visualisations to reveal the fractured nature of ‘truth’ in the webspace. The focal point of D’Clark’s installation at Picnic, is the image of a close friend and fellow artist – HIV/AIDS activist from Congo, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo. Created by using a body scan of Sinda which was 3D printed, the digital file layered into a lenticular object allows for multiple viewing points to be present within a single image. As the world of internet memes and viral images continues to grow exponentially and without accountability, the figure in the lenticular is a ‘non-object’ or more simply a ‘copy, of a copy, of a copy’; the original model feels to be far away. However, through centring the black figure as a constant from every viewpoint, D’Clark seeks to positively reframe the way people interact with and perpetuate images of black peoples.
BALD BLACK GIRL PROJECT
Free Word’s second Season, All The Ways We Could Grow, asks what it takes to live beyond societal expectations, and how challenging confined notions of genders might open up possibilities for us all.
There have been a multitude of expressions and experiences of genders across the world throughout history. Yet in recent years, the topic has been repositioned as new, bringing with it wider visibility alongside aggressive pushback.
Featuring works by Alice Morey, Iseult Enright, Madelynn Mae Green, Mew Jirasirikul, Monica Perez Vega, Niloofar Taatizadeh, Paola Estrella, Rayvenn D’Clark, Rosie Gibbens 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.
The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings. Explore how digital copies might transform the physical world and the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage.
(Section) B ‘Draw Y(Our)Self’ Europe 1600–1815 Galleries, The Salon, Room 4
Our conception of the self is imagined, designed and interpreted over and over again. How do these different perspectives impact how we see ourselves? What do we look like when we copy and reproduce these varying states of self? In this drop-in drawing workshop, artists and curators of @on.the.cusp.of, Ella Devi Dabysing and Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, encourage you to interpret and re-interpret yourself through portraiture
Human culture is built on a history of replication. We copy to learn, to assimilate, to preserve and to magnify. How is this behaviour being transformed by advances in technology and what is the value of the authentic or the original today? This Friday Late, watch dance pieces to examine how human error impacts repetition and examine the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age. For the full programme, click the link on the right.
HOT SAUCE 01 PARTY
Art Mag. Publication - https://www.hotsauce.sexy/issue-01
Hot Sauce exploressex, relationships, identity, art
First issue of their super sexy sex-positive print ‘HOT SAUCE: THE TALK’ featuring some of my older sculptural work ‘My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don’t Love Jesus (2017)
LSE x UAL - INTERSECT
INTERSECT- is a collaborative art exhibition between the LSESU ACS and the University of Arts London. The aim is to cultivate minds from social sciences and the arts from young adulthood and give them the opportunity to see the advantages of such relationships. Viewing work from other artists will also be a good learning opportunity. This is also an amazing opportunity for non-artists to explore their creative interests.
LIVE MUSIC, DRUMMERS, SPOKEN WORD etc!
FEVERED SLEEP WORKSHOP
Institute of Everything is not simply about artists doing workshops with children in which the children make and do things. It’s about using an artist-led process of making and doing as a way to initiate thinking, discussion, reflection and learning (Harradine 2018)
Running from September 2018 – July 2019, The Institute of Everything introduces the idea that artists, like children, are in a constant process of questioning the world around them, and wondering how it might be imagined differently. Focusing on the creative process of critical thinking, we’re moving away from the idea that artists are people who simply make and do things. We’ll be working with a cohort of brilliant associate artists, who will introduce the whole school community to all sorts of art and creative practices, at the same time as revealing how artists engage deeply with some of the biggest, most challenging questions we face.
My role as Associate Artist’ with @feveredsleep, saw me conduct a series of sculpture workshops with 4, Year 6 Groups in York under the title of ‘Race & ‘The Body’, which evolved in a guided discussion of the process of making and colour theory - which felt to me to be a beneficial negotiation for the children; to be able to make and analyse their own choices alongside the wonderful members of teaching staff that were similarly fundamental to the process of mediating the conversation to make it more digestible for the Year 6 groups - entwined alongside the more practical and playful activity of sculpting which becomes a welcomed break to the timetabled studying for their impending SATS exams.
(PRIVATE VIEW) SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO
“YOU NEED TO INTERRUPT IN ORDER TO HAVE AGENCY”
“What is a positive parasite-host relationship...?”
The Exhibition is based on the Manifesto written by Sabrina which focuses on aspects of migration, through the lens of positive parasite-host relationships, in collaboration with @bowarts at The Nunnery Gallery on the 10th January 2019.
Special thanks to the UAL Alumni of Colour Association (AoCA) for allowing me to guest speak at their recent 5x5 Showcase and Networking Evening. With a particular focus on ‘breaking barriers’, - my emphasis on breaking ‘digital’ barriers - with graduates spanning from the 1980s all the way to 2018, it was a great moment of reflection where I could recap on all that I have achieved in 2018. Panelists:
The show brings together abstract and photo-realist artworks from a selection of contemporary artists to celebrate the diversity and similarities of each style. Starting prices range from £500 to £15,000. It is open to the public and taking place at 7pm on 13 December Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London.
DECODING THE ARTS
Speaking Statues 2nd event ‘Decoding the Arts’ where we will be learning about and discussing how art has been used to advance and resist colonialism. Guest speakers including Sabrina Collares, Thaís Muniz & Rayvenn D'Clark who will be speaking about their work redefining the stereotypes & hidden figures of colonialism.
(LIFE MODELLING) WIMBLEDON COLLEGE OF ARTS
Life Modelling for TASE (Technial Arts & Special Effects) at Wimbledon UAL
BAME FREEDOM BEST 2018
This festival is about educating, entertaining and empowering the BAME community in London to be the change we want to see in the world.
Between the 16th and 18th of November, we're going to have a weekend full of amazing panels, keynotes, classes, and parties as well as an art exhibition, food and drinks merchants, pop-ups and so much more.
Thank you to #RichardHarris for some truly wonderful stylistic image of my artwork at Creative DebutsAnti-Art Fair. These images represent the combined collaboration between us both and how beautiful are the results as we peer through the mannequin reconstruction of Richard’s installation to reveal one of my sculptures on the opposing side.
THE ANTI-ART FAIR
BHM FAIR 2018
PHOTOCRED: Luke Watson, CCW Outreach Team (16.06.18) Sculpture Workshop courtesy of the Chelsea UAL Widening Participation scheme alongside the UAL Outreach Team.
MA SUMMER SHOW
Chelsea MA #SummerShow 2018, running from Friday 7 - Thursday 13 September 2018
Exhibition of graduating students from Chelsea’s MA Fine Art and MA Design courses. The Chelsea MA Show has an international outlook and a reputation for exploring innovative cultural solutions, including the following courses: . - MA Fine Art - MA Interior & Spatial Design - MA Textile Design - MA Curating & Collections - MA Graphic Design Communication . Private View: Friday 7 September (6 - 9pm) Public opening times: Saturday, 11am - 4.30pm Monday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm
COMMON THREAD (CRAFT COUNCIL X CREATIVE DEBURS X DAZED)
COMMON THREAD - CRAFT COUNCIL X CREATIVE DEBURS X DAZED
A celebration of the diverse creatives in the UK and beyond, we will be providing a platform for the talents of tomorrow to tell their stories. Expect to see works reflecting on African-Caribbean history, identity, and culture including photography, ceramics, textiles, embroidery, digital art, film, and an opportunity to make something yourself.
A series of works by a group of young and emerging artists, curators and writers of colour, many of whom have politicised by the current socio-political topics of migration, gender and race. As a result they, as artists, within their work have begun to address the question: ‘what does the idea of ‘colour’ mean?’ ‘Coloured’ perspectives.
Art, photography and film showcase from members of our Creative Network!
– Live printing on the opening night – Music from DJ Noudle – Refreshments and Summer vibes
UAL ATTAINMENT CONFERENCE
ATTAINMENT CONFERENCE: 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 provides 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 will also allow 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.
A selections of interdisciplinary artists of colour portraying the punk ethos at 198 Contemporary Arts& Learning
DECOLONISE THE CURRICULUM // PERSPECTIVES IN HIGHER EDUCATION (ZINE LAUNCH)
Decolonising The Arts Curriculum // Perspectives on Higher Education Vitrine Display at Central Saint Martins
INTERIM SHOWCASE (P2)
DECOL. FEST ARTSHOW - PUNX OF COLOUR
PUNX OF COLOUR TO THE FRONT
‘Decolonise Fest is a collective of DIY Diaspora Punx that organise an annual festival including music, art & workshops by and for punx of colour; they define Diaspora Punx as people who are descended (through one or both parents) from the original inhabitants of Africa, Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, the Americas, Australasia, and the islands of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean.
The intent behind Decolonise Fest is to celebrate all the brilliant diaspora punx that are creating right now, acknowledge our elders and the doors they opened for us, and make room for more punx of colour to take centre stage and make noise.
This exhibition showcases a selection of interdisciplinary artists of colour portraying their punk ethos. Their work is created in a state of hybridity, between their geographical Western location and their ancestral identity. From portrait photography, to altars, to video work, the exhibitions aims to showcase the unique positionality of Punx of Colour, with the goal to highlight and celebrate those identities that have been and are being hidden, censored and oppressed.
POINT9: An art exhibition at the International Student House 7th June, Greta Portland Street, was conceptual, contemporary art. All of the artists are from different parts of the world, brought their concept to life and networked in the space to bring sociability to the context of what our studio practice is all about. Congratulations to all the artists who participated in this event & to Ancel Daniel for looking after and curating my work so elegantly.
ARTISTS: ANCEL DANIEL ELENA TSAI NAIRA MUSHTAQ NIHAN KARIM PASCALE WRIGHT RAYVENN SHALEIGHA D’CLARK ROSS McCORMICK SMRITI PRASAD SRIVASTAVA XUELIN XHANG
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, 2018 (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Panel discussion at the Affordable Art Fair (Hampstead Heath) in collaboration with Made in Arts London
INSTALLATION VIEWS - AFFORDABLE ART FAIR (HAMPSTEAD)