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Apr 18 - Jun 24, 2018
The Raw Materials project traces the industrial history of east London along the River Lea, supported by The National Lottery with funds awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund. This year the project has followed textiles, exploring a history of silk-weaving, calico printing, jute spinning and the invention of dye colours. Visit to discover and remember these newly unearthed histories of east London.
The exhibition includes loans of historic fabric produced in the area – including a Georgian calico from Old Ford courtesy of the V&A and a River Lea-inspired design by William Morris – alongside newly commissioned contemporary work from resident artists Freya Gabie and Sarah Desmarais. The show is accompanied by a lively event programme, including walking and boat tours, artist-led workshops and panel discussions.
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Sep 28 - Dec 16, 2018
Open call showcase of international moving image & performance, with lead artists Tina Keane, Melanie Manchot & Bedwyr Williams
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Oct 21, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm talk/event
Inspired by one of the exhibition’s lead artists Tina Keane, the Nunnery Gallery and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) present an evening exploring women’s – and in particular Keane’s – influence on the development of moving image and film art.
Keane’s performance and film first came to critical attention in the 1970s, following the experimental light shows she used to stage for the likes of David Bowie and Pink Floyd. She went on to co-found the non-profit women’s film distribution organisation Circles - Women in Distribution, as well as taking part in and programming exhibitions of significance, such as The New Pluralism at Tate in 1986. Keane’s influence on successive generations of artists has been great, including Tracey Emin, Tim Noble and Sue Webster.
Beginning with a screening of one of Keane’s films, a panel discussion will follow led by the QMUL film department. Chaired by Dr. Jenny Chamarette, panellists include artist Diann Bauer and Richard Dyer, co-author of Electronic Shadows: The Art of Tina Keane (Peter Wollen & Richard Dyer & Jean Fisher).
Tina Keane is lead artist for Visions Programme 1, which includes her works Deviant Beauty (1996) and Couch (2003). Three programmes will present an international overview of some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing digital art, showing over 60 international artists selected from over 1,000 submissions.
Tickets 6/4 (full price/concessions – inc. students, over 65s and Bow Arts artists)
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Please note that this event will take place in the Great Hall, People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.
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