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Landscapes depicted from three artworks Nadia Koo, Sandra Scott, Selena Scott

Art Exhibitions

Throughout the year, a series of high-quality art exhibitions is displayed in the Gallery, Combination Room and gardens. Always free and open to all.

Landscapes depicted from three artworks Nadia Koo, Sandra Scott, Selena Scott

Art exhibitions at ҹѰ

ҹѰ has a vibrant and exciting programme of exhibitions curated by Fellows, students and the Arts Committee. Works are displayed in the Combination Room and the Gallery, as well as the Dining Room. We typically have an opening event for each exhibition that is advertised on the College Events page.

Life Within Landscapes 

Caribbean - Cambridge Art, Now

This exhibition is a celebration of the Caribbean landscape and the people that inhabit it - the remarkable flora and the fauna, unique colours and light, diverse forms of visual expression and tapestry of cultures. The exhibition presents a selection of remarkable artworks by three female contemporary artists, Sandra Scott, Nadia Koo and Selena Scott. They have made their home in Cambridge while continuing to be informed and inspired by their Caribbean heritage. Their work is presented through the lens of their lived experiences, life-long travels and multi-cultural backgrounds as well as personal histories and memories. 

This history and culture of the Caribbean are inextricably linked to landscape. Both in terms of ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ geographies, scholars of the Caribbean refer not only to the remarkable physical and geographic qualities of this varied region but also the socio-economic, political and historical trajectories which contribute to its complex, diverse, often disputed but visibly distinct social and cultural landscape - at the heart of which is the relationship between people and nature. 

This exhibition presents a range of media and artforms ranging from film, textile-arts, doll-making as well as painting and printmaking, reflecting the rich tapestry of artistic expression found across the region and in the contemporary arts. The three contemporary artists in this exhibition offer a remarkable insight into the Caribbean, its influence on global imaginations and impact on cultures around the world. Reflecting their own reality they explore and blend the knowledge of Caribbean and of Cambridge. Like much great art, they explore, inspire and reveal. You are invited to see what you will, but the more you look the more you see. They demonstrate that, in a world obsessed with classifications, it is possible to break down boundaries, preconceptions and prejudices, starting with Western notions of genre and media but more fundamentally affecting our expectations, appreciation and understanding of art.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Anna M Dempster, Fellow, ҹѰ.

With special thanks to the Dr Kenny Monrose of ҹѰ's   (REACH) Research Hub and Professor Steve Evans,  (S&C) Research Hub.

Click through to read more about the artists.

Section of artworks depicting landscapes

Images with thanks to Sandra Scott, Nadia Koo and Selena Scott.

Recent exhibitions

Ceramics in The Bernard Leach Tradition

A Selection from the Bradshaw-Bubier Collection

28 April - 19 May 2024

The Leach Pottery at St Ives in Cornwall, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach (1887-1979) and Shoji Hamada (1894-1978), played a crucial role in the development of the Studio Pottery movement in Britain. All but one of the potters whose work is represented in this two-case display worked at the Leach Pottery for a time, or with Leach’s first pupil, Michael Cardew, at either Winchcombe in Somerset, or Wenford Bridge in Gloucestershire. Their work embodies Leach’s vision of pots that are handmade, functional, and aesthetically satisfying, while illustrating their individual interpretations of Oriental and English ceramic traditions.

One case displays stoneware by David Leach, his son, John Leach, William Marshall, Ray Finch, and Joe Finch, who was apprenticed to his father and did not work at St Ives. The other has porcelain by Derek Emms and Amanda Brier, and stoneware by Trevor Corser, Nic Harrison, Alan Brough, Joanna Wason, and an American, Jeff Oestreich. 

Teapot - Alan Brough part of Bradshaw-Bubier Studio Pottery Collection

Opening times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00.  Please note that the exhibition is occasionally unavailable, for instance during graduations, therefore it is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). 

On Saturday 4 May, access to the exhibition will be from 13:00 - 17:00. 

After News Before Bed - Enej Gala 

ҹѰ Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize        

28 January - 21 April 2024

Opening times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00.  Please note that the exhibition is occasionally unavailable, for instance during graduations, therefore it is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). 

The exhibition takes its name from an ongoing series of oil paintings ‘‘After news before bed’’ started in 2022 and includes sculptures from the series ‘‘Repaired objects’ started in 2017. The title originates from a time slot which in certain countries was designed for short cartoons or other childrens’ programs. Oddly enough, after the evening news where parents would gather rather distressed information about politics and different state affairs, children would get their turn to watch some short entertainment before going to sleep. It is not clear if the aim is for children to be ‘‘encouraged’’ to watch the news waiting for their cartoons, or if parents are meant to get some gratifying relaxation with their children after all the more ‘‘serious affairs’’. An interesting space opens up to be explored through imagery in between the two extremes, where serious business can get cartoonishly distorted, and cartoons just after the abundance of facts can produce some serious implications. 

The series of Repaired objects explores the functionality of everyday objects through a slow metamorphosis of their anatomy, taking the repair beyond itself as a dubious process that never returns pristine conditions to submitted objects. This series takes us away from usual assumptions, expanding possibilities of an individual evolution within each object, exploiting its symbolical and physical properties through a naive sci-fi scenario where the outcome is always unsure.

Paintings are restricted to the approximate measures of the TV set from the artist’s childhood. Their taking space in a university charged with serious knowledge developing programs makes a peculiar match that could open up a fun dispute about the seriousness of knowledge itself. The dialogue between two series and the space can present an intertwining mix of realities between facts and fictions, knowledge and ignorance, seriousness and triviality through thought and matter that keep questioning one another until exhausted after all the news and entertainment we can finally go to bed.

 

Bio:

Enej Gala lives and works between London, Venice and Nova Gorica. In 2014 he was in an exchange at the William De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In 2013 he accomplishes his B.A. and in 2015 his M.A. in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Graduated from Royal Academy Schools Postgraduate Programme in London 2019-2023. Last solo shows: The invention of footsteps at Almanac, Turin (IT) 2023, Saving chewing gums from mammoth’s hair at TJ Boulting, London (UK) 2023 and Nevereverevereverevereverever learn at Aplusa gallery, Venice (IT) 2022. Winner of Xenia residency award, Bow Arts Alcamantar RAW studio award, ҹѰ Cambridge RAS Graduate Prize andGilbert Bayes Scholarship Award – for sculpture 2023. 

His practice is based on an acute awareness of thinking through making as an attempt to grasp the experience of otherness. As a device that reveals its tricks while counter-intuitively enhancing their magic, puppetry is used as a lense to focus on materials as entities, expanding their potential by exposing and building on their intrinsic qualities. This process questions traditional perspectives on art, craftsmanship, installation, performance and different forms of production also through frequent collaborations and free improvisation. Stretching the limits of imagination by feeding on flaws of perception, his works ruminate metaphors, like an anomaly manifested through constant frustration over what is proposed to us in any form of convention. Gently probing fragile belongings to particular identities and persistently subverting conflictual rethorics, cryptic interweaves with mundane forming genuine dialogues through site responsive installations as welcoming traps for viewers to stumble upon. 

@enejgala

Barbarians under the rug - Enej Gala
Barbarians under the rug, 2021, oil on canvas

Tim Head - How It Is

Including works from the Frangenberg Donation

15 October 2023 - 21 January 2024

Tim Head won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1987 and is an artist of major significance who has exhibited internationally for several decades. Themes of fundamental importance can be traced throughout his long and consistently innovative career: a conflicted fascination with consumerism; a rage against exploitative big business and the armaments industries; his environmental and political activism; his revulsion against factory farming and his hostility to genetic modification. All these concerns seem remarkably prescient of concerns which are widespread today. So, too, is his dread of a nuclear Armageddon.

The formal qualities of Head’s art are similarly radical and often seem to reveal a psychic alienation, deliberately unsettling or disorientating the spectator.  Repulsion and attraction are enmeshed in complex ways, as can be seen in the ambivalence of his interest in signage, logos and packaging, which he often endows with sinister overtones, but also, sometimes, with an extraordinary grandeur and an undefinable spirituality.  Head experiments incessantly and obsessively.  He forensically scrutinises the everyday, then dissects, abstracts and re-presents it, so that its elements appear equivocally beautiful and disturbingly unfamiliar.

Professor Phillip Lindley, curator

Tim Head Winter 1984
Winter, 1984 Tim Head ©

 

Frangenberg Collection Artists' Edition display

The Gallery

Frangenberg Collection Artists’ Edition

In 2018, Andreas and Rita Frangenberg donated to ҹѰ the bulk of the art collection accumulated by the late Dr Thomas Frangenberg. This brought to the college a fine collection of conceptual art which Thomas had acquired over nearly four decades. The bulk of the collection is by London-based artists: Thomas lived in London from 1981, when he came to England to write his PhD, and was well known to artists and art-dealers alike. When he first arrived, he purchased extensively from artists such as Tim Head, Amikam Toren, Keith Milow and others. Later, he frequented artists’ studios and graduation shows at some of London’s major art colleges, aiming to buy works as inexpensively as possible, before artists had gallery representation. He became exceptionally astute at judging who would be the stars of the future and it is one reason why so many Turner Prize winners and nominees are included in the collection. 

In 2020, I exhibited a first selection from the collection in the Combination Room and published an account of Thomas as a collector: Angle of Vision [a display copy is nearby]. Now, at the suggestion of one of the artists, Stuart Taylor, I shall publish a new version of the book, in an edition of 50, with a selection of nine art-works, each also in a limited edition of 50, by artists whose work Thomas collected. Eight of the works are shown here and the ninth, by Janette Parris, will be added when she has signed the copies in late November. Tim Head’s Dark Planet is directly related to his work of the same name currently on show in the Combination Room.

Professor Phillip Lindley

Artists represented:

Keith Milow

Tim Head

Amikam Toren

Hannah Lister

Alicja Dubrocka

Simon Patterson

Nicky Hirst

Janette Parris

Patterns of Renewal - Gurpran Rau

30 April - 15 October 2023

This exhibition presents a series of new works by Gurpran Rau. Conceived and created between 2020 and 2023, they offer a profound insight into a period of extreme uncertainty – as individuals, families and communities were forced to completely re-think their relationships with each other and the world around them. As our isolation increased, we were forced to look closer, harder and for longer – at our immediate environment. In an ever-accelerating world, consumed with an intense search for the remote and exotic, we were compelled to pause, stop, consider and discover – the beauty in the mundane. As the world was thrown into the unknown territory of a global pandemic, many people found immense solace in nature on their doorstep, familiar trees on their street, or modest plants at roadsides or on windowsills.

Inspired by patterns made by sunlight filtering through trees in the forest, this series of paintings reflect both a period of great anxiety as well as being a testimony to the healing power of nature. They depict the underlying tensions of this period and the inherent conflict between light and dark, in all its manifestations; they are simultaneously colourful and bathed in muted shades of grey.

Characteristically, Gurpran captures not only the qualities of the natural world, but the over-riding mood of our times. The shapes and structures she employs in her art resist categorization; a circle is implied but never perfect, neither geometric nor amorphous; shapes fuse and melt across layers of colour with a dynamic quality that escapes definition, neither figurative nor entirely abstract.

A long time in the studio, these works are being exhibited to the public for the first time. Although there are familiar motifs – including a life-long fascination with the structure, creation and symbolism of the circle – this series of paintings present an exciting departure both in terms of process and practice. New methods, experimentation and innovation in how Gurpran applies and removes paint across the surface of many layers, reflects her interest in transience and transformation; both structures in the natural world and the nature of change; a world in constant flux and a search for balance born of a nomadic life-style.

I am delighted we are able to showcase this new series of paintings at ҹѰ. Gurpran’s message of respect for the environment, the power of nature to inspire, heal and unite, is a poignant reminder for our contemporary world.

Dr. Anna M. Dempster, ҹѰ, Cambridge 2023

The as a highlight from the Open Cambridge heritage events.

Gurpran Rau - Artist statement

These paintings were inspired by my walks in the woods of Cambridgeshire during the challenging days of lockdown. I was fascinated by the ephemeral dance of light and shadow on the forest floor, as sun-dappled patterns emerged and faded revealing nature's exquisite choreography. I felt a deep connection with my surrounding environment. These wanderings were transformative, bringing light into dark spaces in my mind – reassuring me that brighter days lay ahead. I felt nurtured and protected by some extraordinary fate.

Drawing from the repetitive and intricate patterns I observed underfoot - the harmonious intermingling of organic forms with shadows and sunlight, I combined layers of paint and other media creating a new and vibrant terrain. Using a reductive process, I let the paint reveal what lay beneath, echoing the wild and beautiful paths I traversed. For me, the forest floor is like a tapestry: highly patterned, alive, chaotic, mysterious, and beautiful all at the same time. I am in awe of the healing and regenerative power of nature and the wonder of existence.

As you walk past these works, I invite you to explore the changing palette of colours, the natural forms that unfurl and emotional resonance that might echo within. I hope this body of work will encourage you to connect spiritually with the natural world, treading more lightly on our fragile planet with a reverence and respect for all living things.  

Biography

Gurpran Rau is a painter, print-maker and mixed-media artist. Born in the Indian Himalayas, she was constantly moving as a child and has remained inspired by her travels.

She studied Textile Design at the New Delhi Polytechnic and began her career in fashion design working with Indian multinationals designing evening-wear, including for Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and creating hand-painted silks for Dior. This period was formative in her life-long fascination with colour and texture. She went on to live in France where she studied drawing at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and French Civilization at the Sorbonne. In 2000, she relocated to the US and completed an MA in Fine Arts at Purdue University before moving to California to begin a busy period of gallery and museum exhibitions across the US and UK. She moved to the UK in 2012 and work is held in public and private collections in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia.

Having lived in many countries and travelled the world, Rau is a truly international artist interested in exploring connections between people and cultures and what links us across time and place.

Patterns of Renewal
Patterns of Renewal (C) Gurpran Rau 2023

Richard Batterham stoneware 

- a display of works from the Bradshaw-Bubier studio pottery collection

 17 September - 8 October 2023

Richard Batterham (1936 - 2021) was one of Britain’s most revered makers of hand-thrown stoneware in the tradition of the pioneer studio potters, Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew. Over sixty years he evolved an inimitable style of his own through the repetition of unostentatious functional forms with muted glazes which are quietly beautiful. ҹѰ is lucky to own sixty-one examples of Batterham’s work which form part of a collection of pottery in the ‘Leach tradition’ donated by Dr Harry Bradshaw and his wife, Dr Norma Bubier, to celebrate the College’s fiftieth anniversary in 2015.

Batterham attended Bryanston School in Dorset, where he learned potting techniques under the guidance of an inspirational art master, Donald Potter, and was already a competent thrower when he left in 1954. After National Service, he worked as an apprentice at the Leach Pottery in St Ives during 1957 and 1958. There he met his future wife, Dinah Dunn, and Atsuya Hamada (d. 1986), son of the great Japanese potter, Shogi Hamada. In 1959 he married Dinah and set up his own workshop at Durweston, Dorset, where he installed a Japanese-style kick wheel and built a climbing kiln. Unusually, he undertook all the manufacturing processes himself, from preparation of the clay stored in his garden, to stacking, and unloading the kiln. A more spacious workshop was built for him in 1966, and he constructed a larger climbing kiln, rebuilt in 1996. His first major exhibition at the British Crafts Centre in London in 1972 was greeted with critical acclaim.

In the Seventies art school-trained potters were turning against wheel-thrown pottery in favour of slab-building and slip-casting one-off objects, but Batterham was unaffected by fashion. He continued to live quietly in the country, throwing  functional pottery which he hoped would ‘communicate warmth and life’ to its users.

Most of Batterham’s pots are high-fired stoneware with integral decoration, such as faceting, fluting, incising and chattering, executed before the first firing. This was followed by the application of wood ash glazes which appear greyish- or bluish-green, amber or cream after a second firing. Other pots have rich brown glazes containing iron or manganese. He also made porcelain, and from 1978 salt-glazed stoneware, but these did not form a large part of his output and are not represented in ҹѰ’s collection.

Curated by Dr Julia Poole

Richard Batterham stoneware
Richard Batterham stoneware

 

Things Put Differently, Gavin Fry 

Including works by Anthony Green RA and Mary Cozens-Walker

30 April - 10 September 2023

Hand stitching is a slow rhythmic craft that describes both the functional and symbolic dimensions of joining and being attached, and as such it has become a daily social encounter for Gavin Fry.

In this exhibition Fry presents stitched works and the kernels of ideas including his sketchbooks and found objects. In these, the original ideas, are the sandwiched disparate elements and gleaned things that later get fixed together. Only then do the stories they hold get written; and because they are built ragbag, they can be neither purely realist nor linear.

The slow rhythms of hand-stitching allow the artist to carve out space for himself and make time for reflection. The embroidery is not rogue but is included throughout the making stages as a dialogic collage element to further add to both the narrative and the making process using his idiosyncratic imagery.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of having an art practice, is to use it as a trampoline to bounce around questions that might not otherwise get asked (of oneself and of others). By capturing initial information in journals and sketchbooks Fry can then marry ideas into questions, and compositions from accidental discoveries and quiet collisions. It is these that then grow into assemblages/bricolages, the complete process from find to end becoming a device to activate further inquiries.

The themes explored in these works are identity, labelling, and the narrative associations of stitch. The artist’s material choices are deliberate: they enable him to play himself because his identity is partially constructed through making with stitch and thread, bits and bobs, and in turn, this has become a device to activate further inquiries.

Roland Barthes in his essay The World as Object, discusses the transformation of things (and materials), and in line with this logical alchemy Fry is “taking refuge within attributes”. For forty years the attributes of embroidery have become a productive epistemic practice enabling him to occupy both a personal and a historic social space because immersion in the craft is not an isolating encounter.

This work develops certain monstrosities (as well as pleasures) to make social ornaments and signs. It does so by using materials familiar to the artist so as not to inhibit but make easier both the documentation and making processes. These forms and material choices support and contextualize Fry’s ideas. In these works, embroidery surpasses its functional attributes because it is used here as a material practice that signifies metaphors of collaboration and separation.

Dr Gavin Fry thanks the University of Brighton for their support of this exhibition.

Dr Gavin Fry MA RCA (b.1963, UK) studied Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College under Eirian Short, Audrey Walker and Constance Howard. He later attained a postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Art in Embroidery after working in ecclesiastical textile conservation, and internationally as a textile designer for fashion whilst maintaining his art practice. He graduated from Kings College London as a Project 2000 Mental Health nurse. And completed a doctorate at the University of Brighton in 2019. This is his first solo show, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at The Mall Galleries, RIBA and with the Textile Study Group and The 62 Group of Textile Artists.

Anthony Green RA (1939-2023, UK) was a figurative painter and printmaker, whose works drew on his domestic life, including featuring his wife, Mary Cozens-Walker in many of his paintings. He was a Senior Royal Academician and an Honorary Fellow of ҹѰ.

Mary Cozens-Walker (1938-2020, UK) was a multi-media textile artist. She was educated at North London Collegiate School, The Slade School of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London where she specialised in embroidery and textiles. She exhibited in the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States.

You 2023 Gavin Fry
You, 2023

Signs for the Living - Hannah Lister 

ҹѰ Cambridge Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize 2023                                                                                     

29 January - 23 April 2023

Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00. It is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). Please do not visit the college if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you.

Hannah Lister’s photographs are complex, subtle, multi-layered works.

They invite the viewer to engage with the questions they pose about representational image-making in general and the nature of photography in particular, but they also raise larger symbolic and spiritual concerns, about our position in time, our embodied relationship to landscapes and to the environment, and about our connections with others. 

Hannah uses analogue photography and printing to cultivate chance and intuitively sifts its potential.  Her emphasis on the materiality of the photograph, which she sometimes enhances by deliberately embracing potential flaws in the process of print-making, is in subtle dialogue with her photographs’ representational functions. We contemplate the quizzical glance or equivocal gesture in a portrait, the evocative landscape with its evidence of presence and distance simultaneously, the mundane object freighted with unexpected and enigmatic symbolism. The photograph is never objectively, transparently recording: it is an image, a selection, an artifice; but it is also weighty and mysterious, pregnant with some undefined meaning, elusive and allusive simultaneously.

Lung, 2021 Gelatin silver print on fibre based paper
Lung, 2021 Gelatin silver print on fibre based paper

Simon Patterson: Out of Order

6 November 2022 - 22 January 2023

Simon Patterson’s art wittily subverts scientific taxonomies and graphical systems of knowledge: diagrams, maps and charts, lists, instruction-manuals, encyclopaedias, the systems we use to classify and organise our materials rationally.  Frequently his work is trans-systemic, taking one schema for ordering knowledge and inserting into it materials from a wholly different system or systems. The disruptions thus caused are humorous and demanding simultaneously, because Patterson’s art-works require a knowledge of the graphical or text-based schemata he playfully collides with one another.  They also demand the spectator’s familiarity with the sources he deploys – ranging from the Seven Rishis to contemporary football formations, from eighteenth-century novels to twentieth-century films and television. 

Patterson’s disruptive reorderings of knowledge systems are often monumental and possess a poetic grandeur, qualities which are strikingly evident in his name-paintings - the works which first brought him to national and international attention - where names ‘substitute’ for representational portraits.

Simon Patterson (b.1967) is one of a new generation of contemporary artists in Britain. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College in London, and took part in the seminal ‘Freeze’ exhibition of 1988. In 1992 he made his best-known work to date, The Great Bear, a reworking of Harry Beck’s classic London Underground map. In 1993 he showed a pair of Last Suppers at the Aperto of the Venice Biennale, in which the disciples took the formations of football team, with Jesus Christ in goal. He was nominated for the Turner prize in 1996. He has made numerous permanent and temporary works and has exhibited at major museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthaus Zurich; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, The Hayward Gallery, London; and Tate Britain, Liverpool and Modern.

Saptarishi 2012
Saptarishi 2012 enamel on steel edition of 20

 

Kill or Cure

15 May - 9 October 2022.

Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00. It is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). Please do not visit the college if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you.

Kill or Cure showcases 36 contemporary artworks and 2 displays across a range of media – digital art, video, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and collage. The exhibition presents art and artists from the UK, Europe and around the world, including, Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Iran, Korea, Mongolia, USA and Zimbabwe, amongst others.

Leading international artists, including Mat Collishaw, Charlotte Verity, Tom Ellis, Julieta Hanono and Adrien Missika, have loaned major works to ҹѰ, with a number of artists and artworks displayed for the first time in Cambridge and the UK.

An Open Call responding to the theme of Kill or Cure, also attracted a large number of submissions from professional artists as well as students, alumni and academics from across Cambridge and internationally. Following a competitive process, a selection of these works are on displayed.

Kill or Cure seeks to discover and explore how substances from the natural world – in particular plants – but also animals, gases, chemicals and minerals – have been used in, inspired or informed the medical sciences. How substances and properties which are both potentially lethal and/or life-giving and the fine boundary between the potential to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’, depending on applications, dose and usage. This exhibition aims to stimulate discussion and debate and explore the fascinating relationship between art, modern medicine and the natural world.

Visitors to the exhibition are warmly welcomed. We would kindly appreciate if you leave a comment and/or sign the Visitors Book.

ҹѰ ҹѰ and the exhibition:

ҹѰ, Cambridge, is renowned for its academic excellence as an international and inclusive community of scholarship with a vibrant intellectual and cultural life. The College has an established programme of exhibitions and artistic events which take place throughout the year and are framed by its modernist architecture, beautiful landscaped gardens and embedded into academic life.  The art on show will be enjoyed by both the academic and wider community. Exhibitions are open to the general public, enjoyed with the students and Fellows and visited by eminent scholars and visitors from around the world. ҹѰ has an established art exhibition programme which has showcased the work of both renowned international artists and innovative emerging artists with the aim of stimulating reflection, discussion and debate. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Anna M Dempster, Fellow, ҹѰ. 


This exhibition forms a key part of ҹѰ Explores: Growth, the annual guiding theme which aims to stimulate rich, productive dialogue across interdisciplinary and cultural borders. Kill or Cure runs alongside many fascinating events, talks and complement the work of the College’s interdisciplinary Research Hubs on Sustainability, Gender and Global Health as well as wider research community.

 

Kill or Cure exhibition image

The Made and the Unmade: John Atkin

27 March - 1 May 2022

Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00. It is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). Please do not visit the college if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you.

The Made and the Unmade is born out of an earlier series of wall-based artworks entitled The Pendulum Reliefs, which have been exhibited throughout North America.

These artworks have developed from John Atkin’s interest in pattern-blocks (tailors’ patterns), which at one and the same time are elegant abstract forms as well as found-objects that allude to human identity. The human figure is at its core to, as is the objet-trouvé tradition in Modern and Contemporary Fine Art practice

The overwhelming majority of this work is hand-wrought, using traditional skills such as découpage, drawing, and painting which have led to the juxtaposition of digital methods as seen in this exhibition.

Also on display are a series of drawings, sketchbook pages, and ceramic sculptures, derived from Atkin’s research into C14th plumb bobs. These measuring instruments have been used ever since ancient Egypt and pinpoint the nadir; the downward-facing point of a specific location as dictated by gravity. This description is almost human, and Atkin’s interest in this historic variety of plumb bobs is their figurative references, as well as his interest in found objects and their resonance to the human figure.

John Atkin: Studies for Smart Gill 2, Studies for Smart Gill 1
Studies for Smart Gill 2, 2001, pastel on card, college 43 x 33 cm. Studies for Smart Gill 1, pastel on card, collage, 43 x 33 cm.

The Art of Great Bardfield - The visual legacy of a small Essex village

23 January - 20 March 2022

Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00. It is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). Please do not visit the college if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you.

From the early 1930s until the end of the twentieth century, a significant number of professional artists were drawn to the small north west Essex village of Great Bardfield and its surroundings. Working across various media, they made a substantial contribution to twentieth-century visual culture in Britain.

The artists never constituted a ‘school’ or movement, and they had diverse styles and interests. However, they have inevitably become known as the ‘Bardfield Artists’. Many of them were skilled printmakers, producing both limited edition art prints and inexpensive lithographs for wider circulation, often pioneering new methods. Most of them needed to earn their living, and as well as teaching they undertook a wide range of commercial work.

This exhibition displays a cross-section of the contribution these artists made to twentieth-century visual culture in Britain, and is drawn from the extensive North West Essex Collection of art housed in the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, a public art gallery run entirely by volunteers. All works are from the Collection, except where stated, and grateful thanks are extended to the Trustees for the loan of these items. The exhibition has been curated by senior member Peter Donovan.

Sheila Robinson, Brook Street, Great Bardfield, Woodcut, 1966 © The estate of the artist
Sheila Robinson, Brook Street, Great Bardfield, Woodcut, 1966 © The estate of the artist

The Combination Show - Irini Bachlitzanaki

ҹѰ Cambridge Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize 2021

24 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays 10.00-17.00. It is advisable to contact the Porters' Lodge in advance of your visit (01223 335900). Please do not visit the college if you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Thank you.

The Combination Show 

Borrowing its title from the name of the room, The Combination Show brings together a selection of older and more recent works that employ various embroidery techniques to create different versions of everyday objects we share our lives with. Images seemingly protrude out of their flat backgrounds and three-dimensional objects sink back into them as the works oscillate between image and object. A play on opposites that come together, the utilitarian and the decorative, the prop and the real, soft and hard, these works attempt to imaginatively feel around the space as well as the material world. They simultaneously explore the relationship of sculpture to other forms of representation and the relationship of making works of art to other forms of production, artefacts and commodities.

The framed embroidered pieces, hanging tapestries, upholstered and smaller sculptures, along with research material and preparatory work are part of an ongoing body of work that flirts with several different processes and draws inspiration from craft and design practices. These pieces Illustrate a strong pull towards materiality and an interest in practical skills, traditional or otherwise, whilst also allowing for material experimentation.

Irini Bachlitzanaki was born in Athens, Greece in 1984 and now lives and works in London. She studied History of Art at UCL and Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts and most recently the Royal Academy Schools. She has participated in group exhibitions in Greece, the U.K. and elsewhere and has had two solo shows in her native Athens. The Combination Show is her first solo exhibition in the U.K.

Rinnig (Gooseberry Fool) (bench) 2021 Digital embroidery on cotton fabric  upholstered on foam, MDF and painted  mild steel
Rinnig (Gooseberry Fool), 2021 (digitised drawing detail) Image courtesy of the artist

Amikam Toren - Representation as a Matter of Fact (13 June - 19 September 2021) 

Since the late 1960s, the Israeli-born artist Amikam Toren has been producing extraordinary artworks which are frequently the result of appropriation, destruction and re-construction.  All his works reveal a rigorous investigation of materials and materiality.  Toren’s programmatic interrogation and transmutation of the physical media with which he works destroy the boundaries between painting and sculpture: even the apparently two-dimensional is revealed to possess a physical three-dimensionality and the three-dimensional object is co-opted to become its own two-dimensional representation.

Toren’s work challenges the spectator’s perception of the possible and renders strange the everyday object and the familiar media of art.  The products of ‘Sunday-afternoon’ figurative painters are cut through or sliced up and partially liquidised; or their paintings are carefully removed from the stretchers, the artists’ signatures on the corners of their canvases cut out, unfolded, flattened and preserved, pseudo-archaeologically, the appropriated segment revivified as a new work.

Several distinctive interests are evidenced throughout Toren’s distinguished career. They include the exploration of the nature and definition of representation; an interest in reflection and in mirrored reduction; a long-term fascination with the fragment and with destruction and its partial converse - the creative metamorphosis of the broken and smashed; a delight in the co-option and manipulation of graphic signs as art; the interrogation of the relationship between texts and figurative imagery; and an abiding interest in materiality and media.

This exhibition will include several works by Toren from ҹѰ’s Frangenberg Collection. The late Dr Thomas Frangenberg owned the largest collection of Toren’s work in the world. After Thomas’s death, several major works by Toren were bequeathed to Tate, and to Leeds and Manchester Art Galleries, but a nucleus of important works came with the rest of the collection to ҹѰ.

Amikam Toren Neither a box nor a painting
Neither a box nor a Painting, 1984

Simon Quadrat - Recent Paintings  (15 March to 14 June 2020)

Simon Quadrat was born in London in May 1946, the son of Jewish parents who had separately fled Germany in the 1930s and then met and settled in England. He had the advantage of a very cosmopolitan and cultured childhood, where both music and art played a large part. During his school years he painted factories and desolate urban landscapes. Reading about art and visiting art galleries became one of his major interests from his early teenage years and he developed a particular love of Old Master paintings with an interest in 20th century art coming much later. However he had no thought of becoming an artist, instead he read Law at university and went on to establish himself as a criminal barrister in the Temple in London and then from 1985, in Bristol.  In his mid-thirties he felt compelled to try to teach himself to paint “I succumbed to a strong urge to paint professionally and so gave up the Bar to become a full time artist."

Since then he has been regularly invited to exhibit his work in galleries and his work is now widely collected. In 2004 he was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy where he went on to serve both as Academicians Chairman and President. In 2015 he was elected a member of the New English Art Club. Simon is married and lives and paints (accompanied always by his cat) in Wiltshire. He is also a classical pianist.

Simon is represented by Panter & Hall Gallery, London.

“All the paintings in this exhibition were created in my studio based largely on imagination with occasional help from drawings and photos where needed. I can never plan a painting too precisely as they never turn out as expected. As subject matter I draw on early memories or anything however mundane and trivial or even imagined which is important or interesting enough for me at the time to need to paint it. Viewers of my work tend to describe me as a storyteller, if so they are imperfect stories having neither beginning nor ending.

Painting the way I do means you never really know what you are after. I only know that mere pictorial representation isn’t enough for me. And so I quote Edward Hopper quoting Renoir: “The important element of a picture cannot be defined; cannot be explained perhaps is better”.  A painter may look at Piero Della Francesca, El Greco, Velasquez or Rembrandt or indeed Picasso and wonder why he bothers, but you carry on because in your own small way you think you have something to add which the viewer may find more than superficial or transient.

To my mind painting often works best using the simplest of motifs or commonplace subjects. In his monologue Fra Lippo Lippi Browning wrote this passage, putting these words in the mouth of the painter “For, we’re made so that we love first when we see them painted, things we have passed perhaps a hundred times nor cared to see; and so they are better painted.”

Simon Quadrat, 2020

This exhibition formed part of

WOLFSON EXPLORES*BORDERS

On The River - Simon Quadrat (2019)
On The River (2019)

The Frangenberg Collection (19 January to 8 March 2020)

Dr Thomas Frangenberg (1957-2018), a distinguished historian of Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, was also a well-known collector of contemporary art. Between the early 1980s, when he arrived in England from Germany, and his death in London in 2018, Thomas amassed a substantial art-collection. The collection predominantly comprises ideas-based, ‘conceptual’ art-works, produced in London from the mid-1970s until a few months before Thomas’s death. He left several important works to Tate and the Contemporary Art Society also received a number of bequests, as did friends and family. However, the vast bulk of this important collection, numbering more than 750 works, has been generously donated to ҹѰ by Thomas’s executors, his brother Andreas and sister-in-law Rita Frangenberg. Several Turner-Prize winners, many nominees and a host of other internationally and nationally celebrated artists are represented in the collection. This exhibition presents a first selection from the works now in store in the college.

Thomas’s acquisitions reflect his intimate knowledge of the London art scene during the decades when the capital became, for the first time, the most exciting centre of art-production in the world. The pieces he selected typically probed the definition of art, problematised its production, challenged media boundaries and hierarchies, critiqued the art market and almost always foregrounded the participation of the viewer in generating meaning. Of course, all art works involve the beholder’s participation to a greater or lesser degree, but in their overt requirements for a dynamic intellectual and aesthetic engagement, the works Thomas collected place a very great emphasis on the spectator’s active participation in the construction of meaning. This exhibition, then, is not just about painted or sculpted forms, prints, photographs, drawings, or indeed about objects of any kind, but also about the ideas and interpretations the works will stimulate in the viewer’s mind. Professor Phillip Lindley

This exhibition formed part of

WOLFSON EXPLORES*BORDERS

Abigail Lane 'For His Own Good' (1995)
Abigail Lane For His Own Good (1995) 

Time is Money - Débora Delmar (ҹѰ Cambridge - Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize 2019; 20 October 2019 to 12 January 2020)

Débora Delmar’s work investigates the effects of globalisation on everyday life in relationship to consumer culture and aspirational aesthetics. She is particularly focused on the societal effects of globalisation such as issues of class and cultural hegemony, as well as the homogenisation of corporate aesthetics. Delmar creates multi-sensory installations that are commonly composed of different elements, these include fabricated and appropriated objects.

The L.U.X.U.R.Y Time series (clocks) are a playful appropriation and re-presentation of aspects of our everyday realities through the use of international brands and things associated with habits of consumption. These works directly bring together object form, image and time. Through this efficient assemblage they present diverse temporalities and realities, and it is through their repetition and insistence they come to speak of scheduling, timetabling, the anxieties of time (and ageing), and situations of labour as well as perceptions of aspiration, value and ownership.

The clocks are juxtaposed with works from the Canto (Mayfair Businessmen) series, composed of off-cut fabrics that Delmar has collected from Saville Row tailors. These are sewn and stretched and come to resemble Barnett Newman's Canto series of paintings. These investigate certain power relations, hierarchies and networks.

Delmar now lives and works in London. She exhibits regularly with solo and group shows in the UK, Europe and the Americas.

L.U.X.U.R.Y. Time (Gucci I) photo: Andy Keate
L.U.X.U.R.Y. Time (Gucci I), photo: Andy Keate

Tszwai So: Emotional Architecture transforming responses to space (30 June to 22 September 2019)

The exhibition of the work of this young architect highlights his responses, in his buildings and the spaces he creates, to the attachments of people to places. So first found acclaim for his installation Remembering Chernobyl, part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016He is probably best known, however, for his prize-winning Belarusian Memorial Chapel (2017), the first wooden church to be built in London since the Great Fire of 1666 and a poetic memorial to all those who have lost their lives in Belarus since the foundation of the state in 1918.

In this show we trace his interest in people from his earliest sketches through his Urban Hermitage series and Remembering Chernobyl to his designs for Jean Rey Square, Brussels, An Echo in Time. This was selected by the European Parliament to be the first  Pan-European Memorial for all victims of Totalitarianism in the 20th century.  The drawings for the memorial subsequently won the RIBA annual International Drawing Competition - the RIBAJ Eye Line Award 2018.

The exhibition formed part of WOLFSON EXPLORES | Transformation |.

Tszwai So Putting the finfishing touches to Slonim
Tszwai So: putting the finishing touches to Slonim, 1941

Joseph Joseph: The Making of Functional Design (28 April to 16 June 2019)

Since 2003, Joseph Joseph has built an enviable reputation for producing some of the world’s most innovative and distinctive housewares products. Founded by twin brothers Antony and Richard Joseph, the company has grown rapidly to become an award-winning international housewares brand, sold in over 110 countries across the globe. Their most recent accolades include receiving two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise - in International Trade and Innovation. The company operates from modern, open-plan headquarters in central London and also has offices in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong and Shanghai. This exhibition explores their process of invention through a series of curated displays that feature original sketches, prototypes, testing rigs and photographs. Either working closely with leading product designers, or developing products in-house via their talented design team, the exhibition showcases their unique, problem-solving approach, rigorous process of refinement and attention to detail. Joseph Joseph's ultimate mission is to create desirable products that enhance everyday life and stay true to their philosophy of creating Brilliantly Useful Design.

In 1998 Richard took the Advanced Course in Design, Manufacture and Management at the Department of Engineering's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), spending a year at ҹѰ. The Fine Arts Committee is delighted to welcome back Richard Joseph to ҹѰ.

The exhibition formed part of WOLFSON EXPLORES | Transformation |.

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