Pop Up Common Room: Engine ChatChat at Griffin Gallery

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22 Feb - 19 Apr 2017

6.30pm to 8.30pm

This series of events is open to all current UAL postgraduate students and alumni

  • Do you make work around themes connected to 'place'?
  • Would you like to take part in a series of facilitated peer critiques at a West London Gallery?
  • Would you like to expand your network of peers with similar research interests at UAL?

Engine ChatChat and Griffin Gallery in partnership with the Postgraduate Community have created an opportunity for 12 UAL Postgraduate students and alumni to take part in a series of 3 informal and constructive peer crits, exploring work around the theme of 'Constructing Place'. This series of critiques will be contextualized by two Griffin Gallery exhibitions: I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper and Architecture as Metaphor

Facilitated by Elizabeth Murton, an artist and graduate from Goldsmiths, with 10 years experience of bringing artists together for 'Engine ChatChat', the sessions will be informal and stimulating, with constructive conversation encouraged.

How it works: Each artist will attend all 3 sessions
- Session 1 - 22 February, 6:30pm-8:30pm
An introduction to each other and the Griffin Gallery including a 5 minute presentation about your practice, a chance to see the current exhibition and conversation over some light refreshments.
- Session 2 - 15 March, 6:30pm-8:30pm
6 artists present their work, with a longer period of time to share and get feedback
- Session 3 - 19 April, 6:30pm-8:30pm
6 artists present their work, with a longer period of time to share and get feedback

How to take part:

Email pgcommunity@arts.ac.uk and tell us:

- Your name, college, course
- If you are a current student or alumni
- That you will definitely be able to attend all 3 sessions
- Why you want to take part in Engine ChatChat, and how it will benefit your practice?
- Which one the following themes relates most closely to your practice (only pick one):

  • 1. The appropriation of old and new - This could include work that addresses: Heritage, Histories, Techniques, Materials, Notions of value and authorship, Contemporary art and the art of the past
  • 2. Space and Meaning - This could include work that addresses: Public and private space, Architecture, Landscape, Social Space, Geographies, Ecologies, Cultural space, Construction
Closing date for applications: 12pm Tuesday 14 February
Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 15 February

All participants will be given full joining instructions on how to prepare for the sessions and some references to look into, including:
- a documentary John Berger or The Art of Looking ( BBC Iplayer)
- Ways of Seeing, John Berger (1972) Penguin Books
- PERFECTIoNISM: A Manifesto (2016) by Becca Pelly-Fry


More about the overall theme: Constructing Place
John Berger introduced a way of interpreting images through his TV series and following book Ways of Seeing. It was his 90th year in 2016 and he passed away just after New Year 2017. The PERFECTIoNISM: A Manifesto (2016) by Becca Pelly-Fry,
Head Curator at Griffin Gallery quotes John Berger (1972):
 "The art of the past no longer exists as it once did.  Its authority is lost.  In its place there is a language of images.  What matters now is who uses that language for what purpose."
We will keep John Berger in mind when approaching sessions 2 and 3 as a consideration for looking at/considering the work.

More about Engine ChatChat and Elizabeth Murton
Engine ChatChat grew from studying at Goldsmiths, where upon graduating, Murton wanted to continue the conversations, atmosphere and support from studio conversations and started bringing artists together. Engine ChatChat chaired to a style and philosophy which is informal and stimulating. Keeping the groups small, constructive conversation is encouraged.

More about Griffin Gallery
Griffin Gallery is committed to supporting the global artistic community, creating a space for discussion about contemporary art and showcasing the very best of national and international talent. The exhibition programme offers a platform for emerging as well as established artists, and our two studios are occupied by a wide range of artists from around the world, with differing concerns and approaches to making.  At the centre of our programme is a belief that an engagement with materials is fundamental to the act of creating contemporary art.

Exclusive to UAL's Postgraduate Community, Pop Up Common Room events assist in the community's aims for building platforms for skill sharing, networking, collaboration and investigating new communities of practice. Find out more about previous Pop Up Common Room events on our blog: http://blogs.arts.ac.uk/pgcommunity/

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