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New Exhibition in the City of London will highlight Displacement and Loss in our Transient Urban Communities

2019-09-02T17:06:04+00:00

The magnificent church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London will this September (17 – 24 September 2019) play host to Exiles, a body of work by London-based Italian photographer Matilde Damele.

The exhibition will be on show during the Open City weekend (21-22 September 2019). Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.  St Stephen Walbrook will be open and taking part in the weekend.

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New Exhibition in the City of London will highlight Displacement and Loss in our Transient Urban Communities2019-09-02T17:06:04+00:00

New Exhibition in the City of London will highlight Displacement and Loss in our Transient Urban Communities

2019-09-02T17:02:38+00:00

The magnificent church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London will this September (17 – 24 September 2019) play host to Exiles, a body of work by London-based Italian photographer Matilde Damele.

Taken on the streets of London with her Leica camera, Damele’s black and white photographs evoke and pay homage to great Masters of Photography such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Saul Leiter. For this exhibition, the artist has enlarged and transferred a number of her images onto the challenging surface of the black plastic bin bag.  The uneven surface of these art works emphasises the individuality as well as the ephemerality of each of our lives.  She will display these as sculptural art works within the circular space of the church, filled with yesterday’s news and discarded packaging, to express how many consider their lives to be cheap, valueless and disposable. Her work is filled with an expressive force that explores our sense of not belonging; a humanity that is emotionally homeless and exiled from its surroundings; feelings of estrangement from reality.

These feelings are particularly poignant for both the Artist and the Church. Damele has experienced what it feels like to be rejected from a community where she had previously built a life for herself.  An unexpected and abrupt change severely interrupted her life and ambitions, causing a permanent sense of loss and displacement.  Now she fears the same might happen again with the imminentthreat of Brexit.  It is thus particularly apposite that the space for this exhibition is not only a beautiful building dedicated to spiritual contemplation and hope, but also where the Samaritans, a charity dedicated to helping those in distress, was founded.

After the Great Fire of 1666, the re-building of St Stephen Walbrook in 1672 allowed the architect Sir Christopher Wren to experiment with a dome, the first to be built in England and the precursor for St Paul’s dome.  It was Wren’s own parish church and had been a Christian place of worship since 700 AD (so named because Walbrook is the source of water which brought life to the area). In 1953, determined to offer a dedicated service to those suffering with emotional distress, the then rector Reverend Chad Varah started to offer a non-judgemental, safe and confidential listening service from the Crypt, which was the originof the Samaritans (the original telephone that he used is still on display).

St Stephen Walbrook regularly holds art exhibitions and has permanent features made by two notable British artists: a large stone altar carved by Henry Moore, surrounded by colourful kneelers designed by Patrick Heron.

The exhibition will be on show during the Open City weekend (21-22 September 2019). Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.  St Stephen Walbrook will be open and taking part in the weekend.

Matilde Damele is an Italian photographer from Bologna, exiled from living and working in New York as a photo-journalist. Following her upheaval and unexpected move to London, she sees her uncertainties and fears mirrored in the faces of many of her neighbouring immigrant communities.

New Exhibition in the City of London will highlight Displacement and Loss in our Transient Urban Communities2019-09-02T17:02:38+00:00

Silvia Lerin’s sculpture ‘Neons from Heaven’ on show in Yorkshire

2019-06-25T10:24:50+00:00

Silvia Lerin’s sculpture ‘Neons from Heaven’ was commissioned by Art in the Churches and Arts Council England for Masham Church in the Yorkshire Dales and is on show throughout the summer, until 28 September.

The sculpture is made of canvas tubes, each capped with a mirror. Looking up to the heavens for guidance, the viewer might reflect that the answers lie in ourselves. The sculpture programme encourages visitors to consider church spaces as being for ourselves in the context of the surrounding history and architecture.

Silvia Lerin’s sculpture ‘Neons from Heaven’ on show in Yorkshire2019-06-25T10:24:50+00:00

Photo London 2019

2019-06-25T10:18:38+00:00

May 16 – May 19th, 2019, Somerset House, London

Booth curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page.  We continue to support emerging contemporary artists who explore the possibilities of photographic media within a fine art investigative practice.

Includes work by:  Nikolai Ishchuk, Eglė Kisieliūtė and Matilde Damele

Photo London 2019 took place at Somerset House, London, from Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May, with an invitation-only Preview on Wednesday 15 May

 

Photo London 20192019-06-25T10:18:38+00:00

Perfectly Small

2018-12-03T10:30:21+00:00
Jun 13th – Jul 14th 2018
The Foundry Gallery 39 Old Church Street, London, SW3 5BS

Curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page

This gallery exhibition includes perfectly small works of art from many of our diverse and multi-disciplinary artists. This show ring fences that diversity by restricting each artist to works that are smaller than 40 x 40 cm.

Includes: Sophie Arup, Lee Borthwick, Sir Peter Blake, Matilde Damele, Sara Dudman RWA, Ann-Helen English, Alan Franklin, Nikolai Ishchuk, Deborah Lanyon, Silvia Lerin, Lyndsey Keeling, Paul Knight, François Pont, Robinson & McMahon, Ian Robinson, Laura Jane Scott, Chris Sims, Barry Stedman, Kostas Synodis, Joella Wheatley

 

 

Perfectly Small2018-12-03T10:30:21+00:00

Photo London 2018

2019-03-27T14:14:46+00:00

May 2018, Somerset House, London

Booth curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page.  We continue to support emerging contemporary artists who explore the possibilities of photographic media within a fine art investigative practice.

Work by:  Nikolai Ishchuk

Photo London 20182019-03-27T14:14:46+00:00

Inner Construct

2018-09-20T09:14:48+00:00
Feb 5th – 10th 2018
The Foundry Gallery 39 Old Church Street, London, SW3 5BS

Curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page

The notion of the inner construct immediately conjures references to frameworks, pathways and codes resulting from our external experiences. The writings of JG Ballard extend this beyond our experiences to consider the effects that our physical surroundings have on the psyche, projecting external reality onto the imaginative narrative.

“Does the angle between two walls have a happy ending?” JG Ballard

The curation of our dialogue takes this premise and selects work from four female artists, showing the fusion of both their inner and outer spaces. The built environment, nature and the cosmos are represented to form shared realities, based on the commonality of our inner states. Often, liminal spaces will act as metaphors for the parts of ourselves that we ignore, or of which we are unaware, and where the artists’ imaginations seek to remake their worlds.

Including work by Silvia Lerin, Matilde Damele and Joella Wheatley.

 

Inner Construct2018-09-20T09:14:48+00:00

London Art Fair 2018

2019-03-27T14:57:47+00:00

January 2019, Business Design Centre, London

Booth curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page.

Includes work by:  Matilde Damele, Silvia Lerin, Joella Wheatley, Ruth Solomon

 

London Art Fair 20182019-03-27T14:57:47+00:00

Délié

2018-06-18T22:11:29+00:00
Jun 26th – Jul 2nd 2017
The Foundry Gallery 39 Old Church Street, London, SW3 5BS

Joanna Bryant Projects presents a solo show by François Pont whose engravings/paintings open up spaces, interrupted by gestural accents and lines that rise, descend, dig and move away, capturing the vibrations of urban wastelands and gardens – landmarks in a vast world.

 

 

Délié2018-06-18T22:11:29+00:00

London Art Fair 2017

2019-03-27T15:13:37+00:00

January 2017, Business Design Centre, London

Booth curated by Joanna Bryant in collaboration with Julian Page.

Includes work by:  David Watkins and Victoria Burge

 

London Art Fair 20172019-03-27T15:13:37+00:00