Jerwood Visual Arts
Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission and present new work. Artist opportunities run throughout the year alongside a programme of related exhibitions, events and commissioned writing taking place online, in London and across the UK.
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm
Closed Bank Holidays
The Gallery is open until 8pm on the last Friday of every month during exhibitions. Visit the South London Art Map website for further information
Holly Graham, Sweet Swollen
- 8 May — 25 August 2018 *on now
Sweet Swollen is a new commission by Holly Graham. Comprising print and audio, these consider historic links between domestic culinary culture and visual culture within Europe.
The works take as their starting point a pair of Meissen porcelain sweetmeat bowls that are currently on display in a collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. These were made between 1765–75 and would have, at the time of their production, been considered an artisanal, luxury good, symbolizing the wealth and status of their owner. Visually, they each depict turfy mounds which prop up bowls to hold sugar or sweetened dried fruits, which are in turn flanked by caricatured ‘blackamoor’ figures who gesture towards the food products in the bowls in front of them. These are part of a wider tradition of similar figurines that embody, and silently testify to, financial gain through processes of colonial exploitation.
Ten etching works on steel depict the hands of a selection of these figurines outstretched and frozen in gestures of servitude. These have been appropriated and cropped from a series of photographic images of the sweetmeat bowls and have been reproduced using a process called ‘sugarlift’. This involves the use of a sugar solution to imprint an image onto an etching plate, a process which was developed in Europe in the late 18th century, which approximately coincides with the production period of the sweetmeat bowls. In this case it has been reconfigured by the artist to allow the transfer of photographic images. By focusing on the hands of these figurines, Graham aims to use their gestures as an entry point into a discussion around the history of these objects as manifest in their decorative design.
The audio work comprises a series of edited interviews with eight V&A African Heritage tour guides. Conducted by Graham, these explore the violence of colonial history, what it means to encounter these sweetmeat bowls from today’s perspective, and personal, social and political connotations associated with sugar and sweet treats.
Holly Graham is an artist based in London. Much of her work considers the malleable and subjective nature of individual and collective memory. Bound up in this lies an interest in recording mechanisms, documents, evidence and processes of editing. She undertook her BFA at Oxford University in 2012 and graduated from MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2014, where she received the Thames Barrier Print Studio Graduate Award and the Augustus Martin Award for Innovation in Print. Concurrent to her studio practice, she leads workshops in schools, community groups and galleries. Recent exhibitions and projects include: On my island none of this would be true, Arebyte, London (2018); After Harry Jacobs: Outside, Cypher Billboard, London (2017); House Work, 53 Back Road, London (2017); Altai: Experiments in Collective Practice, RCA Dyson Gallery, London (2017); Backdrop, Cypher, Berlin / Bond House Projects with Art Licks Weekend, London (2016); Jack Petchey: START Programme, South London Gallery, London (2015-16); In Transit, Art On The Underground, London (2016); Flat-Pack, The Greenroom, Krakow (2015).
Jerwood Solo Presentations 2018
- 20 June — 26 August 2018 *on now
New works by Rob Crosse, Susie Green and Georgia Horgan presented as three solo presentations at Jerwood Space. Diverse in content and materials, the solo presentations span painting, sculpture, installation, film, and photography, expanding upon the artists’ existing dialogues to position sex, intimacy and desire in a socio-political context.
Rob Crosse will present a new moving-image work set during a vintage sports car race, honing in on the meticulously choreographed routines of preparing each vehicle in the confines of the racing paddock. This will be shown alongside a series of sensitive and personal photographic portraits of male bodies.
Susie Green’s solo presentation will comprise new architectural scale paintings and framed works on paper. These will be shown alongside a series of paintings, sound and sculptural works.
Georgia Horgan will present a moving image work about The Poor Whore’s Petition, a satirical letter allegedly written by Elizabeth Creswell, one of the most successful sex workers and madams of the English seventeenth century.
Now in its third edition, Jerwood Solo Presentations, part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme, offers a much needed platform for early career artists to make and show new work. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the initiative aims to foster and develop potentially influential artists who are at critical stages in their career as well as highlighting the value of research-based practice. The 2018 Jerwood Solo Presentations artists have been selected by the Jerwood Visual Arts team: Sarah Williams, Head of Programme and Oliver Fuke, Gallery Manager.
Performance by Splash Addict
- 18 August 2018 7-8pm
A performance by Splash Addict within Susie Green’s Jerwood Solo Presentations commission.
Splash Addict is a collaboration between Susie Green and artist Simon Bayliss, inspired by shared romantic, filthy sensibilities and a love of ‘90s dance music. Green performs commanding, melodic vocals over Bayliss’ synth basslines.
Recent performances include Fierce Festival, Birmingham (2017); The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2017); Chisenhale Studios, London (2017). Their music videos have recently been screened at NAWKI, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2017) and Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2016)
This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.
Jerwood Visual Arts
171 Union Street
020 7654 0171