Exhibition shot LIMBO Associate Members’ Open, sick photo courtesy of LIMBO

 

It was a real pleasure to take part in the selection of the first LIMBO Associate Members’ Open. You never know quite what to expect when selecting from open call, viagra 60mg but in this case the work submitted by LIMBO’s members was incredibly diverse and the standard high, doctor | testament to LIMBO’s excellent reputation for supporting artists’ practice.

 

In the all the works we selected we felt a strong sense of the artist’s personality, and I think that’s what unites the work in the show, rather than a common theme or approach. That said, there is a strain of dark humour verging on the absurd in a number of the works, whilst in others, a real concern with materials and the process of making is to the fore.

 

Many of the artists in the show were previously unfamiliar to me and I hope people coming to see the exhibition have the same sense of discovery.” Sarah Martin, curator and Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary

 

You have until Sunday 23 March to catch a new exhibition of work by emerging artists  at LIMBO, an artist-led project space and studios in Margate.

 

LIMBO presents its first Associate Members Show selected by guest judges, artists Bob and Roberta Smith, and curator and Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary, Sarah Martin. Its Membership scheme was launched in 2013 and had over 100 subscribers who were then invited to submit up to three works for consideration for the inaugural Associate Members’ Open.

 

 

Exhibition shot LIMBO Associate Members’ Open, photo courtesy of LIMBO

 

The list of participating artists in the Associate Members’ Show 2014 are:

 

Áine Belton, Laura Bygrave, Amir Chasson, Charlie Coffey, Anna Katarzyna Domejko, Lucy Evetts, Stacey Guthrie, Sandra Lane, Nigel Massey, Nicholas Mortimer, Jammie Nicholas, Stephen Postgate, Mark Scott-Wood, David Theobald, Rebecca Townrow, Henna Vainio.

 

Since 2011 I have been trying to lobby Government about art education. Politicians always get art education wrong.

 

They think it is about something they call the ‘creative industries’. The current Government are fantastically stupid and have set about the wholesale dismantling of art education in the UK. In their own terms they are butchering ‘Brand Britain’. Perhaps the most pernicious aspect of this at a professional or advanced level is the effective privatisation of the Arts and Humanities in our universities and the imposition of a huge hike in university fees. The fee increase means that the previous route for serious and talented artists to further develop their activities – namely progressing to enrol on an MA course in Fine Art – has now been completely broken. Who, after owing over £21,000 is going to increase their debt by taking a further course of study?

 

What is happening to the arts? Well one thing that is happening (universities better take note) is that artists are self-organizing. This exhibition and the excellent LIMBO are evidence that new artists are ever resourceful. This is not just a structural observation; one route has been closed so another approach has been forged. Reviewing these art works strong themes emerged, one was humour, sometimes dark and self-mocking, and another was just sheer virtuosic skill and exuberance. I am in awe of some of this work. This show is not people working with well-rehearsed tropes, each artist seems to have an extremely well developed voice.

 

It would be nonsensical to group all this together and try to name what is happening but one thing for sure is that the background conditions of art, the support structures, the connection to audiences and intellectual debates are going through revolutional change. In very different ways the exciting work in this show presents some kind of critical resistance and positive challenge to the times we are living in. Artists Bob and Roberta Smith

 

The show runs until 23 March 2014 and is open from Fri-Sun 12-5pm at the Substation Project Space and Studios, Bilton Square (off the High Street) Margate CT9 1EE

 

 

Exhibition shot LIMBO Associate Members’ Open, photo courtesy of LIMBO

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Áine Belton(Eire, based in Canterbury) studied at in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology before completing an MA in Fine Art at UCA in 2012. She is co-editor of ESC Zine and has curated a number of exhibition and print projects. Recent exhibitions include: Square Eyes Dublin, The Market Studios, Dublin (2013) and Happenings, curated by Emily Sharp at LIMBO, Margate (2013).

 

Laura Bygrave (born 1984, Norwich, lives and works in London) graduated from the Royal College of art in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, APT Gallery, London (2013) and Backwards Man, CGP, London (2012)

 

Amir Chasson (born Israel, 1968, lives and works in London) studied at Middlesex University and Goldsmiths College, London. He was recipient of the 2012 Abbey Award for a fellowship at the British School at Rome. Recent solo exhibitions include Days of Oil & Gas, ArtEco, London, 2013, and My French Nurse’s Dream, Outpost, Norwich, 2012.

 

Charlie Coffey(born 1981, Edinburgh, lives and works in London) graduated from Goldsmith College in 2007. She is co-editor of folio magazine. Recent exhibitions include It’s A Girl!, Light Industry Projects, London, 2013 and Appropriate Response, Vulpes Vulpes, London, 2012.

 

Anna Katarzyna Domejko (born in Poland, based in Reading, UK) studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, graduating 2012. She has just been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2014. Recent exhibitions include Art from the Heart, The Vanderbilt Republic, New York, USA 2013; and An Open Project, MAC, Birmingham, 2013.

 

Lucy Evetts (born 1989, lives in London) studied at London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass School of Art, graduating 2011. Recent exhibitions include There’s no time we made it up, with Kathyrn Ashill, Looking Glass Gallery, Bristol, 2009 and Bow Arts Open Studios, London 2013

 

Stacey Guthrie (born in Penzance, 1965) graduated from Falmouth University in 2013. Recent exhibitions include British Women Artists 2013 (in which she was the competition winner) and Now Falmouth, Shoreditch Town Hall, London 2013.

 

Sandra Lane (born 1954, lives and works in London) graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2013. She is currently on a year-long ACME studio residency. Recent exhibitions include ACME Open Studios, Deptford 2013 and Summer Show, Gardens Café Gallery, Peckham Rye, 2013

 

Nigel Massey (lives and works in London) studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London, receiving the JMW Turner Gold Medal while there. Recent exhibitions include End of Terrace Heroics, Public House Projects, London, 2013; Hearth, Charlie Dutton Gallery, 2012 and Pushing Print, Margate, 2013.

 

Nicholas Mortimer (lives and works in Ramsgate and London) studied Fine Art Sculpture at University of Brighton before taking an MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art 2013. He was a finalist in the TenderFlix film festival, London, 2013. Other recent projects include Convocation Speech at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2013.

 

Jammie Nicholas (Lives and works in London) graduated from Central St Martins in 2010. His commercially available perfume, Surplus, made from the artist’s faeces, urine and sebum, created some controversy in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Rushgrove House, curated by Byantia Harlow and Paula Lopez Zambrano, 2013, and Floor Plan for an Institution #2. The Auditorium, Vinyl Art Space, Birmingham, 2012.

 

Stephen Postgate (lives and works in Whitstable) completed his MA in Fine Art at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Harbour Street Gallery, Whitstable (2013) and Hastings Art Forum (2012)

 

Mark Scott-Wood (lives and works in London) studied at Norwich School of Art & Design and Byam Shaw School of Art, London. At the time of writing he is artist-in-residence, Mam’s Fridge Gallery. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: Mexico Members Show, M-E-X-I-C-O, Leeds, 2014 and Click + Spill, Salt &Powell, Artemis Project Space, York, 2013.

 

David Theobald (Born Worthing 1965, based in London and Twickenham) studied at Wimbledon College of Art, then Goldsmiths College, London (graduating 2008). David curated the exhibition Modern Times at the Vegas Gallery and was also winner of the 2009 Creekside Open selected by Mark Wallinger, the Open West 2011 and the Motorcade/FlashParade National 2012. Recent exhibitions include PC World (solo show), Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol and COE 13, Claremorris, Ireland, (selected by Andrew Wilson).

 

Rebecca Townrow (Lives and works in London) Studied at Kingston University. Recent exhibitions include Creekside Open 2013 Selected by Paul Noble / Ceri Hand, London and Kingston University Degree Show, 2012

 

Henna Vainio (born 1981, Finland,) Studied at Chelsea College of Arts, and the Slade, London. Recent group exhibitions include Outpost Members’ Show 2013 selected by Peles Empire, Outpost, Norwich; Big Dinner, LIMBO, 2013 and The Opposite of What We Know to be True, Fold Gallery, London, 2013