Flat Time House Institute – Living Sculpture, Gallery, Archive and Centre for Alternative Learning
“ ” #3 Becky Beasley in conversation with Claire Scanlon
Flat Time House is pleased to host “ ” for the launch of their new publication featuring Becky Beasley in conversation with Claire Scanlon. “ ” #3: Becky Beasley / Claire Scanlon is available as a free download via the Flat Time House website throughout the winter months of 2020/21 and will be accompanied by responses from writers including Sharon Kivland, Susan Morris, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Jessica Potter, and Nina Wakeford over the course of several weeks, constituting a cumulative slow launch as a deliberate tactic of decompression.
“ ” (quotation mark quotation mark) is a series of books, which, via dialogues with artists, looks at the forms and roles of publishing, dissemination, and feedback in the context of artistic practices and the formation of communities.
Issue #3 of the series, Becky Beasley / Claire Scanlon (2019) follows on from Beasley’s one-way correspondence with her former tutor Scanlon. Meeting, now as friends, they talk about mental health, gendered labour, the domestic, the time and space of work, and how these factors converge on creative practices in both positive and less-positive ways. The artists discuss strategies for maintaining presence through periods of happiness or adversity, and make note of methods and ‘superpowers’ that have allowed them to pursue their practices in the face of familial needs, material limitations, or personal struggles (Beasley describes her battle with depression). Brief lessons of survival, clarity, ambiguity, care, and resistance, recorded with the intention of providing a useful resource to readers.
A TRIBUTE TO BARBARA STEVENI BY LAURE PROUVOST
10 December 2020
Newly available from Art360 Foundation, a tribute to Barbara Steveni by close collaborator and friend, Laure Prouvost. Barbara Steveni conceived and co-founded the Artist Placement Group (APG) in London in 1966. APG actively sought to reposition the role of the artist within a wider social context, including government and commerce, while at the same time playing an important part in the history of conceptual art during the 1960s and 1970s.
Steveni's most recent work before sadly passing away in February 2020, I AM AN ARCHIVE, gathered artists and professionals across three generations in a series of participatory and documentary walks, taking place on the site of original APG placements, exploring the potential to reactivate and re-contextualise APG methodologies today.
Art360 worked with Barbara Steveni through the archiving and legacy programme from 2016 to February 2020. Laure Prouvost’s tribute is a testimony to the extraordinary life and legacy of an artist whose archive, work and ideas continue to inspire creators and thinkers across generations.
Time and Eternal Life Organised by Sir Denis Mahon Foundation at Cromwell Place
10 October–22 November 2020
Flat Time House is pleased to support their partner The Sir Denis Mahon Foundation for the exhibition Time and Eternal Life at Cromwell Place, London, which includes a display of works by John Latham and Alberto Burri as part of the wider exhibition.
The exhibition, produced in collaboration with Bowman Sculpture, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Lisson Gallery, Robilant + Voena and Royal Museums Turin, spans over five millennia, exploring the concept of Time and of Eternal life from Antiquity to the Modern Era. This immense period is divided into three chapters, each a chronological step forward.
EXTROSPECTION curated by David Thorp at Pi ARTWORKS
1 October–14 November 2020
Works by John Latham are included in EXTROSPECTION, curated by David Thorp at Pi Artworks, London. Also included are works from Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Barry Flanagan, Toby Tobias Kidd, Cally Spooner and Anne Tallentire.
Memory Game at Villa Lontana, Rome
25 September–21 November 2020
Private View: Thursday 24 September 2020, 12–7pm
We are delighted that John Latham is included in the exhibition Memory Game at Villa Lontana, Rome.
Tauba Auerbach, Cyprien Gaillard, Susan Hiller, Thomas Hutton, John Latham, Charlotte Moth, Rosalind Nashashibi + Lucy Skaer, Olu Ogunnaike, Giorgio Orbi, Andrés Saenz De Sicilia + Emiddio Vasquez, Edoardo Servadio, Joëlle Tuerlinckx.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am—6pm or by appointment.
DELTA (Δ) RESEARCH PLACEMENT ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT
Following an open call, Flat Time House is delighted to announce that the recipients of The Delta (Δ) Research Placement will be Madyha J. Leghari, Padraig Robinson and Diagram Research Group (DRG). The artists are currently undertaking remote research with the John Latham Archive to develop digital projects which will launch this autumn on a new experimental online platform for FTHo. The season will begin with a series of online events hosted by Diagram Research Group (DRG).
Call out Archive of Destruction
Can you help?
Independent curator and writer Jes Fernie is developing an archive of public art works that have been destroyed over the last century through fear, boredom, rage, greed, decay and love. She is looking for examples to document in the archive, which will launch online early next year.
SIR DENIS MAHON ESSAY PRIZE 2020
Deadline 4 September 2020
The Sir Denis Mahon Foundation awards The Sir Denis Mahon Essay Prize of £2,000 for an essay of distinction which reflects Sir Denis Mahon’s studies, research and interests.
Whilst Sir Denis Mahon focused on the 17th century period and especially on the work of Guercino, Carracci, Caravaggio and Nicolas Poussin, his much wider range of art historical interests included the 15th and 16th centuries, and also certain key modern and contemporary artists. Sir Denis was a contemporary and a friend of Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, Giorgio Morandi and he much admired their work. Of the contemporary artists, he particularly liked the post-war avant-garde conceptual British artists, as well as David Hockney, Grayson Perry and others. Essays are welcomed on any of these aspects and artists including the contemporary ones.
The prize is open to undergraduates or post graduate students aged 30 years or below
BARBARA STEVENI NEW WEBSITE
14 May 2020
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Barbara Steveni Website. Barbara Steveni (1928–2020) conceived of the conceptually and politically driven art organisation Artist Placement Group (APG) in 1965, and established it a year later with John Latham, Barry Flanagan, David Hall, Anna Ridley, Jeffrey Shaw and others.
The website brings together for the first time resources around Barbara’s life and work, including information about her home and her archive, and her activity with Artist Placement Group (APG) and its later iterations Organisation + Imagination (O+I) and the Incidental Unit (IU).
Barbara Steveni (1928-2020)
It is with great sadness that we announce, using Barbara’s phrase, that she is no longer on the planet. She died peacefully on Sunday February 16. Details of a memorial event will be announced later.
Conservation work to FTHo’s Face sculpture
Seventeen years to the day since the Flat Time House’s famous Face sculpture was completed, the work has been de-installed for extensive conservation work.
Publication Scaffold As part of Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Friday 22 November & Saturday 23 November 2019
Gene Beery / Gareth Bell-Jones / Elisabetta Benassi / John Carson / Adam Chodzko / Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty / Wayne Daly / Emanuele De Donno & Viaindustriae / Barry Flanagan / John Hutchinson / Ramon Kassam / John Latham / Vukašin Nedeljkovic of Asylum Archive / Renata Pękowska / Cesare Pietroiusti / Juan Sandoval / Dan Starling and more.
FTHo's Curator/Director Gareth Bell-Jones will be speaking about John Latham’s challenges to ideas of perceived knowledge at Publication Scaffold, a series of events, performances, installations and discussions during the opening weekend of 2019’s Dublin Art Book Fair.
Curated by Jo Melvin, Michele Horrigan & Sean Lynch
FTHo RENOVATION by EBBA ARCHITECTS
We are excited to announce the commencement of an ambitious new development of the Flat Time House site including new studios and an education space. We are working with EBBA Architects to renovate the outbuildings of Flat Time House, which comprise a former Victorian stable and a garage space attached to the building and leading to FTHo’s garden.
WORKING IT OUT AT SOUTH LONDON GALLERY
8 September 2019 11am–6pm, GALLERY 2 & 3, FIRE STATION, FREE
Flat Time House and UP projects will be talking about the Constellations programme at the South London Gallery Fire Station as part of Working it out, a weekend of pop-up events aimed at young people considering a career in the arts. A fair on Sunday for organisations running alternative arts programmes outside of academic institutions will present the opportunity to discover more about new learning models from across the UK.
VISIONARIES AND THE ART OF PERFORMANCE 62nd Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy
28 June–14 July 2019
For the first time Flat Time House is contributing to a display of works by John Latham at the 62nd Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy.
The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust, in collaboration with Flat Time House, Richard Saltoun, Ulay Foundation and Age of Future, present 'Visionaries and the Art of Performance', previously on display at Guildhall Art Gallery in London (11 December 2018 – 30 April 2019). Through the work of several artists, the exhibition suggests that visionary qualities are not exclusive to one period or personality, but they are enduring characteristics of artistic creativity.
The exhibition includes work by John Latham, Edward Coley Burne-Jones, William Blake and ULAY amongst others.
MACHISMO AT VILLA LONTANA, ROME
25 May – 20 July 2019
FTHo's friends at Villa Lontana present, MACHISMO, the third in a series of contemporary art exhibitions in collaboration with Fondazione Dino ed Ernesta Santarelli’s Collection. The series aims to create fluid platforms of encounter between the sculptures and works from the collection with contemporary art practices.
Curated by Jo Melvin and Vittoria Bonifati.
CONSTELLATIONS 2019-20 - ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT
We are thrilled to announce our Constellations 2019/20 artists! The selected group of 8 artists from across the UK will come together, collaborate and experiment with models of co-creation and social practice. The artists joining Constellations for the period April 2019 - January 2020 are: Angharad Davies, Katie Fiore, Miki Holloway, Dunya Kalantery, Hannah Kemp-Welch, Edwin Mingard, Mai Omer and Amanda Ramasawmy.
Constellations is a research and development programme for artists who are working with socio-political issues, community-oriented practice and/or public contexts. The programme supports artists who are interested in further developing their practice, collaborating with others, and accessing new networks, with the opportunity to study and research at Flat Time House between monthly workshop sessions.
Paying Close Attention - Working in Industry Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
2-4pm Saturday 2nd March 2019
THIS EVENT IS ON THE 2ND MARCH not 2nd April as previously advertised
Gareth Bell-Jones, Curator and Director of Flat Time House, Dr Erika Balsom, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London will join artist/film maker Amanda Loomes to discuss observation, the Artist Placement Group and working in industry.
Amanda’s current exhibition Formation Level is on show at Aspex until 24 March 2019. The former civil engineer, turned artist uses experimental documentary techniques to record the processes and hidden narratives of the labour and materials embedded in our roads, including the manufacture of road sweepers.
Visions and Visionaries Guildhall Art Gallery, London
11 December 2018–30 April 2019
Visions and Visionaries opening on the 11th December at Guildhall Art Gallery presents John Latham alongside a host of other visionary artists. included are Sir John Gilbert’s depiction of two knights ambushed by fairies in a moon-lit forest, Marcello Pecchioli’s ‘Alien Priest’, and John Latham’s experimental screen print, NO IT, 1967. These works are presented together alongside work by Edward Burne-Jones, currently, the subject of a major exhibition at Tate Britain; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Everett Millais; and Turner Prize-winning ceramicist, Grayson Perry.
Free entry. Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE
Better Books | Better Bookz Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
Rozemin Keshvani, Axel Heil, Peter Weibel (eds.)
The legendary independent London bookstore Better Books on the Charing Cross Road was the hub for Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles, Gustav Metzger, and countless others, for their ideas and approaches to art, film, literature, and activism. With its unique range of books, offbeat events, poetry readings, film screenings, and happenings, Better Books became the hot spot of London’s 1960s counter-culture scene.
This book is the first to examine this special historic moment, combining previously unpublished texts, documents, and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who authored this revolution.
With Essays by Rozemin Keshvani and Barry Miles and contributions by Philip Cohen, Stephen Dwoskin, John Hopkins, Graham Keen, Bruce Lacey, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Nuttall, Frank Popper, Criton Tomazos, and Islwyn Watkins.
This book follows the exhibition by the same name, curated by Rozemin Keshvani, that was presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe; at Flat Time House, London; and at Trondheim kunstmuseum.