Flat Time House Institute – Living Sculpture, Gallery, Archive and Centre for Alternative Learning
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.
Fabriques de contre-savoirs at 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine
Opening: November 8, 7–9pm
49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
Artists: Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, ground (Marlie Mul & Harry Burke), Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Alex Martinis Roe, Eva Weinmayr, accompanied by works and projects by John Latham
For this group exhibition, 49 Nord 6 Est—Frac Lorraine spotlights non-systematic processes of dissemination of information and alternative modes of sharing knowledge. The British conceptual artist John Latham (1921–2006) developed a body of theories that occasionally delved into contradiction, sowing confusion, provoking disapproval, or stirring enthusiasm. His approach constitutes the groundwork of this show, which brings together artistic practices of different backgrounds and generations. The accessibility of knowledge and its arbitrary dissemination raise issues addressed by the artists who explore alternative paths. At a time when the gap between opinion and knowledge is closing, and the relationship between materiality and knowledge is undergoing a profound transformation, the present project introduces approaches that reflect processes of information transmission in order to reevaluate the experiences produced by these practices.
INCIDENTAL UNIT COORDINATOR ANNOUNCED
We're thrilled to introduce Polly Wright, who has joined us as the Coordinator of the Incidental Unit, a new group formed in 2016 with direct support of the Artist Placement Group (APG - 1966-89), and O+I (1989-2009), in order to continue to develop a rigorous approach to socially engaged art practice today.
Polly's immediate focus will be facilitating the Incidental Futures programme in collaboration with the rest of the Incidental Unit. In 2018-19 the IU is working towards six public meetings at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Spike Island, Bristol; Summerhall, Edinburgh; Bluecoat, Liverpool; The Whitworth, Manchester; and Baltic 39, Newcastle; followed by a large-scale launch event at the South London Gallery, Peckham. We're delighted this project will benefit from Polly's expertise and enthusiasm.
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WE ARE RECRUITING - Incidental Unit Programme Coordinator
The Incidental Unit (IU) was formed in 2016 with direct support of the Artist Placement Group (APG - 1966-89), and O+I (1989-2009), in order to continue to develop a rigorous approach to socially engaged art practice today. IU provides critical support space in which to discuss and exchange ideas with artists, curators and 'incidental persons' without the expectations or evaluative frameworks of an artistic commission, gallery briefing or social project. To this end, IU draws out key ideas, methods, process and rationale for maintaining the independent and critical work of artists and curators, connecting the historical legacy of APG with the complex nature of social practice now.
In 2018-19 the IU is working towards six public meetings at institutions in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle followed by a large-scale launch event in London. We are recruiting an individual to coordinate the activity and programming of the Incidental Unit over this time period.
Deadline for applications: 19 August
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John Latham: Skoob Works Lisson Gallery, New York
2 May–16 June 2018
Lisson Gallery presents its first New York exhibition of British artist John Latham (1921–2006). The exhibition reveals Latham’s remarkable multi-faceted practice through works made throughout his career, focusing on his “skoob” pieces, and highlighting his powerful contribution and lasting influence on the global development of Conceptual art.
Artist Studio Museum Network
Flat Time House is delighted to announce we are now part of the Artist Studio Museum Network
The future of Flat Time House, Peckham, the studio home of the late British artist John Latham, has been secured. The Estate of John Latham and Flat Time House Institute are delighted to announce that a purchaser for 210 Bellenden Road has come forward, generously allowing Flat Time House Institute to continue operating in its current premises. The Santarelli Family and Dino and Ernesta Santarelli Foundation will take ownership of the property that accommodates Flat Time House and the institute will continue to operate independently in the original studio and home of John Latham.
Vote Barbara Steveni for a Southwark Blue Plaque!
Artist, archivist and archive Barbara Steveni (1928–2020) has been nominated for a Southwark Blue Plaque. From 1985–2020 Barbara lived and worked in her home at Anstey Road, Peckham.
Candidates with connections to the borough are put forward by Southwark News and Southwark Heritage Association for the national English Heritage scheme. Southwark Council has seen over fifty placed across the borough as part of the scheme.
To vote for Barbara, email [email protected] or [email protected]. Voting closes at midnight on November 30.