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CCA Shows 2020 – Nothing gentle will remain

15 June 2020 to 31 July 2020 | Public programme: 15–21 June

Online Project and Publication

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In partnership with Open School East

Nothing gentle will remain is a publication inviting artists and audiences to speculate on how we gather together, now and in the future. The publication condenses a year-long exchange with Open School East and contributing artists Josefin Arnell, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Paul Maheke, Dipesh Pandya, Naïmé Perrette and collaborators. It will be available online from 15 June 2020 and in print at a later date.

The project was initially conceived as a series of artist commissions to be presented across Margate this spring. These were to engage with the different timescales, paces and rhythms of a seaside town – from its ancient myths to its daily tides – ultimately inviting audiences to come together and take up space; to explore what might happen if we spill over and ooze out.

Nothing gentle will remain now reimagines this proposition, at a time when collective gathering has been called into question and all we have are our speculations on the future. With contributions ranging from drawing and collage to poems, essays and a script of a performance that never happened, the publication will serve both as a transient space to stage the artists’ work and as a manual for our future collective gatherings. 

The title of the publication is borrowed from CAConrad's poem of the same name, published in ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (2014), with kind permission from CAConrad.

This project is one of the Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art Shows 2020. MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) graduating students will present five final projects in collaboration with leading UK based art organisations GasworksFurtherfieldOpen School East

Nottingham Contemporary and Team London Bridge.

The CCA 2020 projects will also be part of RCA2020, launching 16 July.


Josefin Arnell, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Paul Maheke, Dipesh PandyaNaïmé Perrette with Sara Giannini and Sam Keogh


Lotte Lara Schröder


Lydia Antoniou, Caterina Guadagno, Nora Kovacs, Titus Nouwens and William Rees


Josefin Arnell's contribution to the project is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund.