StudioRCA 2018/19 Archive Gallery

Highlights from the year's exhibitions and events

For more information on recent and upcoming exhibitions and events, visit the StudioRCA page.

Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’

26 January – 3 February 2019
Nina Wakeford

Senior tutor in Contemporary Art Practice and reader in Contemporary Art, Nina Wakeford’s residency at StudioRCA invited visitors to experience work in progress from her Art on the Underground project, commissioned alongside the extension of the Northern Line and the two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea. Visitors could hear the recording of a performance that took place in the new Underground tunnels that run below Nine Elms. In the performance Nina and a local drag king spoke and sang memories of the Market Tavern on Nine Elms Lane, weaving together sounds of the current construction site with memories of the LGBT scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

Special events including an artist talk and a conversation with drag king and local resident, King Frankie Sinatra.

Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019

Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’
Here We Played ‘Children of the Revolution’, Nina Wakeford
© Benedict Johnson 2019

Health Tips for the Year Ahead

1 December 2018 – 20 January 2019
Live Canon - co-commissioned by Wandsworth Council and the RCA

An interactive poetry installation, conceived and curated by Helen Eastman and Anna Bruder, and inspired by a poem by NJ Hynes.

To welcome in the new year, we turned to three thousands years of poetry for some advice, humour, solace and wisdom. In this installation, visitors could surround themselves with poems written on the walls, listen to poetry vinyl and self-medicate from the poetry prescriptions. The exhibition hosted a number of special events including yoga amidst the poems and poetry readings.

Women sits, dressed, in a bath filled with ping pong balls. The walls are covered in handwritten poetry.
Health Tips for the Year Ahead: Poetry Bath
© Nine Elms on the Southbank
A bath full for white pingpong balls
Health Tips for the Year Ahead
© Nine Elms on the Southbank

Future Archive

5–25 November 2018

Future Archive was the second of a series of public events in which RCA students and graduates responded to the development of the new flagship Battersea campus. Acclaimed photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg is leading Future Archive in her role as Battersea Artist-in-residence and Senior Research Fellow at the RCA, with the exhibition forming part of her ongoing study into new ways of representing architecture under construction. Simone Mudde utilised the nineteenth-century technique of colour separation to create coloured images from black and white negatives that capture passing time and latency of change. 'Fingers Crossed' by Jazbo Gross was the exhibition highlight, taking the form of a video that responded to the plans for Battersea, filmed when the old Sculpture Building was still standing.

The exhibition included a special sound performance by Keef Winter who investigated the sonic properties of a filing cabinet using contact mics, effects pedals and sledgehammer.  

Installation view of an art exhibition, with a yellow ladder and unframed prints tacked to the wall
Future Archive
Photographer: Eleonora Agostini
Installation view of an exhibition, with two women examining a screen on which is projected a loading bay.
Future Archive
Photographer: Eleonora Agostini
A person in a dark room bending over a sound interface, with an image of a concrete wall projected onto the wall behind them
Future Archive
Photographer: Eleonora Agostini

Exquisite Banquet

19–30 October 2018

Exquisite Banquet was an installation curated by Nine Elms on the South Bank as part of their Harvest Programme, rooted in the historic orchards and market gardens that used to populate London’s south bank. It included two events open to the public – Agape Banquet and Exquisite Future. Exquisite Future was an experimental workshop where participants could join the making of an artist’s book by manipulating one page from a traditional cookbook. Agape Banquet was a pasta-making workshop and meal, from artist Bea Bonafini.

Two seated women are served pasta by three laughing young people
Agape Banquet being Served
© Nine Elms on the Southbank

A group of people sit around a a dinner table in a gallery space
Agape Banquet being Served
© Nine Elms on the Southbank
A dinner table laid with unusual bowels and place settings
Agape Banquet Laid Table
© Nine Elms on the Southbank
Agape Banquet: Pasta in Bowl
Agape Banquet: Pasta in Bowl
© Nine Elms on the Southbank