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Show RCA 2019

Allan Struthers

Show RCA work

Major project:

Organizational Aesthetics 1

An interest in subcultures, capitalist ideology and revolutionaryish ways of thinking has spurred Struthers to facilitate new promotional campaigns for: Ted Zenith's Media Dietitian Training Centre and Stanley Silverdale's Relevance Recovery Unit.

In this show, Struthers presents a selection of documents from the time he spent with both of these most welcome guests, allowing them space and patience that few others would.

In doing so, he has managed to find subjects likely to amuse and frustrate in equal measure, as they express their unconventional-yet-barely-out-of-place aspirations with an avuncular bombast that is matched only by their lachrymose fragility.


  • I make satirical writing and performance-based work.

    I'm interested particularly in how participation in social organisations and institutions might contribute to producing images and ideas that are antagonistic to the interests of capital and the state. I use art as a site in which to practice performative and rhetorical strategies of resistance, safely.

    When developing work, I try to be mindful of ideological conflicts and the potential unintended effects of criticism, whilst making art that consciously reflects the material conditions in which it is produced.

    There are of course limits to this.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA War Studies, Kings College London, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Alternative Art School Weekender', Ugly Duck, London, 2019; 'The Partisan Social Club', Beaconsfield Gallery, London, 2018; 'Cooked and Raw', Liverpool Independent Biennial, Liverpool, 2018; 'States of Public', Fact Gallery, Liverpool, 2018; 'Pass the Parcel', Studio RCA, London, 2018; 'Erratic Scores', Vortex Jazz Club, London, 2017; 'Despite Words', By Other Means Gallery, London, 2016; 'Folked Up 9', Pub on the Park, London, 2016; 'Political Party', South London Gallery, London, 2015
Royal College of Art