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Kerry Campbell

MA work

'Open House'

Date: 20-21 May 2017
Time: 12:00-18:00
Venue: Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, Victoria, London SW1E 6DY

Are memories collectable? How can we collect an artist residency? In a unique collision of past and present, artist residents from the last 10 years at Delfina Foundation are reflecting on their experiences in the house, and invite you to explore their personal and creative memories through a two day live programme and exhibition, ‘Open House’. Featuring a series of commissioned artworks encompassing the digital, performative, gastronomical and sculptural, ‘Open House’ fosters new lines of creative enquiry into the role of residency programmes in the UK, as well as the intersections between public and private in contemporary art today. 

Open House is curated as part of the Curating Contemporary Art programme Graduate Projects 2017, Royal College of Art in partnership with Delfina Foundation. 

Participating Artists:
Manal AlDowayan
Mudar Alhaggi
Ahmed Badry Aly
Kathrin Bohm
Leone Contini
Srajana Kaikini
Hala Muhanna
Judy Price
Alessandra Saviotti
Laura Wilson

Curators:
Kerry Campbell
Cecilia Giurgevich
Nicholas Osborne
Linda Rocco
Liz Thornhill
Zena Khan

➤ Programme

✦ SATURDAY
12.00–15.00 Laura Wilson ‘Rolling’ (2017) 
Laura Wilson’s past investigations into the physicality of dough as a live material expands within the house, engaging a multiplicity of moving bodies in this durational performance. Performers: Elina AkhmetovaIris Chan,Nicholas Keegan, Piedad Albarracin Seiquer and Eliza Soroga


13.00–13:30 Mudar Alhaggi ‘Mind The Gap’ (2017) 
In this reading via live feed, from his current home in Berlin Alhaggi reflects on the question: why have I not forgotten my time at Delfina Foundation? Despite not recalling every detail of his 6 weeks at Delfina Foundation Alhaggi explores the memories we hold on to, using his personal experiences of forgetting places, face and experiences from his native Syria. 

16.00-16.40
Kathrin Böhm and Rosalie Schweiker: KEEP IT SOCIAL _ MAKE IT POLITICAL

Taking Delfina Foundation residency lunches as a starting point, Kathrin Böhm will address the dilemma of The Social Front through a performative lecture, where convivial sociality is easily read as the main expression and function of art (or an arts organisation), and cultural, political and emancipatory practices are easily left in the background. Böhm will use visuals and slogans produced during her Delfina Residency alongside material from the Keep It Complex - Make it Clear Campaign she cofounded with Rosalie Schweiker in response to the UK’s Leave Vote and a new urgency for claiming the social in art as political.

16.40–18.00
Kathrin Böhm: Company Drinks

Kathrin Böhm’s talk will be followed by Company Drinks, an arts project and community drinks enterprise that links east London’s history of “going picking” with a full drinks production cycle: from picking to bottling, branding to trading and reinvesting. Join us and try a soda or cordial made with fruit, flowers and herbs picked by local hop-pickers from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

✦ SUNDAY
13:30–17:00 Open Exchanges
Join the six RCA curators as they engage with artists, curators, dealers and collectors in reflective discussions on the values of residencies and role of collections in the contemporary art world. These half hour conversations will occupy various parts of the house throughout the day.

From 15:00 Leone Contini: ‘Cezar’s Gumbo’ (2017)
We invite you to share a special homemade soup cooked by Leone Contini, from a recipe passed through the family of Delfina Foundation director Aaron Cezar. 

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2017

  • Curatorial Statement

    My contemporary curatorial practice is catalysed by an academic interest in the profound comparative disengagement of the working classes with contemporary art. A disengagement which, is vividly demonstrated in my hometown of Luton, where according to Arts Council England arts engagement stands is markedly lower than the national average. Since 2010 my own curatorial practice has evolved amongst this complex postindustrial landscape and the multicultural communities who live and work there. Under the guise of a curatorial platform I founded entitled ‘TMT Projects’, I have developed a locally invested but nationally ambitious approach to delivering exhibitions and contemporary art projects. Crucially, in light of the limited local cultural infrastructure, I engage with and embrace the complex challenges (both logistically and conceptually) of working with functioning, alternative spaces to programme projects such pubs, nightclubs, offices, empty shops and hat factories. The locations of these projects aims to entice and engage new and diverse art audiences. To date, I have secured funding for ‘TMT Projects’ from Luton Council, Luton Culture, The Co-operative Community Fund, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. My work in Luton is committed to championing & supporting talented local artists, as well as introducing established artists hailing from further afield to the town as a historically and culturally diverse context. This gesture strives to catalyse a wider recognition of the Luton’s contribution to contemporary art and culture and has cemented my own enthusiasm for engaging with diverse, satellite cultural production. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, University of Reading, 2012.; Alternative Art MA, School of the Damned, 2015.
  • Experience

  • ‘Education dept. Professional Assistant’, at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, (2012 ~ Present); Curator, 'TMT Projects’, Luton, (2013 ~ Present); Visiting lecturer at Reading University, (2016) Curator,; Duty Manager, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013 - 2015); Exhibition Host – Barbican Arts Centre, London (2013 - 2014); Member of the VIP team, Frieze Art Fair (2012, 2014, 2016), London
  • Exhibitions

  • ‘Open House’ (2017), A dynamic two day project, across four floors at Delfina Foundation, London, boasting an exhibition of new commissions by 10 internationally based artists alongside a programme of talks and live performances.; ‘Bute Mills Heritage Project’ (2017), A Heritage Lottery Funded project in partnership with Luton’s largest youth charity; ‘Youthscape’, exploring and re-presenting the heritage of Bute Mills and the surrounding area through collaborating with artists and; ‘Scott Kings Book Launch: Public Art’ (2016), An evening of performances and commissioned works at George II Pub, Luton, to celebrate the launch of artist’s Scott King’s new book; ‘Public Art’.; ‘GobCentre’ (2016), curatorial collaboration with artist Emily Pope, exploring creative unemployment and work/ life precarity, as part of ACE funded Sunridge Avenue Projects, Luton.; Lockjaws* Magazine (2015), printed Zine curatorial platform feature, Bristol.; ‘Blue Plaque commissioning project’, (2015) ongoing project commissioning ceramics artist Carrie Reichardt, Arts Council funded, Luton.; ‘Reflex’ (2015) Second instalment of a successful ACE grant, showcasing the work of Internationally recognised artists Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson, within an empty Shop unit in the Town Centre, Luton.; ‘The Generation Game’ (2015), Exhibition part of a successful Arts Council grant for 3 major curatorial projects in Luton during extensive personal research and development across the UK.; ‘The Common’ (2014) presentation of 15 artists’ work, exploring themes of ‘commons’ and class, funded by Luton Culture and Luton Council @ The Freeholder Pub, Luton, September 2014.; ‘The Midas Touch Exhibition’ (2013) 22 Artists exploring themes of cultural economy, funded by the Co- operative Community Fund @ Edge Nightclub, Luton, September 2013.
  • Conferences

  • ‘Curatorial Open Exchange’ with artist George Eksts @ Delfina Foundation, May 2017.; ‘Artists Manifestos’ @ Camberwell University, March 2015.; ‘Making It: Careers in art and Design’ @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London, December 2014.; ‘Afterlife’ @ Reading University, November 2014.; ‘RESEARCH IS CRISIS’ on behalf of ‘School of the Damned’ @ Five Years Gallery, London, October 2014.; ‘Life after BA – alternative education and entrepreneurial spirit’ (panel discussion with Elizabeth Price) @ Ruskin College, Oxford, May 2014.; ‘A Fine Art Degree, will I ever practice?’ (East London Fawcett panel discussion) @ Richmix Studios, Shoreditch, January 2014.