The London Group & Friends at Waterloo Festival 2018

This June The London Group will be transforming minds with three contrasting exhibitions – video, ephemeral sculpture and painting/mixed media.

Responding to the festival’s 2018 theme ‘Transforming Minds’ The London Group have organised three exhibitions featuring the work of over 70 artistsAltered States, artists’ moving image, Beyond Image: The Permanent Revolution, painting and mixed-media and Nothing Endures but Change, ephemeral sculpture.

Altered States
An exhibition of Artists’ Moving Image
The London Group & Friends

LOCIS  Bryan Benge (film still)

Date: June 11th – 18th 2018 / daily Mon-Sat 1-8pm; Sun 12-6pm
Location: St John’s Crypt
Preview Evening: Mon June 11th, 6-9pm*

Responding to the Waterloo Festival’s theme Transforming Minds, this exhibition dedicated to moving image takes as its inspiration Ken Russell’s 1980’s science fiction film, Altered States. The 22 works, which will be on display in the historic crypt of St John’s Waterloo, explore altered states in a variety of contexts, from perceptual, psychological and philosophical to societal, technological and geographical.

​Curated by London Group members David Theobald and Genetic Moo.

Artists include: Bonnie Begusch, Bryan Benge LG, Sandra Crisp LG, Mark Dean, Mellissa Fisher, Eric Fong LG, Susan Francis, Georgie Grace, Ubiqk (Peter Gudynas), Genetic Moo LG, Inger Lise Hansen, Daria Jelonek, Debbie Lee, Amanda Loomes LG, Daniel McKee, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Svetlana Ochkovskaya, Piotr Piasta, Eda Sarman, Katrina Stamatopoulos and  Alexandra Spence, David Theobald LG and Joe Vallory, Charlie Tweed and Alan Warburton.

*Preview includes performance in St John’s Churchyard at 7pm:
ARCHIVE OF THE LAST INUTERO HUMAN  by artist Ann Grim’ questioning the future of reproduction within humankind

Beyond Image: The Permanent Revolution
​The London Group & Friends

Onomatopoeia Tricia Gillman (detail) 

Date: June 11th – 23rd 2018 / daily 2-6pm
Location: The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Rd, London SE1 8TJ
Preview: Tues June 12th, 6-9pm

Panel discussion: “Is Art Transformative?”
Date: Mon June 18th, 6.30pm

What is in front of us has as many interpretations as there are viewers. The inherent ambiguity is a challenge and opportunity to engage in a shifting dialogue for both artist and public. Revolution or renewal, is a transforming of the idea at the heart of all life.

The artists involved in this show at Waterloo’s Cello Factory will be exploring the proposition of looking beyond the physical appearance of the art through their own individual use of various media.

Curated by London Group member Tom Scase.

Artists include: Anita Bryan, Clive Burton LG, Tricia Gillman LG, Marenka Gabeler LG, Martin Heron LG, Gill Ingham LG, Claire Parrish LG, Tom Scase LG and Tommy Seaward LG

Nothing Endures but Change
Ephemeral Sculpture
The London Group & Friends

The Birds in the Trees David Redfern (detail)

Date: June 7th – 24th 2018 / daily 9am-8pm
Location: St John’s Churchyard

Visitors to St John’s churchyard this June are invited to forget the hubbub of Waterloo and relax, slow down and contemplate ephemeral, site-specific sculptures by over 30 artists.

Responding to the festival theme of ‘Transforming Minds’, the exhibition title, Nothing Endures but Change, comes from Heraclitus, better known for saying, ‘you cannot step into the same river twice’. Impermanence is a basic tenet of Buddhism. Buddhism and Hinduism share the doctrine that nothing lasts, everything is in a constant state of change.

Most of the sculptures in the show are ephemeral in the way they are made and they are also about change, transformation and the ephemeral – impermanent, transitory, short-lived, temporary. The artists’ wide-ranging approaches are intriguing and highly original. At one end of the timescale, the gradual adaptations of evolution, a suspended work draws on Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos. At the other, a sculpture encrusted with old clocks and watches refers to the seconds mercilessly ticking by.

‘…flow-everlasting…’ is a work inspired by the ‘self-re-circling dream-wake book’, Finnegan’s Wake, and a large house sparrow created from wild bird seed highlights the sparrows’ devastating decline since the 1970s. A structure echoing the Jewish ‘chuppah’, the canopy used in wedding ceremonies, is made of a delicate fabric into which pieces of a baby’s dress are sewn, reminding us of past stages in our lives. There will be a paper hammock that offers no rest and an enigmatic tent that offers no shelter ‘yet whose beacon light within calls to the weary’, made with the Waterloo homeless in mind. We hope that there will be something for everyone and that all who visit find a measure tranquillity and food for thought.

Curated by London Group President Susan Haire

Each work will have a QR code giving visitors further information on the piece and/or background information on the artist.

Artists include: Sophie Alston, Wendy Anderson LG, Peter Avery, Keith Ball, Vanya Balogh, Rosalind Barker, Alison Berry, Clive Burton LG, Andrea Cavallari, Rebecca Feiner, Cadi Froehlich LG, Ann Grim’, Mandee Gage, Susan Haire PLG, Alexandra Harley, Katie Hayward, Aude Hérail Jäger LG, Martin Heron LG, Alexander Hinks, Vera Jefferson, Marilyn Kyle, Chris Marshall, Venetia Nevill, Sarah Pager, Janet Patterson LG, Michael Phillipson LG, David Redfern LG, James Roseveare, Tommy Seaward LG, Chris Simpson, Angela Carol Stocker, Franny Swann, Almuth Tebbenhoff LG, Paul Tecklenberg LG, Graham Tunnadine, Bill Watson LG, Neil Weerdmeester LG, Tisna Westerhof LG and Angela Wright.

+ FREE live events, all in St John’s Churchyard:

ARCHIVE OF THE LAST INUTERO HUMAN – Wed 6th 7pm, Mon 11th 7pm (at Altered States Preview), Mon 18th 6.15pm (before Panel Discussion in The Cello Factory)
A performance by artist Ann Grim’ questioning the future of reproduction within humankind

ART TRAIL – Sat 9th 2pm
Join exhibitor Rebecca Feiner who will talk about the sculptures with artists’ Q&A

REGENESIS – Thu 21st 7pm
Artist Venetia Nevill will honour the Summer Solstice with a mandala ritual accompanied by live music and poetry 

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