‘Practice’ makes perfect use of a common issue in London: empty commercial properties. The London borough of Borough and Bankside has launched the Better Bankside long-term strategy to rejuvenate the area’s less vibrant streets with colourful creative pop-up spaces in disused commercial properties.
The project’s latest pop-up exhibition – PRACTICE – curated by Chris Land and Patrick Staff sees a vacant office site on Burrell Street become a creative hub filled with the work of hand picked talented recent graduates from courses in arrange of creative disciplines, such as fine art and photography. GoSee attended the private view and is pleased to present some snapshots from the fun night.
Chris Talbot’s ‘Performance’ photograph depicts what may look like a surgical operation on first glance, but on closer inspection reveals the patient as a mannequin.
Catherine Hall’s ‘Connect’ installation invites us to cut a piece of red ribbon, write a word that represents how we connect one of the displayed objects with another and then tie these onto share our thoughts with other visitors. The artist explains; “If you see why a person would connect one object with another you gain an insight into their view of the world.”
Jon Nash’s stark sculptures in the window that welcome the gallery’s visitors provide an interesting comment on the big city’s economical climate. His rectangular sculptures are inspired by blank former communist billboards in Russia, they are void of information, even propaganda, they simply have nothing to declare, just like the eerily hopeful empty office spaces next to 5 Burrell Street.
In contrast, the temporary transformation of the space by Chris Land and Patrick Staff does have something to declare. It promotes new talents, provides them with a platform to showcase their work to local creative industries and will also host a panel discussion led by London-based artist collective What They Could Do, They Did on various approaches to maintaining creative practises as postgraduates. A zine will is also published in association with the exhibition, which explores the topic of free schools.
Michael Delaney London South Bank University BA Photography
Jonathan Docksey London College of Communication BA Graphic & Media Design
Catherine Hall Art Academy Diploma 3rd Year
Maria Karimboy London South Bank University BA Creative Writing
Jungwook MokLondon College of Communication BA Photography
Jon Nash London College of Communication BA Photography
Chris TalbotLondon South Bank University BA Photography
Amy Tighe London South Bank University BA Creative Writing
Tarek Tuma Art Academy Diploma Finalist
PRACTICE is the first in a series of exhibitions and events that will be taking part in Better Bankside’s new pop-up space at 5 Burrell Street.