Standpoint events include artists talks, open studios, readings, presentations and workshops.
Summer Art Workshops
Thursday 29 August, 11am - 4pm
Sculptorvox Vol 3: A God Complex
Launch Party at Standpoint
20 June 2019
Join us for the launch of the new issue of Sculptorvox. This 3rd Volume expresses notions, ideas and theories on ‘A God Complex’: aspects of the human ego, narcism, creation, transcendence, allure, seduction, religion, elitism, either lateral or literal.
Sculptorvox is an 8 volume series going beyond seeing sculpture as ‘object’ and delves into the world, work, inspiration, processes, influences, ideas, journeys and careers of artists, writers, photographers who all work directly or indirectly with notions of three dimensions. From interviews and articles to original writing, thinking and photography that goes some way to show the breadth and depth of practice in contemporary studios.
There will be a short informal talk and panel Q&A with editor Daniel Lingham and featured artists Adeline de Monseignat and Anna Reading, as well as an opportunity to purchase volumes 1-3.
Anna Reading and Sophie Williamson In Conversation + The Pothole Publication Launch
14 June 2019
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2018/19 winner Anna Reading is joined in conversation with Sophie Williamson, Programme Curator: Exhibitions, Camden Arts Centre, to discuss her new exhibition and wider practice. In addition the artist will be launching a new publication called ‘The Pothole’, made especially to coincide with the exhibition of the same name at Standpoint.
The publication features texts written by Anna Reading (artist based in London), Hannah Regel (artist and writer based in London) and Carey Lifschultz (writer based in San Francisco). Lifschultz and Regel's contributions were written as creative responses following visits to Reading's studio. The texts include poetry and prose and are layered alongside images of Reading's highly textural sculptures and vibrant digital collages. The publication is printed in an edition of 50 on Risograph by PageMasters and designed by Anna Reading and Tempe Storm Cole.
This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please email: gallery(at)standpointlondon.co.uk
Artist Talk: Denise de Cordova
26 April 2019
In her exhibition at Standpoint Gallery, Denise de Cordova presented a series of imagined beings developed from time spent navigating the deep woods and forests spaces of British Columbia, Canada.
DIRTY HANDS & Revelations Matinee Feast
9 March 2019
Join the DIRTY HANDS & Revelations artists for a matinee of performances and feast on The Dirty Banquet.
Performances and readings by Jessica Wetherly, Kenji Lim, Lil Cahill, Maisie Maris, Chloe Monks and The One Day Choir.
Sculptorvox Vol 2: Blood & Wire
Launch Party at Standpoint
16 November 2018
Join us for the launch of the new issue of Sculptorvox. Blood and Wire represent the physical flesh, the visceral manifestation of being, assembled, realised, created and displayed. It is the bond that ties, the desire to connect, the need to communicate and sometimes to simply be. It is about the stuff of human existence and the sometimes jarring experience of the human condition.
Volume 2 spans the subtlety and nuances of identity, politics, social interaction, social history, personal endeavour, observation, and the human body. There will be a short informal talk and panel Q&A with editor Daniel Lingham, art director Matt Gill, contributing writer Rebecca Partridge and artist Sol Bailey-Barker - as well as an opportunity to purchase volumes 1 and 2.
Thinking the Making (Social Justice)
Participants (aged 14-19 years)
30 July – 1 August 2018
Over the course of 3 days young people learn new skills in traditional crafts within professional artist’s studios in East London. Together they will explore the values of their living environment & social justice, using letterpress printmaking, ceramics at Standpoint Studios and a local Nature Reserve. The project is in collaboration with Phytology medicinal garden in Bethnal Green, where we will spend one day on-site. More information visit our eventbrite page above.
Summer Craft Playscheme
In Your Hands (Compost/Soil)
Participants (aged 8 – 14 years)
23 – 27 July 2018
Over the course of the week young people learn new skills in traditional crafts within professional artist’s studios in East London. Together they will explore the values of their environment, using letterpress printmaking, ceramics and painting at Standpoint Studios and it's local Great Outdoors. The project is in collaboration with Phytology medicinal garden in Bethnal Green, where the group will go on a field trip on one of the days. More information visit our eventbrite page above.
Frances Richardson In Conversation
Friday 15 June 2018
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (MTSA) 2017/18 winner Frances Richardson is joined in conversation with Luce Garrigues and Javier Pes, UK Editor Artnet to discuss her new exhibition and wider practice.
Temsuyanger Longkumer Q&A
Friday 27 April 2018
Temsuyanger Longkumer is joined in conversation with Standpoint's director Michael Taylor to discuss his new exhibition QUINTETTE and wider practice as a print technician at Paupers Press. With an emphasis on professional practice post college (Temsu graduated in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2003), the talk will include an introduction to how the artist-led Standpoint formed and a look into Paupers Press' current / archived projects.
Paupers Press is a fine art print and publishing studio that works with many leading contemporary artists, publishers and galleries. The studio opened in 1986 and works both by commission from galleries and publishers, as well as publishing under their own name. Artists include: Damien Hirst, Paula Rego, Rachel Whiteread, Cornellia Parker, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tony Bevan and Grayson Perry.
Workshops by Alex Schauwecker
Accompanying Alex Schauwecker's exhibition ‘Where the City ends, the Forest begins’, held at the Standpoint Gallery 20 January – 3 February 2018
13th January 2018
Young people create a wall painting inside the gallery space to explore the exhibition theme together with the artist.
20th January 2018
Young people write poems inspired by the artwork exhibited using traditional craft of letterpress printmaking in collaboration with New North Press and the artist.
Visit Alex Schauwecker's website www.walfisch-studio.com
This project has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.
24th October 2017
Autumn Half-term one day workshop for young people.
The workshop starts at Standpoint Gallery before setting off on a field trip to explore the period gardens of close-by Geffrye Museum. Lead by artist Sarah Lawton and artist educator Beatrice Bless, young participants will search for patterns in nature and take drawings and rubbings of their findings.
Once back in the gallery, young people will practice traditional Indian dance gestures and their meaning. Together we will share stories through language and movement.
The final part of the workshop involves block-printing to replicate symetric/non-symetric patterns in the natural world, based on collections taken during the garden visit in the morning.
Throughout the day young people will learn different craft techniques and print their final artwork on paper and on Khadi* cloth. All textile samples have been sourced during the artist’s residency in Ahmedabad, India. *Khadi cloth is hand-spun and hand-woven fabric.
In Your Hands
Summer Holidays and Autumn Half-term 2016
Standpoint is excited to announce Summer 2016 Holiday Craft Activities of their initiative 'In Your Hands'
'In Your Hands' launched in 2016 with over 96 young people engaging with the process of making by experimenting with the nature of materials in the setting of professional artists’ studios.
From our Standpoint Studios in Hoxton, East London we will be running two week-long courses teaching the craft skills in ceramics, letterpress printmaking and illustration.
Over the 5 day course professional artist educators will help young people (aged 8-14) research and develop ideas on traditional games and inventing new ones.Participants will:
- learn new skills and techniques from inspiring artists
- plan and produce hand-crafted games using the different crafts
- visit a professional run artist studio and meet the artist
- be able to take home their finished outcomes at the end of the week
Collaborating artists are: MizuyoYamashita (ceramics), Emily Rand (illustration, Tom + Trounce (illustration) and Beatrice Bless (letterpress printmaking)
Read more about ‘In Your Hands’ at the organiser's website New North Press
Standpoint Futures at Chisenhale Studios
Nicola Dale | An Era of Abbreviation
22nd June 2017
At the completion of her six-week residency, Nicola Dale presents new work arising from her research into art historian Aby Warburg’s photographic collection at The Warburg Institute. Nicola has selected and abbreviated 89 images and translated them into an eight-metre wall drawing, in turn used as a choreographic score by contemporary dancer Chloe Aliyanni.
Location: Studio 4, Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ
Beth Collar in Conversation with Phoebe Blatton
26th May 2017
Location: Standpoint Gallery
Beth Collar is the current recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award on show at the Standpoint Gallery until the 27th May.
Phoebe Blatton is a writer of fiction and criticism, based in Berlin, Germany, and London, U.K. She is editor of The Coelacanth Press, whose publications include The Coelacanth Journal, and a re-issue of Brigid Brophy's 1956 novel, The King of a Rainy Country. Her latest writing features in Frieze and ArtReview, and on Anna M. Szaflarski's fiction podcast Letters to the Editors.
Standpoint Futures at Chisenhale Studios
AJ Stockwell | Fadic Rock
27 April 2017
Location: Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ.
At the culmination of her six-week residency, Standpoint Futures is pleased to present AJ Stockwell | Fadic Rock.
Clay, sound and a stage come together to reveal a point in time that has been lost to history. The work draws on AJ’s ongoing research into the Society of White Rock, a community centered round the preservation of precious porcelain, and its customs and folk traditions.
Elements of museum display and theatre design are employed to accompany a soundtrack of repeat rhythms and tones, in an effort to sing the fadic rock back into present time. This singing of the rock mirrors a folk custom of ‘singing the land’ emerging from AJ’s memories of her maternal connection to the Western Isles.
The 'fadic rock’ is a material lost in time, a fiction born of physical stuff, a utopic material fetish.
During the evening, AJ will speak about her research with Fiona MacDonald (artist and Director of Standpoint Futures) as a performed ‘in conversation’ event.
Standpoint Futures at Chisenhale Studios
Thursday 2 March 2017
Current residency artist Simon Bayliss public event
For the culmination of his Standpoint Futures residency Simon Bayliss is collaborating with artists and musicians working with pop music, rave and live performance. The event has developed through conversations with Sian Dorrer performing as Acid Prawn, and Susie Green who collaborates with Bayliss as Splash Addict.
The idea of metamorphosis stems from Splash Addict’s latest track, a dance cover of ‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronski Beats, the lyrics of which describe a painful life-transition from oppressive parochial sexual-conservatism to urban liberation.
Acid Prawn’s piece ‘What Women Do’ (featuring Joey Four) features live soundtrack, online make-up tutorials and sandwich making. Rafal Zajko will be performing a psychedelic sound work in collaboration with pop singer Zoee. Lobsta B aka Leon Bayliss, will be DJing a ‘pop-rave megamix’.
London Craft Week
12 April 2017
A Discussion on Hierarchy and Influence, with The Workers
Lucy Clout, Susan Collis, Aileen Harvey and Caitlin Hinshelwood join Standpoint curator Fiona MacDonald for a discussion around their experiences and interpretations of the overt and covert manifestations of hierarchy in the artworld.
The artists will also discuss how their individual working practices have been challenged, altered and enriched by each other, through their years of interactivity as studio assistants in Susan Collis' studio. Notably, Collins' studio is a female dominated environment. We will also ask - what difference does this make?
Exhibition: 26 February - 2 April 2016
5 December 2016
Eye Eye curators - Thorbjørn Anderson and Flore Nové Josserand introduce the artists, the work and the concepts operating in Casual Gesture.
Works by: Claudia Djabbari, Florian Meisenberg, Grégoire Motte, Laurence Payot, Philip Ewe, Luke McCreadie and Bruce McLean.
Panel Discussion | Sensibility, Continuity and Contingency
31 October 2016
The panel will be comprised of artists Simon Bayliss, Susan Taylor, Alexis M Teplin and Sherman Sam and chaired by Natural Staking exhibition curator Dan Howard-Birt.
'How do the factors that surround and inform the making of a painting / an exhibition crystallise in an object / event, and how does the object embrace it's mutable future?'
The discussion will think about painting and other pigmented surfaces in relation to the evolving hypotheses of potentiality, expanded field, the transitive and occult or arcane irrationality.
Thinking the Making
Exhibition, open studios and demonstrations
Tuesday 22 September 2016
Standpoint Gallery is pleased to present ceramics by internationally acclaimed artists Nicola Tassie and Stuart Carey; lithos and etchings by Paupers Press - featuring artists Charles Avery and Rosie Snell; letterpress prints by New North Press, and woodcuts by Peter Ashton Jones.
The exhibition and event will offer insights into the process, materials and technology involved in each craft, alongside displaying some of the beautiful finished works, many of which are for sale.
Join us for a special opening event on 22 September 6-9pm, which until 7.30pm will allow you special access to look around Standpoint artists' studios, get first hand information about the skills involved in making the works displayed, and watch technical demonstrations by the artists. There will also be an opportunity to try your hand at making a letterpress print.
This event is part of Shoreditch Design Triangle , and the event is kindly supported by Grolsch.
Laura Reeves - Honest
9th September 2016
Laura Reeves and Phil Owen, Writer and Researcher at Arnolfini's Reading Room, Bristol, present an evening of conversations and readings to launch Laura's artist-book - Honest.
Laura's invitation to you:
"I have worked with Phil a number of times. I met with him recently to discuss we would do for this event. We tried to pin-point the first time we met and neither of us could remember. Phil has visited one of my previous studios, I've presented at Tertulia - a salon event that Phil has been running alongside Megan Wakefield for almost five years now. Phil also wrote a text called Dear Laura, a personal letter, and he informed me of my doppelganger, Laura Reeves the American bodybuilder.
Before we met I prepared a selection of books and scanned pages of text I thought he would like and were somehow related to the content of my publication. Then the computer crashed and I lost it all. I sulked. Then decided to 'go with the flow' and see what happened when we met. I shouldn't have worried. Phil is conversation-led, and if anything, pre-planning was a mistake.
Honest is an artist-book. The book is part two of the recent show at MOSTYN containing excerpts from my Worksheets series comprising autobiographical prose, short fiction, found images and an imaginary artwork.
Me and Phil will be performing some sections from the book and reading from related texts, and Phil will be reading some vignettes / reinterpretations of the photographs."
Laura Reeves was the artist-in-residence representing Wales as part of Standpoint Futures programme in 2014.
Standpoint Futures Event
Phallacy by Brian J Morrison
5 August 2016
Phallacy is a performance by artist Brian J Morrison and the culmination of his six week Standpoint Futures residency.
Standpoint Futures Event
An Interview with Thomas Goddard
10 June 2016
Thomas Goddard works across design, drawing, photography, film and performance exploring the relationship between place, community, culture and fiction. Goddard’s work looks at the relationship between the individual and society, the role of misinformation through the media and its effects on contemporary culture through the power of suggestibility and misattribution. His work examines the line between truth and fiction; how harnessing public anxieties is exemplified by endless facts and sources in an obsessive repetition through the axis of a modern world where choices are seemingly endless.
Goddard received a Creative Wales Award for 2015/16 and will be artist in residence at Standpoint until 26th June. His next major exhibition will be held as part of Uprisings at Mostyn, Llandudno opening on 17th July 2015.
Kate Lyddon Artists Talk
Publication launch and reading by Alice Butler
27 May 2016
Kate Lyddon’s practice spans painting, drawing and sculpture. The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award has supported her to develop the sculptural aspect of her practice over the course of the last 12 months. Kate will talk about the things that inform her practice and the works in the exhibition.
On the same evening Standpoint will be launching the publication accompanying the show, with an essay by Alice Butler and photographs by Mark Blower. Alice Butler is a writer and editor based in London who won the Frieze Writer's Prize in 2012, and is currently Writer In Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts.
Contemporary Clay Seminar Workshop
29 May 2015
Nicola Tassie and Kate Lyddon lead a combined practical workshop and theoretical discussion, which quizzes and discusses the current upsurge of interest in clay as a central material in contemporary art practice, and how this impacts upon or emerges from functional ceramic practice.
While teaching specific making skills the seminar will elaborate upon and promote discussion around the interaction between (or mutual avoidance of) contemporary studio ceramics practice and contemporary art practice which emphasises ceramics as a material.
Attendance at the workshop is free but there will be a fee of £12 to cover materials and lunch.
Standpoint Futures Event
13 May 2015
In conversation and open discussion with Andrea Francke
For this event our current Standpoint Futures resident artist Collette Rayner will present a short publication of new material made during her residency. This will coincide with an open discussion and ‘in conversation’ with Andrea Francke. Please join us for food and drink from.
Collette Rayner's practice focuses on model-making as a methodology and as a subject of research. Throughout the residency her work has focused on investigations into the insular world of hobbyists, model makers and micro nationalists and aspects of privacy and piracy surrounding each organisation’s assertion of craft, capital and community structures.
Collette Rayner (b. 1990 Dundee) lives and works in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2012.
Andrea Francke (b.1978 Lima, Peru) is a graduate of Open School East whose most recent projects include The Piracy Project, a collaboration with Eva Weinmayr that explores authorship, copyright and publishing and Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, with Kim Dhillon. She is currently working towards opening a pub with Eva Rowson and Ross Jardine as a way to enact their research on administering, hosting and nurturing in an everyday practice.
London Craft Week
9 May 2015
Ceramic studio participatory demonstration
Two of the ceramic artists with studios at the Standpoint gallery, Nicola Tassie and Stuart Carey, will offer visitors first-hand insights into their respective practices, displaying their current works in progress, demonstrating throwing and decorating techniques and giving attendees the chance make their own forms through pinch pottery and faceting.
Letter-Press participatory demonstration at New North Press
Hand-setting wood and metal type and printing on Albion and Columbian presses, the studio produces commissions and its own poster editions. The press aims to keep the craft of letterpress alive through regular workshops and events, and, as part of Craft Week, Graham Bignell and Beatrice Bless will demonstrate how to print one of their bespoke posters. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to set from the press's vast range of typefaces and operate the hand-pulled presses.
The open studios will take place from 12pm to 3pm with guided tours 1pm and 2pm, and there will be a talk covering how to set up an artist-run space, the relationship between exhibiting and making, and current craft/arts practice.
Standpoint Futures Event
25th March 2015
Screening & In Conversation with Dr Katherine Angel
For this event our current Standpoint Futures resident artist, Zoe Williams, will present a screening of new material made during the residency. Followed by an ‘In Conversation’ with historian, writer and Wellcome Trust Fellow - Dr Katherine Angel, whose work deals with questions of sexuality, feminism and desire.
Those attending the event will be invited to engage physically with some of the objects and personal care products that Williams' has been working with; including body butters, oils and scent. An aromatic drink created specifically for the event will also be served throughout the evening.
No-one Lives in the Real World
21 March 2015
Discussion event with the exhibition artists & curators
28 January 2015
A discussion event to accompany the exhibition Footnotes Playing Dead. Join us - Oreet Ashery, Pil & Galia Kollectiv and Idit Elia Nathan for ‘in conversation’ event facilitated by Dr. Daniel Rubinstein. The discussion will reflect on what it might mean to be from Israel with its contested past bleeding into the present and make work in the UK today. It will explore the terrain between making work politically and making political work and examine some of the themes fromFootnotes Playing Dead exhibition regarding responsibility and complicity.
3 December 2014
Ana Genovés presents an illustrated talk on ideas related to her practice.
The talk is free to attend, and will refer to interconnected aspects of Genovés' work and ideas. Genovs will show a selection of her collection of source photographs. These images, which are carefully hoarded and repeatedly consulted - a kind of personal sculptural pornography - reveal the vernacular sources of some of her forms and methodologies.
The work of Ana Genovés operates between the boundaries of making, faking and destruction. Her 'failed geometric' forms echo the shapes and textures of the objects with which we arrange and order our social and civil space, that she sees as often defaulting to the logic of geometry to suggest an appearance or aesthetic of control. The ambiguous functionality of her objects, their surfaces suggestive of entropic processes, undermine this attempt at control, and reveal a futile binary opposition of intention and inevitability.
Nicola Tassie in conversation with Stuart Carey
18 October 2014
Ceramicists Nicola Tassie and Stuart Carey will introduce and discuss the diversity of the work in the exhibition CRAFT, explaining some of the ideas and inspiration behind the exhibition, as well as giving a unique insight into Nicola's processes, materials and techniques.
Making Art at Standpoint
5th October 2014
Come and re-imagine Hoxton's past. Make funny farm animals out of clay, or map the historic area of Standpoint onto copper plates and print them in the etching studio. Make amazing paintings on canvas of the old farmlands, fields and gardens of Hoxton, or set everyday stories from our vast library of wooden and metal typefaces and create unique posters in our letterpress studio.
Children from 6 years and upwards are welcome. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
Mapping Art Practice in the UK
Monday 23 June 2014
Click below to hear Discussion 3 - David Cross and others (the beginning is chopped off, David is reacting to the introduction of £9000 per year tuition fees).
NETWORK WORTH: How artists can benefit / be restricted by their work with institutions (eg art schools, funders, galleries, local government, wider commercial framework)
Moderator: David Cross artist and Reader at University of the Arts London will introduce each speaker just by name, and will then give his overview of the discussion topic, with reference to his work within UAL and as an artist working in the public sphere.
Russell Martin artist, programme manager of Artquest and co-founder of Rational Rec will give an insight into the particular pressures that London-based artists are subject to with regard to how they reach / open a conversation with / get noticed by institutions they want to work within the city's dense and complex art world.
Anthony Schrag artist based in Edinburgh, working internationally in socially engaged practice will offer examples of the projects he has developed in response to a tricky brief, particularly those working with local government bodies.
Teresa Gleadowe curator and writer, director of The Cornwall Workshop will discuss the projects and networks she has instigated since her move to Cornwall in 2010, and how her thoughts on current artist resources available within different regions across the UK.
Questions our panels addressed:
1. London versus the UK artworld: how do we differ, compete and interact?
2. ART-DIY: What do artist-led / artist-focused organisations and initiatives achieve?
3. NETWORK WORTH: How artists can benefit / be restricted by their work with institutions
Confirmed speakers include:
David Powell - researcher and co-author of recently published PLACE Report and Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital
Ellen Mara De Wachter - independent writer and curator, currently Curator, Public Collection Development at Contemporary Arts Society
Cheryl Jones - director of Grand Union , Birmingham
Anthony Gross - artist and founding director of Enclave , London; and previously TemporaryContemporary
Dr Megan Wakefield - recently completed a PhD researching peer learning amongst artists outside of formal educational systems, Associate Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol
Laura Reeves - artist based in Swansea
Kwong Lee - director of Castlefield Gallery , Manchester
Mary Vettise - artist and co-founder of Artists' Union England
Pippa Koszerek - artist, is a-n staff member of AIR Council leaders of the a-n & AIR Paying Artists Campaign
Anthony Schrag - artist based in Edinburgh, working internationally in socially engaged practice
Teresa Gleadowe - curator and writer, director of The Cornwall Workshop
David Cross - artist and Reader at University of the Arts London
David Hoyland - director of Seventeen Gallery , London
Russell Martin - artist, programme manager of Artquest and co-founder of Rational Rec
Paul Moss - director of Workplace Gallery