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The Shock of the Now - Issue #43

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Afternoon All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 43 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition is ‘Meal Deal’ featuring Niccolo Binda and Donal Sturt, our latest show at Collective Ending HQ and the first sourced from our inaugural internal open call. It’s been a pleasure to work so closely with Niccolo and Donal these past couple of months, and I would love to welcome you to the exhibition, open Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-6pm, until June 17th.
There are also four weekly Recommended Exhibitions and three fresh Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 42, and if so do forward it along! As always any questions, comments or feedback are welcome, so feel free to get in touch.
All the best, and speak soon, H x

Featured Exhibition: Niccolo Binda & Donal Sturt - 'Meal Deal' - Collective Ending HQ
I spent much of the third lockdown with the weighty logistical load of organising, alongside Billy Fraser, the exhibition Old Friends, New Friends, a forty artist extravaganza at Collective Ending HQ that sought to celebrate and spotlight a selection of artists who we had worked with in the past, and who continue to excite and inspire us. An overdue opportunity to reconnect post-pandemic, the exhibition also allowed us to engage with our ever-expanding community of emerging and early-career artists, as each Collective Ending alum was allowed a plus one, an open invitation to invite an artist we had yet had the pleasure of working with. One year on, we wanted to replicate that exhibition’s curatorial concept, albeit on a more intimate scale and with closer artistic collaboration. Therefore, we recently ran our first internal open call, inviting proposals for two-person exhibitions that united artists from our prior programming with artists we again had yet to exhibit. Overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of applications, and after a process of democratic decision making, Meal Deal emerged as the first exhibition selected collectively from those submissions and sees Niccolo Binda‘s smooth, glossy sculptural reliefs, their polished factory finish instantly aesthetically enticing, juxtaposed with Donal Sturt’s multicoloured molten tableaus of treasured trash, an ongoing sculptural series shown here for the first time.
Binda’s work, previously included in 2021’s ‘squeezebox’, engages both our nascent nostalgia for stylised children’s playsets or simplified jigsaw puzzles and our innate ability to be intuitively instructed by often-overlooked civic architecture or street furniture. They shine a light on the unknown and underappreciated craftspeople, their shapes, structures and silhouettes echoing a daily disregard for the efforts and endeavours of anonymised urban planners, designers, inventors, architects, engineers and fabricators. Throughout, seemingly apathetic slogans satirise the oppressive omnipresence of clichéd catchphrases, tired taglines and mundane mottos, expressing a witty world-weariness towards stale advertising adages. 
Sturt’s motley crew of mud pies serve as the sculptural parallel to a painting practice that takes as its primary point of departure the inherent innocence and naivety of children’s drawings, readily referencing Rhoda Kellogg’s psychological studies into diagrammatic development. Similarly circling around concepts of play and improvisation, the artist adopts both the instinct of a survivalist scavenger and the intuition of an Abstract Expressionism painter, salvaging and stockpiling collections of urban detritus (plastic toy parts, food packaging, loose change, scrap metal) before creating his caricatures of crass commercialism and wanton wastefulness. At once gleaming and grotesque, lavish and lurid, plenteous and perverse, they offend our inborn insistence on order - as we attempt to identify individual objects within - while appealling to our enduring attraction to pleasing plastics and tapping into our primal, evolutionary id. 
Both artists, in their own way, feed off of the urban environment that surrounds them, hence the exhibition taking its title from that rhythmic repast of choice for city slickers, metropolitan hustlers and rat race runners. Binda and Sturt act like vultures, picking apart the corpse of a slowly collapsing civilisation - where empty promises, hollow hopes and dead dreams are kicked to a perfectly curved curbside - ready and waiting to archive the archaeological, societal and emotional remains. 
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
Tim Stoner - ‘The Woven Field’ Solo Exhibition - Vardaxoglou, Soho (1st June - 9th July, opening Wednesday 1st June, 6-9pm)
Vardaxoglou presents ‘The Woven Field’, a solo exhibition of new works by British artist Tim Stoner, and the gallery’s first exhibition in their new Soho space at 7 Royalty Mews.
‘And this skin of mine, to live again a second time’ Group Exhibition - Guts Gallery, Hackney (2nd - 23rd June, opening Thursday 2nd June, 6-9pm)
Guts Gallery presents ‘And this skin of mine, to live again a second time’, a group exhibition featuring Shadi Al-Atallah, Alvaro Barrington (above), Jess Beige Kim, Nicole Coson, Harminder Judge, Kemi Onabule, Lydia Pettit, Alexis Ralaivao, Nana Wolke, Emanuel de Carvalho & Larissa De Jesús Negrón.
Alice Macdonald - ‘The Gentle Vibration of Things’ Solo Exhibition - V.O Curations, Angel (6th - 14th June, PV Wednesday 8th June, 6-9pm)
Paint Talk presents ‘The Gentle Vibration of Things’, an exhibition of paintings by Alice Macdonald at V.O Curations, Angel. The exhibition brings together a series of paintings made over the last year and a selection of watercolours displayed under glass. The paintings are bound by portraits, representations of friends, family, and strangers, painted from drawings and memory.  
Andrew Pierre Hart & Alexandria Smith - ‘When Cosmologies Meet’ Two-Person Exhibition - Tiwani Contemporary at Cromwell Place, South Kensington (7th June - 2nd July, opening Tuesday 7th June, 5-8pm)
Tiwani Contemporary presents ‘When Cosmologies Meet’ at Cromwell Place. The exhibition is a manifestation of an ongoing conversation between gallery artist Andrew Pierre Hart and artist Alexandria Smith. Both artists bring their respective approaches and logics to worlding environments unbound from the limitations defining human experience as we recognise it. These environments perceive utopias that permit an expansion of sensory perception, experience, knowledge and kinship, enabling co-existence.
Artist Opportunities:
D Contemporary is pleased to invite submissions for their popular annual summer exhibition. Looking to investigate the notion of movement through time, space, and stories; this year’s theme Progression presents an opportunity for artists to demonstrate their vision of progress. D Contemporary are interested in artworks of any form/media and the judging panel will curate the exhibition best suited to their unique space in the heart of Mayfair. If selected there will be a fee of £150 per artist to participate. The exhibition will run from July 19th to August 5th at their gallery in 23 Grafton Street, Mayfair.
20/20 is a national programme led by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute. Between now and 2024, they’re looking for 20 emerging artists of colour to take on 15-month paid virtual residencies at these museums, galleries and art collection partners. Each artist will produce a commissioned artwork that will become a permanent piece in their collection. This is the first Call for Artists to take in the 20/20 programme. A second call will open in January 2023. 20/20 is led by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute and funded by Arts Council England, Freelands Foundation and UAL.
V.O Residencies provide emerging and lesser represented artists with the time and space to research and develop new work. The 2022 V.O Residency Programme will host six artists across three sessions, inviting practitioners to experiment and create new work in an open and supportive environment. Residents are provided with free studio space, critical and practical support, the opportunity to present a solo exhibition, and access to useful resources and a broad network of individuals and organisations. V.O aims to bring together diverse voices and encourages applicants from all backgrounds. The V.O Residency Programme is focused on promoting artistic exchange, socially-focused discourse and knowledge production.
V.O Residencies are open to artists in their first five years of professional practice and with less than three solo exhibitions. Each resident is invited to present a solo exhibition or project at V.O Gallery, and will have the possibility of producing a publication or print project related to the work they have developed while in residence.
Queer Frontiers is an annual charity exhibition founded by ARTIQ in 2018 to champion LGBTQ+ creatives and allies. Past editions of Queer Frontiers involved pop-up spaces in iconic locations across Soho, London. This summer, Queer Frontiers is teaming up with Link to produce an outstanding exhibition featuring emerging and established artists. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Pride, it will be the most vibrant exhibition of the year, celebrating inclusivity, diversity and creativity.
ARTIQ are looking for artists for Queer Frontiers 2022. Installation, sculpture, performance, video, drawing - this submission is open to all artists and mediums.
Exeter Contemporary Open is an annual open submission exhibition, established in 2006 and hosted by Exeter Phoenix, a busy, multi-artform venue and contemporary art space situated in Exeter’s historic city centre. The exhibition aims to provide an important national platform for contemporary visual art with an emphasis on supporting emerging talent alongside more established artists. The exhibition is open to contemporary visual artists working in any media including painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing, video, mixed and digital media. Each of the artists selected for the exhibition will be eligible for one of several cash prizes: The £1,000 Overall Award, £500 Additional Award and £200 Audience Choice Award – as voted for by visitors over the course of the exhibition. 
The Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is seeking to appoint two contemporary practitioners to the Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design & Fine Art 2022. Each Fellowship provides up to £16,000 and valuable access to the extensive material workshops, technical resources and expertise within Kingston School of Art and the wider University departments, to support a practice-based, innovative research project that will result in an exhibition of international standing at the Stanley Picker Gallery.
The seventh annual Freelands Award invites expressions of interest from UK visual arts organisations for a £110,000 award to realise a forthcoming exhibition by a mid-career woman artist who may not yet have received the acclaim or public recognition that her work deserves. This award includes a fee of £30,000 for the artist, who should produce significant new work for the show. This year, Freelands Foundation has opened the application process to all visual arts organisations across the UK, including within London, who would like to apply with an exhibition they have committed to realise as part of their 2023-25 programme.
Visions in the Nunnery is the Nunnery Gallery’s renowned showcase of moving image, digital and performance art. The biennial open call is an opportunity to be part of one of the most varied and exciting presentations of moving image in London. Each year they invite lead artists, celebrated for their innovation in the digital field, to head and inspire the exhibition programmes. This year Patrick Goddard and Emily Speed will be leading Visions 2022. Each will be exhibiting work as part of the show, and their thematic ideas will guide the selection process and set the tone for the wider exhibition. 
The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists. ACS is offering an artist the chance to win £4,500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK. If you are a UK or EEA national and are an undergraduate or postgraduate university student on an accredited art course who is about to graduate, or if you have graduated from a university accredited art course within the last four years, and you work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography, then you are eligible to apply for the prize.
Mass Correspondence Course is an innovative distance-learning programme of online mentoring facilitated through critical, supportive written reviews by a dedicated mentor. The course is aimed at sculptors based anywhere in the world and at any stage in their career who want to develop or reinvigorate their work, whether recently graduated from art school or those without any formal arts education. 
Turps Correspondence Course is an innovative programme of online mentoring facilitated through critical, supportive written reviews delivered by a dedicated mentor. The course is aimed at painters who want to develop or reinvigorate their work, whether recently graduated from art school, mid-career or those without any formal arts education. The course is designed and structured to be delivered entirely online so that painters, based anywhere in the world and at any stage in their career, can participate and receive informed, critical feedback from a mentor who is a practising painter selected by Turps. There are 5 review points throughout the year when you will be required to upload images of your work and a short statement or ‘letter’ to your mentor. Your mentor will then review what has been uploaded and write their response. It is a very different type of feedback from more conventional face-to-face tutorials but we believe this is what makes the correspondence course such an appealing and sought after professional development course.
REVIVE and Greenwich Cultural Services are pleased to announce a grant of around € 30,000 for visual artists and creatives, for a commissioned work to be installed by June 2024.
Revive is looking for a freestanding permanent and outdoor piece to occupy and compliment the old Marie Thumas factory. The art piece will be positioned on the front terrace, having a lot of visibility to users, visitors and passers-by, while also becoming part of the identity the project. Therefore, it would be crucial to envision an artwork with a strong presence. While the main goal is to add an artistic element with values that relate to both the project and Revive as a company, the position is open to freedom.
FLAMIN Animations is a commissioning programme for early-career black-identifying artist animators living in the UK. Run by Film London and Arts Council England, the programme aims to support artist animators as they take their first steps into a career working with the moving image, with development support and funding for a new work. Launched in 2021, the inaugural round of commissions saw four new 1-3 minute animations made and showcased at London’s Picturehouse Central.
Drawing Room invites proposals that examine critical issues around contemporary drawing. They offer postgraduate students and scholars the chance to field test and peer-review research, and to network and engage with a wider community of academics and specialists. They are now inviting proposals of a high quality that reflect a strong research focus. Proposals should include a summary of your research, outline the key questions it raises and how these will be addressed by your project. Proposals must have an explicit connection to drawing, and discuss why the medium of drawing specifically has been utilised in your research. Selected papers will be presented at the next Drawing Research Forum in September 2022.
The Fringe is a celebration of the area’s art scene, bringing together artists, community groups and students. Over the course of the festival, the Fringe will take over Deptford, placing art in unexpected locations, rooted into the fabric of everyday lives. This year, Deptford X are encouraging Fringe artists to congregate their projects as close as possible to Deptford High Street, creating a hub for a vibrant range of activities for the much-anticipated return of the festival. It will extend across indoor and outdoor spaces motivated by the statement ‘We’re Here for Art’. We are also interested in Fringe projects related to gardening practices seeking to work with a community space. Deptford X is a festival for all and we particularly welcome participation by artists from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and by artists with disabilities.
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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