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The Shock of the Now - Issue #50

Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Evening All,
I hope you’re all well and welcome to Issue 50 of The Shock of the Now.
This issue’s Featured Exhibition text takes a slightly different turn, as I make an exception for an excellent exhibition that is sadly now closed, Tanoa Sasraku’s debut institutional solo exhibition ‘Terratypes’ at Spike Island in Bristol. For those itching to see Tanoa’s artwork in the flesh fear-not, as Whop, Cawbaby (2018) is currently on display in Tate Liverpool’s romp around the British countryside ‘Radical Landscapes’, and she is preparing for solo exhibitions at Vardaxoglou in Soho (October 2022) and PEER in Hoxton (February 2023), so mark your diaries!
There are also four weekly Recommended Exhibitions and four fresh Artist Opportunities.
I hope you enjoy Issue 50, 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: Tanoa Sasraku - 'Terratypes' Solo Exhibition - Spike Island
Last weekend I made a slightly mistimed pilgrimage back to my hometown of Bristol, and had to avoid the annual influx of nautical nuts and weekend revellers at the city’s Harbour Festival in order to catch the fleeting final moments of Tanoa Sasraku‘s solo exhibition at Spike Island. Spike has occupied an important place in my heart since it was Bristol’s premier contemporary arts organisation during my time as a student (after the Arnolfini, Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts, was forced to close temporarily in 2017 following the sad loss of it’s ACE National Portfolio Organisation status and subsequent funding). Having played host to Lubaina Himid’s historic 'Navigation Charts’, which formed part of the trio of institutional exhibitions that earned the artist her Turner Prize win, and Veronica Ryan’s superb ‘Along a Spectrum’, which saw the artist shortlisted for this year’s Turner, Spike Island recently commissioned Sasraku’s debut institutional solo show, cementing her standing as one of the most exciting emerging artists working today. 
Sasraku’s exhibition introduces three interrelated bodies of work, the artist’s earth photos or Terratypes that lend the exhibition its title; her Liths that more than live up to their monolithic moniker; and wall-based bronze sculptures that serve as the show’s essential energy source. In part inspired by the Baghdad Battery - an ancient artefact of the Parthian period that’s constituent parts (ceramic pot, copper tubing and iron rod) are thought to have conducted an early example of electricity - Sasraku’s cast cells house hunks of foraged pigment. Appearing to exist at that intriguing intersection between the organic and the man-made, the archaic and the futuristic, the fictional and the factual, each scored slab acts as a power pack to run the Terratype‘s suggested circuitry.
With their portmanteau parlance coined by the artist in reference to nascent photographic processes such as daguerreotypes, tintypes or ambrotypes and the artwork’s own terrene production techniques, each Terratype records and represents landscapes that have left a lasting impression on Sasraku. Be it Dartmoor, the mythic moorlands that neighbour her native Plymouth; the Isle of Skye, the location of a recent residency; or the Scottish Highlands, her partner’s homeland, Sasraku scours the wilderness for both emotional resonance and physical materials. From Bidford to Brae, Oransay to Torbay, the artist’s palette is populated by foraged pigments, organic ocre and salvaged sandstone sourced from the length and breadth of the British Isles.
Stained sheets of newsprint, each individual imbued with earthy energy, are stacked and stitched together into thick textile constructions, their tasselled edges evoking the Fante Asafo flags, and their abstract embossed ornamentation or geometric silhouettes resembling tartan patterned cloth, electronic circuit boards or craggy rock faces. Lastly, the Terratypes are submerged in the streams, seas or sounds that surround those sentimental sites as part of a baptismal process that involves the gentle yet gestural tearing of shreds and strips from their surface, revealing those lower layers and exposing their ingrained telluric intelligence.
A quartet of muddy-toned Terratypes make up Mire Horse, a fragmented formation founded upon a cubist, pixelated picture of a horse’s head. Coloured by pigment foraged from a fossilised tree and steeped in a moorland mire, with bits of bog still clinging to its carefully cut corners, the artwork is both a witness and a warning to the dark side of the moors. The equine outline readily recalls both the haunting tale of a pony slowly sinking into the fabled Grimpen Mire of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Sasraku’s own adolescent encounter with a bog-bound decomposing horse when lost on a misty Dartmoor.
Finally, the artist’s towering Liths rise freestanding from the floor of the gallery space. Totemic Terratype offcuts, shards saved from that aforementioned subaqueous ceremony, are scanned, enlarged and printed onto Kozo paper, the subfusc surface softening their appearance and impeding any detailed investigation. Monumental menhirs, these Liths further nod to the natural landscape that contributes not only to the exhibition’s source material but also to the mediums of the artworks themselves, while also injecting further ritualistic undertones that appeal to our collective cultish captivation with standing stones and sarsen circles.
Recommended Exhibitions Opening This Week:
MFA Fine Art, MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image, MA Art & Ecology & Graduate Diploma in Art Degree Shows 2022 - Goldsmiths, New Cross Gate (22nd - 26th July, opening Thursday 21st July, 6-9pm)
Goldsmiths presents the latest in their Degree Shows programme, with exhibiting students from MFA Fine Art, MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image, MA Art & Ecology & Graduate Diploma in Art.
Image: Tiffany Wellington (MFA Fine Art), I can only imagine that this large scarf provided you with some sort of comfort, 2021
Turps Studio Programme Leavers Show - Turps HQ, Elephant & Castle (21st - 31st July, opening Thursday 21st July, 6-9pm)
Turps presents their latest Studio Programme Leavers Show, bringing together the ten painters who are leaving the course this year. Featuring Jo Mason, Emma Wilson, Sukey Sleeper, Jan Valik, Amelia Badenoch, Emanuel De Carvalho (above), Ross Head, Phillip Reeves & Efrat Merin.
Milly Peck - ‘Front of House’ Solo Exhibition - Vitrine, Fitzrovia (22nd July - 18th September, opening Thursday 21st July, 6-9pm)
Vitrine presents Milly Peck‘s latest solo exhibition 'Front of House’ at the gallery’s Fitzrovia location. The exhibition presents new sculptural works influenced by studies of residential buildings produced on residency as part of the Bridget Riley Fellowship at the British School at Rome in Italy during 2021. These three-dimensional works are being shown together with drawings on paper from an extensive ongoing series of still life studies, which were also produced in Rome, alongside a new outdoor sculpture.
‘VERB’ Group Exhibition - MASS Studio & Off-Site Programme Show - MASS HQ, Thames-Side Studios (23rd - 25th July, opening Friday 22nd July, 6-9pm)
MASS Sculpture presents ‘VERB’, a group exhibition of works by artists on the inaugural MASS Studio & Off-Site Programmes 2021/22. Featuring Aileen Kelly, Alex Hegazy, Carolyn Whittaker, Chuting Lee, Diana Wolzak, Ellie Reid, Joe Madeira, Matt Foster, Nathan Anthony, Rachael Causer, Susan Young, Tania Salha, Thomas Witherick (above) & Tina Culverhouse.
Artist Opportunities:
Founded by artist Anna Woodward, collector Sam Senchal and property expert Scott Franklin, Good Eye Projects will host six artists per residency at their studio spaces in Hammersmith. There are currently three residency periods scheduled, including Autumn (12th September - 4th December), Spring (6th February - 7th May) and Summer (15th May -20th). Each residency will culminate in a group exhibition. To apply, send a c. 250-word artist statement; 5 JPEG images of artworks that best represent your practice; a c. 100-word statement on how the residency will benefit you, how you plan to use it and how many days per week you’ll be able to use the studio; and relevant links to your website/Instagram to
Arnis Residency is an annual residency programme for contemporary artists on a peninsula in Northern Germany, taking place from 18 September – 03 October 2022. It encourages engagement with the region’s local and remote context in order to encounter a world characterised by connections and flows beyond cities. Arnis Residency offers accommodation, food, sailing trips and swims in the Schlei for the duration of two weeks. Each resident is provided an individual room as well as a space to work in locations suitable to one’s project (a small studio space, a shed, and a sailing boat). Each applicant will have access to a travel allowance of 100€ and a small production stipend of 50€.
PADA is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon’s South Bay, located within the old Companhia União Fabril (CUF) industrial park. Create in 2018, PADA provides artists a space to develop their practice, interact with other artists, and explore new approaches in a post-industrial environment. The PADA Residency Programme is run in conjunction with the Studio & Gallery Programmes. By providing studios for local artists alongside the residency, we aim to encourage the interaction of national and international artists. Artists-in-Residence benefit from the mutual exchange across art forms and the post-industrial surrounding. The residency periods for 2023 are as follows: 1st February - 28th February, 3rd March - 30th March, 3rd April - 1st May, 4th May - 31st May, 6th June - 4th July, 6th July - 2nd August, 4th August - 31th August, 4th September - 2nd October, 5th October - 1st November and 3rd November - 30th November.
Forma is inviting proposals for Oasis: a socially engaged curatorial project or short cultural programme that will take place at FormaHQ between September 2022 and April 2023. Aimed at individuals and groups who want to develop their creative practice, Oasis is an opportunity to explore research interests and deliver socially engaged activities in collaboration with Forma’s team and our local audiences in London. A fixed bursary of £15,000 is available.
Oasis takes its name from the research and conversations initiated by the lead creatives in the redevelopment of Peveril Gardens and FormaHQ. Led by consultation with local residents and driven by Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri’s vision for a new oasis of nature and culture on the edge of central London, the aim was to transform the underused site into a purposeful and beautiful meeting point for both artists and local residents. This Open Call is for a curatorial or artistic project or cultural programme that embraces Kuri’s vision of an oasis – a safe place where creatives and local residents can take part in cultural activities and enjoy the benefits of our new Peveril Gardens.
Voodoo4u is looking for performers, sound artists, musicians, dancers, DJs or any other creatives who would like to participate in the second official event of Voodoo4u! All the performers during the event will wear customize outfits made by Voodoo and other fashion designers. The event will take place in an art venue in Shoreditch, London on the 8th of October 2022. Please submit your application by sending a proposal/idea of your performance that you would like to present with some visual/sound materials of your previous work to
CIRCA x Dazed Class of 2022 returns with an open call for new media creators and world builders to win the #CIRCAECONOMY cash prize of £30,000 and see their work appear on London’s iconic Piccadilly Lights screen in September. This year’s theme ‘A FUTURE WORLD’ is inspired by the CIRCA 2022 manifesto ‘And Now We Build Worlds’, calling for new media responses with a two-and-a-half-minute moving image work. This could be an existing piece of work or a new creation.
The annual ‘Class of’ showcases the best-in-class of new-gen moving image artists and new media creators. Following a month-long open call, a shortlist of 30 will be selected by this year’s jury panel including Arca, Martine Syms, Precious Okoyomon, Norman Rosenthal and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
London Bronze Edition’s mission is to champion a contemporary approach to metal casting. They’re aware that for many artists, a major barrier to working in bronze is the access & cost of the process. In response, they created the London Bronze Fellowship - an opportunity for artists to pitch a new work, which they will then share with potential sponsors who will select & jointly fund the fellowship with LBE. When a sponsor (Gallery / Collector / Corporate) selects an artwork, the fellowship will be scheduled in, giving the artist access to the Foundry to learn from the production. A limited Edition of 3 artworks will be made, one free copy for the Artist, one for the Sponsor & one for London Bronze Editions. London Bronze Edition are open to hearing ambitious, experimental & creative ideas. It can be made using traditional or digital processes, where the work is ready to be cast, or needs development through 3D modelling. 
The South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency is an open submission six-month live-in residency which enables the production of a new body of work and a rare opportunity for an early-career artist to exhibit within an internationally renowned institution. The residency is open to artists who have completed a period of self-directed, peer-led or postgraduate study between October 2021 and September 2022. This can include alternative, peer organised and non-accredited programmes from an institution, collective or art school in the UK, as well as an MA, MFA, PGDip, MRes.
Between October 2022 – April 2023, the recipient will receive rent-free accommodation in the SLG Outset Artists’ Flat next door to the gallery; studio space in the SLG Fire Station; a £4,000 artists fee and a £3,500 production budget to produce new work; mentoring sessions and studio visits from SLG staff, including the Director, and other arts professionals; the opportunity to commission an essay about their practice; the opportunity to present a public event in response to their practice and a solo exhibition opening March 2023 in one of the SLG Fire Station galleries.
Unlocking The Collections is a research residency for an early-career, London-based artist to engage with The Collections Library at the Museum of the Home. The selected artist will receive an award of £3,000 to develop their practice in response to the Museum of the Home’s collections. A further £850 to deliver a public-facing event that showcases their thinking and research undertaken over the residency period and also special access to Museum collections and curatorial staff. The awarded artist will be expected to visit the Museum and engage with the collections at least one day a week over the research period; participate in four interviews over the residency period which will be published on the Museum of the Home and Artquest websites; produce online content about their experiences on the residency and work with Artquest and the Museum of the Home to organise a closing event to showcase their thinking, research and work over the period of the residency.
Sarabande Studios are more than just a studio space. They are a place of community and collaboration where the unique vision of each artist is supported. Being a part of Sarabande does not only guarantee a heavily subsidised studio space but also communication with leading journalists, curators, collectors, fashion designers, artists and photographers - all eager to know about your creative discipline, vision, and bring you to the forefront of the public eye. With bespoke business mentoring, pro-bono support from expert accountants and lawyers, networking opportunities and with added support in press, marketing, filming and documentation. The studios range from 50sq. ft to 350sq. ft and are priced at £1 per sq. ft per month. The cost includes all utilities, use of communal spaces & equipment, free professional services, bespoke mentoring and free access to all events at the foundation.
The National Portrait Gallery is inviting proposals from emerging artists and creatives to become their Digital Artist in Residence for Black History Month (1-31 October 2022). The Gallery would work with the selected artist to produce three pieces of digital content on our social media channels that shares stories of Black history and heritage, and spotlights the artist’s response to our Collection. This would form part of the Gallery’s wider digital content throughout the year, which amplifies the stories of Black history in the Collection, and this residency would mark the start of an ongoing relationship with the artist, who we’d look to collaborate with on future pieces of digital content. The artist would receive a fixed fee of £2000 (approximately 7 days of work), for their participation in the residency, with the work taking place throughout September 2022, to then be shared on the Gallery’s social channels in October 2022.
The South Bermondsey Art Trail is a 2-day event of open studios, exhibitions, screenings, performances, parties and events celebrating the creatives working in South Bermondsey. Organised by Sid Motion Gallery and Charlie Billingham, the trail aims to celebrate the local area and the brilliant creatives working within it. All local artists and creatives are invited to participate by opening their doors to visitors on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2022 between 12-6pm. If you would like to be included please submit the following information to
Your full name. Your studio address (plus any additional access information). A sentence or short blurb about your work and an image that illustrates your creative practice. Please note, the organisers might use this image on the South Bermondsey Art Trail Instagram page to announce your participation. Once you have submitted your information, your inclusion will be listed on a printed map which visitors can follow when attending the Art Trail.
San Mei Gallery are looking for exhibition proposals from artists, creatives, designers, architects and makers (solo or groups) with research-based practices to stage an exhibition in their Brixton-based gallery in 2023. San Mei is an independent space for contemporary art in South London, committed to research-led, educational and collaborative exchanges. Operating with an artist-led approach, they support artists and curators to experiment with new ideas. The gallery promotes and facilitates emerging artistic practice, through exhibitions, residencies, studios and events. This Open Call is looking for three exhibitions to be held at San Mei Gallery in 2023, which will be selected by the San Mei Gallery curatorial team.
The East London Art Prize is an all-media art prize designed to showcase the talent of artists working and living in east London, with an accompanying event programme supporting artists’ careers and opportunities. Proudly sponsored by Minerva, the winner receives a career-changing cash prize of £15,000 and a solo exhibition at Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery. The runner-up second prize is a year’s studio space with Bow Arts. 
The prize is open to any artist living or working within an ‘E’ postcode, encompassing E1-E20, SE1-SE28 and EC1-EC4. Submitting artists should hold an arts degree, equivalent arts qualification or be able to show demonstrable commitment to their artistic practice. Artist collectives/joint submissions are accepted. All media types are accepted, including (but not limited to!) painting, print, drawing, sculpture, digital, film, audio, ceramics, textiles and performance.
Three unique organisations are collaborating to provide a significant platform and stepping stone for new artists. Now in its third iteration, The Robert Walters Group UK New Artist of the Year Award in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery will discover and champion exceptional artists who are representative of contemporary Britain. For 2022, the award is interested in works which address the theme, ‘The Unimagined Future’. It has been noted that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet, what else has yet to be thought about? What else has yet to be invented? Where will creative thought and ideas be in the next decade, what needs to change?
The 10 shortlisted artists’ work will be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London for a VIP awards evening, as well as in a virtual gallery space, online for one month following the award. First Award: £10,000 cash prize & The winner’s work will be shown at the Robert Walters Group head office for a period of 12 months following the award. Second Award: £5,000 cash prize. People’s Choice Award: Decided by a public vote during the virtual exhibition 11th November - 10th January and announced on Thursday 12th January. The winner will have the opportunity to take part in one of UK New Artists’ international presentations.
Lewisham Arthouse is a 25-year-old artist-run cooperative based in South East London. Continuing their commitment to supporting emerging artists, Lewisham Arthouse announced the 10th round of their Graduate Studio Award Scheme and invite all recent London-based (or those relocating) graduate visual artists to apply. The award offers recent graduates a fantastic, free opportunity to continue developing their practice in a 200ft studio based within their artist-led cooperative. The scheme encourages the selected artist to utilise Lewisham Arthouse’s facilities, and participate in or draw on their lively community to produce and present new work. Towards the end of the scheme, the awardee will be invited to share the outcomes of the residency in a form of their choosing.
Personal Projects:
‘BLO.ATT’, our current exhibition featuring BLOAT Collective and All Terrain Training (ATT), is in its final week at Collective Ending HQ in Deptford. Open Thursday & Friday, 21st & 22nd July, 12-6pm.
The exhibition culminates in a closing event and performance this Saturday, July 23rd, 7-9pm, featuring a live new work consisting of ATT’s dancers in contact training and BLOAT in observation and response. A live soundscape composed of glacier recordings, earthquake tremors, electric currents from the ionosphere and body sounds mixed by Shirley Pegna will accompany the performance.⁣
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Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator
Hector Campbell - Art Historian, Writer & Curator

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