Friday 19 October 2012

Party Time Recommends:

Beyond The Material World

Curated by Jean Harlow and Diana Ali

22 October – 2 November

Bar Lane Studios,
1 Bar Lane,

Private View: 20 October 7-9pm
Opening Times: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
                        10am-5pm Saturday

International Association Of Quantum Artists (IAQA)

Present their first Visual Arts Exhibition, ‘Beyond The Material World’

IAQA’s aim is to explore the art/science interface by participating in activities which aim to transform human understanding of the world in which we live. At present these include theories and philosophies incorporating sustainability, quantum theory, parallel worlds, Multiverse, higher dimensional spaces and cosmology.
The IAQA is a new contemporary art collective, based in the UK, comprising of Jean Harlow (Founder Artist) and Diana Ali (Curator Artist). The collective was initiated to unite artists whose work explores intuitively explores alternative visions and possible realities. This first show will feature work which explores the statement ‘Seeing Beyond the Material World’. It aims to be inspirational, encouraging others to reach out towards more positive and sustainable futures. We are taking the view that art can provide a platform for multiple expressions of social ideals.
Seventeen artists were selected to build an interactive space around their work’s focus. Each acts as a separate ‘world’, but is integrated with other exhibits occupying the same space. Together these therefore act as parallel worlds occupying the same space, but which are perceived in different ways. The audience is invited to participate and sometimes, to intervene within these different artistic spaces. Exhibits move away from static or fixed theories and viewpoints. The works considered depict transformation towards positive alternative futures: they consider change as an ongoing transformational process. 

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Party Time Recommends:


18 – 28 October

37 Philip Street,

Peer Critique led by Laura Mansfield: Thursday 18 October, 6pm
Preview: Thursday 18 October, 7pm-late
Exhibition continues: 19 – 28 October, Thurs-Sunday 12-6pm daily

Darkling, defined in simple terms as ‘in the dark obscurely’ or ‘enacted in the dark’ alludes to a state of uncertainty where the outlines of a figure, movement or action become submerged into the darkness that surrounds them, resulting in inconclusive and fragmentary images that rest between the seen and the hidden.

As the title for an exhibition of new work by Lindsey Bull, the phrase reflects the shifting nebulous quality of paint that surrounds the lone figures of her canvases. The figures, often masked, hooded or concealed in some form, enact undefined movements; fragments of performative action that slip into the abstract and undulating rhythm of her surrounding brush strokes. The exact qualities of the figure and their movements merge with Bull’s loose and layered use of paint, being both defined and obscured, embodying the notion of Darkling.

Throughout her practice Bull explores perceptions of reality and illusion, investigating fragmentary instances where the real mergers with the fantastical, exploring a history of practices that shift the everyday into realms of spiritual, ritualistic or psychedelic perception. Drawing upon a lexicon of imagery from books on witchcraft and cults, to silent film stills and occult magazines her paintings often depict figures enveloped by spaces that feel simultaneously familiar and unreal; the known world slips away as the space surrounding the figure slides into an abstract and undulating form that serves to reference the figures alternated state of perception.

The series of paintings for Darkling continue Bull's investigation into occult practices, myth and magic. The notion of darkling permeates the work, a push and pull effect of becoming and disappearing as the figures slide in and out of definition, inhabiting a liminal state of both the seen and the hidden.

Sunday 7 October 2012

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Beacon presents an exhibition of four new commissions at three heritage sites in rural Lincolnshire: Woolsthorpe Manor; Grimsthorpe Castle and Ayscoughfee Hall. International artists Jordan Baseman, Amanda Coogan, Jem Finer and Bethan Huws have drawn on the particularities of Lincolnshire to create new artworks.

On dates throughout October, guided coach excursions will visit each of the heritage sites to view all the commissions.

Tickets must be pre booked via BEACON
To book tickets go to:

or telephone:

01522 811809

You can drive to Woolsthorpe Manor to join the guided coach excursion: £5.00/person
Or depart from the pick up points: £7.50/person
Click on the dates to visit the booking pages with full details. 
Visits to all the sites and artworks are included in all the excursions.

WEEK ONE: Sat 6 and Sun 7 Oct 
Woolsthorpe Manor depart 12 midday, return 5pm
Pick ups available from Grantham and Lincoln

WEEK TWO: Wed 10 and Thurs 11 Oct
Ayscoughfee Hall depart 10.30am return 2.30pm

WEEK THREE: Sat 20 and Sun 21 Oct
Woolsthorpe Manor depart 12 midday, return 5pm
Pick ups available from Sleaford, Lincoln, Derby and Leicester

WEEK FOUR: Sat 27 and Sun 28 Oct
Woolsthorpe Manor depart 12 midday, return 5pm
Pick ups available from Lincoln, Stamford, Grantham and Sheffield

The artworks at Ayscoughfee Hall and Woolsthorpe Manor can also be seen during the properties' normal opening hours. Property admission prices apply outside the Beacon excursions. Grimsthorpe Castle is closed to the public outside the Beacon excursion times.

Saturday 29 September 2012

Party Time Recommends:

The Parallax Curtain

28 September - 17 November

S1 Artspace,
120 Trafalgar Street,
S1 4JT

The Parallax Curtain brings together newly commissioned and existing works including sculpture, painting, performance and video, by three British-based artists, Melissa Gordon, Emily Musgrave and Jessica Warboys.

The title of the exhibition references both a former work by Melissa Gordon [Parallax Curtain, 2006] and the publication The Parallax View [2006] by Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. A parallax effect describes the phenomena whereby the world and objects around us appear displaced, unfamiliar or changed when viewed from a different position. It is a way of looking from two lines of sight or two opposing points of view - both literally and philosophically. A form of expanded perception, a parallax reveals multiple perspectives in continual flux which in turn create limitless layers of meaning. This concept is invoked by Žižek in The Parallax View and is an approach present in the individual practices of the three artists in this exhibition.

The Parallax Curtain draws together these ideas through the presented works, which, due to each artists’ multiplied approach, share a sense of re-appropriation, renewal and re-presentation. Through extensive research, obsessive cataloguing and process itself, the artists presented in The Parallax Curtain mine the past for forgotten histories and real world events; historical figures; discarded objects with their own silent history; or fictions to retell. Through this process - in addition to a constant editing, collage and layering - resulting works subtlety re-perform these various narratives.

Collectively, the works offer an examination deep within these rediscovered subjects and the promise of revelation, or a drawing back of the curtain. However almost simultaneously, the work implies something hidden, disguised or obscured from view, and any final resolution is playfully deferred. The Parallax Curtain points to theatricality, staging and performance, techniques central to the individual practices of the artists in this exhibition. For Musgrave it is the work that performs, Gordon however invites the viewer to perform with the work, and for Warboys the process of making records a series of performative gestures to be edited within the space they are shown.

Monday 3 September 2012

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a collision of interests selected by Ryan Gander

21st September 2012 – 5th October
Preview 21st Sept 6-9pm
Exhibition open:
Wednesday and Saturday 12pm – 6pm
Thursday and Friday 5– 8pm
And by appointment

25 Wharf Street,

Mexico presents May it keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds, a collision of interests selected by Ryan Gander. 

This exhibition brings together recent works by Jacqueline Bebb, Rob Lye, John Newton and Lucia Quevedo to exist in the same space at the same time.

The variety of narratives implied in the work fuels the production of new meaning. May it keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds realises the necessity for contradiction, friction and difference to develop between works; artists, objects and space produce a crucial foreignness through familiarity.

A four-leaf poster publication will provide a distillation of the exhibition in hard copy, including additional artwork by each artist and an interview between Ryan Gander and Mexico.