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During the MIF opening weekender you can join me on Sunday the 7th July for some banner making at Manchester Art Gallery- part of Tania Bruguera’s world premier of
' School of Integration'.
Art as Activism: Banner Making
By Lotte Karlsen
Manchester Art Gallery, Sunday 7 July
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An introduction to the Art as Activism toolkit – message making and banner design. Students are invited to take part in making a group banner, displaying a collective message to promote the School of Integration’s ethos.
Additional to displaying the collective message, all students are invited to add their own personal touch by adding further writing, drawings or symbols to the banner with non-permanent felt tip pens. Why non-permanent? The idea is to take advantage of the Manchester rainy weather and deliberately make the felt tip colours run, weathering it into something unexpected. Individual contributions will become one colourful integrated background.
30 min – Art as Activism introduction and message making
60 min – Banner design and making
Lotte Karlsen’s Art as Activism toolkit was originally designed as an educational resource to instruct children about how the arts intersect with and can be used to support causes of liberty and justice, in alignment with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The toolkit was born out of the 2018 UK Women’s Centenary as well as Alexandra Arts’ Pankhurst in the Park 2014-18,a socially-engaged platform for female artists in Manchester’s Alexandra Park. Pankhurst in the Park involved an extensive programme of community arts events and an international artist residency, accompanied by St. Mary’s CE Primary school’s UNICEF Rights Respecting initiative. St. Mary’s is significant as it auspiciously sits right next to the birthplace of iconic Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
Text below from https://mif.co.uk/whats-on/school-of-integration/
Tania Bruguera’s powerful, provocative and inspiring new work draws us nearer to those who’ve made this city their home, inviting us to discover and embrace the diversity in our midst.
During MIF19, the school will offer over 80 classes on a wide-ranging curriculum that includes food, customs, ethics, politics and many other forms of knowledge – classes given by local people originally from countries around the world, from Zimbabwe to Tibet. These are not only instructional lessons, but something more personal and vivid. Each teacher will pass on their own experiences, sharing skills, knowledge and culture in a different kind of communal integration and learning experience in the heart of Manchester.
Open and free to all, School of Integration fosters cohesion and builds bridges of cultural understanding – encouraging us to eliminate the idea of strangeness and cherish a plurality of voices, and integrating us with the world.
New York based Go Push Pops inaugurate the premier issue of CREATRIX MAG with their story about their 2014 residency in Manchester's Alex Park and their final performance HOLY CREATRIXXX. Commissioned by Alexandra Arts for Pankhurst in the Park 2014, HOLY CREATRIXXX – ritual gathering, divine incantation and mystical neo-shamanic coven – was Go! Push Pops’ first work overseas and most comprehensive public project to date. I got a little mention too, read all about here
Join me to make your own advent stars at Manchester Art Gallery
My glass and ceramics work is featured in the gallery’s current Nordic Craft and Design exhibition. Scandinavia has a long tradition with making paper decorations for Christmas, and over the last couple of weeks I have done sessions with staff, volunteers and the public. The next one coming up is 5th December, between 4.30-7.30 during the galleries pop up Christmas craft market. Using only paper, scissors and glue here I will demonstrate how you can turn a single piece of paper into a beautiful 3-D structured decoration.
This session is free, no need to book just drop in.
Art 511 Magazine has done a write up of the last and final Pankhurst in the Park 2014-18 event. It was also beautifully captured thanks to photographer Jennifer Brown, pictures below.
During the month of September, UK-based artist, curator, and founder of Alexandra Arts artist Lotte Karlsen was Artist-in-Residence at Kjok’s nearby other space The Mothership. Karlsen kicked off the Tuesday night salon with an informal lecture and slide show presentation of her near decade-long socially-engaged artwork in Alexandra Park, Manchester, where the majority of the Pankhurst in the Park (PitP) festival took place 2014-18. The September 2018 salon celebrated four years in which the Pankhurst in the Park project has spearheaded an initiative committed to providing a platform for women in the Arts, including a dedicated commitment to cultural exchange with U.S.-based artists in NYC.
Read the full article here
Part of the Arts Council of England funded programme Pankhurst in the Park 2018 I’ve had the pleasure of co-producing the magical 3 day flash exhibition EMINENT DOMAIN at the former Robert Miller Gallery in West Chelsea together with artist Scotto Mycklebust and curator/artist Katie Cercone. It was such and an incredible buzz, big love goes out to the 90+ artist that took part and the audience, with over 600 of you turning up at the opening! The exhibition recap article is now available over at art511mag.com……
Feminism is For EVERYONE
EMINENT DOMAIN OVERTAKES CHELSEA
It was a languorous mid-summer night in NYC – the streets lulled, people sparse and unhurried – but you wouldn’t know that if you happened upon West 26th St. in West Chelsea on Thursday, July 12. Droves of people from every cross-section of life were crowding the outside of the former Robert Miller Gallery space, itching to see what was happening inside, waiting their turn as a few people trickled out for some air…over-capacity was not enforced; the gallery was simply over-capacitated. Whether the attendees heard about the 3-day flash exhibition featuring 90 radical feminist artists from across the globe from a friend, poster, word-of-mouth – or simply stumbled into opening night from the street – did not matter: EMINENT DOMAIN attracted an overwhelming amount of people.
EMINENT DOMAIN evolved out of Art 511 Mag’s recent partnership with the Manchester, UK-based Alexandra Arts, when this past Spring, we teamed up to produce a limited edition, 74-page full-color print commission celebrating International Women’s Day and the centenary for UK women’s suffrage (funded by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND). The edition, available as a free download online here, was made available during the reception, and features critical essays, interviews and artworks by Marilyn Minter, Narcissister, Melanie Bonajo, Samantha Conlon (Bunny Collective), Go! Push Pops and Anna FC Smith among others. Artists included in the EMINENT DOMAIN show were mostly selected by a competitive open call submission process organized by head curator Katie Cercone.
From the street you could view artist and founding director of Alexandra Arts Lotte Karlsen’s ephemeral installation covering the gallery’s massive front windows with a feminine-derived symbol. Faintly reminiscent of the yogic OM, the initial imprint of the show was made by Karlsen’s zig-zagging dark purple shapes mounted flush with the space’s four massive, industrial scale front windows. It’s a motif that is near and dear to the artists’s heart as a visual representation of her collaborative ventures in Alexandra Park, Manchester, where she directs the arts collective Alexandra Arts.
Read the full article here
Banner image: Elena Kendall-Aranda, site-specific performance, “Quests from the Virtual Age.” Courtesy the Artist
Thanks to NYC based artist curator Katie Cercone I have been selected to exhibit my work at group exhibition I AM MY OWN PRIMAL PARENT @ KARST, Plymouth’s largest independent contemporary art space. I am honoured to be included in this NYC heavy stellar lineup! This exhibition is also part of the Plymouth art weekender and The Atlantic Project.
Astral beasts, galactic stunts, nightlife culturati, audiophiles and technophiles, absurdist neo-shamans and sacramental synesthesiacs comprise our I AM MY OWN PRIMAL PARENT exhibition, their bizarre prophecies, culinary listening, phantom phalli, trans-dimensional art-tourism and polymorphous nature castles and cults populate an impressive new terrain.
I AM MY OWN PRIMAL PARENT is by no means a show about sex, or simply sacred kink. For many of these artists, conjuring your PRIMAL PARENT comes down to human beings as conscious actors in a matrix of creation which is by nature, sensual, binding, and multidimensional. Many work in sound, and likewise create artworks in whatever medium as a series of energetic ebbs and flows, of union and discord. Relationships, environments and situations frame the basis of their creative objectives, leaving current Art discourse ill equipped to digest their paranormal dimensions. These works offer tethers connecting an invisible order to the visible order, visions from the frontrunning prophets of a fast forward generation determined to let the false idols crumble to dust.
Please note this exhibition includes images and themes of an adult content. Parental discretion is advised.
On 6th of July opens Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery. I'm pleased that 12 of my pieces have curated into this exhibition, including a drinking glass collection, architectural vases and a set of stoneware plates. Very excited to be exhibiting my work next to Scandinavian design heavyweights like Alvor Alto, Tapio Wirkkala and Arne Jacobson. If you can't make it down to the preview on the 5th July, it's plenty of time to catch it as it's on for a whole year.
Through September, when the bustling art season kicks in, I am excited to be back in NYC and at the Mothership, this time around as an artist in residency at the rooftop live work space in Greenpoint. Here I plan to dedicate some of my residency time to revisit and rework the glass installation I created for my first solo exhibition in NYC in 2016, the Sound of Silence. Shimmering new work will travel from NYC to UK, for a group exhibition entitled I Am My Own Primal Parent (Sept 28th - 2nd Nov) at KARST, Plymouth’s largest independent contemporary art venue. A show curated by NYC-based radical siren Katie Cercone. Other female artists included are Melanie Bonajo, NARCISSISTER and Go Push Pops.
On September 11, 2018, together with Alexandra Arts which I founded, I will be bringing the spirit of my most recent venture, the Pankhurst in the Park (PitP) festival 2014-18, from Manchester to New York with a “PitP infused art salon”, hosted in and by Mothership NYC.
It will feature a performance by New York-based collective ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS, and work by PitP commissioned UK artist Anna FC Smith. Travelling from the EMINENT DOMAIN flash exhibition staged at the former blue-chip Robert Miller gallery space in West Chelsea in July, it has organically stemmed from Alexandra Arts recent collaboration with online based NYC’s ART 511 Magazine. This Spring, we teamed up and produced a limited-edition print commission - a publication marking International Women’s Day (March 8th) and the centenary of women over thirty earning the right to vote in England. Read it online here. At this event, catch me in conversation with ART 511 Magazine publisher Scotto Mycklebust.
This year’s will be the final Pankhurst in the Park Festival. There will be a closing ceremony at Last Frontier NYC in Greenpoint, on September 21, 2018. Everyone is invited to join me in celebrating this four-year initiative committed to providing a platform for women in the arts by commissioning a stunningly broad array of artists, performers, makers, and critics and reaching out to all members of the community regardless of gender, class, or cultural background through workshops, open exhibitions, performances, and other events. This is the last chance to catch UK based Anna FC Smith’s work tour of NYC.
Pankhurst in the Park 2018 program of events is funded by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council Department of Culture, St Mary's Primary School, Friends of Alexandra Park and the Neighborhood Investment Fund from the Whalley Range ward.
'Sound of Silence' exhibition review
Artist and writer Katie Cercone did a shimmering review of my solo exhibition 'Sound of Silence' in New York last September. It's now available to view at the newly launched online magazine Art 511 Mag. A big thank you goes out to Katie, but also artist and publisher Scotto Mycklebust who invited me to be the first, in a Visiting Artist series, at studio 511, in collaboration with West Chelsea Artists Open Studios. Read the review here
Alexandra Arts has also been named by Art 511 Mag as one of '10 Organisations helping Artists build community' with Ultracultural Others, Minnesota street projects, Beat Global, Culture Push + others. I am thrilled, to be connected to so many forward thinking creatives who are smashing up the conventional mould of 'community arts'. We are also the only organisation on the list based outside the US! Read the full article here
This years, Pankhurst in the Park Artist in residency the Bunny Collective is making waves in the art world! With a full page interview by Ginanne Brownell Mitic in the The New York Times International, in connection with their Frieze art fair collecting edition. Both in print and online. Although it took over eight months to come into fruition, the timing could not have been better. I'm absolutely thrilled for them, because I worked my ass off to make this years programme happen.
Finally home after one month in New York! Great to be away but there is nothing that will beat sleeping in your own bed. I've had such an amazing time and meet so many great people along the road. Will particularly miss my daily banter with fellow Norwegian/US artist Scotto Mycklebust. Who invited me to be the first in a Visiting Artist series, at studio 511, collaboration with West Chelsea Artists Open Studios. Non of this would have been possible without the help and support of radical artist and feminist writer Katie Cercone, co-founder of Go Push Pops. Also had the pleasure of staying in a artist live/work space, called the Mothership in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, run by Norwegian artist Sol Kjok. Sol also have the most amazing large studio and performance space down the road called The Last Frontiers. We are already plotting a upcoming collaboration.
Reflections: Sound of Silence
Since I can remember, I have fantasized about taking my own life. Not in the brutal and selfish way, I wanted to go out slitting my wrist, quietly fading away pain free without a single witness. My fantasy of insular death was a disillusion at best. Every action we take massively affects others. What began as a sad, angry, childlike form of escapism caught up with me later in life. When I was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in my early thirties, I began to understand that my death wish was a deep rooted longing to come home to myself – to my soul - released from the shackles of my physical body and the traumas of the mundane world. Initially I pretended the cancer wasn’t happening, struggling to avoid the deep depression lurking around the bend. Eventually, this marked the beginning of a deep emotional and spiritual decent. Deep diving into darkness, I searched desperately for my soul. The experience offered a brutal awakening – an opportunity to really take a look at myself, fundamentally expanding my perceptions about existence.
Where I was born, there are no universities or specialist colleges. People leave home to get their degrees, some at a young age. Many never leave at all. I left my family in the North of Norway as a child to live with my Mum in Oslo. At the age of 17-years-old, I left my Mum’s place over a boiling, adolescent rage for my stepfather. I studied art glass in Sweden and eventually settled in the UK, living further and further away from my family and friends as time passed. It was as if somewhere along the way I had adopting the mantra trust nobody. I stopped connecting with people in anyway that could be described as whole, authentic and vulnerable. You cannot selectively numb yourself. You can’t numb grief, sadness, shame and disappointment without depressing the body’s natural ability to feel and express joy, happiness and gratitude. The more I attempted to numb with antisocial and addictive behaviours, the more my life lacked purpose and meaning.
I began studying for my Masters Degree in Manchester just ten weeks before my cancer diagnosis. Despite myself, and my routine insistence on living in my head, my body was crying out with truth. My MA research focused on my own community, specifically on the nearly abandoned Victorian Park next door to my home, which would eventually lead to starting the non-profit artist collective Alexandra Arts. My goal was to create the perfect project for the communities surrounding Alexandra Park…what better place to look for a sense love and belonging? Reconnecting with nature was a key part of the healing process, and felt much like going home.
Eventually things started falling into place. As it turns out, we can’t practice compassion if we don’t treat ourselves kindly. Each and every one of us is hardwired for connection, that’s why we are here. Without the opportunity to love and be loved by others we are nothing. Within the complexity of human connection exists life’s most precious gifts – love, joy, hope, courage and compassion. And creativity. For real connection to take place one must allow oneself to be seen, deeply and authentically. Our society’s overarching rejection of vulnerability often stems from an avoidance of humanity’s darkest emotions - fear, shame, grief, sadness, and disappointment—emotions that we don’t want to discuss, even when they profoundly affect the way we love, live and work.
As a female artist in a patriarchal art world, the odds are stacked against me. To put my art and ideas out into the world with no assurance of acceptance or appreciation—is a daily exercise in being vulnerable. My battle with cancer woke me up to the fact that the creative work I do is fundamental to life; it’s not a luxury, not for the privileged few. My love and passion for what I do has a direct and positive effect on others. Through this process, and accepting my cancer as part of my soul’s own design, I’ve found the courage to be imperfect, to be enough. I have an increasingly greater clarity of purpose and live a more meaningful spiritual life, one involving more emotional risks, more loving, more compassion for others and myself. One thing that became clear was a necessity to work with other people. Redirecting my energy towards others has been a very healing element of this process.
The work on show at Studio 511 bridges my past with my current work. A black & white photograph on the back wall depicts the feminine motif I designed to be the essential pattern representing my work with the communities surrounding Alexandra Park. Situated in front of the photo canvas, a shimmering shower of tear-shaped crystals flows from floor to ceiling. The mass of crystals is installed vertically, strung to follow the curvaceous forms of the image behind. In my return to my original medium – glass – I offer a glimpse of my vulnerability, fragility, my light, my love. In the poetics of the space, and the luminous, radiant colour signatures embedded in the subtle contours of crystals, I offer viewers a reflection of my deep and personal journey into self-expansion.
Sound of Silence: by Lotte Karlsen
8th - 24th September 2016
Studio 511, West Chelsea Arts Building, 526 West 26th St. New York, NY 1001
Preview: Thursday 8th September, 6- 8 pm
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm, and Thursday’s 6 – 8pm
Shimmering Sound of Silence travels across the Atlantic
On Thursday 8 September, Norwegian Artist, Lotte Karlsen will officially open her solo exhibition 'Sound of Silence' in West Chelsea Art studios, New York City, as the final installment of an arts programme connecting female artists across the Atlantic.
- Manchester (UK) based collective, Alexandra Arts, celebrates the final installment of Pankhurst in the Park 2016 arts programme in New York City.
- The solo show entitled 'Sound of Silence' will showcase a glass installation - involving 241 crystals - by Norwegian artist, Lotte Karlsen.
- The pop-up exhibition will launch on Thursday 8 September 6-8pm at Studio 511, West Chelsea Arts Building, West 26th St. New York, NY, and runs until 24 September.
- The exhibition will be housed inside a small white cube nestled inside artist Scotto Mycklebust's studio - executive producer of the Public Art Squad Project. Visitors will have exclusive access to this private artist studio, which is based in the heart of West Chelsea's Arts district.
- Sarah Gavron, director of award-winning 2015 film, Suffragette, was one of several female artists to have taken part in the Pankhurst in the Park programme, which has also involved New York artists collectives Go! Push Pops and Legacy Fatale.
With an exhibition housed inside a white cube entitled ‘Sound of Silence’, Lotte Karlsen returns to her specialist medium of glass for what will be her first solo show in New York, to create a site specific work which explores and deals with her relationship to her own mortality.
Lotte Karlsen, Artist, founder of Alexandra Arts and curator of Pankhurst in the Park, commented:
"For this final installment of Pankhurst in the Park 2016 in New York City, I’m delighted to have my work showcased in the heart of the west side of Chelsea; NYC’s premier contemporary-art district. 'Sound of Silence' is an opportunity for me to return to the beginning of my career and specialist medium - glass - which I feel best reflects the fragility of the subject matter. I felt it was time for me to delve deeper and create work that deals with some of the more difficult and darker aspects of my life but through a medium that quite literally shines a light on the more positive outcomes.
In my early thirties I had a brush with cancer, which changed the course of my life and outlook on my work, leading me to found Alexandra Arts and develop the work I do within my own community, especially through Pankhurst in the Park."
Curated by the Manchester-based, artist-led collective, Alexandra Arts, Pankhurst in the Park 2016 is inspired by Alexandra Park - a Victorian Park in Manchester - and its rich historical connection to the Suffrage Movement, whose iconic leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, was born and bred yards from the Park in the neighbouring Moss Side Estate.
This exhibition, Sound of Silence, marks the end of the Pankhurst in the Park 2016 programme, which aims to empower the local communities around Alexandra Park and beyond through engagement with their local environment and social history, and to promote the wealth of talented female artists in Manchester and beyond by providing a platform for their work.
'Sound of Silence' represents a collaboration with Lotte Karlsen, West Chelsea artist Scotto Mycklebust, and artist and feminist writer Katie Cercone, co-founder of NYC radical artist duo Go! Push Pops. Go! Push Pops were artists in residence for Pankhurst in the Park 2014.
'Sound of Silence' will celebrate its opening on Thursday the 8th of September, from 6-8pm, with a public launch and drinks reception. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8th - 24th September 2016. Opening times are 12-6pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and 6-8pm on Thursdays. In conjunction with the exhibition, on Thursday the 22nd of September, a new online-based magazine, called ART 511, will also be launched.
For more information, visit: www.alexandra-arts.org.uk
For further information, images and interviews please contact: Amy Clancy email@example.com | www.alexandra-arts.org.uk | @AlexArtsMCR #pankhurstinthepark
NOTES TO EDITORS
Lotte Karlsen FRSA, born 1974 in Hammerfest, Norway is a multidisciplinary artist working fluidly across the boundaries of fine art, social practice, sculpture and craft. Currently living and working in Manchester, UK. Karlsen earned an early degree in glass blowing from the world renowned Kosta Glass School in Sweden's Crystal Kingdom. Later obtaining an MA in Art as Environment at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), her work in recent years has blurred the lines of conceptualism, artivism and craft. She has exhibited her work in London, Milan, Tokyo, Seoul, Barcelona, Paris, New York and throughout Scandinavia.
West Chelsea Artist Studios
'Sound of Silence' will be exhibited inside a small white cube inside artist Scotto Mycklebust's studio, which is located in West Chelsea Artist studio complex in New York. The building houses galleries, multiple artists and art dealers, and resides close to the far west side of Chelsea — the city of New York's premier contemporary-art district — which is home to high-profile spaces including Gagosian Gallery and Gladstone Gallery.
Founded in 2010 by Norwegian Artist, Lotte Karlsen, Alexandra Arts is an artist-led collective based in Manchester's Alexandra Park. The collective aims to empower the local community around the park through engagement with their local environment and social history, and to promote the wealth of talented female artists in Manchester, and beyond, by providing a platform for their work. In 2014, Alexandra Arts established Pankhurst in the Park to highlight Alexandra Parks rich historical connection to the Suffrage Movement and its inspiring socio-political heritage, which has until now has left no trace locally.
Pankhurst in the Park 2016
Pankhurst in the Park 2016 is an Arts Council England and Manchester City Council funded, public programme of artist commissions, an international artist in residency and outreach and educational programme, which took place in Manchester from March – May, 2016 and will arrive in New York between August - September, 2016. Curated by the Manchester-based, artist-led collective, Alexandra Arts, Pankhurst in the Park is inspired by Alexandra Parks rich historical connection to the Suffrage Movement, whose iconic leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, was born and bred only yards from the Park in the neighbouring Moss Side estate. The 2016 programme, builds on the hugely successful events of 2014/15.
'Pankhurst in the Park' 2016- takes inspiration from Alexandra Park's rich heritage connected to Iconic Suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst; this years programme includes a International Artist Residency (AiR), artist commissions and age friendly engagement opportunities. Accompanied by an integrated Arts Awards educational program with St Mary's Primary School in Moss Side.
This year Alexandra Arts will do things a bit different with the Artist in Residency – it will be done by invitation only. We secured our funding later then expected, hence running out time to do a open call for this years AiR.
We will continue to strengthen our ties with New York, connection made during 'Pankhurst in the Park' , Arts Basel Miami 2014 as well as the Maverick Expo in late 2015. In the pipe line is a series of transatlantic exchanges and an exhibition in New York. So watch this space......
The full park programme, including the Artist in Residency and New York venue will be announced on Friday the 29th of February 2016.
Come and see my work at the.......
10th - 13th December 2015
Oxo Tower Wharf
Thursday December 10th - Opening Night 5-10pm
RSVP for Opening Night
Opening Daily 10th - 12th December 11am - 10 pm. December 13th 11am - 5pm
Entry is free, please register to avoid queuing
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10th - 13th December 2015
Oxo Tower Wharf
Thursday December 10th - Opening Night 5-10pm
RSVP for Opening Night
Opening Daily 10th - 12th December 11am - 10 pm. December 13th 11am - 5pm
Entry is free, please register to avoid queuing
Register to attend
The Maverick Expo is curated by Joseph Latimore gallery owner, curator, collector, artist and film maker. He has been active in the New York art scene for many years, managing and founding renowned galleries Passerby, Panda and Gallery Sensei. These spaces were galleries and late night hangouts for New York's vibrant community of artists. It is this mix of quality, informality and surprise that The Maverick Expo will introduce to London this December.
The event will feature the artwork of over 30 emerging artists from seven different countries.
Featured artists include, Animamus Art Salon, Aurelie Freoua, Ben Brunnemer, Damon Johnson, Derek Des Islets, Elena Moaty, Eli Elysee, Holly Anne Buck, Lotte Karlsen, Michael Amter, Philippe Nuell, Sarah Anderson, Sylva Dean, Ventiko, Yuliya V Krylova, Zdzislaw V.
In addition, there will be a curated selection of cinema works by up and coming filmmakers and screenings of select short films by Andy Warhol.
The event will include a program of music including local singer songwriter Lisa Marini, performance, and talks.
Every evening there will be a series of DJ driven sundown dance parties in a 2,000 square foot space above the exhibition.
For general information and press enquiries about The Maverick Expo please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to travel to the Maverick Expo
Bargehouse is 5 minutes walk from Blackfriars and Waterloo stations. Accessed from The South Bank through the Oxo Tower.
Blackfriars, Waterloo, Embankment or Southwark
1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68 to Waterloo Bridge, 45, 63, 100 to Blackfriars Bridge, 381 to Stamford Street, RV1 to Upper Ground.
When: Mon 3rd August, 11.00am until 12.00pm
Where: Dig the City Den @ St Ann Square
Alexandra Arts is an artist-led collective based in Manchester’s Alexandra Park, founded in 2010 by Artist Lotte Karlsen. During Autumn 2014, Alexandra Arts curated the widely successful Pankhurst in the Park programme and are currently planning for its return in 2015.
Pankhurst in the Park is an Arts Council England funded programme of free events, artist commissions and an international artist residency. It celebrates Alexandra Park’s rich historical connection to the iconic leader of the Suffragette Movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, who was born and bred only yards from the Park in the neighbouring Moss Side estate.
NEW video out for SELECT - Miami Art Basel; 2014. Below is text from the press release and pictures from my time out there.....
Manchester’s Alexandra Arts celebrated on international stage at Miami Art Basel
From 3rd to 6th December, Alexandra Arts’ founder and Pankhurst in the Park curator, Lotte Karlsen, exhibited work inspired by the history of Moss Side’s Alexandra Park to a celebrity audience at SELECT Art Fair as part of Miami Art Basel.
Alexandra Arts was invited to join a group exhibition curated by feminist collective Milk and Night, in a special residency project by New York’s Gallery Sensei. This incredible opportunity saw Manchester-based Alexandra Arts exhibiting alongside a number of high profile feminist artists, including Guerrilla Girls, in a collaboration that brought feminist art to an international stage.
In addition to Guerilla Girls and Lotte Karlsen, collaborating artists included: Kembra Pfahler, Nancy Azara, Nicole Nadeau, Narcissister, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, India Salvor Menuez, Ange (ThreeAsfour), Bianca Casady, Jemima Kirke, Lola Montes Schnabel, Kara Rooney, Virginija Babusyte-Venckuniene, Amanda Keeley, Coco Dolle, Carol-Anne McFarlane, Mika Azegami-Parlá, Samoa, and Victoria de Lesseps.
Guerrilla-style performances were conducted throughout the fair by Legacy Fatale and Alexandra Arts’ Artist in Residence Go! Push Pops. Special guest performer Hari Nef, also premièred part two of ‘i am your girlfriend’ live at the booth. However, it was when Usher stopped to charge his phone using performance artist Lena Marquise’s vagina phone charger, that a film featuring the booth at Select went viral.
Commenting on the collaboration, Lotte said, “Our stand at SELECT provided great exposure for the work we are doing in Manchester to create a platform for female artists and celebrate the feminist legacy of Alexandra Park. It was fantastic opportunity to participate in the international Art Fair, to solidify connections to the New York scene and carve the way for future collaborations between artists in Manchester and the United States.
The booth at Select Fair is a unique project on the map of Miami Art Basel, the only commercial booth solely dedicated to feminist artists and its various conversations.
Coco Dolle, Founding Director of Milk and Night, said: “We will stand as ambassadors of this feminine consciousness and activate its presence on the art market."
To find out more about what happened, check out the links below.