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Ute Kirkwood in Newcastle MFA Show

Ute KirLook At Me Nowkwood’s new work, ‘Look At Me Now’, is part of the Newcastle University MFA Summer exhibition at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 21st August to 5th September 2015.

“Ute Kirkwood’s work has often turned a mirror upon herself and her surroundings, but her recent personal experiences of becoming a mother have spawned a new level of interrogation.” Read more…

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh at Chemcraft

Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh’s performative painting piece, “Being. Umbilical”, is a part of the group show ‘CHEMCRAFT’, a large international multidisciplinary exhibition featuring 60 emerging and mid-career artists from UK, EU, USA & Asia. Curator Christina Mitrentse invited artists to respond to the theme ‘For Love of Chemistry’ and to look at the ‘Aesthetic Forms and Their Opposites’ within their practice.

CHEMCRAFT is at Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, London, E2; open 28th July – 2nd August.

Alison Griffin Shortlisted for Shoosmiths Art Prize

Wakefield Road, Alison GriffinIt has just been announced that Alison Griffin is one of sixteen artists shortlisted for the Shoosmiths Art Prize 2015.

The Shoosmiths Art Prize is an innovative project developed by Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) in partnership with Shoosmiths LLP and Milton Keynes Hospital.  The shortlisted artists’ work will be exhibited at Milton Keynes Hospital from 3rd September onwards. The winners will be announced at the Reception and Prize Giving on 30th November 2015.

Welcome Theresia Lynch

XAP are delighted to welcome the Swedish artist Theresia Lynch as a new member of the XAP collective. Theresia studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins with the other XAP members, and has participated in several previous XAP projects. This is a happy return, for what we hope will be many future collaborations.

Laura Dekker’s New Performative Installation in Netherlands

Laura Dekker will present two performative installations at NHTV in Breda, Netherlands, later this month, as part of on-going research by Licia Calvia at NHTV into how people interact with art works in public spaces.  As well as the recent work ‘Forking Paths’, Laura has created a new Kinect-controlled ‘video jukebox’.  The new piece is a participatory and interactive projected installation, in which local people have been invited to send in short videos; visitors (including the video makers themselves) control which videos get played at any time, by physically interacting in the projection space.

Lumen Prize comes to London

For thLD-in-garden-04e last leg of the Lumen Prize 2014-5 world tour, the exhibition has come to London, at the Crypt Gallery on Euston Road until 21st May.  For the opening event, the Lumen Digital Seminar invited eight speakers, including Douglas Dodds, senior curator at the V&A, artists and XAP’s Laura Dekker, whose interactive work, The Garden of Earthly Delights, or The Right to be Forgotten, is part of the exhibition.

The Other Garden at Nancy Victor

Painting by Dina Varpahovsky
Nancy Victor Gallery announce their forthcoming exhibition, The Other Garden, with XAP artists Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh, Laura Dekker, Liz Sergeant and Dina Varpahovsky. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, the artists explore themes of temptation and paradise lost, voyeurism and privacy, curiosity, obsession and gratification.

20th-25th April 2015, Nancy Victor Gallery, 6 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SG.

Opening times: Mon-Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat 12 noon – 4pm

Private View: 6-8pm Wednesday 22nd April

Finissage Picnic: 2-4pm Saturday 25th April

For Love of Chemistry


Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh will be one of the exhibiting aritsts at CHEMCRAFT – For Love of Chemistry: Aesthetic Forms and Their Opposites, an internaitonal group exhibition at Espacio Gallery, London, July 2015.

Please Hold the Line


XAP’s Liz Sergeant has created a site-specific work for @TheOldCuriosityBox, a pop-up gallery in Herts.
“Please Hold the Line (while we try to connect you)” plays with shimmering telephone wires to create a visible, open network within this historic public telephone kiosk. Tense, taut and eager to receive our words as electrical pulses, they criss-cross, connect and communicate – like the charged synapses of the phone box’s nervous system – pre-dating fibre-optic cable and wireless communication.
Thanks to Herts Visual Arts

Lumen in Amsterdam

artotel_curtainThe Lumen Prize Exhibition will be in Amsterdam through January 2015, showing Laura Dekker’s Garden of Earthly Delights.  To coincide with the Amsterdam Light Festival, Art’otel Amsterdam have commissioned a special version of Laura’s work for their giant interactive curtain, which will be running throughout January.  All welcome to the Lumen Digital Seminar on 17th Jan, where Laura is one of the invited speakers.

Bananas: Women’s Food or is Meatloaf for Men?

s bananas for womenBananas: Women’s Food or Is Meatloaf for Men?
Saturday 29.11.2014, 11am – 6pm
Exhibition in the Kitchen in Catterick Garrison.
Works on paper and other media will be displayed in the kitchen.
Artists: Millie Findlay, Katie Hare, Lizzy Rose, Sofija Sutton, Ute Kirkwood
Inspired by the book ‘Cooking Lessons: The Politics of Gender and Food’, this exhibition is an investigation into the kitchen space as a location of art and gender politics.
Address for the event: 6 Swaledale Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4EP

Dina Varpahovsky at Cavaliero Finn

s round dance 0118th Nov 2014: Dina Varpahovsky will be showing her new paintings from the Round Dance series at Cavaliero Finn Christmas Show.

Cavaliero Finn regularly showcases its extensive portfolio of affordable contemporary art and design at its home-cum-gallery in Herne Hill, SE London.

The show is taking place on Saturday & Sunday 29th-30th November 10.30am-6pm at 268 Croxted Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 9DA.

Private View: Friday 28th November 6-9pm

Line-up for Lumen Prize Exhibition Announced

22nd Sept 2014: The lineup for the Lumen Prize touring exhibition has just been announced, including Laura Dekker’s new interactive work, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights, or The Right to be Forgotten’. The show opens in Cardiff on 8th Oct 2014, then travels to Athens, New York, Amsterdam, London and returns to Cardiff in March 2015.

Dina Varpahovsky Selected for Wells Open

ballard 0314th Sept: Dina Varpahovsky’s painting Ballard, oil on canvas, 45 x 55 cm, has been selected for Wells Art Contemporary Open Competition 2014. The competition was judged by Prof Anita Taylor – founder of the Jerwood Prize, Donald Smith – 45 Park Lane artist, and Prof Richard Wentworth CBE – Senior Research Professor at RCA. The exhibition of short-listed entries is taking place at Wells & Mendip Museum from Friday 10th October to Sunday 26th October.

Ute Kirkwood MFA Show, Newcastle

interim01a18th Aug 2014: Ute Kirkwood’s ‘We Put Out One Fire’ is part of Newcastle University’s MFA 2014 exhibition, opening Friday 22nd Aug 6pm, running 23rd Aug – 6th Sept, Fine Art Studios and Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.