8 June – 28 July 2017, Exhibition opening event 8 June 2017 from 6 – 8PM
Edgelands presents the work of six visual artists who explore and document the wastelands and the neglected environs to be found on the margins of urban living. Housing estates, out of town retail parks and industrial areas, these spaces are the great ‘unnamed and ignored landscapes…places where our slipstream has created a zone of inattention’* and yet where all manner of interest and beauty thrive.
* Paul Farley and Michael Symmons-Roberts, co-authors on the book Edgelands
Exhibition opening event programme
The exhibition opening starts with a dance performance by LKR & Co (London), choreographed by Lizzi Kew Ross and featuring eight students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The dancers explore the modern glass spaces in and around the atrium area of the Alison Richard Building and echo the works by artists from the Contemporary British Painting Group. The haunting sounds of a solo viola accompanies the dance with a composition by Michael Berkeley.
7.00 – 8.00PM
‘In Conversation’ evening with Iain Sinclair and Nick Papadimitriou. Sinclair and Papadimitriou, writers on the wastelands and edgelands of Britain, will be talking about their work, followed by a Q&A. This event is free, but booking is recommended.
Iain Sinclair is best known for his book London Orbital, an account of his walking and exploring the terrain close by the M25. Iain is a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has presented a number of films for TV and cinema.
Nick Papadimitriou’s exploratory walks led him to coin the phrase ‘Deep Topography’, an amalgam of writing and observation. His much-acclaimed Scarp is a survey of the northern edges of London. Nick is the subject fo John Roger’s film The London Perambulator.