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ViewSeven: A Sense of Place - Menier Gallery

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ViewSeven, a group of artists – Claire Benn, Karen Farmer, Claudia Helmer, Claire Higgott, Daline Kiff Stott, Susie Koren and Leslie Morgan – dedicated to the making of art textiles, is presenting an exhibition entitled A Sense of Place at the Menier Gallery from December 5 to December 9, 2017.

A Sense of Place explores responses to different environments and landscapes and encompasses a wide range of media, from raw earth pigments, plant dyes and fibre reactive dyes, with stitch being ever present.

ViewSeven’s aim is to create great art for contemporary living – art people can live with and enjoy.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 6pm; Saturday from 11am to 4.30pm.

The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Peter Kay announces first live UK tour in eight years (2018)

Story by Jack Foley

ONE of Britain’s best loved comedians, the multi award-winning actor, writer, director, author and producer Peter Kay, is finally returning to his most successful hobby, stand-up.

His last tour in 2010, which still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, played to over 1.2 million people. So why a return to stand-up now?

Peter says: “I really miss it. I know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these past few years working on Car Share but I miss doing stand-up. As terrifying as it is, when it works there’s nothing more fun and exciting.

“Plus, a lot has happened in the last eight years, with Trump, Twitter and my Nan getting her front bush trimmed at the age of 96. I can’t wait to get back up on stage.”

Peter Kay’s new stand up tour starts April 2018 in Birmingham and visits all major UK and Ireland arenas right through to 2019.

The dates are…

April 2018
21 & 22 – Birmingham Genting Arena

May 2018
14 & 15 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro

June 2018
4, 5, 6 & 9 – Manchester Arena

September 2018
13 – 15 & 20 – London The O2

October 2018
2 & 3 – Leeds First Direct Arena

2019

January 2019
13 & 14 – Belfast SSE Arena
23 & 24 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

February 2019
1 & 2 – Dublin 3 Arena
11 & 12 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

March 2019
4 & 5 – Sheffield FlyDSA Arena
18 & 19 – Liverpool Echo Arena

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Sunday, November 19 at 10am.

Darcey Bussell, Susan Calman and Jonnie Peacock join the 2018 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

Darcey Bussell - Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2018 - Photo credit: Ray Burmiston.jpg

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STRICTLY Come Dancing fans will be thrilled to learn that TV judge Darcey Bussell, comedian Susan Calman and Double Paralympic Champion Jonnie Peacock will all be taking to the road from January next year for the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour.

The 2018 live shows will mark the first time that Darcey Bussell has appeared as a judge on the tour and she will join fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

Comedian Susan Calman has wowed fans of the TV series every Saturday night with her dancing, including her Quickstep to Bring Me Sunshine. Jonnie Peacock, the first Paralympian to take to the floor in Strictly history, has impressed viewers with his impressive Jive and Paso Doble.

The tour will also see the welcome return of reigning Strictly Champion Ore Oduba as host. More celebrities and professional dancers from the hugely popular 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One TV will be donning their dancing shoes as they take to the floor for the highly anticipated tour. Further names will be announced in the coming weeks.

Darcey Bussell said: “I had great experiences touring around the UK as a professional dancer…quite a few years ago now! I am really excited to be able to tour again, this time with the wonderful Strictly company. I can’t wait to meet the fantastic audiences that make Strictly the phenomenon we know and love. See you soon!”

Susan Calman said: “This is an absolute dream come true, I can’t wait to continue my Strictly adventure and visit these legendary arenas across the country. Roll on January!”

Jonnie Peacock - Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2018 - Photo credit: Ray Burmiston.

Jonnie Peacock said: “It’s been an honour to be the first Paralympian on Strictly. I’m excited to take to the road and meet the fans who have supported me during the TV shows and of course, to keeeeeep dancing!”

The tour will open at the Arena Birmingham on January 19, 2018. It will then visit some of the biggest entertainment venues across the UK, including a return to Belfast at the SSE Arena (January 30-31), following huge public demand.

Other venues the tour will visit include Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena (January 23-24), First Direct Arena Leeds (January 25-26), Manchester Arena (January 27-28), The SSE Hydro in Glasgow (February 2-4), Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena (February 6-7) and The SSE Arena Wembley(February 8-9). The tour culminates at The O2 Arena in London on February 11.

Image (top): Darcey Bussell. Photo credit: Ray Burmiston.

Image (bottom): Jonnie Peacock. Photo credit: Ray Burmiston.

The Asahi Shimbun Displays - On violence and beauty: reflections on war

Greek Amphora Achilles Penthesilea

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THE British Museum’s new Asahi Shimbun Display On violence and beauty: reflections on war can be seen in Room 3 until January 21, 2018.

Documenting history through art is a longstanding tradition, and the British’s Museum new Asahi Shimbun Display examines the relationship between conflict and art in a focussed way, through four specially chosen objects.

The Asahi Shimbun Display On violence and beauty: reflections on war includes objects from 5,000 years ago to the present day. The British Museum’s first acquisition of a video artwork by the Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (d. 2013) will also be on display.

The video installation offers a contemporary perspective on Goya’s iconic work The Disasters of War which he made between 1810 and 1820 in response to the Peninsular War. The British Museum recently loaned this work to the Prado Museum where, as ‘The invited work’, it was placed in juxtaposition with paintings and etchings by Goya.

The display will begin with some of the oldest representations of war – from Greece, Egypt and Mesopotamia – each of which include highly stylised depictions of conflict, commissioned to articulate the ruling elites’ views of warfare, emphasising heroism and conquest.

The earliest object on display is the Battlefield Palette made in Egypt around 3300 – 3100 BC, probably intended for display in temples and most likely associated with early rituals related to power. Not intended to illustrate a specific event or battle, the palette reflects a desire to defeat chaos and restore order and the complete subjugation of enemies.

The two other Ancient objects, an Assyrian relief and a Greek amphora are more specific. The relief is part of a larger sequence depicting a battle between the Assyrian army and the kingdom of Elam in southwest Iran. In this scene the Elamite army have been defeated, and an Assyrian soldier is about to execute an Elamite general, Ituni. Having witnessed the devastation around him, Ituni cuts his bow in an act of submission and prepares for his fate. In cuneiform script are the dramatic words that tell the story: ‘Ituni….saw the mighty battle and with his iron dagger, cut with his own hands (his) bow, the ornament of his hands.’

The Greek amphora (pictured) highlights a moment of combat during the Trojan War when the Greek hero Achilles kills Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons – an imaginary tribe of fierce women warriors. Achilles is masked by his helmet, while Penthesilea’s face is exposed to emphasize her vulnerability. Her spear passes harmlessly across Achilles’ chest, while he pierces her throat and draws blood.

As a definition of Greek masculinity, the vessel was used at all-male drinking parties, illustrating an appetite for this type of imagery among the Greek middle class. According to a later version of the story the two warriors fell in love when their eyes met during combat, tragically too late.

Bringing the story to the present day, artist Farideh Lashai lived through the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the bombardment of Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). At the end of her life Lashai watched the unfolding of the ‘Arab Spring’ that began in Tunisia in 2011.

Like so many artists, Lashai was fascinated by Goya’s Disasters and, as her daughter Maneli Keykavoussi described: ‘She wanted to do something with those images and make an account of people and what was happening to them. For her it was historical repetition of Disasters of War and just the time and the locale of the atrocities change. As if human beings do not change and do not learn.’

In her work When I Count, There Are Only You…But When I Look, There Is Only a Shadow, Lashai delicately appropriated Goya’s etchings; she removed the figures from their backgrounds, placing them in a projection. As the light moves across the grid of 80 prints, for a second or two, the viewer sees each image as Goya intended, replete with torture and agony, before a desolate landscape takes its place. These haunting empty landscapes invite us to consider how a place can hold the memory of atrocities perpetrated within it.

Warfare can be traced back to at least 13,000 years ago and the Asahi Shimbun Display On violence and beauty: reflections on war focuses on four objects from across centuries that depict this particular aspect of human history. The Asahi Shimbun Displays allow an opportunity to consider the ways in which humans document their lived experiences and the significance these have in shaping our understanding of the cultures and times that came before us.

Admission: Free.

Opening times: Saturday to Thursday, 10am to 5.30pm; Friday, 10am to 8.30pm.

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Website: www.britishmuseum.org/

Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular 2018 Tour

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DINOSAURS will once again roam international soil when the globally-acclaimed production, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC television series, returns in 2018, starring Michaela Strachan as ‘Huxley’ the paleontologist.

Watched by over nine million people in more than 250 cities around the world, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular will open its new World Tour in Newcastle on July 20, 2018 and then will embark on an international tour, taking over arenas across Europe.

The $20 million production features new, state of the art technology, underlining its position as the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world. This updated production will showcase spectacular and colourful changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is produced by Global Creatures headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic, who said:

“I am thrilled that Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is embarking on an international tour. A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality. Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.”

The one-hour, 40-minute show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. It has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

Nine species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs. The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.

The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus, is 11 metres tall and 17 metres from nose to tail. It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.

The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire – all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The show originated in Australia, where after years of planning, it came to life at Sydney’s Acer Arena in January 2007. Soon after this successful season, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular went on to conquer North America, Europe and Asia garnering record-breaking audiences.

Following the Newcastle dates (July 20-22), Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular will continue to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, London, The O2 Arena (August 14-19), Leeds, Glasgow and London, SSE Arena Wembley (December 27-30).

Ticket prices: from £29. Family Tickets (4 tickets) – 4th ticket is free and available on all 7pm performances. Must include one adult and one child under 16. For online bookings visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/.

Silk River - Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Silk River Exhibition

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KEW IS collaborating with acclaimed international outdoor arts organisation, Kinetika, on the ambitious Silk River project, connecting 20 communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

Silk River explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through community artistic exchange. The fruits of this collaboration are twenty stunning six-meter, hand-painted silk scrolls, ten created in India and ten in the UK.

This year-long international community collaboration between artists will be celebrated by bringing together all twenty hand-painted silk scrolls in a sensational exhibition in the Nash Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from October 22 to October 27, 2017.

The exhibition opens on Sunday, October 22 with a day of activities for under 5s and families, including storytelling sessions, a natural dye workshop, a recipe exchange, dance performances and a collaborative artwork. For more information, click here.

The banner designs themselves are richly coloured and layered, depicting a mixture of landmarks, local personalities and aspects of history, ranging from pop culture in Dartford to a Tudor fort in Tilbury. The banner designed at Kew points to old trade links between the UK and India in the form of Indigo, quinine and silk.

Many of these old trade connections have not survived the test of time, but the Silk River project has delighted in reviving at least one.

With the assistance of the Crafts Council of West Bengal, this has turned out to be a great silk weaving revival project, creating a showcase for a superior quality silk cloth from Murshidabad. In fact, the silk for the banners was hand woven on looms that had not been used in recent memory and only contains silk threads from that locality, not from other parts of India or indeed the world. More information on the silk is available here.

Silk River is an ambitious project which explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River. Kinetika’s Artistic Director Ali Pretty, with associate Artistic Director Ruchira Das (Think Arts, India) and an international team of artists, writers and photographers, will capture and interpret the experience of journeying along these two mighty rivers.

Working in 20 locations from Murshidabad to Batanagar (Hooghly) and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to Southend (Thames) to reinterpret a shared heritage, Kinetika’s Silk River will raise cultural awareness of the Indo-British relationship through engaging diaspora communities who live alongside both rivers.

Silk River took place along the Thames between September 15 and September 24 and will culminate in West Bengal along the Hooghly December 7 – 17, 2017 with two river walks where the stories of the 20 locations will be revealed to local, national and international audiences through the showing of 20 giant hand-painted Bengali silk scrolls and accompanying performances.

Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond - British Museum

St Margaret Statuette

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AN EXHIBITION entitled Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond will be on display at the British Museum (Room 35) from November 2, 2017 to April 8, 2018.

There is no known culture in the world or in history without religious beliefs. What sustains this worldwide phenomenon? The answer to this question is usually set out in terms of what people believe.

By contrast, this exhibition explores the practice and expression of religious beliefs in the lives of individuals and communities around the world and through time. It will also touch on the benefits and risks of these behaviours in terms of co-existence and conflict in societies such as 17th–18th-century Japan, China and the Soviet Union, as well as modern Europe.

Belief is a key aspect of human behaviour and the exhibition will note not only the mystical and sociological aspects of this, but also the innate neurological and psychological triggers. The similarities in the recurrent practices exhibited, despite great variation in what is believed, leads to the question of whether our species might be better known as Homo religiosus rather than Homo sapiens.

The exhibition will explore behaviours inherent in everything from modern urban ideas of wellness and mindfulness to pilgrimage and prayer.

The exhibition is part of the fourth collaborative project between the British Museum, the BBC and Penguin Books. It builds on a Radio 4 series of 30 daily programmes over six weeks presented by former Director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor.

Exhibition Curator Jill Cook says ‘human beings are fascinating creatures. We define our existence by our ability to think and our species has had the neurological faculties – the mind – to transform our ideas into objects that have been a key to our evolution and identities for a long time.

‘As fully modern humans we go one step further: we also symbolise our thoughts in stories and images. What is it we symbolise? Our feelings of love and sorrow, of course, but also beings, vital forces and worlds beyond nature that we venerate and sometimes fear. Such powerful, mystical ideas govern personal lives as well as defining cultural identities and social bonds.’

The exhibition will include everyday objects relating to world faiths, traditional indigenous, archaeological and modern civil practices.

It will include intriguing pieces from the end of the last Ice Age that depict beings that do not exist in nature, to familiar objects of everyday practices of all periods – including a remarkable 18th-century replica of a Hindu ceremonial chariot of the kind pulled from a temple to reveal deities during festivals, posters relating to Soviet scientific atheism, and a Chinese badge celebrating ‘Mao’s mangoes’ in an extraordinary example of 20th-century veneration.

The British Museum will take a new, experiential and innovative approach to the design of the exhibition. It will incorporate the sounds, music and silence associated with religious practice, with moments of surprise, achieved with atmospheric lighting effects.

The exhibition is supported by the Genesis Foundation, with grateful thanks to John Studzinski CBE.

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation said: “The Genesis Foundation works with prestigious UK arts organisations and is particularly dedicated to supporting projects on the theme of faith. Faith is an integral part of my life, which means that I am conscious of the divine in all sorts of circumstances, in sacred and secular spaces, in nature and in man-made objects.

“As soon as we began to discuss this exhibition, I was compelled by the idea of uniting in one place objects that explore religion across the world and throughout history. I am looking forward to witnessing people’s responses, both spiritual and emotional, as they make a connection to the divine at the British Museum. When we share an experience of this kind, we remember that we are more united than we often acknowledge, and I hope that this exhibition will remind us of that.”

Image: St Margaret – Statuette showing St Margaret at prayer, 1325-1350, France.

Tickets: £15, Members and under 16s free, concessions and group rates available. To book, call +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or visit britishmuseum.org/.

Times: Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. Open late on Fridays, 10am to 8.30pm. Last entry 80 minutes before closing.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Becoming Blood: Halloween Weekender - Science Gallery London

Blood Bikers, part of Blood Life Uncut, credit Science Gallery London

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SCIENCE Gallery London is presenting Becoming Blood (October 28 and 29, 2017), an alternative Halloween weekender of free events, interactive installations and experiences around Peckham exploring the vital fluid inside us all.

The weekend will include:

Blood Bikers – Saturday, October 28 from 2pm – 10pm and Sunday, October 29 from 2pm – 7pm. FREE.

Find the roaming performance team, the Blood Bikers, as they bike between the Safehouses and Copeland Gallery, stopping to gather stories, share messages, and stage ideas inspired by blood. They will perform short stories, create unique interactions and offer you a chance to find out your blood type.

Forensics Uncovered: Who Dunnit? – Sunday, October 29 from 11am – 12noon. Safehouse 2, 137 Copeland Road. FREE.

Don your best detective hats and join artist Bea Haines and Dr Nunzianda Frascione and James Gooch from the Forensic Science Department at King’s College London to hear about how Bea’s latest artwork was developed, and uncover the techniques used to detect traces of blood. From Luminol to forensic fingerprinting powder and beyond, find out what the future holds for this area of forensics.

Sarah-Jane Norman: Take this for this is my body – Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, various times. Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, London. FREE (donation to National Justice Project encouraged).

Forensics Uncovered, part of Blood: Life Uncut. Bea Haines and Nunzianda Frascione and Science Gallery London.

Join indigenous Australian artist, S.J Norman for a traditional cream tea with a twist. Take part in a typically British colonial cultural ritual that has been reinterpreted by three Aboriginal performers. Explore ideas of ‘contamination’, the complex history of the British Empire and the impact of the ongoing legacy of the British Empire on First Nations People.

Jamie Lewis Hadley – Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Station Barbers, Peckham.

There’s a new Sweeney Todd in town… only this one’s not out to kill! Situated within the window of a barbershop, this performance explores the history of bloodletting as a medical practice, tracing its roots in ancient medicine, the rise of the barber-surgeon and the current understanding of blood within modern medicine.

Image (top): Blood Bikers, part of Blood: Life Uncut, Science Gallery London.

Image (bottom): Forensics Uncovered, part of Blood: Life Uncut. Bea Haines and Nunzianda Frascione and Science Gallery London.

The X Factor Live Tour is back for 2018

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THE X Factor Live Tour is returning for 2018 and for the first time, the audience will choose their own winner – each and every night.

The X Factor digital host, Becca Dudley, will be on the road with the contestants and presenting the tour competition each night. And at the end of each show, the audience will then become the judges – and choose the winner!

The X Factor Live Tour 2018 kicks off in Belfast on February 16 and will travel across the UK, visiting Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cardiff, Dublin, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow, London (The SSE Arena, Wembley – matinee and evening on February 24) , Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The X Factor Live Tour has thrilled more than three million people since it began 13 years ago, making it one of the UK’s most successful annual arena tours.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday (October 13), with an exclusive pre-sale on Wednesday (October 11) at 10am with Ticketmaster.

Victoria Rance: The Night Horse and the Holy Baboon - The Cello Factory

The Night Horse and the Holy Baboon, Victoria Rance 2017.

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AN EXHIBITION entitled Victoria Rance: The Night Horse and the Holy Baboon. Sculptures, Drawings, Photographs and Animations 2007-2017 will be on display at The Cello Factory from October 23 to October 30, 2017.

As the title suggests, this exhibition is a ten-year retrospective of over 70 works by one of the UK’s leading and innovative sculptors

The winner of the Mark Tanner Award, with two exhibitions at Sculpture at Goodwood under her belt, Victoria Rance has completed a series of prestigious commissions over the past ten years from London’s Economist Plaza, Chelsea Physic Garden and St Andrew’s Church Waterloo to De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill and Glyndebourne Opera, East Sussex.

Her versatile yet distinctive works – from sculpture to wear to architectural installations to tiny talismanic objects – have earned her invitations to international exhibitions as well as Arts Council England and European Cultural Foundation awards.

Interaction

Victoria Rance creates interactive sculptures – viewers are invited to climb inside, wear or hold the works. She records the sculpture-viewer interactions using photography, video and animation and then presents the recordings as part of the installations.

Sculpture to Wear

Rance’s ‘Sculpture to Wear’ works create a shield that protects the wearer’s inner self from the outer world – or in the artist’s own words “a sheltering skin that protects or alters the sense of self, provoking ambivalent responses in the wearer and the viewer”.

The sculptures have elements of ceremonial architecture and costume, both contemporary and historical. Examples in this series include ‘SOS 2013’, a copper bodice inspired by Islamic armour in The Metropolitan Museum New York and ‘Tabard’ a work made of jute, wax and palm stalks that was made after watching porcupines raise their quills in self defence.

Rance’s Sculpture to Wear works have been shown to critical acclaim at Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton, London, Erkan Yavuz Experimental Art Studio, Turkey, Bearspace Gallery, Deptford, at the BBK Kunst-Quartier, Osnabruck, Germany and at Lubormirov-Angus-Hughes and Morley Galleries, London.

The Night Horse and the Holy Baboon

Two new works for this Cello Factory retrospective are large scale mixed media sculptures of two mythical creatures: The Nigerian ‘Night Horse’ and the Egyptian ‘Holy Baboon’. The Night Horse can be ridden without anyone seeing the rider. The story is that you can ride the horse to kill your enemies in secret and return unnoticed. The Holy Baboon is a temple guardian that watches over sacred places and morality. The Holy Baboon believes that murder is wrong – so the two separate creatures face each other.

The work relates to contemporary politics as it was initially inspired by Rance’s experience of meeting liberal-minded people who said that they would personally like to murder President Trump, an act that they believe to be noble and morally right. The themes of invisibility, morality, ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ selves run throughout Rance’s work.

I Wish

‘I Wish’ is an ongoing project started in 2013 where a series of participants (who include hospital patients, refugees and school children) were invited to describe a wish to Rance which she then made into a talismanic type object. Rance has recorded each ‘wisher’ holding their object in a film. Through these works, she explores our relationship with superstition and spirituality. As she explains: “I want to create objects that are loaded with a meaning that is outside our material value system.”

‘I Wish’ has been a huge success with commissions for Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Invicta and Montebelle Schools, and the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network all in the South London Boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham. ‘I Wish’ was awarded a Deptford X Prize in 2014 and then commissioned for Deptford X 2015.

Two pewter objects from 'Otherworld' by Victoria Rance.

Otherworld

In ‘Otherworld’, a series started in 2015, Rance looks at the connections, real and mythological, between humans, animals and nature. She creates ‘families’ of tiny detailed pewter sculptures and sets them in tableaux scenes. The mythological character ‘Loki’ is a key figure in this group. Loki is a mischievous shape-shifting figure who moves between man and gods like Hermes. Previews of ‘Otherworld’ have been shown at Morley Gallery and Lubomirov-Angus-Hughes London, but this will be first time that the series has been shown in its entirety.

Space for a Woman

Victoria Rance has an ongoing interest in feminism and the place of women in society on an international level. She has travelled widely to investigate the spaces, physical and emotional that women occupy around the world, for example historical harems and the female-only areas of mosques. She creates sculptures for women to step into – that suggest liberation, protection and imprisonment at the same time – to give the audience time to reflect on these issues.

Renowned feminist art critic Katy Deepwell wrote of ‘Space for a Woman’: “This ornate work is a cage, a screen trapping its subject into a corner. The ambivalence is clear in the way that this structure offers protection and security but it leaves no room to manoeuvre. It’s a ‘freedom’ in security which involves considerable sacrifice.”

Rance won a Europea n Cultural Foundation Travel Award for a residency in Istanbul in 2011 for this project.

Times: Daily from 12noon to 6pm.

The Cello Factory, 34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8TJ