The Art Car Boot Fair Comes to Hastings!

To kick off the British summer, which let’s be honest has JUST started, don’t miss the always fabulous Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, this time in Hastings for the first time ever. Taking place on 16 July, the event, as always, will feature a number of big name artists including John Cooper ClarkeGavin TurkMarcus Harvey, Sir Peter Blake and Sir Quentin Blake. All of these artists will be at the event selling their prized editions at a friendly price. 

Other artists participating include: Keith CoventryMartin Creed, HelenA Pritchard, Rachel Howard, Tracey Emin, and – for the first time – Mr Bingo.

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Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Margate, 2015, Photo Anthony Devlin, The Press Association

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‘Be kind. Be resilient. Remember that mistakes are part of the process.’ – ArtAttack Interviews SOLO Award winner, Victoria Lucas

After following the progression of this year’s SOLO Award since the competition was first announced, we are so thrilled to share that a winner has been selected!

Hopefully, you had a chance to view the incredible shortlisted artists’ works on our ArtAttack App, which we were honoured to exclusively showcase on the ‘Curated Art’ page. Well, one of these talented creatives is now the big winner! We are thrilled to introduce Victoria Lucas!

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Victoria Lucas, ‘Lay of the land (and other such myths,’ Detail of installation, Dimensions variable, 2016.

Victoria is a Sheffield-based artist represented by Mark Devereaux Projects. She received her BA (hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2004, followed by her MFA Fine Arts from the University of Leeds in 2007. Currently, she is a Fine Art Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

Victoria’s artworks are often initiated by a physical encounter with a place, site or landscape. By concentrating on these contexts and their current or former inhabitants, she develops conceptual narratives that subvert and categorise events and myths using a site’s materiality as a catalyst.

We had the chance to speak with Victoria about her SOLO Award victory and greater artistic practice.

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The MASK Prize. Creativity Competition with Prizes for Young People and Schools in Africa

 

ArtAttack continuously follows current Creative Art Competitions within the Global Art Industry. Our most recent attraction is to The Annual National Creativity Competition in Africa for schools and young people under the age of 25, which is the renowned ‘MASK Prize‘, endorsed by Kenya Ministry Of Education.

The 2016 Mask Prize is an initiative of the Mobile Art School in Kenya that seeks to promote creativity and innovation among the young generation. This is another chance for young artists from Kenya, Africa and its diaspora to show the world what they’ve got. Currently in its 4th year, the MASK Art Prize has been able to award and mentor a myriad of Kenyan and African artists through its competitions and expose them to the global art world. Next year, The MASK Prize will collaborate with Turner Contemporary, which will be very exciting!

This year’s theme is “Young People-The Creative Nation”.

Artworks are submitted online in a variety of media and reflect innovative ideas. All entries were in one of the following forms:

  • Paintings, Drawings, Collages, Sculpture, Installations and Prints.
  • Graffiti Art.
  • Digital/Computer Art.
  • Photographs and Photojournalism.
  • Singing, Dancing, Performing Arts and Playing Musical Instruments.
  • Entrepreneurial/Business Ideas.

Part of why ArtAttack is introducing you to The MASK Prize is due to the 2016 Award Ceremony that takes place this week on the 23rd of June at the Michael Joseph Art Centre in Nairobi and some selected works will be exhibited in the UK at the Saatchi Gallery, University for the Creative Arts and Turner Contemporary.

For further information and interest in the juding panal, click these links: http://mobileartschoolinkenya.org/mask-prize/index.html http://mobileartschoolinkenya.org/mask-prize/how-to-enter/judges.html

ArtAttack are thrilled to show you the incredibly creative works of the 2016 Winners and Commended Artists.

2016 Mask Prize Winners –

 

1. Churchill Ongere, 23 years old, Untitled

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2. Gitahi Kariouki, 21 years old, Embrace

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3. Louis Nderi, 25 years old, Family Tree

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4. Sidney Wanjiku, 23 years old, Women Power

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5. Edwin Lyra, 19 years old, Chorwa

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6. John Njeru, 21 years old, Abstract Love

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7. Onesmus Omakar, 21 years old, Untitled

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8. Edwin Wainanina, 19 years old, From The East Heavens

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9. June Wambua, 22 years old, Black Leaf

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10. Peteros Wasinde, 19 years old, Heart And Brain

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11) Kennedy Kimani , 24 years old, Market and Beyond

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12) Claire Njeri Kuria, 15 years old, Karen

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2016 Mask Prize Commended –

1. Alan Madegwa, 19 years old, Thoughts

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2. Lee Wanjiru, 19 years old, Untitled

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3. Steve Wanjau, 22 years old, Untitled

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4. Caitano Mbati, 21 years old, El Doret

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5. Sam Mulwa, 19 years old, Mother Earth

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6. Isaac Muraya, 23 years old, Nairobian Girl

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7. Samson Lerosion, 20 years old, Leafy Samburu 

 

8) Bilha Simwenyi, 23 years old, Kakamega

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9) Selina Onyando, 19 years old, Chai

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10) Victor Mutua, 21 years old, Strength of an Eagle

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11) Alvin Njuguna, 17 years old, Beginning of April

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12) Ron Lukes, 21 years old, Devine

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13) Joseph Makau, 20 years old, Swampy

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14) Kibet Kirui, 22 years old, Ride and Die

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15) Viva Mugambi, 20 years old, Old love

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Cultural Connection: ArtAttack Gets the Inside Scoop on the Incredible National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan

‘…At the National College of Arts (NCA), we imagine a world. Not one world, but many. One for each of us, one from each of us, with these we write the autobiographies of our times, in objects, in lines, in mortar, and in perishable clay. In tracing ourselves, we leave traces. These are the traces that make our cities. Turn us inside out like pillowcases with that remembered smell, like shed skins. These are the traces that populate our nights, and from these traces we dare to dream again…’ – Excerpts from NCA teacher-students conversations

The National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan is a global centre for creativity, talent and artistic tradition. Originally founded as The Mayo School of Art in 1875, and rebranded the NCA in 1958, debate and discourse are encouraged amongst the students and faculty here, and this leads to a culture of understanding, individuality and tolerance. The art that comes out of this incredible place is some of the best in the world, the training exceptional and the diversity of the students in background, identity, ideology and language a major strength.

Teachers at the NCA nurture and push their students so that each one rightfully values his and her creative ideas and pushes their artistic practice to reach its height.

All this happens in a country who’s value is often overlooked by the international community; a country who’s goodness is glossed over for its’ bureaucratic corruption and troubled political history. It is easy to forget, if your only connection to Pakistan is watching the news, that this country, one of the cradles of civilisation, actually has an astonishing cultural and artistic history practically unmatched in the world. The NCA connects all their students with this rich history, as we hope the following interviews will connect our readers with it as well.

We are honoured to have had the chance to speak with three outstanding female NCA alumna, Class of 2016, Amani Iqbal, Sameen Agha and Komal Tufail, about their time at this esteemed institution, their artistic practice and their future goals within the art world. Suffice to say, these are powerhouse women and we can’t wait to see what incredible strides they take!

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Jolyon Fenwick Commemorates the Battle of the Somme

The first day of the battle of the Somme (1 July 1916) was the costliest in British military history. To commemorate the centenary of this tragic battle, writer and photographer, Jolyon Fenwick has created a series of photographic panoramas taken at the exact position (and time of year and day) from which 14 battalions attacked in the first wave at 7.30am BST (ZERO HOUR) that fateful morning.

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Gommecourt

Annotated by hand in the manner of the battle eld panoramas of the time with the points of tactical significance as they existed immediately before the battle, they powerfully juxtapose the hellish reality of the nation’s bloodiest battle with the pastoral peace of these ‘forever English’ fields today.’

ArtAttack had the pleasure to speak with Jolyon about his upcoming exhibition.

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ArtAttack Launch Exhibition Artists Announced!

 

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Massive congratulations to the 7 artists officially chosen for the ArtAttack Launch Exhibition from our #HangInChelsea competition.

The artists are:

  1. Massimo Agostinelli. American-Italian, but London-born artist, Agostinelli, is known for his ‘Word Play | Text Art’ works which have been exhibited in galleries in London and New York and are held among collections in major cities across 5 continents.

2. Samin Ahmadzadeh. This Iran-born artist and CSM graduate’s background in street       photography is combined with a passion of expressing her personal views on sociological and cultural matters of her country. Her practice continues to evolve with a specific focus on archival collections of her family’s cultural history.

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TOMORROW: Don’t Miss the Art Car Boot Fair!

Another year, another Art Car Boot Fair, and as always, this year’s art-packed Sunday, taking place tomorrow 12 June at the Old Truman Brewery, will not disappoint!

In honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, Sir Peter Blake has created a limited edition portrait of HRH. The work is based on a photo taken by Lord Lichfield, which was then painted for a 2002 reception at the RA to honour the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Staying true to the Art Car Boot Fair’s theme of ‘The Hand’, the work features a hand-drawn hand that points at the artist’s signature.

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Sir Peter Blake, 2016 c. Sir Peter Blake

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ArtAttack Interviews Russian Artist Amanita

Shapero Modern proudly presents Encyclopaedia, an exhibition of pen and ink drawings by acclaimed Moscow-based artist Amanita.

The work on view is comprised of five series, ComMOONism, Revolution, Eastern Calendar and Oil and Barrels, all of which date from the period 2011 to 2016. Each series reveals the artist’s highly idiosyncratic engagement with the world, which is simultaneously fantastical, surreal and darkly satirical.

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CoMOONism 1

While political themes clearly come through in his work, Amanita is not a political artist. His drawings are wry, crackling with visual jokes and mercurial connections and associations, as well as flashes of surrealism.

 

Says exhibition curator Sasha Markvo: ‘Amanita is an artist of exceptional gifts and imagination, and I’m delighted and privileged to present the first survey of his pen and ink drawings in London. While Russian influences are evident in all his work, so to are European and Asiatic which lends it a universal quality. His is a unique talent, one that provokes and delights in equal measure.

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Space Dogs

ArtAttack had the chance to speak with Amanita on his artistic history and practice.

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‘I feel it is essential for art to take on serious issues and to reflect our societies and the issues of the day’ – ArtAttack Interview Graeme Messer

ArtAttack first came upon artist Graeme Messer‘s work at this year’s The Other Art Fair in London. We were drawn in by his witty and unique mirror works made for the fair and knew instantly this was an artist we wanted to watch.

After requesting to interview him for this very blog, Graeme let us know about a special project close to his heart; We R is an upcoming art exhibition exploring the meaning of LGBT identity and celebrating difference. Launching during Pride Week London, the show at Espacio Gallery will include nineteen artists from all different cultures and nationalities contributing to a really authentic representation of the diversity and fullness of the LGBT community.

The goal is to to reach out to the many people who find it difficult to be their true selves and to challenge viewers to believe and remember that being different is an inalienable right.

In the words of exhibition curators, Bettina Stuurman and Joao Trindade, ‘We always talk about equality and whilst it may be important to have have the same rights, we really wanted to show how you must celebrate difference. We are proud of this collection which reminds us to think about the present representation of the LGBT community. We want people to leave the exhibition feeling positive, excited and remembering their own unique nature – and this is what we hope the art has captured.’

We decided to chat with Graeme about We R as a preview for our readers to this sure-to-be powerful and moving exhibition.

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