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Assembly Thamesmead

Saturday 26 October 2019

Curated by artist-led space TACO!, Assembly Thamesmead addresses issues around agency, placemaking and collective organisation in order to open up debate about artist-led responses to cultural inequality, public space, housing and community production.

London’s position as a global centre for contemporary art is underpinned by its many art schools and vibrant artist- led scenes that feed a wider ecology of commercial galleries, collectors, institutions and international audiences.

But London’s position is seen as precarious. Sustaining an arts practice in the capital in the face of high costs of studio and living space is now challenging for the majority of artists. The strain of 10 years of austerity politics has added further impetus for artists to consider living and working elsewhere.

Drawn by opportunity and affordability, artists are living and working in new parts of the city. In the process, new initiatives are developing and raising critical questions about the role artists and arts organisation play in the regeneration of London and the changes to its communities.

Assembly Thamesmead includes contributions from artists, curators, producers and organisations working in London, with a particular emphasis on ‘London’s edge’. Through panel discussions, screenings, artists talks and workshops, this day-long event provides artists with an opportunity to share ideas and take action.

TACO! is an artist-led space for research, production and exchange located in Thamesmead. It is engaged with its local context whilst simultaneously supporting dialogue with artists and contemporary art.

Welcome and introduction to the day

10am – 10.15am

a-n Programmes and Partnerships Manager Wing-Sie Chan introduces a-n, highlighting the Paying Artists Campaign and a-n’s 40th Anniversary in 2020. This will be followed by an overview of the day’s activities from Mat Jenner of TACO!

Panel Discussion: Space is the Place

10.15am - 11.45am

The project space is often the nexus of an artist community, but as spaces for presentation and exchange are developed in new locations and communities, what opportunities and challenges does this present? How do project spaces and artists contribute to a sense of place? And what responsibilities do artists and those spaces have, if any?

Art Licks Director Holly Willats chairs a discussion with Philip Serfaty, Black Tower Projects, Phil Wilson Perkin, Five Years, and Sophie Blagden and Jhinuk Sarkar, Turf Projects.

Artist Talk: Laura Yuile, Asset Arrest

11:45am - 12:45pm

Laura Yuile discusses her ongoing project Asset Arrest, currently realised as a podcast series. Set around a viewing of a different luxury property, Yuile poses as a potential buyer with a different invited guest each week, mapping the spreading of the type of ‘generic’ luxury property developments that are marketed to a global elite. Each episode is a recorded conversation before and after the viewing, with guests talking about urban regeneration, the neoliberal city, housing crises, globalisation, authenticity, exclusion, and community. Yuile’s exhibition ‘Heavy View’ is currently showing at TACO! until 24 November 2019.

Lunch

12.45pm – 1.45pm

Lunch and opportunity to visit Thamesmead Texas project space or TACO! to view ‘Heavy View’ by Laura Yuile.

Thamesmead Texas is a peripatetic artist- led platform curated by Vanessa and Liam Scully. Vanessa and Liam will talk about their work and the latest exhibition showing in the Thamesmead Texas project space by artist James Lander and architect Stephane Chadwick that proposes a model for artist housing.

Vegan and gluten free options will be available.

Panel Discussion: If we build it they will come

1.45pm - 3.15pm

Precarious living conditions has led many artists and arts organisations to address the housing needs of artists. Historical precedents were found in London’s dilapidated postwar housing stock, today’s examples are found more often in regeneration contexts on London’s edge where communities are often under the strains of inequality and austerity. Artist James Lander and architect Stephane Chadwick are joined by Diana Ibáñez López, academic and Head of Capital Projects at Create London, and artist Verity Jane-Keefe to discuss their respective projects and the social opportunities and challenges these projects consider.

Workshop: Don’t Mourn, Organise!

3.20pm - 5.45pm

Looking at examples of cooperative organisations among artists in London, this workshop led by Siôn Whellens of creative design and print workers’ cooperative Calverts and Alberto Duman, an artist and lecturer at Middlesex University, will draw out participants’ ideas and priorities with a view to connecting people in a positive, practical and forward-looking way to realise collective actions.

Film Screening: 72-82 by William Raban

5.50pm - 6.50pm

72-82 looks at the first ten years of the groundbreaking London-based arts organisation ACME through rarely seen archival film and new interviews.

William Raban’s film examines London’s stratified social geography during the1970s and early 1980s, and explores a fertile, creative scene in which he played a significant part. 72-82 highlights ACME’s work in housing artists in the East End of London and the extraordinary work that was produced during this time. Includes footage of and interviews with Stephen Cripps, Anne Bean, Stuart Brisley, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Jock McFadyen and David Critchley.

7pm onwards - Abbey Arms, 31 Wilton Road, London, SE2 9RH

We round off the day with informal drinks (pay bar and food available).

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Lunch and refreshments are provided as part of the day. This is a full day event. Booking is required. Tickets are free for a-n members and £10 for non-members.

For more info visit: a-n.co.uk/assembly/assembly-thamesmead

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Bazalgette Way

London

SE2 9AN

United Kingdom

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