News and Opportunities
A lot more Small House Gallery artist opportunities will open up very soon, as well as opportunities to take part in two (or more) physical (& hybrid ‘phigital’) Guild of Micro Galleries + invited guest micro-gallerists‘ shows under the banner of ‘SMALL PACKAGES’ (working title) at APT Gallery, London in April 2024! … (More on this soon.)
As for the Small House on Tour co-curation project, Small House Cottage has taken up semi-permanent residency within Turntable Gallery, Grimsby, NE Lincolnshire in from November 2022 for a radically different programme co-curated by Dale Wells, Darren Neaves, and Eldi Dundee.
Small House Gallery One & Small House Two will continue to operate from their South London domicile for the foreseeable future, curated by Eldi Dundee and guest curators.
*(A CuratorSpace call out go live soon – if you’re seeing this notice, it’s not up yet.)
Sandra Lane is going to occupy one of the bigger Small Houses over the Christmas months. Her playfully experimental sculpture practice is materials-based and process-oriented, seemingly riffing on exuberant 80s graphics done in Miami Vice pastels and MTV neons, and is as unpredictable as puffy paint doodles on denim in a summer camp crafting session, except Sandra’s offerings are drawn in space, using clay and wire and foam and plaster, cartoony ceramic high-heeled sandals, and hollow socks, or weirdly elongated Shrigley-esque toes with colourfully painted toenails (and other, naughtier body parts). The point of bringing up the puffy painted denim is the explosive adolescent energy of the work, but no, your kid could not do this – well, not without a slew of tech support, experimental fearlessness, a whole lot of trial and error over the course of a decade, and a significant art education (Camberwell and Slade sculpture degrees in Sandra’s case).
Sandra’s work changes scale from show to show, and is ebulliently playful – this is why [April 2021’s Small House artist] Johanna Bolton recommended Sandra for a Small House show when she was introduced to Eldi at Johanna’s Royal Sculpture Society ‘Gilbert Bayes Award’ show, March 2022. (CONGRATS JOHANNA!) Johanna had a hunch that they’d be kindred art-souls.
Photo is of Sandra Lane’s delightful ‘Mini Gallery’ – a maquette of tiny sculptures and drawings from 2015 – taken from her website:
The Cottage has gone on another Great British adventure – this time to Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire (near Hull).
Dale Wells and Darren Neaves are hosting Small House Cottage in their Grimsby-based Turntable Gallery, for the duration of Darren’s show, ‘Sackgassen’… and beyond! (Show postponed slightly while Dale makes some alterations to the Cottage itself – UPDATES soon!)
A direct translation of Sackgassen could be ‘dead end’, cul-de-sac or impasse, but it also could mean ‘Blind Alleys‘ “which provide a sense of terror, uncertainty, cruelty, and disability, all present in the Tales from the Crypt comic story of the same name, and the 70s Hammer film,” remain inspirations for this ever-expanding body of work involving an artistic ‘dystopianisation’ (not really a word, but it’ll have to do) of ‘Britains’ agricultural models & toys.
There’s much to say about this work, and so much more to see, but you’ll have to wait patiently for October 2022! If you are lucky enough to be in Grimsby around then, you will be able to see the show in person. If not, you’ll see it here and on the socials with the rest of us.
Artists wishing to site their work in the Cottage will be able to post their works to East Lincolnshire rather than South London. Exhibitions will be online as per usual, AND, people will also be able to visit them in person if they live closer to the North East than the South East, or otherwise feeling adventurous! (It’s nice to have a part of the Small House Gallery project that isn’t so London-centric.)
So pleased to say that Dale is going to be co-curating subsequent Small House Cottage shows for the Small House project with Darren (Neaves) for the foreseeable future, with Eldi co-curating remotely.
The Turntable Gallery, co-curated between Dale Wells and RCA trained artist Darren Neaves will be the perfect home for Small House Cottage, offering many varied locations across its three floors, and artists showing in the main spaces will also have the option of showing in the micro gallery space, or a small scale work by an emerging artist might be exhibiting concurrently with a more established artist under the same meta-roof.
(Turntable recently showed works by Jake Chapman, and is about to host Jeremy Deller. You get the idea.)
Thank you Dale & Darren! Looking forward to these collaborations with you!
But first: Sackgassen in
November Whenever. (Soon though. Updates to follow. It’s going to be bloody amazing!)
Emmely Elgersma is a football coach for Tottenham Hotspurs FC. Yes, you read that right.
Emmely Elgersma is also a sculptor specialising in papier maché who did her MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts. She is also a ceramicist. She has taught art, and been an academy specialist at Elephant Magazine.
Her competitive streak led to her attempting to break the world record for the biggest papier maché sculpture in 2019! (The record is still held by a Mexican artist from 2017, but still! She went for it!)
Her papier maché sculptures have even been featured at the Tate Britain (via Art Untamed for Splash: Ode to Hockney), and her yellow-and-pink-polkadot-wearing gnome was an RA Summer Exhibition highlight. She has covered pianos in papier maché (for End of the Road Festival) and made fully functioning lamps our of papier maché. As well as showing extensively around both the traditional and much hipper hotspots in London and the UK, she has shown in Portugal, Russia, and her native Netherlands.
No one knows the material better. She brings both humour and utter seriousness to every sculpture she makes. Just look at this shark she made for Delphian Gallery <<< if you need proof.
Image of ‘Yves’ – a papier maché book (sculpture) on Yves Klein, from the product pages of her website
The brilliant architecturally & sculpturally-minded RCA-educated Argentinian fine art photographer Florencia Durante will be creating new work specific to the scale of Small House Gallery.
Image: Whirlpool, from her Light Action series, 2006
We are so privileged to have Florencia’s first show after she took some time out to raise her gorgeous family and pursued a stellar career on the consulting side of the art world. This show will mark her return to making her own work again. This is BIG, even though it’s also small.
In lieu of a bio, hear Florencia talking about her background in the clip below (from her RCA days).
She defines her work thus: “My fine art photography is very theatrical. It’s very stage-based; it takes place in a studio, and I create performances for the camera.”
One thing Florencia does not mention in this video clip (and that is because it came afterwards) is the high-end art consultancy work she became known for, and which slotted in so perfectly with raising her family. As is usually the case with artist-mothers/mother-artists, our own art making energies get funnelled into the crucial role and tasks involved in child rearing, and kids cost money to raise, so maintaining a viable career as a working artist when the children are a certain age is not really a practical option for most artist-parents, especially artist-mothers.
Once an artist, always an artist! And like she says in the video: “Whatever you do, it’s gonna, at the end, come together. … I don’t think to limit yourself by having to choose, I think everything can be done, everything is possible – you can be a chef and you can be an artist and you can be a writer, and you can still be a mother. … and it’s gonna take me time to fine tune, and I’m in that process, and … I think the main thing is I just have to be patient…”
Her fans will have been patient too, and that patience will, no doubt, be well rewarded. Now that her children are older, we will almost certainly start to see more and more from this stellar creator. Small House Gallery is a perfect testing ground and showcase for her playful, low-stakes re-entry into the art world (on the professional art-making side of things, that is). We are honoured to be the stepping stone right on the threshold to the way back ‘in’.
Eldi is curating a small but real-life sized exhibition at the Stash Gallery, Vout-O-Reenee’s, London.
In the Spring/Summer 2023 & beyond lineup, we have an exhibition of 60s hairdo drawings, paintings and press-on nail sculptures by Chrissie Stewart, a mini ‘Poster Girls’ show by contemporary surrealist Rosemary Jane Cronin, the postponed ‘Two for Joy’ show with Liz Honeybone & Pia Goddard, and, co-curator of Turntable Gallery (+ Small House on Tour’s turn at Turntable) Darren Neave will install a surprise exhibition of his own creation(s) for Small House Cottage during its long residency at Turntable Gallery, Grimsby… and much more!
Plus, at least two Guild-wide Guild of Micro Galleries exhibitions are on the horizon for 2023 & 2024 (with one at APT Gallery, London & one possibly Turntable Gallery, Grimsby)
There will be SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS TO SHOWCASE their original small-scale contemporary artworks in the various micro galleries of Guild members’ and invited guest micro gallerists showing FINALLY, TOGETHER,for the first time in an in-person show, in one space*
Dates & the rest of the year’s lineup TBC, especially the GUILD-WIDE GUILD OF MICRO GALLERIES SHOW and the Small House Cottage/Turntable Gallery co-curation project’s line up – this shizzle is going to be exciting AF!
New CuratorSpace OPEN CALL links for various projects COMING SOON.
*Considering: two of our Guild micro galleries are virtual only, two are in the US, one is in Norway, one in Lithuania, one in Australia, with four being fixed in place – one on a post in the ground of someone’s front garden in Michigan, one in a display cabinet built into a brick wall on a street corner in Adelaide, one being two repurposed phone boxes in a Regency Square in Brighton, and one inside a permanent display case in a fence along a path outside an old school building on an island halfway between Norway and Sweden – some of these spaces wouldn’t be able to travel to London even if their curators wanted them to, so those members will hopefully participate from wherever they are, and we will figure out a way to bring them into the gallery (virtually or by proxy) where the physical group show is taking place. No micro gallery left behind!
We ALSO need to consider that even some of the more mobile UK-based galleries may not be able to physically come to London for economic reasons. We are coming up with affordable, creative ways of either displaying their galleries within the context of a ‘phygital’ group show based in London, or of sourcing the funding to cover the costs of transporting the artist/curators, their galleries and their invited artists’ work down south! We’d ideally also want to tour the group exhibition to a gallery in the North of England (Turntable has already offered) so more people outside London can see it in person. Obviously pending funding for the transportation for all that, too… keeping our fingers crossed.
An initial meeting with the Guild of Micro Galleries co-founders has taken place, and soon, all Guild members will be consulted to hatch a collective plan. Updates here, as and when things are more fully developed.
* P O S T P O N E D *
(Rescheduled for September 2023)
It’s actually because of this incredibly generous prize that Brian Dawn felt it best to step back so they could focus on creating work for a major solo exhibition for the David and Yuko Juda Art Foundation. We’ve rescheduled our show for autumn next year. We wish them every joy and success and look forward to seeing the ‘real world sized show’ when it’s up.
“Brian Dawn Chalkley (b. 1948, London. Lives and works in London) is a visual and performance artist, storyteller and teacher. Formative in the trans community since the early 90s, the artist is known for their performances as Dawn a leading role in London’s underground trans clubbing scene in the 1980s and 90s, a time when it was deemed unacceptable and perverse. Now in their 70s, Brian Dawn Chalkley has been exploring gender, sexuality and identity for more than four decades, first in private and then in their art.” ~ directly from: https://www.davidandyukojudaartfoundation.com/the-grant
Read this article written by Christiana Spens for Studio International about Brian Dawn Chalkley’s work ‘The Untold Depth of Savagery’ from his solo show in Lungley Gallery last year, and touches on his work in the show about the Colony Rooms,
Image: Tonight I’m Not Taking Any Calls, 2011. Watercolour on paper, 30.5 x 40.5 cm