Commissions

Lucy Harrison, ART CANNOT BE TAUGHT, 2016

This participatory commission ran in the Borough Road building reception area, just outside Borough Road Gallery, from 22 April – 28 May 2016, and resulted in a new manifesto for education today. For this commission, Lucy Harrison wanted to compare David Bomberg’s teaching methods with the ways in which students and staff at LSBU, as well as gallery visitors, feel about their own education, and education in general. The manifesto was compiled by Harrison in collaboration with LSBU students and Borough Road Gallery volunteers, using the thoughts and responses that were contributed. For further information please click here.

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Lucy Harrison is an artist based in London. Her work investigates the subjective nature of experience, and connections between memory, location and architecture and takes the form of installations, films, audio and various forms of printed and published material. Her projects are often collaborative and involve the participation of people who live or work in the places where they take place. In 2016 Harrison was Artist in Residence at Hackney Museum and Archives. She has recently completed a commission for Brookgate and Hill called The Works, and is currently developing two projects in Waltham Forest with her co-founded company Rendezvous Projects Community Interest Company, funded by Waltham Forest Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

 

Marie Andersen and Benjamin Skinner, dance commissions in response to the exhibition, The Elemental Force of Charcoal, 2016

For these dance commissions, Marie Andersen and Benjamin Skinner were invited to respond to the works in the exhibition, The Elemental Force of Charcoal. In a series of drawings (available to view here), Skinner mapped the trajectories of gallery visitors and made ‘field notes’ on the inhabited exhibition space. Skinner improvised a score of movement based on each drawing, following its completion. Over the course of the hour, this ‘archive of experience’ was built up, with Skinner exploring the capacity for it to be embodied. Andersen created three scores of movement that she performed at points across the hour. The theme of the trilogy was artistic process, with Andersen taking inspiration from the techniques used by David Bomberg and the Borough Group. Rather than the scores responding to three individual artworks, Andersen instead explored the concept of process inspired by various evidences found across the selection of drawings.

These commissions are part of the Borough Road Gallery small commissions strand for emerging artists, and were performed at the Gallery over the course of one hour in February 2016. For further information, and images from the performances, please click here.

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Marie Andersen is a dance artist, teacher and researcher. Andersen studied at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Practice, a joint programme offered by Siobhan Davies Dance, Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. Andersen’s practice investigates the shared principles of contemporary dance and somatic practices, with particular focus on active listening, non-hierarchy and breath. Andersen is part of the dance and music collective Mathilde, and the artist-led collective, Improvisation Exchange Leeds. Andersen is currently collaborating with Improvisation Exchange Leeds and the Leeds University School of Philosophy on a research project devoted to philosophy and dance improvisation.

Benjamin Skinner is a dancer, print designer and illustrator. Skinner holds a BA in Anthropology from Durham University, and is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Practice, a joint programme offered by Siobhan Davies Dance, Independent Dance and Trinity Laban. Skinner’s practice investigates architecture, materiality, mark-making and methods of mapping space, as well as the physicality of the artist. Skinner has previously worked as a dancer for the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and as a performer for interdisciplinary projects, for example Yolanda Gutiérrez’s Dead Dance Zone at Kampnagel theatre in Hamburg, and Roger Hiorn’s Youth series at The Hepworth Wakefield.

 

Emily Beber and Daphne de Sonneville, art writing commissions in response to the display of works from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection included in Three Floors Down: In the Studio, 2015

For these art writing commissions, Emily Beber and Daphne de Sonneville were invited to respond to the collection works on display as part of Susan Sluglett’s artist residency, Three Floors Down: In the Studio. Beber and de Sonneville became narrators of the Gallery space, evoking figures, gestures, objects and sensations, and constructing rhythms and connections from the way the works are hung. These commissions are part of the Borough Road Gallery small commissions strand for emerging artists, and were performed at the Gallery in January 2015. For further information, please click here.

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