Chantal Powell – Artists Blog

Artist Research Talk at John Hansard Gallery

detail from Battle of the Gods and Giants, 2014

detail from Battle of the Gods and Giants, 2014

This Thursday, I am pleased to be leading a research development discussion at John Hansard Gallery, one of Britain’s leading public galleries of contemporary art. This participatory event will coincide with Uriel Orlow’s show Unmade Film that shares conceptual links with my current God’s and Giant’s – Refracting Reality project.

Over the evening we will explore how we construct our personal realities and how these narratives can become distorted. We will have a mix of individuals from philosophy, psychology and arts backgrounds attending so it should be a great discussion! If you are near Southampton it would be wonderful to have you join us.

23 April 2015
6pm-7.30pm | Free, All Welcome.

John Hansard Gallery, University Of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Contemporary Art Sessions with Primary School Children

Here are a few pictures from the recent sessions I ran for primary school children about installation art and conceptual art. We had great discussions about artworks such as Cornelia Parker’s Dark Matter , Sarah Sze’s magical installations, and what they thought about the ideas behind controvertial works such as Michael Land’s Breakdown. We then worked on our own installation – we talked about what feelings being awarded a “gold star” gave them and then magnified these feelings by obliterating school props with 30,000 gold stickers Yayoi Kusama style!1

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Amsterdam/Rotterdam Highlights

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A lovely visit to Amsterdam last weekend to check out some independent galleries over there and a day trip to Rotterdam on the Sunday to visit Art Rotterdam Fair.

Outside the rather wonderful Galerie Fons Welters

Outside the rather wonderful Galerie Fons Welters

My favourite work was Nynke Koster's "Space is my Mould" at Torch Gallery.

My favourite work was Nynke Koster’s “Space is my Mould” at Torch Gallery.

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I don’t often get on with art fairs but I have to say Art Rotterdam was really very good. Plenty of good work and I especially enjoyed the Dordtyard and non-profit areas

A number of good kinetic / sound works within the Dordtyard section

A number of good kinetic / sound works within the Dordtyard section

Smashing balls in Nicholas Lamb's "dynamic exchange between fragments" in the non profit space

Smashing balls in Nicholas Lamb’s “dynamic exchange between fragments” in the non profit space

A lovely lightness in Anneke Eussen's poetic pieces showing with galerie Tatjana Pieters

A lovely lightness in Anneke Eussen’s poetic pieces showing with galerie Tatjana Pieters

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Cold but beautiful streets of the Jordaan.

Cold but beautiful streets of the Jordaan.

Enchanted Parks Commission

Installing at Saltwell Park. Image courtesy of Chronicle Live.

Installing at Saltwell Park. Image courtesy of Chronicle Live.

The last couple of months I’ve been busy working on a public outdoor commission for Enchanted Parks. The annual event, now in its 9th year, is an innovative after-dark arts adventure, which sees Gateshead’s Saltwell Park transformed through visual arts, performance, installation and interactive works.

Developed and co-commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council, this year Enchanted Parks is produced by Creative Producer, Katy Fuller of outdoor arts company, Pinwheel, as part of the annual NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.

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I won a commission to create a piece inspired by children’s fantasy in play. To fit with the Park’s theme of the celestial I constructed a makeshift rocket from second hand furniture, old wooden panels and junk, that included sound, lighting and smoke effects.  It was a fun piece to work on and confronted me with new challenges that come with building work for outdoor winter conditions!

visitors on opening night

visitors on opening night

The 5 day event sold out of its 21000 tickets before opening night. I stayed for the first evening and enjoyed the magic of all the other installations – a lovely event to be part of.

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Second half of Young Masters Art Prize opens next Wednesday at Sphinx Fine Art

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PRIVATE VIEW: 15th October 2014, 6 – 9pm

PRIZE GIVING: 29th October 2014 (by invitation only)

Address: 125 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LP

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm;
Saturday 11am-4pm; Sunday closed
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate

To RSVP to the event, or for an advance price list and catalogue, please contact Celia Kinchington
on +44 (0) 20 8947 6782 or celia@thecynthiacorbettgallery.com

Please, find the on-line versions of the Press Release and Young Master Catalogue by following this link: http://conta.cc/1qD3ruH

About Young Masters Art Prize:

The Prize was established by gallerist Cynthia Corbett in 2009. This year the shortlist has been selected from over 300 applications and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges comprising art historian and journalist, Godfrey Barker (Head Judge); Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith; Founder of Sphinx Fine Art, Roy Bolton; international collector, Werner Grub; Founder and Director of Fluff PR, Ben Austin; and Associate Director of the Young Masters Art Prize, Daisy McMullan.

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