I'll be showing new work at the LSA annual members show, the work was made during the lockdowns we had in Leicester during the pandemic and mark a set of circumstances that defined that period.
Newarke Houses Museum
Leicester LE2 7BY
Open - Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 | Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Leicester Society of Artists’ annual exhibition has long been a highlight of the Leicester arts calendar, showcasing creative talent from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland since 1881. LSA members are all local artists and makers, some of international acclaim, who collaborate to bring an exhibition that continues to push the boundaries of achievement and entertainment value, with consistently high-quality submissions. There is a diverse range of media and styles, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, textiles, ceramics, and glass and most works are available to purchase.
This year sees the re-introduction of the LSA Student Award …but with a difference. Responding to the museum’s ‘Kampala to Leicester’ permanent exhibition students were asked for their interpretation of the refugee crisis. In conjunction with the city of sanctuary the student participated in a workshop with asylum seekers based in Leicester to execute an artwork based on their winning proposal. The LSA Exhibition Curator Lis Naylor says, 'It is the aim of LSA to encourage and support emerging artists to transition from student to professional by providing this award.'
I will be taking part in TIERRA SOSTENIBLE (SUSTAINBLE EARTH) a series of workshops with resident trans-disciplinary collective Cocina CoLaboratorio (Mexico) who will hold a series of four gatherings of “enunciation” – thinking through and naming the causes we care about as a starting point to enact local change.
Taking place around the kitchen table, the local territory and in our imaginaries – and enacted through cooking, eating and sharing together – these four gatherings are inspired by the practice of Comunalidad.
Comunalidad is a set of collective practices enacted by the indigenous communities of Oaxaca in southern Mexico: it is a way of living and working that emerges from a specific relationship with nature proposing other organising mechanisms and an alternative to sustainability.
Over the course of the gatherings, participants will develop a collection of formulas, strategies and practices to build up trans-local learning environments and experiment with collaborative ways of strengthening our relationships with nature in order to aid its regeneration.
This series is for participants who seek to challenge, overthrow, and replace the systems that oppress and exploit nature, humans and other species.
This event is part of the public programme of Delfina Foundation’s fifth season of the Politics of Food, in partnership with Gaia Art Foundation and with additional support from a range of individuals and partners.