Editorial 2003 - The Art Fair in Islington
Coming Up Fresh
Funny how you notice a word suddenly going critical. Fresh,
so long associated with food and ideas, is now plastered over everything.
The new cars, new faces and now art.
The Fresh Art exhibition on the weekend of July 18-20th at the Business
Design Centre in Islington (London) was a great and rewarding experience
however. This was a huge coming together of new and underexposed artistic
talent situated in a huge exhibition hall. It provides an opportunity
for graduate artists and photographers from the UKs best Universities
and Colleges to show off their talents and in the centre, there are many
booths for emerging and professional talent (not all yet represented by
a gallery) to showcase their work that could be a great investment for
The prices were often pretty reasonable, varying from limited edition
colour prints from £125 to something more grand and exclusive for
around £1500. The art, a fantastic mixture of ceramics, oils, object
dart sketches, watercolours, animations, you name it, all at ground
floor prices. You get to meet the artists and you can take the stuff home
with you if you want.
(Or have it delivered or shipped).
Its a great idea and thanks to the The Times and Sunday Times for
backing and promoting it.
Its tough getting exposure as an artist or photographer and when
you see just how good their work is it can be rather intimidating. I was
particularly impressed by the graduating student work.
To exhibit there next year you have to submit six slides of your work
to a eight person jury and they decide if you can show your work. It isnt
cheap either, at around £1000 for a booth. Some exhibitors were
pretty smart however and had sponsors. Most will sell at least half their
work and of course, each one hopes that among the throng of visitors there
will be that special Cork Street gallery owner looking for the next best
Robert Charlton MA
University of Westminster
MA Art & Media Practice 2003, Photography, video, sculpture, installation
OK you missed it this year, but you can see some of the work exhibited
right here by clicking on the links
Maybe, with luck and the necessary readies we will see you there, next
links to artists:
Robert Charlton (photography)
Penny Klepuszewska (Photographer) : www.prospect-k.com
Chris Simpson (Travel Photography): www.chris-simpson.com
Daniel Brooke : www.danielbrooke.com
The Exhibition in Islington and list of exhibitors
July 29th Update:
thing driving on British motorways. You can drive for hours and
get nowhere at all. I just spent an entire weekend on the M25, which
circles London and luckily packed a suitcase for the occasion. Others,
not so fortunate, were unable to shave, brush their teeth, or generally
enjoy the view across the rolling North London hills as much as
I. I do wish though that provision had been laid in for some portaloos
as having to pee in public with no hedge or tree to hide behind
can be embarrassing. Of course once one does it, another hundred
get out of their cars and civilisation comes to complete halt as
we flood the verges with human waste. Seven hours on the M25 (which
I might add is a circular motorway) can radically alter your view
of humanity and where it is actually headed. My own journey was
a simple one. To get from Surrey to the A1 exit half way around
the M25. I set off at 11am and by six pm I had completed a whole
35 miles. Now, seeing an empty A1 in front of me I suddenly generated
a burst of enthusiasm and set forth northwards to the Mecca they
call Grimsby. Sadly I came to another halt just two miles up the
road. Of course torrential rain can alter any journey, but I am
not quite sure why this journey should have taken another five and
half hours to go another 140 miles.
Had I gone by rail, I may not have reached Grimsby at all. Three
weeks ago in a heat wave the trains came to halt facing buckled
rails. Now rain brings them to a shuddering stop all over the UK.
At one point I was parked alongside the East Coast express and they
were staring at us and we at them. At least they have stale sandwiches
and polystyrene cups of tea to while away the hours.
Funny how the weather doesn't seem to affect any other country on
earth to the same extent. It is as if the English are totally surprised
by every turn of the weather. I have lived in Africa, Canada and
the USA where there everyone pretty much takes pride in getting
through whatever the weather. In England not getting through makes
a better story. Camping out in strike bound airports because the
staff donıt give a fig about their customers is something to tell
your grandchildren about. I was there when the M25 came to complete
stop sonny. I was a fortnight living on berries and crabgrass until
it clearedı. Maybe it is some kind of nostalgia for the war or a
deep primitive longing for ancient Briton hardships that makes us
want to suffer so. Just to add piquancy there are speed cameras
every hundred yards and coppers standing on the bridges with hand
held radar guns in case we ever get out of second gear.
We meekly accept the restrictions on our freedoms, the deliberate
constrictions on getting around our cities and extra longer times
at traffic lights to really snarl things up. The car has become
the enemy but without it the entire UK economy would collapse. If
we all started using public transport it would disintegrate under
the weight of people and there would be daily riots at stations
and bus terminals. (But then again, we would have something new
to moan about hey).
This summer Hackwriters: Rita Sidhu discovers her roots,
Colin Todhunter takes a hell ride in Chennai, Habeeb Salloum discovers
Copper Canyon, James Campion discovers the Government lies and new fiction
from Allen McGill and Sidi Benzahara. More to come.
© Sam North July 22nd 2003
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Returning to Blighty
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FOR WAR February
Renting in Kits
Escape to the UK
takes a break
MANY MOVIES- IT'S AN AVALANCHE OF CULTURE
will you seeing at the movies?
REALLY IS A FUN CITY
'The city where everyone gets to live a millionaire lifestyle'
SECTION 9 in the N.Y. Sunday Times
A cornucopia - October
The Kids stay in the picture- August
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES
Hacks visits the new Museum of Glass in Tacoma- August
Hot Sweats in a Cold
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LIFE ON FAST FORWARD - Vancouver
on speed -September
SUPERNOVA NINA &
SweetSista'Shorts Carousel Theatre- Granville Island
- Off Fringe
ROUNDHOUSE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.
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WE ARE ALL GURUS NOW - September
Time to enrol
Vancouver Film Festival Trade Show report
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