Be Smart About Art

Be Smart About Art visits 'The Bloody Chamber' exhibition at The Koppel Project, London

Networking - Curator's Talk - Art Discovery - Phaidon Bookshop

Date: Feb. 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - Feb. 10, 2017, 8:30 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: The Koppel Project | 93 Baker Street | London W1U 6RL
Tube: Baker Street

Speakers: Susan Mumford

Price: Members go free | Non-Members 8.50 GBP early bird (to 8 Feb), 10 GBP full ticket inc on-the-door

#besmartaboutart networking is a monthly opportunity to meet artists, curators & other peers, to view exhibitions and spaces, and to expand knowledge - creative and professional alike.

In February 2017, we're heading to The Koppel Project to view 'The Bloody Chamber', which presents contemporary pieces in mind of Angela Carter's re-imagined fairytales.

"A long, a winding corridor, as if I were in the viscera of the castle; and this corridor led to a door of worm-eaten oak, low, round-topped; barred with black iron... The key slid into the new lock as easily as a hot knife into butter... If I found some traces of his heart in a file marked: Personal, perhaps, here, in his subterranean privacy, I might find a little of his soul. It was the consciousness of the possibility of such a discovery, if its possible strangeness, that kept me for a moment motionless, before, in the foolhardiness of my already subtly tainted innocence, I turned the key and the door slowly creaked back..."

-Angela Carter, ‘The Bloody Chamber’

The three participating artists are Lucia Quevdedo, Nils Alix-Tabeling and Justin Fitzpatrick (see details below). The exhibition spans the long underground gallery space, presenting surroundings that reinforce The Bloody Chamber sensation.

About the Event:
BSAA Founder Susan Mumford will facilitate a Q+A with Gallery Director & Curator Hannah Thorne, who will provide insight into the exhibition, how the artists' practices are eerily relevant in 2017, in addition to introducing everyone to The Koppel Project.

Special bonus! 
All attendees will receive a 10% discount on purchases made from the on-site PHAIDON bookshop, notably the reputable publishing brand's only UK bricks and mortar location! (This discount only applies at the time of the event and is a one-time opportunity, offered exceptionally in the spirit of collaboration, and support of the creative industries.)

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About the Exhibition:

In Lucia Quevedo’s work, we see the structure of the gallery itself start to anthropomorphise and express fluids. Shiny metal pipes, suggestive of plumbing, start to leak bile, blood and tears. Brightly coloured puddles of silicone rubber form from orifice- like rips on the metal surface. The logic of the cartoon is applied to the architecture and oddity of the space.

In Nils Alix-Tabeling’s film ‘Melusine’, the porosity of the membrane between the viewer and the actress is foregrounded. The viewer is represented in the film by a latex head that the actress finds on the side of the road, soon realising that it houses cameras and microphones, recording everything she confides to it, her most personal thoughts. Her personal relationship to this object has a crack in it, namely the aperture of the camera, which leaks her whispered secrets out to us, the viewer.

[Feature image above by Nils Alix-Tabeling]

Justin Fitzpatrick will present a selection of paintings, which focus on the relationship between inside and outside of the body. The paintings depict a variety of animals, and the idea of animal consciousness, or of a radical otherness that is expressed in the space between human and animal existence, Animals describe the state of becoming in a variety of ways, they x-ray themselves, begin to dream, or learn to write with their bodies.

About The Koppel Project:

93 BAKER STREET location (site of the BSAA event)

The Koppel Project is a cultural centre bringing together a contemporary art gallery, creative work and learning space, Phaidon’s only UK bookshop, and direct trade coffee. We are supported by Aid for All Ltd with the assistance of Free 2 Learn to provide traineeships, work experience, and mentoring programs within our building – helping people back into work, and fuelling creativity.

Set in a recently decommissioned bank vault, The Koppel Project Gallery represents distinctive international and local artists whose work has an emphasis on storytelling and social engagement. The Koppel Project mentors artists and writers as part of a diverse programme of free cultural events, encouraging and supporting creative collaboration and development. Our mission is to build a critically engaged centre, promoting intercultural exchange across a range of disciplines.


The Koppel Project Hive is an international and multidisciplinary project space, supporting innovative artistic projects. The Hive comprises of forty affordable artists’ studios and a two-floor exhibition space.

Building bridges across disciplines, the Hive is a place to question, confront and challenge new ideas. It is a laboratory testing and supporting new forms of contemporary art creation at a local, national, and international level.

See and follow The Koppel Project online: | Twitter @KoppelProject | Instagram @the_koppel_project



A BSAA Members' event that's free for our Members, individuals who aren't Members are welcome to attend once prior to committing to join Be Smart About Art.

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