Be Smart About Art

Talk, Tour + Networking at New Art Projects - with curator Anna McNay and gallerist Fred Mann

London event for art world professionals

Date: Feb. 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - Feb. 23, 2018, 8:30 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: New Art Projects | 6D Sheep Lane | London | E8 4QS
United Kingdom

Travel: Cambridge Heath Overground

Speakers: Anna McNay, Susan J Mumford

Price: Members go free | Non-Members 8.50 GBP early bird (to February), 9.95 GBP full ticket inc on-the-door

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

In February, we’re heading to ‘Threesome’, a collaborative exhibition by three women painters, and 3x3, an exhibition of nine women photographers, curated by Anna McNay exploring the female gaze at New Art Projects. Treats are in store as we will hear Anna speak about the exhibition AND Fred Mann, Gallery Director, talking about the gallery, the way it works and what is coming up next.

About the Exhibition:

Threesome features art by Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls and Sarah Jane Moon, all figurative artists, each with a distinctive and unique style, whose queer identities inform much of their work. These painters engage with the theme of sexuality in singular and compelling ways and offer arresting interpretations of the ‘female gaze’.

Differing notions of queer identity are explored here and this group invites aesthetic as well as ideological scrutiny. These gay women make bold, alluring, witty and deft works, which seek to foreground the idea of the female gaze and explore how they look at each other and themselves. The show’s title, ‘Threesome’, makes a coolly sardonic reference to the voyeuristic aspect of lesbian representation: any eroticism in these works is strictly intentional.

3x3 runs in tandem to Threesome and showcases photographic self-portraits by nine queer female artists, whose work, to varying degrees, and consciously or not, interrogates the notion of the female gaze and self-identity. By concentrating solely on their own image, the artists seek to untangle, distinguish, and, in some instances, deliberately re-confuse their own subjectivity and objecthood. This is further teased out through a series of nine questions, posed by critic and curator Anna McNay, and responded to by each artist in turn. These highlight the broad and varied spectrum of considerations at play when, in a world unavoidably influenced by the history of the patriarchal male heterosexual gaze, a woman who likes women turns her gaze upon a woman to produce an image.

3x3 Artists: Emli Bendixen – Imogen Crew – Lisa Gornick – Liz Helman -Rachael House -Marta Kochanek – Bronac McNeill – The Naked Artist Suzie Pindar – Sarah Pucill

About the Gallery:

New Art Projects is the contemporary gallery of Fred Mann. Through his gallery he seeks to support the work of emerging and mid career artists internationally. He regularly deals with both public and private collections, curators and press.

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About the Event:

With arrivals starting at 6.30pm, all attendees will be invited to browse the exhibition as well as talk with fellow visitors, as well as Anna McNay, Fred Mann, and BSAA's Founder Susan J Mumford. Approximately half way through the event, Susan will facilitate a Q+A with Anna and Fred, providing insight into the exhibition, the gallery’s work and future plans. This will be followed by Susan’s always insightful top networking tips. 

Note that arrivals are welcome at any time between 6.30-8.30pm.

Ready to go? Book your place and we'll look forward to seeing you there!



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