We are delighted to announce our first exhibition of the New Year, Tarot & Archetypes, with fine art photographer Sylwia Makris and sculptor Tomasz Gornicki. Both artists are from Poland and work exclusively with The Underdog London in the UK. Tarot & Archetypes will explore the Jungian theory of unconsciousness and the occult traditions of the 18th century Romani people which are part of popular culture today.
Opening Reception: Friday 25th January 2019 from 6pm with live entertainment.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 26th January to Thursday 28th February 2019
The exhibition is a reinterpretation of archetypes and symbols from Jungian psychology and the Major Acarna cards of the Tarot. Carl Jung’s philosophy focused on our individual psyche and our quest for wholeness; as such archetypes are a collectively-inherited unconscious idea, a pattern of thoughts or images that are universally present in our daily lives.
Although Jung never referred to the Tarot in his writings they both present us with archetypes, bright and dark, that serve as framework for understanding our own psyche and the world at large. Our unconscious has a dual structure - the "bright” constructive and "dark” destructive sides. The presented works will reinterpret classic symbols and shadow archetypes that emerge from the self and the internal conflict of modern man.
The Tarot and archetypes form a dynamic foundation common to all humanity, a foundation of which each individual builds his own experience of life, colouring them with his/hers unique culture, personality and life events. Sylwia Makris and Tomasz Gornicki are prolific artists in their respective fields. You will not see their stunning art work anywhere else in London or indeed the UK. Together they enable us to experience the inspiration and beauty of dark art!
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A solo exhibition of newly commissioned work by Harold Offeh
18 Jan – 2 Mar
Opening Night Thurs 17 Jan 5-9pm
Free & Open To All // Wed-Sat 11-5pm And Until 8pm On ThursdaysTurf Projects, 46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Centre, Croydon CR0 1UQ.
Croydon Plays Itself takes as its starting point a selection of objects from Museum of Croydon’s display. Harold Offeh was invited by Turf Projects to respond to artefacts from the Museum of Croydon’s collection. Offeh was initially drawn to figures and objects from Croydon’s history: composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, sexologist Havelock Ellis, Jakson’s Lavender oil and the promotional materials accompanying the 1993 edition of Croydon’s Pride festival. Offeh’s approach was to think about how these histories might make points of connection with contemporary Croydon. Through previous works Offeh has been interested in how performance and re-enactments can allow people to establish conversations with histories.Offeh has chosen to work with individuals and groups from Croydon to create a number of responses to the selection of objects from Museum of Croydon. The exhibition installation will seek to use conventions of retail display – in part influenced by Turf’s current location within Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre – to present objects, artefacts, performance and video to audiences. The project invites Croydon to re-visit and re-animate aspects of its own history.
OPENING NIGHT // Thurs 17 Jan, 5-9pm // Free & open to all with BYOB welcome.
Opening night will include a group performance choreographed by Harold Offeh. Lounging in Croydon will be an evolution of Offeh’s Lounging project, exploring depictions of black men on album covers in repose or lounging – a popular trope for black male singers in the 1980s.
// ABOUT HAROLD OFFEH
Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice in a career spanning 20 years. Offeh, often employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture and is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain and Modern, Studio Museum Harlem, South London Gallery, MAC VAL, Kulturhusset Stockholm and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.In 2018, his projects included performances at Publics, a contemporary art space in Helsinki, Finland. Actions: The Image of The World Can Be Different, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK. The Real Thing: Towards a Live Authentic Archive as part of Material Experiments at The Tetley in Leeds, UK. Offeh produced a 12-hour live event and film called Down at the Twilight Zone, marking queer experiences of nightlife in Toronto, Canada.In 2019, he will be artist in residence at the Contemporary Art Centre, Art Tower Mito, Japan and have a solo exhibition at Turf Projects in Croydon, London. He studied Critical Fine Art Practice at The University of Brighton and MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds, UK where he is currently a Reader in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, London.
// FREE EXHIBITION EVENTS
ARTISTS LUNCHTIME FEEDBACK // Led by Harold Offeh // Sat 26 Jan 12-2pm >Get feedback on your work from Croydon Plays Itself artist Harold Offeh. Our free lunchtime feedback sessions are a chance to get feedback on your work from a practicing artist in a supportive and friendly environment. All kinds of creative work are welcome.GROUNDWERK 4.4 // Performing the Archive // Sat 26 Jan 2:30-4pm >Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. Look at artists’ approaches to working with archives, museums and collections. Explore what an archive is and examine how artists’ can construct their own archives and respond to existing archives. Led by artist Harold Offeh the session will also explore performative approaches to thinking and working with collections and histories.FAMILY ART FUN DAY // Hall of Mirroring // Sat 9 Feb 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm >Young people and families are invited to work with artist Harold Offeh and explore his exhibition Croydon Plays Itself. Become a mannequin, creating poses and positions which will be mirrored and transformed in the reflected surfaces around the room. Strike a pose, take a picture and add yourself to the exhibition!GROUNDWERK 4.5 // Weaving // Sat 23 Feb 2:30-4pmLed by Susannah Bolton, learn how to weave tapestry, exploring the tactile, sedimentary process of building up an image. ARTISTS LUNCHTIME FEEDBACK // Led by Milly Peck // Sat 23 Feb 12-2pmOur free lunchtime feedback sessions are a chance to get feedback on your work from a practicing artist in a supportive & friendly environment. All kinds of creative work are welcome.CROYDON SCHOOL OF ART WORKSHOPSExclusively for Croydon School of Art students. Contact [email protected] or your course tutor for details.SCHOOLS AND GROUP VISITSWe work closely with local partner schools, and all schools and groups are welcome to visit our exhibitions. Please book ahead to receive free resources and an intro to the exhibition. Contact [email protected] for more info.
The exhibition and events were made possible with the generous support of the Arts Council England & Croydon Council.
We provide the location, You perform.
We’re calling ALL TALENTS to showcase who you are and push you beyond your limits. Musicians, Photographers & Models, Comedians, DJs, and Artists here is your chance. After you have RSVP, you MUST register to be able to showcase. The link will be provided after you RSVP.
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Expressing your talents, abilities, ideas, creativity or solutions is so very important. In that expression first you connect eloquently with self and then continue with others and the world. Here we are giving all talents: Musicians, Photographers & Models, Comedians, DJs, and Artists a chance to showcase your talents…LIVE in front of hundreds of your fans and people around the world. By applying, you would be able to showcase with other talents, increase your following on all platforms, playing your music on various satellite/Radio Stations, and possibly perform at Beyond Coachella Festival 2020.
As the music world continue's to grow, Beyond Relations, LLC uses the world's greatest music and audio platform, SoundCloud, allowing people from other communities around the world to discover, connect with artists directly, share, and network with each other. This is made possible for creators and their fans across the globe to enjoy music and maybe even come see them perform.
PHOTOGRAPHERS & MODELS
This group is for professional models, photographers, and crew in local and surrounding areas (See Locations below). We created “Photo-shoot & Network Event” to network among colleagues, collaborate, give and receive feedbacks, share and get your name and or business out there. We review all content of each person requesting to be a member.
We offer comedians (new and experienced alike) the opportunity to perform uncensored stand-up comedy in what could be termed an “open mic style.” Sets are short (on average, five minutes) which works well for those people who have never been on stage before or for the experienced professionals working on new material. If you have the passion and commitment to becoming a stand-up comedian, RSVP BELOW and Beyond Relations will be there to help.
We are seeking new talent from around the world to show visual and graphic design art. Everyone deserves a creative voice and access to a variety of cultural and artistic experiences. The breadth, depth, and diversity of its artistic and cultural life are a critical measure of the vitality around the world, from neighborhood cultural centers to major arts institutions. As we engage in partnerships, collaborations, and collective endeavors with other government agencies, private, and nonprofit entities across sectors, we encourage constituents to do the same. The arts strengthen communities by increasing cultural empathy and fostering civic and public engagement. RSVP Below.
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Register your interest for our 2019 (Residential) Open Workshops.
19th - 21st June 2019 - London and South East
9th - 11th October 2019 - North of England
Living Systems, Living Organisations
Changing the way we change
We are in a time of significant change. The mechanistic philosophy of modern organisations can no longer deliver the social, economic and political outcomes that we desire. Across the world, across all sectors, the systems view of life that emerged in in the 20th Century is taking hold.
The need to work across the boundaries of professions, divisions, department and institutions has become essential. Yet, even as we shift our worldview from parts to wholes, we struggle to find a new way of working.
Our social and economic systems dance in the dynamics of life. Understanding these dynamics opens up a field of possibilities, of new ways of organising, new ways of working, new ways of creating the outcomes that serve us and the life we desire for each other.
We at The Phillips Kay Partnership believe that organisations are living systems, not machines. We have decades of experience in working with organisations in this way and we will share this with you through this purpose-developed three-day workshop.
What will we do?
Over the course of 3 days, we'll explore the exciting and surprising theory of living systems in depth, expanding our view of why organisations work the way they do, and what might be possible if we found a simpler way, more in tune with how life works.
We will begin by delving deeply into the underlying theories that support a living systems view of life. We will use the lens of the ‘Big Five’ (complexity, emergence, cognition, networks and self-organisation) to do this. We will explore a route through the work of Capra, Maturana, Varela, Camazine, Prigogine, Lorenz and others through inputs, experiments and dialogue to make our own sense of the basis of our work together.
We then follow how this takes us into the ‘Heart of the Art’ by seeing how the ‘dynamics of organising’ lead to a capacity for change and organisation. We will work in depth with a number of living system design tools that help us bring the theoretical models from day one into practical application. These will include ‘Myron’s Maxims’, ’design cafe’, and ‘communities of practice’ alongside ‘self as instrument’.
On the final day we move to the practical application of this to your challenges. Working in co-consulting groups we develop approaches for you test and apply in your own environment based on the new understanding we have developed together. You will leave with a deeper knowledge of living systems theory and a very practical set of actions that you can immediately apply.
Who is this for?
The session will be valuable for individuals, but also for teams, who are invited to bring their complex challenges. We are open to applicants from public, private and not-for-profit sectors. You will ideally be already curious about how human systems work and facing complex challenges in your work environment. You will be willing to share these with others in the confidential environment of the workshop and willing to do some work in preparation before you join us. We'll work through a variety of modes, from presentation of theory, to deep dialogue exploring the implications of the ideas, to specific applications in a laboratory environment.
This is a paid event.
Group Discounts available, contact us for further information
A limited number of further discounted places may be available on application, for those otherwise unable to attend.