Thames-Side Studios Gallery

Fakers
Victoria Adam, Cecilia Charlton, Lauren Godfrey, Holly Graham, Erin Hughes, Lauren Keeley, Milly Peck, Scarlett Platel,
Amba Sayal-Bennett, Rhea Storr, Reina Sugihara

Exhibition Dates: 1-16 December 2018
Preview: Friday 30 November 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

Fakers is an exhibition that questions if / how methods of making are gendered - what are perceived as masculine/ feminine ways of working? The show features a selection of female artists or 'grafters' who make work that requires a great deal of technical proficiency. The feminist politics foregrounded in the work presented does not reside in any ideology or concept behind each individual work, but arises through the material practice of making - the 'hard graft' and negotiation of materials.

With exhibition text by Adriana Blidaru of Living Content.

Events:
Threads of Interest Tour: Saturday 8 December 2018, 4pm
Booklet Binding and Informal Discussion Group: Sunday 16 December 2018, 4pm

About the artists:

Erin Hughes
Erin Hughes received her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London 2018. After completing her BA in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, she spent four years living and working in Berlin. She is a co-founder of Cypher Space, Berlin and Cypher Billboard, London. www.erinlaurahughes.com

Holly Graham
Holly Graham is a London-based artist. She undertook her BFA at Oxford University and graduated from MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2014, where she received the Thames Barrier Print Studio Graduate Award and the Augustus Martin Award for Innovation in Print. She is a co-founder of Cypher Billboard, London. www.hollygraham.co.uk

Amba Sayal-Bennett
Amba Sayal-Bennett lives and works in London. She received her BFA from Oxford University, her MA in The History of Art from The Courtauld Institute, and her PhD in Art Practice and Learning from Goldsmiths. She is currently studying Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. She is a co-founder of Cypher Billboard, London. www.ambasb.com

Adriana Blidaru
Adriana Blidaru is a curator, the editor and founder of the project Living Content. She has written for different magazines such as Kaleidoscope, The Brooklyn Rail, CURA Magazine, and Revista ARTA. She holds a Master Degree in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and a BFA from Oxford University and currently lives in New York. adrianablidaru.com

Victoria Adam
Victoria Adam lives and works in London. She graduated from Royal Academy Schools in 2015. Recent exhibitions include: Orchardwhitelighting, LUNGLEY; A Healthy Soil, Hunter Whitfield; Zabludowicz Invites, London; Leks, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam; and Concrete Matters, Bank Space Gallery, London. www.victoriaadam.co.uk

Cecilia Charlton
Cecilia Charlton is an American-born artist living and working in London. She received her BFA from Hunter College and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. Recent exhibitions include: Lifeline as Medium, 532 Gallery, NYC; SURGE: the East Wing Biennial, Courtauld Institute, London; Rogue Objects, UCL, London; Living Room, Safehouse 1 & 2, London. In June 2018 she completed her MA Painting at the Royal College of Art. ceciliacharlton.com

Lauren Godfrey
Lauren Godfrey is an artist based in London. Recent exhibitions and collaborations include Hidden Harlequin with Lauren Coullard at Centre For Recent Drawing, London; Alimentari solo show at Geddes Gallery, London; House Work, 53 Beck Road, curated by Art Licks; Doing Easy, Outpost Projects, Joshua Tree; a swimwear display for Karen Mabon at Les Filles in Lisbon and a jewellery display for SVP at House Of Voltaire, London. laurengodfrey.co.uk

Lauren Keeley
Lauren Keeley lives and works in London. She received her BFA from The Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include: 31 Women, Breese Little, London; MK Calling, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes; and The Most Brilliant Amongst the Masks, the American Academy, Rome. www.laurenkeeley.com

Milly Peck
Milly Peck graduated from MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2016 where she was awarded The David Troostwyk/Matt’s Gallery Studio Award. She is also a recipient of a Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary, 2018. Recent shows include: Survey, Jerwood Space, London; The Slip, Tintype, London; Pressure Head, Assembly Point, London; Rinse and Repeat, Cypher Billboard, London. www.millypeck.com

Scarlett Platel
Scarlett Platel is a London based artist and recent graduate of The Royal College of Art. In 2018 she was awarded The Labyrinth Lab and Mentorship Award, The New Contemporary Art Prize and The Metro Imaging Mentorship Award. Recent exhibitions include: Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, Brighton; and The European Photography Prize, Fondazione Fotografia Modena. www.scarlettplatel.com

Rhea Storr
Rhea Storr received her BFA from The Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford and her MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art. Recent screenings include: Hamburg International Short Film Festival; Black British Shorts, ICA; Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco; Affinities, Or, The Weight of Cinema, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC. She is the inaugural winner of the Louis Le Prince Experimental Film Prize. www.rheastorr.com

Reina Sugihara
Reina Sugihara is a Japanese artist who lives and works in London and Tokyo. She received her BA from Tokyo University of the Arts and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. She is a co-founder of imlabor which is an artist collective project based in Tokyo. reinasugihara.info

Cypher BILLBOARD is a project by artist collective Cypher, that seeks to commission artists to produce responsive sitespecific artworks for a billboard space in Bounds Green, London. The site hopes to challenge conventions of display, and act as a launch-pad for generating conversations, through a series of satellite events.www.cypherbillboard.com

Download press release: FAKERS-Press-Release.pdf

Image: Erin Hughes, Floor Me (detail), 2018. Image courtesy the artist.

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