Community & Critique:SEAF 2016/2017

Cohort 4

Community and critique go hand in hand where rigorous reflection, questioning, and analysis support the advancement of content and form in one’s process and work. Access to materials, techniques, and methods support the development of ideas, and form reveals itself through multiple iterations of the work itself.

This show is the culmination of the yearlong Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship program (SEAF). These fifteen artists have worked side by side all year in a studio-based community, supporting one another by exchanging knowledge and critical dialogue along the way.

Bringing their works into Warehouse421 means stepping outside the intimacy of the SEAF studios, into the culture and community of the city. Presenting their work in a professional space provides an opportunity to share and speak about it with others; and thus becomes an important moment within their continuing process. The critique asks participants to articulate what they are thinking about and seeing, both formally and conceptually, contributing to the complexity and richness of process that leads to sustained artistic practice.

16 September 2017 - 14 January 2018

In The Making

A touring exhibition from the Design Museum, London

This exhibition, curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, captures over twenty objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished center stage. Varying from the £2 coin to a cricket bat, a surprising range of objects have been chosen by British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, founders of the design studio Barber & Osgerby, to be exhibited in an unfinished state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.

The objects have been selected because they each have an unexpected quality about them in those moments, hours or days before they assume their final, recognizable form. These points in the making process capture a peculiar and unconventional slice of time in the production of everyday objects such as tennis balls, banknotes and even diamonds. The show gives a glimpse of the designers’ ongoing dialogue with manufacturing that is so distinctive to their practice. Throughout their careers, Edward and Jay have had a technical curiosity and fascination with the making process. The way in which things are created has had a profound influence on them and continually inspires their work.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the British Council for the “UK/UAE 2017” year of Creative Collaboration program.

photography copyright to Mirren Rosie

08 November 2017 - 11 February 2018