Archive for the ‘Exhibition’ Category

We are reopening: Window First

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

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From Tuesday, September 1st, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery will re-open with the first of four week-long displays in the Gallery window space. On this and each subsequent Tuesday, a new installation will focus on a different aspect of teaching and research from the University’s School of Design.

The series starts with a presentation of the 2020 online graduate student exhibition, then moves on to explore the experimental roof-gardens in the Stockwell Street building. In the third week, we show some of the historically important research revealed through laser scanning projects from across the Greenwich World Heritage site, while the series rounds off with an audio-visual ‘taster’ of the forthcoming Sound/Image Festival to be held in Greenwich Town Centre in November.

To comply with our operational COVID 19 measures, these displays have been devised so that they can be engaged with from the street. Meanwhile, The Project Space and Heritage Gallery remain temporarily closed. We are working closely with the University Estates team towards their reopening, and will post developments on our social media platforms as these emerge. Follow University of Greenwich Galleries on TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

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The Open Air Drawing Room

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

The Open Air Drawing Room is an example of socially engaged art practice. The work crosses boundaries between performance and painting. Conceived as a celebration of the collective effort through a combination of performance and painting, The Open Air Drawing Room was originally co-commissioned by the Turner Contemporary ( in Margate and Applause Rural Touring (

A Show Of Hands by Eric MacLennan, 2020. Turner Contemporary, Margate (Photo credit: Eric MacLennan)
Collection Of Thirty-One Stones For Thirty-One Shipping Areas by Eric MacLennan, 2019. London (Photo credit: Eric MacLennan)

By creating a monumental painting, it offers participants the opportunity to engage with a large scale work which aims to set the world record for a painting created by the largest number of artists ever. The work is inspired by the innovative techniques of JMW Turner and the ideas of John Ruskin. Ever-evolving, it was first exhibited at Turner Contemporary in 2019. It comprised two pieces: “A Sea Of Faces”, a large-scale painting produced by combining over 500 individual watercolours into a single harmonious whole; “A Show Of Hands”, an extensive photographic installation of all the contributors’ hands displayed together on the gallery terrace.

In the summer of 2021, these two installations will be exhibited at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich Galleries, by which time the work will be twice as large, with over a thousand individual contributions. Every contributor paints a stone from the same collection of thirty-one stones that correspond to the thirty-one shipping areas around the British Isles. A stone that was once a mountain. A stone that—like us—is in a state of transition. A stone that will one day be a grain of sand on a beach somewhere. These stones were old when Turner was young and they will still be here when we are gone.

Exhibition opens

26th July – 5th September 2021

Private View

25th July 2021, 2 – 4 pm

The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric MacLennan in performance, 2019. Almeida Theatre, London (Photo credit: Ali Wright)
The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric MacLennan in performance, 2019. Almeida Theatre, London (Photo credit: Ali Wright)

Explore a short film about The Open Air Drawing Room and the “A Sea of Faces” installation (both firstly exhibited at the Turner Contemporary between October 2019 – January 2020):

The Open Air Drawing Room is led by Eric MacLennan ( A socially engaged artist whose practice occupies a unique space somewhere between theatre, movement and the visual arts, Eric has been making innovative performance work for more than thirty years. His work is cutting-edge with a clear focus on its audience. Challenging and provocative, but always entertaining. Inspired by philosophy and comedy in equal measure, his work questions our unconscious habits, challenges conventions and isn’t afraid to say the unsayable!

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Art as Problematic Waste

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

(Finland/UK, Aimo Hyvärinen and David Chapman)

This 3-screen video triptych (24’.50”) with 4-channel surround sound visits the underexamined question of the material and cultural management of art in an era of overproduction and ecological crisis. Through interviews with artists, curators and critics in Finland and UK, a variety of issues such as curatorial selection, art storage, legacy management and potential disposal, are dealt with in relation to a variety of fine art practices. The Museums are filling-up and the curatorial question of what to keep and what to throw away is underpinned by the unknown differential, the inevitable and fluctuating discrepancy between an artwork’s cultural and market values.

The subject dealt with by the work, is one that largely goes without consideration. In many ways, the destruction and disposal of art is a taboo subject. Cultural understandings clash with a harder economic reality of arts potential asset value and management of its material presence. Revisiting the friction between the use value and exchange value of art, Art as Problematic Waste asks: how may the art world recalibrate as it moves further into the era of overproduction?

About the filmmakers

David Chapman is a documentary filmmaker, media artist and researcher with a particular interest in sound and image interaction based in London. He creates video and multichannel sound pieces for both gallery and site-specific exhibitions.

Aimo Hyvärinen is a Tampere-based media artist, photographer and documentary filmmaker working on art concerning culture-oriented issues. Hyvärinen has been making exhibitions, films and installations since 1979 in Finland and abroad.

The Project is dedicated to the memory of Otso KantokorpiLeena Luostarinen and ErkkiPapu Pirtola.

Opening Event

Friday 6th March, 6 – 8 pm.

The installation will be on in the Project Space until 29th March.

Screenings start on the hour. Durartion: 25min

Read More

Art as Problematic Waste website

Art as Problematic Waste Facebook page