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For Walls with Tongues

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Image of a wall decorated with street murals

For Walls with Tongues is compiled and curated by Greenwich Mural Workshop, a seminal arts organisation based in Greenwich.

This exhibition of street murals from 1966 to 1985 reveals the influence of muralists on the expansion of art in public spaces since the 60s and presents their lives and experiences through oral history. It celebrates the history of the mural movement in the United Kingdom and its influence on 20th-century culture, largely overlooked by the art establishment and historians.

In 1960s Britain, artists produced a profusion of street murals that became a backdrop for local celebration, encouraging a sense of place and expressing local pride. Many muralists saw their work as part of the wider Community Arts movement, using their skills to facilitate social reform and develop radical alternatives to Gallery Art. At around the same time, external murals were appearing across the world. In the USA, in particular, neighbourhood murals gave voice to people’s aspirations.

Open 10 – 30 May 2019 | Monday to Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm

Free seminar: Tuesday 14 May, 1 pm – 5 pm | Reserve your place here

The seminar will include presentations by artists who pioneered this form of street art followed by a discussion. | This national arts and heritage project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Emotion in Abstract Animation: designing a new form of visual music

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Singing Light (Watkins, 2018) Photo Luca Portik

Emotion in Abstract Animation: designing a new form of visual music by Julie Watkins will feature Singing Light-1 and Singing Light-2.

Julie Watkins is a PhD Candidate and Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Greenwich

Singing Light-1 will be installed in the Television Studio. In a dark spacious room, a projector throws strong white animations onto the black walls and white flags. A fine haze fills the air. Looking at the walls and flags you see shapes animating as if responding to a voice, but if you step into the animation and look back in the direction of the projector the light forms ever-changing tunnels. Draw your fingers through the mist, touch the light and create shadows, as if touching a running stream. Singing Light-2 will be transposed in the Gallery by being projected on to multiple translucent screens, allowing a different journey.

Singing Light is sung wordlessly and fused with abstract animation through composing motion, using audio-image units, sound and space and celebrating the human voice. It develops a methodology for creating pieces that afford soft fascination.

Singing Light is the result of a framework I developed for composing visual music from an animator’s perspective, to create non-narrative visual music with emotional impact. The significance of the framework is that visual music is freed from musical structures, which opens the visual music composition framework to artists, animators and performers. I am already publishing and adding knowledge to creative communities via international journals of contemporary artistic practice and research and in communities concerned with art, music, dance, theatre and the sciences. The aim is to generate both general interest and special interest from those who are involved in: visual music, light art, abstract animation, installation art, experimental film, soundscapes, wordless singing and vocal practice and theory.

Located in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery at 10 Stockwell Street SE10 9BD

Launch Friday, 12 April 5-6 pm | Open Tuesday – Thursday, April 16 – 18, 11 am – 5 pm | Free 

About The Heads

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Carved heads from the Jacobean Undercroft in Queen Anne’s Court at the Old Royal Naval College

Please note: The Heritage Gallery closes over the Easter Weekend, from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April inclusive and is closed for the Monday 6 May Bank Holiday.

The Heritage Gallery is otherwise open Monday – Saturday 10-5.

In the Undercroft to Queen Anne’s Court at the Old Royal Naval College lies a collection of stone heads from the turn of the 18th century. The mysterious heads, depicting Neptune and other denizens of the deep, were carved by Robert Jones of Stepney in the early 1700s and were originally intended for display upon the south elevation of the Painted Hall. A decision to use brick instead of stone meant the heads were abandoned, and for 300 years have languished out of sight.

About the Heads is an exhibition at the University of Greenwich’ Heritage Gallery to rescue them from obscurity, coinciding with the re-opening of the painted hall after a major restoration. The heads themselves are not on display; instead, three artists from separate disciplines have created responses to their historic and continuing internment.

Camilla Wilson reveals the heads through a set of monochrome orange paintings. Like the process of stone carving, the paintings are made by removing paint, rather than by adding; the orange colour referencing the floating hue of retinal afterimages. Rosie Dastgir activates a dialogue between the abandoned heads in the format of an 18th-century chapbook, the cheap illustrated booklets of street literature of the time. Jürgen Mester has produced four sculptures in a range of materials that reflect his distinct version of the heads.

This exhibition is open from 18 April to 24 May 2019 | Free

Private View: Wednesday 17th April 6-8. (Includes scheduled guided tours of the heads in the Undercroft)

Open: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Read Rosie Dagstir article on Spitafields Life where she ruminates upon the significance of the old stone heads at Greenwich:

Curated by David Waterworth & Camilla Wilson

Gallery Assistant: Sigrid Neptun