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Project Space Temporary Closure

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

The Project Space remains temporarily closed. We are working closely with the University Estates team towards its reopening, and will post developments on our social media platforms as these emerge..

Image: Rob Smith “Drift” (2017) – detail, underwater pinhole photograph exhibited in “Granular” Project Space Jan-Feb 2018

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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


Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Phase IV: Intersections Art/Architecture installation, Stephen Lawrence Gallery 2020.
Artists l-r Mary Maclean, George Charman, Jaime Gili; Photo Benet Spencer

The Phase IV symposium brings together creatives, academics and researchers to discuss the relationship between arts and architecture, as well as the process of co-curating the Phase IV exhibition—on display at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and Project Space between 15 January and 21 February 2020.

The exhibition, symposium, and related events are led by Benet Spencer (Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University) in collaboration with David Waterworth (Curator, University of Greenwich).


  • 10:30 am Coffee / Arrival
  • 11:00 Welcome & Introduction: Benet Spencer
  • 11:40 Keynote: Olivier Gourvil
  • 12:10 Questions / Discussion
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (not provided)
  • 1:30 Panel 1, introduced by David Waterworth
  • Felix Robbins (a-projects, London); Fran Cottell (artist); Daniela Yaneva (architect)
  • 2:45 Break (Coffee / Tea)
  • 3:00 Panel 2: Outside Architecture
  • Helen Robertson (UAL); Bernice Donszelmann (UAL); Tim Renshaw (University of Reading)
  • 4:00 Close

Keynote by Olivier Gourvil (artist, founder of Réseau Peinture, and former professor at École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble, Valence)

Thinking in Painting
This quote from the question “What is thinking in painting?” by Hubert Damish is from his brilliant 1984 essay Fenêtre jaune cadmium*. In 2010, this question was the starting point for the enquiry that was addressed by 
Réseau Peinture**, which covered the relationship between painting and language. It also lead to critical research around communication in painting in relation to drawing and architecture, which was explored in the collaborative project Paper-Architecture. Gourvil developed this project with the New York-based painter Marjorie Welish between 2000-2013.

Olivier Gourvil, 2020

* Hubert Damish, Fenêtre jaune cadmium, publ. Seuil, Paris 1984. 
**Réseau Peinture is painting network that fosters collaboration between European schools of art and design, initiated by Olivier Gourvil, École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble, Valence​.​ 

Click on Book Now below or follow this link to Eventbrite to RSVP to this event.

If you like this event, you might be interested in attending the Public Lecture by exhibitor  Jaime Gili, Private View and Exhibition Catalogue launch on Saturday 14 February. Visit this link for more information about the programme


Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

On Friday 14 February we are hosting a public lecture by exhibitor  Jaime Gili, followed by a private view and launch of the Phase IV Exhibition Catalogue.

The exhibition, talks, and symposium are jointly led by Benet Spencer and Dr David Ryan (Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University), in collaboration with David Waterworth (University of Greenwich).

Jaime Gili

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1972 and now lives in London. His work has been contextualised as a critical development of Latin American abstraction—especially Venezuelan visual art from the 20th Century—or, as an art critic once put it, as “a mix of Pop, Minimalism, Vorticism, Futurism and Street art”. 

Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art (London) in 1998, after studying in Caracas (IDD and Prodiseño) and Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona). He has exhibited widely in the US, Europe and many Latin American countries, especially his native Venezuela.

His recent exhibitions in London and New York, have enquired into the (im)possibility of painting and abstraction, tackling current affairs in the context of his native Venezuela and the UK. 

For two decades he has embraced an expanded understanding of painting, not only on canvas but in the form of small scale murals and large site-specific installations on and about architecture designed directly with architects. These can be found in private and public buildings, like the ones produced in London, Miami, and Portland Maine.  

Click on Book Now below or follow this link to Eventbrite to RSVP to this event.

If you like this event, you might be interested in attending the Phase IV symposium on Saturday 14 February. Expect a day of public talks and panel discussions bringing together creatives, academics and researchers to discuss the relationship between arts and architecture, as well as the process of co-curating the Phase IV exhibition.