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Ex Nihilo: MA Design and MA Digital Arts Interim Show

Friday, June 10th, 2022

The School of Design is pleased to announce Ex Nihilo, an interim exhibition produced by our current MA Design and MA Digital Arts students. Ex Nihilo (translated from the Latin as “out of nothing”), focuses on the materialisation of both finalised works and works in progress – demonstrating that something can come out of nothing. The show is a milestone marking the midway point of their postgraduate studies and is a means of testing out new ideas for future projects through more experimental means. A wide range of media will be shown including video, sound, screen-based media, projections, animation, sculpture, print, and digital drawing – all highlighting the diversity and individuality of approaches to the fields of Digital Arts and Design.

Housed within the University of Greenwich’s Stockwell Street Building, MA Design and MA Digital Arts students are given the opportunity to utilize world-class facilities and are taught by academic staff and professional visiting artists & designers. The programme runs for one full calendar year giving students time and space to develop their specific interests culminating in a final public exhibition.

More information about our MA Design and MA Digital Arts programmes are available here.

The Harmonic Canon: Remixed

Friday, May 20th, 2022

Hypnotic resonance, experimental electronics and free improvisation come together with half a tonne of bronze in an evening of immersive and ambient music, marking the release of The Harmonic Canon Remixes.

Composer Dominic Murcott presents a special new version of The Harmonic Canon featured alongside an ambient DJ set from DJ NikNak.

Murcott has re-imagined his award-winning work for percussion duo and a giant custom-made bell to include multi-channel electronics, extended improvisation and audience participation. The performers and the bell will be central to the space and audience members are invited to move around, sit or lie down as they experience the music. The event marks a final ceremonial outing for The Harmonic Canon before the bell leaves to tour the US.

Otherworldly soundscapes are conjured from the bell by percussionists Malgorzata Kepa and Rhys Davies, moving from complex cross-rhythms to expansive drones and meditative improvisation. The duo are joined in a free improvisation by Morad Kashef on Azerbaijani Tar (a plucked string instrument similar to a lute) and participating members of the audience.

Those who are interested in taking part in the performance are invited to join our pre-concert workshop, where Dominic will guide participants through the piece in an informal rehearsal. No musical training or experience is required to take part and instruments will be provided.

The evening will close with an ambient set from experimental turntablist DJ NikNak, combining field recordings with dub delays and complex Turntablism techniques.

The Harmonic Canon Remixes is out on digital and limited-edition vinyl from Thursday 30 June, featuring remixes from Loraine James, Lone Taxidermist (Natalie Sharp), Sean O-Hagan (High Llamas) and John McEntire (Tortoise).



7.30PM – THE HARMONIC CANON – PART I with experimental electronics

8PM – THE HARMONIC CANON – PART II with extended free improvisation feat. Morad Kashef (Azerbaijani Tar)

8.45PM – DJ NIKNAK experimental ambient turntablism set



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Nonclassical is a charity dedicated to supporting emerging artists creating new and exciting music and making it accesssible to all. Our events programme is not profitable – the average cost of putting on this event per attendee is £28.50. Anything you are able to donate in addition to your ticket purchase will be gratefully received.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

After a pause from on-site exhibitions due to the pandemic, Back To Light brings together work created by young people on current and past eye4change projects.

eye4change is a charitable organisation and a specialist provider of photography programmes that combine technical skills with creativity.  Working with people of all ages and abilities, particularly young people, workshops are tailored to a wide range of participants’ needs and aspirations. 

Back To Light interweaves perspectives, perceptions and the bold presence of each young photographer as they navigate the world through their unique lens.  Reflecting back aspects of their lives, thoughts, hopes and dreams; themes of belonging, identity and their current reality are represented and brought to light.

Frank Bowling and Sculpture

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Frank Bowling, Mummybelli, 2019, Acrylic, acrylic gel and found objects on collaged canvas with marouflage, 171.3 x 206.8 cm.
© Frank Bowling. All rights reserved DACS 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photographed by Anna Arca.

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery presents Frank Bowling and Sculpture, the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s sculptures and the sculptural aspects of his paintings. Curated by Sam Cornish, the exhibition will offer a rare glimpse into Bowling’s experimentation in both two and three dimensions, exploring connections between the two mediums that have previously been overlooked. Sculptures from the late 80s and 90s will be shown in dialogue with paintings and alongside archival and audio-visual material delving into Bowling’s engagement with sculpture and sculptors. 

Hailed as a modern master, Bowling is renowned as one of the great painters of the late 20th century. He has acknowledged his paintings’ deep concern with the experience of the physical world and since the ‘80s he has been embedding detritus and found objects into their densely textured surfaces. Whilst the relief-like nature of these works has been remarked upon by commentators, the idea of the sculptural has not been considered in relation to the whole trajectory of Bowling’s work. As Cornish observes, ‘… like Rodin before him, Bowling seeks vitality, matter brought to life’. 

The exhibition centres around a group of sculptures made by the artist in the late 80s and early 90s which make up his only surviving direct, sustained and completed foray into the medium. The welded steel forms of King Crabbé, 1988 and Buibul, 1988 are presented alongside Sentinel, 1976 a ‘pour’ painting with a quasi-monolithic sculptural presence, and the dense, object-encrusted surface of Ancestor Window, 1987. In Lapwingeye (Made In Japan), 2000 and Pendulum 2012, there is a geometry which echoes that found the sculptural work What else can you put in a Judd box, 2022

David Waterworth, Curator at the University of Greenwich said, ‘We’re delighted to be able to host Frank Bowling and Sculpture and present this previously unexamined side of his career. The exhibition will demonstrate the important place that he occupies and the still-unfolding story of his contribution to abstraction.’ 

From abstraction to representation, political expression to artistic freedom, Britain to Guyana, Frank Bowling’s art is full of oppositions and productive paradoxes. This exhibition considers these dualities according to the relationship between painting and sculpture, image and object, that recurs throughout Bowling’s wider oeuvre – opening up new possibilities for its appraisal. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication from Ridinghouse featuring a newly commissioned essay by Sam Cornish, an in-conversation between Allie Biswas and sculptor Thomas J. Price, and a poem dedicated to Bowling by sculptor and author Barbara Chase-Riboud.

Frank Bowling and Sculpture is supported by funding from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Henry Moore Foundation and The University of Greenwich.

Exhibition feature image: Frank Bowling, Hrund, 1991, Welded steel, 84 x 122 x 40 cm. © Frank Bowling, All Rights Reserved, DACS 2022. Courtesy the artist. Photographed by Anna Arca.