Indigenous Traditional Skills and Cultural Identity as ‘Added Value’ in the Contemporary Revival of West Africa’s Textile Heritage – 12.09 – 27.10.2012



Surface Bursary: Work in Progress 2012

Private view:  6.30pm – 8.30pm, 9 February 2012.

10 February – 15 February 2012.

London Printworks Trust is proud to present Surface Bursary: Work in Progress, an exhibition featuring our 2010/11 bursary recipients Olle Borgar and James Bulley.

Now in its eighth year,the Surface Bursary scheme aims to recognise and develop innovation and excellence in the field of printed textiles and contemporary art. The Leverhulme funded programme has successfully supported nine emerging artists and designers over the years, working in a wide range of creative disciplines.

The pieces exhibited and the supporting research convey the process both artists have taken at London Printworks Trust. They showcase the valuable support gained from the bursary programme; allowing the artists access to the specialist knowledge of textile and print processes from staff members along with time and space to develop new creative skills.

Both artists have developed works that explore human sensory perception, whether playing on the notion of visual planes or through combination of sound and touch. By bringing their respective creative practices of photography and sound to print and textiles, they have explored and diversified the vibrant creative field that we at London Printworks Trust are passionate in championing.

Olle Borgar’s Untitled (work in progress, 2012) shows a newly created landscape in the form of a collage of screen-printed photographs. It is concerned with how the landscape has been visualized and ordered by a monocular one-point-perspective and calls upon potential resonances between how landscape is formed and how man creates its images.

James Bulley’s Score Study II (work in progress, 2012), considers the interweaving of the haptic and the sonic within a tactile musical score. Conceived and developed as a work for the blind, Score Study II seeks to celebrate the system of braille music notation through an exploration of notative languages and tactilism.

Olle Borgar is a London based artists working with lens-based media. He studied photography at Kent Institute of Art & Design in Rochester and at London College of Communication.

James Bulley is an artist and doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work explores the dialogue between music and art through sound installation.

If you would like further information, please contact us on 020 7738 7841 or info@londonprintworks.com

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