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  • Slate
    Courtesy of Laura Buckley, Rob Smith and Dan Coopey 
  • Insitute of Making Materials Library
    Courtesy of Zoe Laughlin 


Sat 2 Feb 2013

12 noon - 5pm Throughout the whole gallery Free

We're celebrating the opening of our spring exhibitions with a day of material experiments! Be a part of sonic experiment Slate with artists Laura Buckley, Rob Smith and Dan Coopey, where you become part of a live film experience.

They’ll record visitors’ faces and voices as well as found objects from household wares to children’s toys and clothes, then build the live imagery layer upon layer as new footage is taken to create a truly unique improvised visual experience - a ‘soundscape’ which will be projected between two rooms.

Zoe Laughlin returns with her team from the Institute of Making to demonstrate some of the wonders of their Materials Library and provide you with the chance to get down and dirty with some experimental making. This is your chance to smelt copper, cast pewter, carve cuttle fish and explore some of the materials used by Carl Andre at a microscopic level. If you ever wonder about the appeal of steel or the stink of zinc, this is the event for you.

Plus there will be music from The Chancery

Laura Buckley (born in Galway, Ireland, in 1977) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Fata Morgana at Cell Project Space, London (2012); Shields, a commission for the Zabludowicz Collection, Sarvisalo, Finland (2012); The Mean Reds at Supplement, London (2011). Among the group exhibitions in which she has participated are Bold Tendencies, London (2012); The Exact Weight of Lightness at Galeria Travesia Cuatro, Madrid (2012); S.A.G.S at The Woodmill, London. Her work is part of the Axa Collection of Irish Art; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; the Saatchi Collection.

Dan Coopey (born 1981) is based in London. Solo exhibitions have included Laura_UpsideDown at the Institute of Jamais Vu, London, Position 1 at The Agency, London and Doodad at the Hayward Gallery Concrete space, curated by Tom Morton. In 2011, he was commissioned by Up Projects and Arts Council England to produce a touring public installation work. Group projects and exhibitions include a collaboration with Laura Buckley and Rob Smith as part of Festivela, Gallery Vela, London, and Courtship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London. In 2013 he will exhibit at The Collection, Lincoln, as part of a citywide exhibition curated by Tom Morton, and hold a solo exhibition at Gallery Vela, London. He is undertaking the ACME Firestation Residency until 2015.

Rob Smith (born 1976) studied at Kingston University (BA) and has a post graduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London.  He has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally.  Recent exhibitions include What If? at Ha Gamel Prestegard, Norway, Binary Code View at The Agency, London, Performed at Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, British Contemporary Art at Art Issue Projects, Beijing and 60 Second Roller Coaster at Siobhan Davies Studios, London.   Rob Smith has also developed a number of projects for online platforms including:  Windscale, Scanner, a commission for Art Review's digital project space and he is a lead artist and director of Field Broadcast.  Rob lives in Essex and currently has a studio at Wysing Art Centre.

Zoe Laughlin is co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television.

The Chancery
The Chancery formed in 2011 initially conceived as a recording project, the group is centered around Andrew Moss originally from the Isle of Sheppey whose extraordinary material and voice largely provided the basis of their self-released EP from 2012 together with Danish sultry sounding vocalist and saxophonist Rhea Dall. Aided by a guitar and drum machine only with occasional keyboard their moody pop ballads and haunted hymns are refreshingly associative. They have recently brought in British artist and musician Tim Davies on cello and keyboards forming a trio with an intimate, yet full and resonant sound. Performing at the Turner Contemporary will mark their first live appearance in the UK. 

Adults, Families, Performances, Workshops, Young People


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