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Beaconsfield: Spring / Summer 2009 - 25 Mar 2009 to 14 June 2010

Current Exhibition

25 Mar 2009 to 14 June 2010

Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 11am - 4pm
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The Way Out - 15mm Films
fallen idyll - the end of a perspective - Monica Ross
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Artists in this exhibition: Aaron Williamson, Katherine Araniello, Brian Catling, Charlie Fennell, Laurence Harvey, Simon Raven, Juliet Robson, Philip Ryder, 15mm Films, Bob and Roberta Smith, Monica Ross

Exhibition Title: The Way Out
Artist: 15mm Films

Dates: 25-March>14 June 2009
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 11am - 4pm

Beaconsfield, 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY

The Way Out enters the world of the politically incorrect through 15mm Films’ latest parody on DVD. This new artwork comprises a series of trailers for a sequence of films that weren’t made, about a revolution that never happened.

Disability has never had its revolutionary moment: no Suffrage, Stonewall or Watts Riots. 15mm Films believe that much of the social pressure that goes by the name of ‘disability politics’ is ineffectually sanctioned – absorbed ‘top down’, by powerful institutions running a tick box regime, rather than through grass-roots insurrection.

The Way Out stages a reversal of this historical omission, drawing upon the bungled vanguard narratives of the golden age of 1970s armed revolutionary struggle (Baader Meinhoff, Angry Brigade) to depict a dysfunctional, imploding gang of ‘disability terrorists’. The feature film is a hole at the centre of the work – an entity become myth – identifiable with the frustrations and invisibility of disability politics per se: the missing film about the missing revolution.

15mm Films challenge normative perceptions of disabled people. A collective of disability artists working in the fields of visual, performance and video art, they are committed to innovation and take an experimental approach to collaboration. The collective has completed three video art projects to date. "The Staircase Miracles”, 2005, was exhibited as a video installation at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Serpentine Gallery, London and was preceded by "The Electricians" and "Acute" both in 2003. Current members of the collective are Aaron Williamson, Katherine Araniello, Brian Catling, Charlie Fennell, Laurence Harvey, Simon Raven, Juliet Robson and Philip Ryder.

The Way Out is a Beaconsfield commission supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Arts & Humanities Research Council.

fallen idyll - the end of a perspective
Monica Ross
Gallery Two Flat-screen
17 March - 17 May
11am - 5pm

fallen idyll — the end of a perspective
home movies from 138 St.Lawrence Square, Byker 2003-2008
24’ single screen version, 2008

This single screen version of fallen idyll elides sequences from Bykermorning - the view from a deserted utopia: a home movie 2003-2004, with video shot at the same location in 2007-2008 to present a passage of time both seasonal and political. The Bykermorning sequences record early morning views from a window in a council flat in St. Lawrence Square, Byker from spring 2003 to winter 2004, and the transformation of the interior by the shifting light of the surrounding landscape. Visible only to the insider, these idyllic views retain the impulse of the social design and perspectives which produced the housing and run counter both to their decay and to external perceptions of the square as a ‘no go’ area and typical example of the failure of social housing. Five years later, the video witnesses the demolition of this former Tyneside workers’ housing, on land once held in common, to make way for its re-invention by property developers as a desirable riverside site.

Camera: Monica Ross 2003-2008 and Sneha Solanki 2008
Demolition video shoot assistant: Kenneth Evans
Produced with the support of an Isis Arts mini residency 2007

fallen idyll - the end of a perspective was first shown as a two screen video installation by Isis Arts at St.Michaels Mount, Byker 2008.

Thanks to
Susan Hiller, Jorn Ebner, Michelle Hirschhorn, Joel Fisher, Sneha Solanki, Lisa Panting, Alice Ross, Wolfgang Weileder, Rebecca Shatwell, Sharon Bailey and Isis Arts, Margaret Davis at Your Homes Newcastle, Walter Nichol at Owen Pugh PLC, Jimmy Shaw and the demolition crew.

On weekdays the following sister films will be Intermittently shown:

School of Paul Klee
6’ 2006

,b>Evening in the Workers City
Interior,Lipschitz Allee, Gropiusstadt
24’ 2006

Gropiusstadt is one of the ‘workers cities’ built on the outer ring of Berlin in the post war period. Utopian and modernist in design, it is of a different scale and quality to social housing estates built in Britain during the same period, but nevertheless shares the same fate of finding itself in a different future to the one it was designed for.

School of Paul Klee and Evening in the Workers City were produced following short stays in the artists flat of Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin, in 2005. Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt is an artist led project curated by Uwe Jonas and Birgit Schumacher with the support of GEHAG GmbH and Kulturnetzwerk Neuköln e.V. Berlin.

If you would like to request a special viewing, please email or contact the office for an appointment.

Spring/Summer 2009 at Beaconsfield

The Ragged Canteen is now open Tuesday-Sunday 11-5pm with a range of ethically sourced, fresh vegetarian food, Monmouth coffee, teas and cakes.

22 February – 31 May
Gallery 1: Artist in Residence
Bob & Roberta Smith

As recession bites, Bob & Roberta Smith are making the most of the spacious Beaconsfield premises, turning the former Ragged School into a prolific site of production over one whole year.

Beaconsfield is currently inviting the public to view Bob and Roberta Smith's work in progress ‘This Artist is Deeply Dangerous'. The work takes inspiration from Tennis Correspondent of the Guardian, Steve Bierley's remarkable article on the artist Louise Bourgeois.

This 11 meter long work is the most complex painting Bob and Roberta Smith has done to date. People can see Bob and Roberta Smith working on the painting in Gallery 1 until August, when it will travel to the Edinburgh Festival. The painting will then return to Beaconsfield to be shown in Bob’s Factory Outlet exhibition in Autumn 2009.

Bob says “The work could be called 'One Song to the Tune of another', let me explain, in the manner of the popular Radio 4 programme 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue', last summer, the Guardian sent its Art's writers to review sports events and its sports writers to review Art event's. Among the results was this amazingly frank analysis of the differences between art and sport by tennis correspondent Steve Bierley. Oddly one visitor to Beaconsfield last week was Jeremy Hardy who once sang Teenage Kicks to the tune of Jerusalem during an edition of 'I am sorry I haven't a clue.'”

Bob and Roberta Smith believe the activity of art is the important thing. Art is not simply about objects or Artists. “There should be no Artists just people making Art.”

This is the first in the Beaconsfield series Phase, which turns the spotlight on mid-career artists with whom the organisation has had a significant past relationship.

17 March – 17 May
Gallery 2: FlatScreen
Monica Ross

fallen idyll — the end of a perspective:
home movies from 138, St.Lawrence Square, Byker 2003-2008,
24’ single screen version, 2008.
With intermittent screenings of School of Paul Klee (6’, 2007) and Evening in the Workers City (24’ 2007).

24 March
Galleries 2 and 3: 15mm Films launch The Way Out
with David Morris, Policy Advisor to Mayor of London

25 March – 14 June
Gallery 3: Beaconsfield Commissions 2009
15mm Films

The Way Out, 2009, 38' single screen projection
A violent, insurrectionary gang of ‘disability terrorists’ has brought the world to its knees à la Baader Meinhof and Angry Brigade. Under siege from the cops, the gang implodes, killing time, doing drugs, making art and writing bad pop songs as the walls of their bunker loom in...

26 March at 7.30pm
Ragged Canteen:
the Ragged Canteen’s Neil McQuillian with Matt Kessler (Eye Rocket Books, Chicago), Mike Topping (Penguin), Chloe Luxford (paper engineer and Victoria Adam (Oracle bookmaker).
Beaconsfield’s Writer in Residence Neil McQuillian hosts his first book-based event in the Ragged Canteen, introducing young publishers whose work celebrates the book as an interface between form and content. Bar and food from the Ragged Canteen. Free entry.

Beaconsfield will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

25 April at 2pm
Gallery 3: FlatScreen Talks:
Monica Ross in conversation on housing, shifting communities and social power.

3 May at 2pm
Gallery 1: Bob & Roberta’s Apathetic Afternoon

with Wayne Winner and friends.

6 May at 2pm
Gallery 2: Art & Compromise IV

15mm Films: members of the collective in conversation

7 June at 2pm
Gallery 1, Bob & Roberta’s Apathetic Afternoon

with Tim Siddells and friends.

5 July at 2pm
Gallery 3 Bob & Roberta’s Apathetic Afternoon

with Lee Clarke and friends.

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