Beneath the Waves Radio 4 documentary

Radio4

I’ve been making a programme for Radio 4 about artists who work underwater, which comes out on the 12th November.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00013nr

Artist Emma Critchley meets filmmakers, photographers, sculptors and painters who are drawn beneath the sea to create underwater art.

Julie Gautier performs a graceful, lyrical ballet on the floor of the deepest pool in the world. Without a tank of air or mask, she dances magically through crystal-clear waters across a sunken stage.

In the azure waters of the world, sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor uses the seabed as his canvas. He has installed hundreds of life-sized, concrete people on the sea floor. Fish weave through his couple playing on sea-saw, tourists taking photographs or migrants huddling in a raft. As Jason works towards the opening of his first cold water installation, Emma asks what draws him to the sea, the meaning of his work and how audiences can engage with underwater art.

She explores the unpredictability of working with the sea, hearing stories of storms, seasickness and near drowning.

Suzi Winstanley is petrified of the deep, but her passion for documenting wildlife has taken her to the remotest and coldest places in the world. With fellow artist Olly Williams, they collaborate to paint, lightning-fast, their experience of encountering white shark and leopard sea.

Emma braves the wintery British waters to talk concentration, boundaries and time with artist Peter Matthews who immerses himself in the ocean for hours, sometimes days, floating with his drawing board and paper.

Sunlight dances on the twisting fabrics of headless bodies in photographer Estabrak’s pictures. For her, working in Oman, underwater is the only safe space to tell stories.

For some the pull of the sea is political, for others environmental, but all the artists find extraordinary freedom in this huge untapped underwater world.

Producer: Sarah Bowen

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Art Aesthetics Magazine review of ‘At the Violet Hour’

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UNFOLD selected for Tenderflix

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Tenderflix is an international experimental film and video competition organised by Tenderpixel. In its 9th year in 2016 we received over 350 submissions for the theme, Better Living. Originally related to the design field, this notion genuinely echoes a wider strive to imagine better structures for building all aspects of our lives – most importantly in terms of aesthetics, economics and social relations.

The shortlisted 11 films will be screened on 25 November 2016 at The Horse Hospital in London, where the winner of the competition will be announced and given the £1000 cash prize.

Films
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry, A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock
Dagmar Schürrer, I Want To Be Like You
Alyona Larionova, Across Lips
Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot, Plasma Vista
Lidija Kononenko, Intimacy in Four Acts: A Conversation with a Friend
Evy Jokhova, A House for a Mouse
Jeremy Hutchison, i-
Natalia Skobeeva, Lewis Carroll Meets Godzilla
Emma Critchley & Gail Jenkinson, Unfold
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The School of the Event Horizon (Steven Ounanian, Kate Pickering, Emily Rosamond), Triple Bottom Line

Jury
Josephine Curtis, executive producer of Liberation Films
Etan Ilfeld, founder of Tenderpixel Gallery
Lawrence Lek, artist and winner of the 2015 Tenderflix Prize

The Tenderflix Prize is generously supported by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

http://www.tenderpixel.com/exhibitions/tenderflix-2016

Awarded Culture & Climate Change Residency

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I’m delighted to have been selected for the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios, along with artists Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping and Zoë Svendson.

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Working with artists’ moving image, photography, installation, theatre and performance, the chosen artists will undertake a new kind of residency programme which embeds them within climate research and policy knowledge networks, rather than within one institution. They will engage with climate scenarios, and explore and extend the ways in which society engages with the range of possible future climates.

Announced at Jerwood Space on Monday night, Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation said “These networked residencies will put culture and artistic practice at the heart of conversations about our climate futures. The artists selected have demonstrated a keen hunger for dialogue and exchange around these issues, which passionately inform their work. These residencies will harness the imaginations of talented artistic individuals for the benefit of the scenario planning network whilst simultaneously providing a unique research environment in which each artist can further their own practice and projects.”

www.cultureandclimatechange.co.uk

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Minutes Passing Slowly: Artists in Conversation with Day&Gluckman Curators

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Emma Critchley, film still from Need for Touch, 2014 and Nadège Mériau, Day after Day, Installation, 2014

Events: Saturday, 11th October 2014

1pm-2pm:  Yeast as Catalyst: Bread making workshop led by Nadège Mériau at the Regency Town House basement. For more information please email: nadege@nadegemeriau.com

3pm-4pm : The artists will be in conversation with Day + Gluckman on  at the Regency Town House basement.  For more information please email: mail@dayandgluckman.co.uk

Both events are free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

http://www.nadegemeriau.com @NadegeMeriau
http://www.emmacritchley.com @EmmaJCritchley
http://www.dayandgluckman.co.uk @dayandgluckman

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100 London Artists Volume 2 launched

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You can see my work along with 49 other London artists in the new: 100 London Artists Volume 2: 50 Other Media. The iBook showcases some of the most vibrant artists living and working in London, widely recognised as being the art capital of the world. With over 250 pages of artworks – including video, sculpture, performance, drawing, installation and more – this publication offers a detailed and wide-ranging view of the art being made in the city.

Curated by art critic and historian Edward Lucie-Smith and gallerist and curator Zavier Ellis, this thorough overview provides a fascinating insight into London’s art scene.

The publication also features a Resources section, with comprehensive listings of the city’s art galleries, museums, institutions, foundations, fairs and more; all of which link to their respective websites for further information.

You can preview and download the iBooks here:

▪ Volume 1: 50 Painters: http://tinyurl.com/100LondonVol1
▪ Volume 2: 50 Other Media: http://tinyurl.com/100LondonVol2