Metro is once again delighted to work with Swedish-born artist Bertil Nilsson on his most recent project Luminescence, a site-specific installation commissioned by the Roundhouse, Camden for CircusFest 2014.  Bertil is renowned for his recognisable work which takes inspiration from movement and the human form collaborating extensively with dancers and circus artists.

Bertil started work on Luminescence in February this year using lasers and other geometric lights to contrast with the organic nature of the body as an experiment in direct response to the architecture of the Roundhouse foyer. He worked in close collaboration with circus artists to discover ways to use those lights in a creative and meaningful way, with the intention of showing circus in a new light.In the presentation of this exhibition, Bertil has explored new techniques and processes that engage with the fabric of the Roundhouse building, including the use of translucent and luminescence media and projections.  With the help of Metro’s expert technicians and the use of our recently acquired Direct to Media printer the final images have been reproduced by printing directly onto large-scale mirrors, acrylic and clear static window vinyl. This is a first for Metro, as never before have we produced images directly onto these substrates showing just a small example of the wonderful versatility of this new direct to media printer.

For more information about the exhibition
For more information about Bertil Nilsson
For more information about CircusFest 2014

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH
Exhibition dates:  26th March – 27th April 2014
Opening times: Monday-Saturday:10:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday:10.00am – 6.00pm
Entry to the exhibition is free

NB: Closed on 30 March and after 5pm on 3, 7, 8, 14, 20 & 21 April

1 © Bertil Nilsson
2-3 © Bertil Nilsson / Metro Imaging – Printing onto mirrors

‘Monument’ is an arts project collaboration featuring thirty-five contemporary artists, between four English and French institutions dedicated to the commemorations on either side of the Channel of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, as well as the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Metro is delighted to support Mark Edwards, one of the artists involved in this project for his series of works entitled ‘Shelter’ in which he focussed on woodpiles found around the perimeter of a now decommissioned WW II base – RAF Hethel in Norfolk.  The base built in 1942, served as an operational base for 389th, USAAF Eighth Air Force from which they participated in the Normandy invasion in June 1944 by bombing gun batteries, airfields and enemy positions in addition to flying support and interdictory missions.

The woodpiles built for storage and to repel the rain in order for the wood to dry out, stand as monuments to these campaigns, it’s participants, victims, it’s aftermath and memory. Built from the enveloping coppiced woodland they lie around the perimeter roads of the base and sit amongst the last vestiges of dilapidated military buildings, perimeter tracks and barbed wire, alluding to a form of shelter reminiscent of the forest camps found in Primo Levi’s ‘If Not Now, When?’ and intriguingly, strangely mirroring W.G.Sebald’s vision of Cologne and other bombed out cities across Europe at the end of hostilities.  He described the ruins and makeshift shelters as being ‘transformed by the dense green vegetation growing over them – the roads made their way through this new landscape like peaceful deep-set country lanes’.

Metro assisted Edwards from start to finish producing his final works for the project; processing and scanning film, producing Duratrans and constructing the final Lightboxes.  Mark explains: “ ‘Shelter’ is a new series of five large scale black & white light-boxes (122cmx152cm each) depicting these sculptural monuments within the context of the contemporary and historical landscape.  Printed onto an archival opaque film (‘Duratran’) and lit by a uniform wall of LED lights these back lit transparencies are a contemporary reference to the cinematic newsreels of he 1940’s in addition to them acting as beacons within the exhibition space.  Each one will become a monument to ensure that we do not forget what, for the majority of us, we did not know or experience.”

Monument has been devised by the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, working in partnership with the Musée de Beaux Arts, Calais and the FRAC (Fondation Regionale d’Art Contemporain) in Calais under the umbrella of TAP (Time and Place) the EU funded Interreg programme, European cross-channel partnership

For more information about Monument
For more information about Mark Edwards
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Exhibition dates: 28th March –27th July 2014
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed on Mondays and bank holidays.

Admission is free to Sainsbury Centre permanent collections.

This exhibition is also showing at:

The Undercroft, Below The War Memorial, City Hall, Norwich, NR2 1NH
Exhibition dates: 6th June – 10th August 2014

Musée des Beaux-arts, Calais, France
Exhibition dates: 8th March – 16th November 2014

Images © Mark Edwards
Exhibition funded by The Arts Council

Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins’ new exhibition ‘England my England’ opens at the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow on 12th March as part of the UK/Russia Year of Culture.

Metro are delighted to produce 100 black and white resin and C type prints for the exhibition in which Steele-Perkins asks ‘who are the English? And what images spring to mind when you think of England and the people who have made it their home?’ and in it presents a sweeping, unique mosaic of what he thinks makes England truly English.

Steele-Perkins has been photographing and documenting England and it’s residents since the 1970’s including a wide range of anthropological studies, reflecting rural life in Durham, life at St Thomas’ hospital, inner city racial conflict and the often challenging lives of carers and the cared for. Themes emerge that fascinate him and have always fascinated English artists: the absurd, violence, family, humour, loneliness and identity, both tragedy and comedy are revealed but comedy in greater part. Each picture tells a story of time and place and many of the images will strike a chord or a memory in the viewer.

Steele-Perkins comments:‘These photographs are a personal selection of images that I have taken over 40 years of photographing in this country. Some are drawn from books I have made on English themes, others from stories I have worked on, from pictures of family and friends, from random events encountered. They have nothing to do with celebrity or fame, but of everydayness and how that can be special.’

For full information about the exhibition
For more information about Chris Steele-Perkins
For information about the book ‘England my England’
Moscow Multimedia Art Museum,Exhibition dates: 12th Mar – 20th Apr 2014
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00pm – 21:00pm

Images © Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos