Hopkirks’ project investigates the human cost of austerity on Lambeth, telling local stories that highlight national issues. He will be featuring seven or eight stories relating to austerity, one of which will be about the fantastic Glass Door’s winter shelter and another about the good work done by the wonderful team at Ace of Clubs.
“The issues I explore are not unique to south London. What’s happening here is affecting communities all over the UK. But this is my community, and in the course of producing this work I’ve encountered hardship that I simply didn’t realise still existed in this country, let alone on my doorstep.
At the same time, I’ve found countless examples of extraordinary kindness, of people – friends, family, neighbours, volunteers, support workers – going to enormous lengths to help others, sometimes when they themselves are barely getting by.
With the stories I publish here I want to offer a view of London that is seldom seen, and feature voices that are often ignored.” Says James of his ongoing project.
The launch at Ace of Clubs on 10 May, 6-9PM will feature the full exhibition and the chance to explore the facilities at the centre along with Q&A with manager Sarah about homelessness and the work they do.
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org you will then be be sent further details and added to the guest list.
The exhibition will also be open on Saturday 12 May from 12-5pm when you can just turn up.
ALL IMAGES © JAMES HOPKIRK
We are delighted to be involved with Black Box Projects, a new art gallery specialising in contemporary photography and art which is created using photographic materials. We have worked closely with their team and artists for their upcoming launch exhibition in Soho this March, producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints and photographic vinyl.
Black Box Projects currently represents Steve Macleod internationally and Liz Nielsen in the UK. For its first exhibition, the gallery will present a selection of work by Macleod and Nielsen at 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ from 6 – 11 March.
The exhibition will showcase around 20 pieces from each artist. Works from Macleod’s previous series Blackwater, Aeld, Nil, Li+, Hel, Traverse and Murmur all made over the last decade will be on show, and many of which have not been exhibited before. Shot in the UK on a large format camera, Macleod uses nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions, our health and our imagination. Represented exclusively by Black Box Projects in London, his works held in both private and public collections, including HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza’ Al Nahyan.
Macleod is also a regular lecturer and speaker on photography, a Visiting Professor at UCS East Anglia; a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and Lifetime member of Frontline Club in London. He also operates a successful mentorship programme for emerging artists.
Brooklyn-based photographic artist Liz Nielsen will be represented by 20 unique, colour photograms, all made in 2017, ranging in size from 40 x 50 cm to 100 x 127 cm. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her unique photographs are printed in the analogue colour darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources.
Liz earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.
In May 2018, Black Box Projects will take part in Photo London presenting Steve Macleod’s latest series Hala, which will be the debut exhibition of this project. The gallery will then host a solo show of new work by Liz Nielsen in London in October.
Black Box Projects is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work to be shown. It aims to be a pioneer of the changing gallery model, as well as presenting a transparent working model with artists, clients and other gallerists that fosters community, creativity and collaboration.
Location and opening times: 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ | 10am-6pm, Tues 6 – Sat 10 March
See their website for more information on exhibition artists and upcoming events www.blackboxprojects.art
IMG 1 – Liz Nielsen, Echoing Flame II, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photograph on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique
IMG 2– Liz Nielsen, Ghost Moon, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photogram, on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique
IMG 3 – Steve Macleod, Black Schuck, 2012 – Fuji Crystal archive print, 162 x 127 cm, edition of 3