ABUNDANCE LONDON presents The Chiswick Timeline artworks
Chiswick in Ceramic + Chiswick without Borders
At the inauguration of the Chiswick Timeline in January Abundance London launched two amazing participatory artworks. These are now completed and will be on display at:
30-34 Chiswick High Road, W4 1TE
6-10 June 2018
Private view: 5th June, 6:30-8:30pm
Chiswick in Ceramic
Svetlana Kuznetsova created six of Chiswick’s main landmarks in stunning ceramic – Christchurch, the Russian church, Chiswick Park tube station, St Michael’s, Voysey House, Chiswick House.
Meanwhile Kathleen Tuffy and Tanya Saunders oversaw a massive production which involved most of the Chiswick primary schools to create hundreds of tiny houses to represent Chiswick in ceramic. At the Timeline launch visitors customised their own houses and positioned them where they lived.
Chiswick without Borders
Also at the Chiswick Timeline launch we began a complex project – Chiswick’s very own Bayeux tapestry, created by Ekta Kaul, an award winning local textile artist and designer.
Visitors attached pairs of swallows in a celebration of our local neighbourhood and its proud international character. The swallow – a symbolic migratory bird – linked each house to a place where your family comes from, or where you loved ones are, or simply a place which is dear to your heart.
For the last 3 months a team of Chiswick embroiderers have been working away, showing through the convivial act of stitch that, in this current period of insular voices and inward-looking gazes this kind of project celebrates our openness and our connections to the rest of the world. And creates a work of beauty and meaning.
London Auctions is delighted to be hosting the first viewing of these exquisitely executed artworks, and to support Abundance London’s admirable and ambitious project.
The context of Chiswick with its community so steeped in a rich arts and crafts history is integral to London Auctions’ culture and focus. Every day the local boutique auction house deals with unique works of art and craftsmanship. It’s therefore so appropriate and special to host new works by contemporary artists and craftspeople; history in the making.
Chiswick Timeline Book – NEW LIMITED EDITION
The original edition of this book sold out within weeks. We have re-printed another 500, which will be available at this exhibition.
Abundance London Award for best guerrilla/unofficial gardening project in Chiswick
Last year this was won by Cheryl Lanyon who looks after the Flagpole Garden at the Town Hall. Who will be this year’s winner? The shortlist will be announced next week, with the winner to be announced at the Artwork Exhibition launch.
Metal Art Plates
Visitors will also be able to see some of the test plates for the vitreous enamel mural, which will give some idea of the complexity of the work involved.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and designer. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exquisite hand craftsmanship, simplicity and timeless design. Ekta’s bespoke embroidered StoryMaps seek to tell stories through maps. Textured silks, fine wools and soft cashmeres are embroidered, hand-dyed and printed in simple graphic compositions using time-honoured methods at the studio.
Ekta’s creative voice is rooted in the plural – a unique assimilation of her Indian heritage and British training. She initially studied at India’s premier design school the National Institute of Design. Following this, she won the Charles Wallace and British Council scholarships to pursue MA Textiles in the UK. Her work can be seen in leading galleries and stores in the UK and the US including Contemporary Applied Arts, Designers Guild, Museum of Art and Design NYC. She was nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2010. Ekta grew up in India, lived in Chiswick (until May when she moved to Isleworth!) and now works from her studio at Cockpit Arts, Bloomsbury. www.ektakaul.com
Svetlana Kuznetsova is an architect by education. She was born and grew up in the USSR, a country which no longer exists. Since 2002 she has been running her architectural practice; the latest major project was a luxury chalet in St Moritz, complete with cinema and underground swimming pool. She now lives in Kew, overlooking Chiswick, where two Russian huskies guard her studio. This is the first art project which draws on her architectural background. www.sk-art.london
Kathleen Tuffy is a ceramic artist; she trained with Gioilla Zordan. Her Alice in Wonderland exhibit was shown at Pot Pourri, Chiswick Library and Macmillan Publishers in 2015.
Tanya Saunders runs Saunders Fine Art, a gallery specialising in Modern British and European painting. She studied at Goldsmiths and runs the very popular Make+Paint clubs for children in Chiswick primary schools.