22 Aug 2018

Can We Still Be Friends

Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton

Preview with performances: Tuesday 28 August, 6-10pm
Exhibition open: Wednesday 29 August + Thursday 30 August, 12-6pm

Can We Still Be Friends responds to the polyphony, the push and pull, the joy and tension of solo and collaborative practices as they rub up against one another.

This exhibition is the culmination of the arranged marriage that was Syllabus III. It brings together ten artists from disparate parts of the UK who didn’t choose each other, but after 10 months of intense and immersive weekend retreats, they became close. They worked, talked and made things together, danced, wined, dined, cried a bit and then broke up after a year. Breaking up is hard to do.

Syllabus III is a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire. For more information about The Syllabus, click here.

The Syllabus is supported by Arts Council England and the Fenton Arts Trust.


Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by Shonibare Studio to offer the opportunity for artistic practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music), to have access to a free project space. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects at 1 Andrews Road E8 4QL, provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas; a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.

Address: Guest Projects, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL
Nearest station(s): Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Haggerston (optional)

8 Feb 2018



A flyposter exhibition.

> moving
> nudging
> forward attack
>  forward thinking
> tripping forward
> a bit forward

> pushing forward
> falling forward

> accidental
> motion
> bouncing
> rolling
> paying it forward

> and no bull shit.

A series of posters created by Syllabus III following provocations set by Recent Activity and Eastside Projects, as part of the fourth retreat within the Syllabus programme.

Syllabus is an alternative peer-led learning programme, jointly delivered by Eastside Projects, Wysing Arts Centre, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).
The Syllabus III artists are Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton.

2 Aug 2017

Flexing Around, performance poster, 2017

                              Flexing Around, performance poster, 2017, porthemeor studios borlase smart         room, St Ives, UK

17 Jul 2017

Boy Room, 2017, Installation

BOY ROOM, 2017, Installation

When you have been growing up as an adolescent in a dysfunctional home, in which, no one understands your feelings and emotions.  When you have never been free to speak or share your opinions about life. At that moment everything is falling into pieces. Pieces out of which you can make urgent responses.   
Through fearful or traumatic times you cannot make anything. Other people’s powers dominate and control you. However there becomes that moment where you begin to feel that amazing journey begins inside you my dear Love.

I will start to open all spaces for you to make a body of work that can exist in your ideas of how home can be.

When I start to make work I start to use home-style magazines to respond to with the feelings that I felt as a boy. I begin with the desire to create the home I always wanted, where I could express my feelings.

This site-specific work, reflecting a time of melancholia is inspired by Picasso’s blue period, Yves Klein’s international Klein blue paintings and the colour of the ocean beyond the window.

I try to give a sense of the boy becoming free within an interior space. I use painting and collage to urgently respond to what I already know.

18 Oct 2016

Exhibition poster, Inland Art Festival | 2016

Adopting a Father selected for Future Project and will be shown at Inland Art Festival.

28 Mar 2016

AFTER SCHOOL | Group show | 2016

 Trewarveneth Artists Stay After School.

Artists at Trewarveneth Studios, run by the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust who also own Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, are coming together to present a group show. The show named 'After School' , which refers to the building's original incarnation as Trewarveneth Infants School, will see a mix of new and existing work from the artists adorn the walls of the building for three days at the beginning of April.

The six exhibiting artists are Rose Hilton, Richard Cook, Kate Walters, Virginia Bounds,  Ilker Cinarel and Stacey Guthrie. The show will provide a snapshot of what is happening in one of the most prestigious studios in Cornwall and visitors can expect to see a wide range of subject matter and techniques reflected in the wall-based works.

Renowned artist Rose Hilton who was recently made an Honorary Academician for the Royal West Academy is known for work with rich use of colour in a post-impressionistic style. In her career, which has spanned over six decades, Rose has had a solo exhibition at Newlyn Gallery and a solo retrospective at Tate St Ives.

Richard Cook has been exhibiting for over twenty five years and was given a solo show at Tate St Ives in  2001. His paintings engage with the 'abstract broadness of form' in the landscape. He describes the 'mapping in paint' as 'akin to a repeated walk along a known pathway where space, re-invented, becomes a liminal margin of light and colour '

Kate Walters, whose recent group show 'Drawing Down the Feminine' is embarking on a tour of the UK and who has had solo shows at Millennium Gallery and Newlyn Art Gallery, uses dreams and encounters with animals 'in ordinary reality and non-ordinary reality' in order to become a 'gatherer of the archaic' and an 'explorer of what is hidden'. Kate's work was used for the album cover of Marc Almond's album 'The Velvet Trail' in 2015.

Virginia Bounds, who works from Anchor Studio – built by Stanhope Forbes in the 1880's, recently received major funding from the Arts Council to embark on an eighteen month long programme of professional development. The enabled the making of new work created in response to the landscape and evocative plantings of the gardens at Tremenheere Sculpture Park which was shown in  a solo exhibition at the park's gallery.

Ilker Cinarel, who has exhibited internationally, with solos shows in London and Istanbul was the winner of Inland Art Festival 2014 People's Choice Award. He works in many mediums, including painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and film to explore  his inner feelings of growing up in a patriarchal Turkish family. Questioning the politics that surround the family, through the indescribably personal prism of his own childhood tensions where hyper-macho pop culture spilled over into reality.

Stacey Guthrie, winner of the British Women Artists Prize 2013 and selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 is better known for her video and moving image work but has recently added painting to her practice. She will be showing new paintings, exploring the domestic experiences of women. These darkly humorous paintings reflect her surreal videos as she examines the cumulative effect of housework over time.

The exhibition runs from 1st -  3rd April and is open from 10am – 4pm. There is an opening event on 31st March from 6pm – 9pm where visitors can come and meet the artists and have a drink. Trewarveneth Studios is located at the top of Trewarveneth Street in Newlyn. On-street parking is available nearby.