ART & ECOLOGY EXHIBITION
REIMAGINING JOYA: BRINGING JOYA RESIDENCY EXPERIENCES TO THE THAMES-SIDE STUDIOS GALLERY

Central Saint Martins MA Art & Science alumni gather to reflect upon their experiences in Joya: Art + Ecology / AiR residency; 27th August to 11th September 2022 –

The Private View will be held for the general public on Friday 26th of August, 17:30 hrs, at the Thames-side Studios Gallery.

Reimagining Joya is an exhibition inspired by the experiences and artistic responses of a group of artists who have all participated in Joya: Art + Ecology / AiR residency. Joya is a multi- disciplinary arts residency, which offers a place to develop creativity in the natural environment of Andalucía in Spain. The curators, Olga Suchanova, Tere Chad and Barbara Slavikova, have selected a body of works which explore the way we inhabit, survey, feel, and relate to the natural landscape and its living creatures. The exhibition will take place at Thames-side Studios Gallery (Unit 4 Harrington Way, Warspite Rd, London, SE18 5NR) between the 26th August – 11th September 2022. During the period of the exhibition artists will be hosting a series of workshops and public events.

“Cultural activities in abandoned and denuded places are the key to landscape restoration and combatting climate change” (Simon Beckmann, Co-Founder & Curator of Joya AiR).

When we live in disconnected realities where all our needs can be fulfilled through a click on our smartphones, we tend to forget how much our natural landscape is suffering. A group of alumni from the MA Art & Science, from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, invite us to connect with the ecosystems we inhabit. Some artists are recreating the works they developed at Joya, but others are presenting what they have developed since their visit to the residency. The responses are diverse. They include attempts to measure landscape using new technologies, replication of living systems and collective behaviour, the pace of the sun and time, repurposing waste, poetry recital, oral memories and walking experiences, as well as feeling the land with our hands through land art expressions. Despite their diversity, all artworks showcased intend to reconnect us with nature and pursue more sustainable ways of living.

As Simon Beckmann describes Joya AiR:

“By making energy from the sun and the wind, and sustainably using resources we have created, we have built a co-evolutive project. One that benefits systems ecological and creative. The art is embodied in this place for it gives access to the inaccessible, the foundation of creative thinking. It is only through collaboration artistic and ecological that we can meet the challenges we face. And today, Joya approaches a pinnacle in its history for in collaboration with Life Terra Foundation we are planting Joya’s entire 20 hectares with thousands of native trees and shrubs, restoring our connection with the earth, restoring the climate and making space for nature.”

Artists, during their visits, often change their creative processes. The arts have the power to instigate and inspire social and cultural change, opening up new possibilities to imagine more sustainable presents and futures.

The MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins is ten years old this year. Students have been drawn from arts, science and a diverse range of other backgrounds to work together at the interface between art and science. Human relationships with nature and the land have been a recurring theme explored on the course, with the Joya: Art + Ecology / AiR residency an important catalyst for experimentation, research and conversation with nature. Here alumni of both course and residency show work inspired and influenced by these engagements.

PV: Friday 26th August 17:30 – 21:30hrs
OPENING HOURS: 27th August – 11th September 12:00 – 18:00 hrs
VENUE: Thames-Side Studios Gallery, Unit 4 Harrington Way, Warspite Rd, London SE18 5NR

CURATORS: Olga Suchanova, Tere Chad, Barbora Slavikova

ARTISTS: Heather Barnett, Phil Barton, Simon Beckmann, SRG Bennett, Tere Chad, Mariana Heilmann, Maritina Keleri, Melanie King, Silvia Krupinska, Becky Lyon, Amy Starmar, Hannah Scott and Olga Suchanova.

PUBLIC EVENTS PROGRAMME:

FORAGING BY THE RIVER THAMES & HOW TO HAIKU POETRY WORKSHOP: Sunday 28th August 15 – 17hrs, facilitated by Amy Starmar (£5)

LAND-INGS WALK: Saturday 10th September 12 – 14hrs, facilitated by Becky Lyon (£5)
LAND ART WORKSHOP: Saturday 10th September 14:30 – 16:30hrs, facilitated by Phil Barton (£5) SOLARGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Sunday 11th September 13 – 15hrs, facilitated by Olga Suchanova (£5)

*These events are part of Totally Thames programme

CONTACT: Email = terechad@hotmail.com Instagram = @terechad / @olgasuchanova01
Joya AiR = https://joya-air.org/ Thames-Side Studios Gallery = https://www.thames- sidestudios.co.uk/exhibitions

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NATURAL LANDSCAPE SOUND ART PERFORMANCE: Friday 26th August 18 – 21hrs, facilitated by Evil Data Religion (free)
POETRY READING: Friday 26th August 19 – 19:30hrs, facilitated by Amy Starmar (free)
FUN-TASTIC RECYCLED GREETING CARDS WORKSHOP: Saturday 27th August 14 – 17hrs, facilitated by Barbora Slavikova (£5)

SCULPTING THROUGH RECYCLING: Sunday 28th August 12 – 14hrs, Tuesday 30th August 14 – 18hrs, Thursday 1st September 15 – 18hrs, Friday 2nd September 14 – 18hrs, facilitated by Tere Chad, Olga Suchanova & Mariana Heilmann (free)
PHOTOGRAPHY WALK & CAFFENOL DEVELOPER WORKSHOP: Saturday 3rd September 11 – 16hrs, facilitated by Olga Suchanova (£5)

ANTHOTYPE WORKSHOP: Sunday 4th September 13 – 15hrs, facilitated by Olga Suchanova (£5)

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VENUE DIRECTIONS…

161 / 177 / 180 / 472 to Warspite Road bus stop

DLR: Woolwich Arsenal (1 minute walk to Plumstead Road and take Route Bus 177 towards Peckham Bus Station or 472 towards North Greenwich Station).
Train: From Cannon Street or London Bridge to Woolwich Dockyard (8 minute walk) or Charlton (12 minute walk).

Crossrail: Elizabeth Line to Woolwich (take Route Bus 177 towards Peckham Bus Station or 472 towards North Greenwich Station).
Tube: North Greenwich (take the Route Bus 472 towards Thamesmead Town Centre).

A2 corridor, first roundabout east of Thames Barrier onto Warspite Road.

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BY BUS: 161 / 177 / 180 / 472 to Warspite Road bus stop

BY RIVER: Uber boat by Thames Clippers: Nearest stops: Woolwich, Cutty Sark, North Greenwich and Royal Wharf

BY BICYCLE: Thames River cycle path (15 mins cycle from Greenwich, 10 mins cycle from North Greenwich and 10 mins from Woolwich).

BY TRAIN:

DLR: Woolwich Arsenal (1 minute walk to Plumstead Road and take Route Bus 177 towards Peckham Bus Station or 472 towards North Greenwich Station).
Train: From Cannon Street or London Bridge to Woolwich Dockyard (8 minute walk) or Charlton (12 minute walk).

Crossrail: Elizabeth Line to Woolwich (take Route Bus 177 towards Peckham Bus Station or 472 towards North Greenwich Station).
Tube: North Greenwich (take the Route Bus 472 towards Thamesmead Town Centre).

BY CAR: A2 corridor, first roundabout east of Thames Barrier onto Warspite Road.

GOOGLE MAPS: 51.49477, 0.04339

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Reimagining Joya Poster Invitation