At Home in Gaza and London

At Home in Gaza and London

Station House Opera 
January 2016

A series of exploratory workshops held simultaneously with artists in Gaza and London examining the ever shifting nexus between politics, borders, belonging, communication and connection.

Two places linked together using video and sound to create a reimagined 'third' shared virtual space providing the possibility to investigate what is meant by home and how it might be embodied.

Developing new hybrid narratives that emerge from imaginatively juxtaposing and superimposing people and objects in Gaza and London to create a single improvised performance space in a new imagined world not bound by the current status quo with it's own unique set of rules and future possibilities. 

Artists in Residence: Julian Maynard Smith (Director, Station House Opera), Vivianna Chiotini, Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso

Participants in Gaza: Aya Abdelrahman, Abeer Ahmed, Isa el Alem, Seddiq Felfel, Ahmed Hamza, Ali Hassany, Mahmoud Madi, Mariam Nasser, Majdal Nateel, Ismael Rozzi, Hamza Saftawy, Walid Tafesh, Amjad Abu Yaseen

Participants in London: Nora Adwan, Zoe Aiano, Tara Fatehi, Lia Ikkos, Yoko Ishiguro, Jenny Matthews, MH Sarkis, Gary Stewart, Steve Tiller, Owl Young

Producer: Victoria Lupton

Photo by Hani Mortaja © Station House Opera

No Colour Bar

No Colour Bar

Guildhall Art Gallery
10th July 2015 - January 2016

Curator Michael McMillian
Installation Gary Stewart and Trevor Mathison (Dubmorphology)

‘No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990’ is a purpose-built multi-media exhibition and events programme that takes its impetus from the life works of Eric and Jessica Huntley and the Bogle L’Ouverture Press, a publishing house as well as a pioneering Black bookshop and cultural hub they founded in 1968.  

The realisation that Britain was changing forever is no better articulated than through the lens of the pioneers of what was to become Black British cultural heritage.  The Huntleys were the publishing powerhouses that spawned a dynamic generation of cultural and political leaders, whose stories are told and celebrated for the first time in the UK.

The project will create a visual record of the socio-cultural dynamics spanning the three decades by juxtaposing archival documents relating to popular and political culture - pamphlets and posters related to community campaigns, artist movements and ‘conscious’ popular entertainment, book fair flyers, LP sleeves, press clippings – with original works of art: paintings, sculpture, photographs and other relevant artefacts.

Huntleys online