In our current societies art making is under-valued, despite the many benefits to the artist, and the people and environment around them. Because of this it can be seen as a radical act to continue to create and share that with others. Through lack of resources, artists are often in competition with each other, and encouraged to criticise other artists’ practices. However open crits can provide artists with a space to support each other in our efforts to put our art into the world.
THIS MONTH, TURF WILL OFFICIALLY MOVE FROM KEELEY ROAD TO A NEW HOME WITHIN CROYDON’S WHITGIFT CENTRE.
As a charity, we’ve been operating on a Meanwhile Use lease and last spring we got the news that after 3 years we were likely to lose use of our space at our Keeley Road.
It is always a pleasure to represent our great patrons, the greatest of patrons, Cook Rice + Kitty Toye, at events in London, Europe, and indeed around the globe. This time around we had the pleasure of leading a crit at Turf in Croydon. Unfortunately Cook + Kitty were busy attending a steering committee for a biennale in Brasilia, but we informed them of our endeavours via text message. During the crit, resources could have been a common theme, popping up again and again, but rather than focus on limitations the group found synergy in approaches to image making. We later managed to conference call Cook and Kitty after juggling about some time difference calculations.
In days leading up to the session at Turf Projects, promoting the opportunity for artists to share work in progress at the event, I was confronted with a Tweet from a user unknown to me asking, “Is showing something you haven’t finished yet, like walking out in public with your pants off?”