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As art spaces around the world begin to re-open their doors, we’re delighted to collaborate with our neighbouring East End galleries for the September edition of First Thursdays.

This month we’re sharing projects at Velorose, Offshoot Gallery and Studio 1.1, who have each announced an exciting and timely assembly of photography, painting and video works – both online and on-site.


Amelia Lancaster, ruins iii, 2019, Giclée print (archival ink) on hahnemühle pearl, 720 mm x 1000 mm (image size 560mm x 840mm), edition of 10 + 1 ap.


FUBUNATION x Velorose: The Ruins Series
3 – 13 September 2020
“FUBU is not just for us and by us – it’s about all of us.”

Between dance, film and photography, the FUBUNATION collective investigates the personal struggles
of power and emotion, and strikes a balance between conflict, vulnerability and co-dependency. Sharing works from the Ruins series, the group emphasise the social, rather than political, issues of what may be identified as a universal ‘black male experience’.

Featuring dancer-choreographers Rhys Dennis, Waddah Sinada and creative producer Steph Be, FUBUNATION’s aim is to encourage diversity in dance, theatre and performance by sharing openly and authentically their own rich experiences as black men in dance. Since their debut in 2017, FUBUNATION has employed improvisation infused with Hip Hop influences, and various African dance styles, working predominantly through live performance and film.

In the context of the Covid-19 virus (when the performing arts have largely ground to a halt) and of the Black Lives Matter movement – both highly significant in 2020 – Velorose provides a space for FUBUNATION’s Ruins series to make itself seen, heard and appreciated. Alongside the Ruins film, co-directed by FUBUNATION and Donnie Sunshine, the exhibition features striking black-and-white photographic artworks by Amelia Lancaster.

Join for the opening reception on 3 September 2020 and stay tuned for the chance to see Waddah and Rhys perform on 7 September. Book you tickets here and find out more on the Velorose website.


Offshoot Gallery

Araminta Blue, Openness closes in, 2020, Oil on canvas, 130 x 180 cm. Courtesy of the artist.


Splinters & Swimmers
4 – 24 September 2020
Opening Reception: 3 September 2020, 5.30pm – 8pm

Offshoot Gallery present Splinters & Swimmers, a solo exhibition with new paintings by Araminta Blue. This new body of work considers the role of imagined natural spaces as both means of idealised escape from our reality, and as a reflection of our paradoxical relationship with nature: how we connect with it, attempt to control it and damage it.

Blue’s oil paint is either diluted to act like watercolour, applied in washes, scrubbed with rags or thickened to a clay or cement-like consistency that is slicked and scratched. As dreamlike subjects weave together, emerging and dissolving into the canvas, we are reminded of mankind’s harmful impact upon the natural world.

Find out more and book your tickets for their upcoming Curator and Artists Talks on the Offshoot Gallery website.

Araminta Blue, The Block, 2020, Oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm. Courtesy of the artist.


Studio 1.1

Anathanasia Hughes, Theda. Courtesy of the artist.


This Year’s Model ’20
Part 2 of the Studio 1.1 Annual Members’ Show
3 – 27 September 2020

With Fernando Holduin, Russell Herron, Jacqueline Utley, Olivia Irvine, Stephen Harwood, Peter Roseman, Marianne Shorten, Vanessa Mitter, Henry Ward, Tim Waskett, Caroline Thomson, Ann Simberg, Athanasia Hughes, Day Bowman, Susan Keshet, Wayne Clough, Martin Gayford, Michele Marcoux, Anna Jung Seo and Sarah Knill-Jones

In ‘normal’ times, the annual members’ shows, This Year’s Model, at Studio 1.1 take place at the start of the year. This time around they were separated, the first taking place in January, and the second deferred post-lockdown.

As their artists and curatorial team returned to the gallery in late July, they aimed to pick up where they left off, showing a wide array of work that has inevitably been influenced by these interesting times.

Find out more about their ongoing projects and how you can submit your work as an artist-member on the Studio 1.1 website.

Anna Jung-Seo, Graduation. Courtesy of the artist.