Children of War: 70 Years of Unicef Working for Children
22nd – 23rd November 2016
An exclusive visual event by Unicef and Magnum Photos
Diverse research areas and fine art practices combine to form this multi-disciplinary group – building an individually stronger practice. Through our research, lost, yet to be discovered, or the newly imagined are encountered. You are invited to share in our exploratory journey.
For 70 years, Unicef has been helping keep children safe from hunger, violence and the chaos of war and disaster. Unicef was founded in 1946 to provide life-saving aid for children in the aftermath of World War II. And in 2016, Unicef continues to help children affected by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Iconic photographs and films from the Unicef archives and Magnum Photos tell the story of how war has affected children over the past 70 years, and how Unicef has helped to protect children in danger.
Photographers include David Seymour, Philip Jones Griffiths and Michael Christopher Brown.
by Jess Down
6TH – 7TH December 2016
Strand presents the much-anticipated first exhibition from Jess Down in over ten years ‘NOTABILIS’.
The artistic present may have lost some of its integrity yet these paintings are much more than an over-the-shoulder glance at bygone genius, a sentimental harkening back to a time when artists got their hands dirty and engaged their minds. Rather this exhibition is a call to arms for today’s artist.
Here homage is paid to a select few of the Modern Masters, who defined the last century. Some Jess knew personally – Freud and Bacon. Warhol whom she had the pleasure of daubing with on his dollar signs while in Rome, The others – Picasso, Schiele, Lichtenstein, Otto Dix and Dali are all household names.
In aid of the Katie Piper Foundation
14TH -20TH December 2016
Artist Gary Mansfield has collaborated with some of the UK’s most renowned artists in a unique exhibition, Face Value KPF. The resulting artworks will be on show at the Strand Gallery from 14th to 20th December 2016.
With all proceeds from the sale of the artworks to be donated to The Katie Piper Foundation, Mr Mansfield has curated the exhibition in support of the charity’s aim of building a world in which scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well-being, by confronting identity new & old and the value society places on both.
Mr Mansfield said “I have experienced my own form of social exclusion thanks to my time spent as an inmate in prison and I can understand the toll that perception takes on someone’s day-to-day existence. This exhibition is a way of exploring how society approaches the concept of identity, and the parts of a person’s life that contributes to this, including their physical appearance.
“Too many lives have been marred by horrific accidents or deliberate attacks that have changed the way they look. I hope this exhibition will generate not only awareness about the issues people face after suffering scars or burns, but also much needed funds in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation”.
The exhibition boasts some of the biggest names in the UK art scene and beyond, from Sarah Lucas, Martin Creed, Gavin Turk and Noel Fielding, to Courty, Jessica Albarn, Vic Reed and Jake & Dinos Chapman. Starting prices range from £10 to £18,000.
Art collectors and enthusiasts are now able to view the artworks online in their original state, but will have to await the exhibition opening on 14th December for the big reveal, which will see the pieces each uniquely manipulated, altering its visual identity to reflect the ethos of the Foundation.
Visual artist, illustrator and writer Jessica Albarn said “Face Value KPF is very current within our times, as image becomes increasingly important and the pressure to conform on social media weighs heavily, especially on our youth.
“As a parent I am very aware of this. But then to go through something as traumatic as an acid attack or any act of violation of one’s self, which changes your image forever, must leave scars that run very deep. Gary’s idea to re-work the art in a way that challenges our need to control the image, while simultaneously releasing you of the final judgement of its worth, is incredibly meaningful. And weirdly liberating. Whether the change is something viewers can live with will only be discovered once the artwork is unveiled”.
Master craftsman Courty, creator of dynamic neon light piece ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Biker’, said “I am very happy to donate one of my neon artworks to such a good cause. The idea for the exhibition by Gary is a fabulous one, and I sincerely hope it brings some attention to the great work that The Katie Piper Foundation carries out. I thought it would be poignant to donate an artwork which utilises mirror as one of its main materials due to the magnitude a mirror must have played in Katie’s life since 2008”.