Opening Event: Friday 22 November, 6 - 9pm
Opening Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Camberwell Space presents a solo exhibition of new works by Hannah Skinner, recipient of The David Troostwyk Matt’s Gallery Studio Award, 2018-19. The award, given each year, provides the recipient with a rent-free studio for one year at Martello Street, E8 - the SPACE studio where Robin Klassnik first opened Matt’s Gallery in 1979. Alongside this Skinner has received mentoring from Klassnik and Camberwell fine art lecturer Leah Capaldi as well as access to workshop facilities.
Skinner’s work explores themes of queerness, mimicry, and humour translated into soft sculpture, detailed metals and embroidery. She uses materials to create a sense of opulence - though inexpensive, their shiny luxurious qualities portray wealth, creating an ambivalence between the perceived and actual value.
For this exhibition, the artist presents a kinetic sculpture, referencing high fashion, while abstracting conventional form through weight, tension and balance. Created from soft fabrics with intricately designed skeletons, as in previous works, Skinner uses air to propel the sculptures to animate the space.
About the artist
Hannah Skinner graduated from BA Fine Art Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts in 2018. Recent projects include An Evening with Bea Urbest – Hannah Skinner and Oliver Mitcham, LUVA (Lock Up Visual Art), London (2018); and Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Open Stage, where she performed as part of the launch for the new Bauhaus Museum, Dessau, Germany, September 2019. The performance will be restaged at Camberwell College of Arts on 24 October, as part of OurHaus festival. The artist lives and works in London.
About the award
The David Troostwyk Matt’s Gallery Studio Award is awarded to a Camberwell College of Arts BA Fine Art Sculpture undergraduate. This is the prize’s inaugural year at Camberwell and provides the recipient with a year’s free studio, mentoring from Robin Klassnik OBE (founder and Director of Matt’s Gallery) and Camberwell fine art lecturer Leah Capaldi, and 100 hours workshop access. The award is named after David Troostwyk (b.1926, d.2009) a leading British conceptual artist who taught at Camberwell 1964-89. In 1979, Troostwyk became the first artist to be shown in what was soon to be known internationally as Matt’s Gallery, London.
The David Troostwyk Matt’s Gallery Studio Award is supported by the David Troostwyk Trust (Barbara Cavanagh, Olivia Cavanagh and Robin Klassnik), Matt’s Gallery and Camberwell UAL.
Image: Hannah Skinner, Embellished metal, 2019, stainless steel.