A Private View and a Parade
It has been another busy few weeks at CHELSEA space and we were delighted to host the private view for Bob Cobbing: Bill Jubobe on Tuesday 18th November.
The exhibition was co-ordinated by CHELSEA space Programme Curator, Karen Di Franco, with the show’s curators, William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper, as part of their Bob Jubilé year-long series of events and displays celebrating the work and legacy of Bob Cobbing.
We were very happy to see some old friends and also to meet some new visitors who were associated with Bob Cobbing and the Concrete Poetry scene in London.
Running alongside Bob Cobbing: Bill Jubobe are new displays in our Entrance and Ramp spaces entitled Work From The Collections #1 organized by CHELSEA space in collaboration with the Exhibition Studio Workshop – the practice-based unit of MA Curating and Collections at Chelsea College of Arts.
Work From The Collections is an ongoing series of displays focussing on the collections and exhibition histories of CHELSEA space, the ILEA/Camberwell Design Collection, and the Library Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts. For this inaugural show, the students of the Exhibition Studio Workshop employed items from the collection to reflect on themes and ideas explored by artists such as Bob Cobbing.
The displays included artworks, sound, film, artists books and multiples by artists including Pavel Buchler, Frederick Etchells, Diane Guyot de St Michel, Caroline de Lannoy, Wyndham Lewis, Mark Titchner, David Toop, and Richard Wilson.
The week before the private view, CHELSEA space had organized an event on Armistice Day, 11th November, to mark the signing of the treaty to end the First World War and to remember all those affected by conflict anywhere, at any time.
CHELSEA space worked with artist Peter Fillingham and anthropologist, Janet Hodgson, to organize a series of events, entitled A Day’s Silence. The day started with some screenings of Janet Hodgson’s films made with Second World War Veterans and The London Taxi Benevolent Association for the War Disabled. This was followed by a formation of London taxis and veterans on the Parade Ground of the former Royal Army Medical College in front of CHELSEA space and Tate Britain.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a two minute silence was observed, the veterans were then invited to join us for beer and sandwiches kindly provided by the Chelsea Arts Club.
The veterans talked with Chelsea staff and students and invited members of the public however, we also provided a piano and it didn’t take long before they started playing and singing!
After the veterans had left, proceedings concluded with a critical discussion concerning the nature of the day’s events and the role of art in contemporary memorials and monuments. Thanks to everyone who took part on the day.