The First Thursday of May

Unbelievably, another month has passed and it is once again time to discover and explore the rich array of exhibitions and galleries on offer in East London whilst they open their doors later into the evening. It is May 1st, the first Thursday of the month, and as promised, here is a selection of work and events which LoVArts will try not to miss this evening.

LoVArts London Visual Arts The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (CASS) present cu•rate

As part of the MA Curating course run by Whitechapel Gallery and The CASS Faculty of Art and Design, the group exhibition explores curatorial practice within a contemporary direction and realm. The exhibition sets out to inspire a dialogue concerning ‘what curating is – or isn’t’. Cu•rate presents a collection of research, collaborations and discussions that will be exhibited in various forms within the gallery and cu.rate’s online platforms.

Parallel to this, cu.rate are producing a public programme to run alongside the exhibition including events with artist talks, panel discussions and curatorial tours.

Private View
6-9pm on 1st May
Central House
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7PF

LoVArts London Visual Arts Catlin Art Prize, Londonnewcastle Project Space

This Thursday presents the opportunity to preview new works by a selection of exciting art graduates one year on from their degree exhibitions. The Catlin Art Prize is in its eighth year, with artists selected from the Caitlin Guite 2014 | New Artists in the UK. Londonnewcastle Project Space, a former printworks, is an incredibly versatile space use for events from exhibitions, galleries, installations and fashion shows.

This exhibition is a must for discovering the best talent of emerging UK artists. Each of the seven finalists were ‘chosen for their potential to make a significant impact in the art world’ for the next decade to come. With seven artists up for a prize which will be revealed on the 14th May, this private view is also a chance to participate in the Visitor Vote to select your favourite artist.

6-9pm on 1st May
Londonnewcastle Project Space,
28 Redchurch Street
E2 7DP

LoVArts London Visual Arts Raven Row presents Play What’s Not There

Curated by Michael Bracewell, the title of the exhibition is an excerpt from Miles Davis’ famous address to his musicians. Play What’s Not There features significant works from the 60’s to the present day, including works from Bruce Nauman and Linder. Existential in approach, the works in the exhibition ‘conjecture an attainment in art in which the seductions of consummate style or cleverness are sacrificed to gain access to a greater artistic, philosophical or spiritual reality’.

Play What’s Not There also features a pamphlet from Michael Bracewell; a documentation of Bracewell’s ideas and sources for the show with short extracts from the existentialist writings of Søren Kierkegaard on the nature of subjectivity and faith.

Until 22 June
Raven Row
56 Artillery Lane
E1 7LS

LoVArts London Visual Arts re-cycleRe-Cycle-Style: One’s innermost thoughts – and Archive Collections: Kumiko Tani & Kaori Ito

The Hundred Years Gallery is a wonderful space in the heart of Shoreditch, home to the works of London-based emerging artists. This Thursday evening will be the first chance to glimpse into the wonderful world of Re-Cycle Style, the ethical project and fashion brand of Kumiko Tani. A collection which is intrinsically linked to the city and its inhabitants, the works aim to explore and influence perceptions of re-cycling and the environment which we have a responsibility to take care of.

‘To cover your body with fabric gives warmth and relief, but at the same time can obstruct the mind or disguise thoughts. This represents conflict over mutual feeling through body and fabric.’ The delicate yet powerful photography of Kaori Ito represents these sentiments in a show which promises to be interesting and provocative.

6.30pm on 1st May
The Hundred Years Gallery
13 Pearson Street
E2 8JD

To find out more about these exhibitions and events before this evening, visit the wonderful First Thursdays website from the Whitechapel Gallery and Time Out – 

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