Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle
Weston Studio, RA Schools
27 Mar — 10 May 2019
Artists Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle use the Weston Studio as an open studio and exhibition space to explore drawing, painting and collage through new publications and works on paper.
IMAGE DRUM offers a visual working document of Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle’s collaborative project, Long Distance Press – which acts as a space for production and discussion, and a place for artists to make new work. Throughout the project, invited artists Sam Austen, Brian Griffiths, Katharina Hoeglinger and Anastasia Pavlou activate workstations, materials and printers, offering visitors a glimpse into the working methods and processes of these artists. The spinning, oscillating, changing nature of the project mimics the image drums, found within printing machines. IMAGE DRUM moves backwards and forwards becoming written over, recharged with ink and replicated in step with the printers present in the space. It explores the patterns inherent in the artist multiple, the rhythmic repetition of the photocopier and the staccato tempo of the stapler.
As new publications are devised, edited, produced and printed within the Weston Studio, the audience is invited to talk with the artists as they work and ask questions about their practices. Past publications from Long Distance Press will be available in a library for visitor’s perusal, as well as wall based works by the artists.
Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle established Long Distance Press in 2013 as a way to solidify their collaborative practice. Working between Glasgow, Newcastle, London and Edinburgh, Long Distance Press first started as a postal art project that quickly turned into collaborative works, publications and exhibitions. Together they explore the research, drawing and works on paper that often live at the unseen edges of an artists’ practice. Previous publications include Take Up Space (2018), SNIFF SNIFF (2017), Noodeleling (2017) and Pen Pushers (2016). Previous collaborative exhibitions include Drop Shot, MONOMATIC, Edinburgh (2017) and High Five, MONOMATIC.com (2014). Long Distance Press acts as a publishing house, artist project, zine factory, exhibition space, commissioning body and image drum.
The dates of the exhibition include installation and deinstallation. To see the project once installation is complete, we recommend you visit between 30/3/2019 and 9/5/2019.
27 March — 10 May 2019
Sunday – Thursday 10am-6pm
Free, no booking required.
Weston Studio, RA Schools
The Weston Studio
This public exhibition space is dedicated to innovative and experimental projects, exhibitions, installations, and interventions; alongside occasional events, readings, and performances presented by Royal Academy Schools students and graduates. Until recently, this space was a working studio occupied by generations of Royal Academy Schools students. Similar studios are still located on either side of the space.
Royal Academy Schools
The Royal Academy Schools offers a 3-year full-time postgraduate programme in contemporary fine art for up to 17 artists each year. The course is aimed at artists who want to develop their practice through exposure to new ideas and constructive critique, dialogue with a diversity of voices and access to specialist workshops.
The Royal Academy was founded “to promote the appreciation and understanding of art”, and also its practice. At its heart was the creation of the RA Schools, a school of art established to set the standard for the training and professionalism of the next generation of artists, to nurture and develop the artists of tomorrow. The ambition of the founding Academicians was to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from one generation of artists to the next and that this should be, ‘free to all students who shall be qualified to receive advantage from such studies’ (Royal Academy of Arts Instrument of Foundation 1768) and this remains the case to this day.