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LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY MAY 2018

LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY MAY 2018

BRANCH OUT INITIATES NEW PARTNERSHIPS AND SECURES MEDIA COVERAGE WITH AN ESTIMATED READERSHIP VALUE OF 370K COVERAGE VIEWS 

2018 really was a special year for the London Original Print Fair, London’s oldest art fair. I’ve been involved with the Fair in some capacity since 2001, and through it have grown my knowledge and understanding of the unique integrity of the print world. LOPF hosts some of the world’s most esteemed printmakers, both artists and master printers. The atmosphere is vibrant and welcoming and having worked with the fair so long, each year is like being reunited with an old friend…

THE LOST WATERCOLOURS OF ERIC RAVILIOUS

THE LOST WATERCOLOURS OF ERIC RAVILIOUS

Eric Ravilious, one of most admired and popular British artists of the 20th century, produced a remarkable number of watercolours in a career cut short by his untimely death in 1942 while serving as an official war artist. Over 250 of these watercolours are known, but it is believed that around 40 are lying undiscovered or uncatalogued in collections around the world...

POLLY MORGAN: DEATH, YOU'RE KILLING ME!

POLLY MORGAN: DEATH, YOU'RE KILLING ME!

Recently described the by the FT’s How to Spend It as the “artist whose sculptural work has subverted the traditions of taxidermy”, Susie was delighted to be invited to interview Polly Morgan as part of Soho Farmhouse’s series of artist talks.

Polly outlined new directions in her work taking inspiration from architecture. Exploring how we, as a race, use materials to create boundaries to protect us from nature, although what was built to contain can come to constrict. Entitled How to Behave at Home, the new series use corset-like geometric forms, inspired by Brutalist architecture, from which snakes bulge. In Polly’s own words “geometry is traditionally used to represent power and order, my forms can be read as a metaphor for etiquette and all the other figurative structures we put in place to marshal us into particular behaviours”...

ARTS INDUSTRY MAGAZINE ARTICLE

ARTS INDUSTRY MAGAZINE ARTICLE

     7 JULY 2017 - INTERVIEW WITH BRANCH DIRECTORS

Branching In: A new kind of arts consultancy, Branch Arts, has been launched by Flora Fairbairn and Susie Lawson who come from different corners of the cultural domain.

What is Branch Arts, is it concerned with all the arts or specifically visual, and how did you come together to create it? Branch Arts is an umbrella organisation. It brings together two core services: Creative Branch, an art advisory service for private clients and organisations, as well as curating and producing art projects around the world; and Branch Out, offering specialist arts communications and access to an extensive network of creatives. The idea behind Branch Arts grew from previous projects that we collaborated on. For these we tapped into multiple networks each had built up over our combined 30 years in different areas of the industry. It seemed only natural that we should pool our resources to establish Branch Arts...

THE ARTIST'S OWN FAIR: LOPF

LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR 2017 AT ROYAL ACADEMY

Spring heralds the return to an old friend with the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy. Having been involved with the fair in some capacity since 2000 and responsible for the very successful PR campaigns for 5 years, it is always a treat to return to the world of print makers, dealers and general print enthusiasts. This year, like all others, brought together some of the leading contemporary artists in support of the medium.

The LOPF truly is the "artist’s own fair" with many wondering the aisles of the Fair including the genius Norman Ackroyd alongside his fellow RA’s Peter Blake, Paula Rego, Cornelia Parker, Bob & Roberta Smith, Basil Beattie Tess Jaray and Gavin Turk. Print makers celebrating the age long traditions also included Glenn Brown, Tom Hammick, Ben Eine and Weimin He – Browns, fantastic after Half Life (after Rembrandt) capture the very essence of printmaking as they showcase how prints have been at the heart of artistic practice for centuries but continue to develop new and wonderful techniques.

Collaborating with Alison Wright on the communication campaign, this year’s audiences increased by 12% with peak sales at the Private View and buzzing Young Collectors evening. It is always a pleasure working with print makers, capturing the essence of their craft and sharing this, through well informed media, to those who can appreciate the wealth of the print.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

SUSIE LAWSON IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTISTS SARAH MAPLE AND SCARLETT BOWMAN

SOHO FARMHOUSE, 8 MARCH 2017

“The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.” Georgia O’Keeffe

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 and the theme #BeBoldForChange, Director Susie Lawson chaired a talk by two emerging female artists, Sarah Maple and Scarlett Bowman. Hosted at Soho Farmhouse, the discussion explored the working practice and experiences of these two passionate and talented female practitioners working within a male dominated world. 

According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 51% of visual artists working in the US are women. Meanwhile, only 5% of artworks in major museums walls in the US are by women artists and only 2 out of 100 of the most expensive artists of all time were women. Having worked with artists throughout my career, it has become apparent that historical female artists were overshadowed by men and the secondary art market, and the stats above reflect this. However, the climate is changing and as Scarlett and Sarah illustrated, there is no longer a need to differentiate but celebrate and support women’s ascendance in the art world. 

Well received by the audience, the talk explored Sarah and Scarlett’s definitions of success; how they have been received in the art world and whether they felt their work received different responses because they are women. 

Maple’s bold feminist work illustrated the topic fantastically. Her provocative investigations into what it is to be both a woman and a Muslim in 21st Britain is both humorous and seductive and undoubtedly aroused the Soho Farmhouse audience. 

www.scarlettbowmanstudio.com

www.sarahmaple.com