Creative Branch

TOBIAS KEENE: AURORA

TOBIAS KEENE: AURORA

Open Daily By Appointment  |  +44 7971 572 105

Also open 11am - 6pm on Fridays | Until 8 August 2018

DK Gallery, Sheep Street, Charlbury, Oxon, OX7 3RR

Aurora marks a return to the UK for Los Angeles-based artist Tobias Keene and his monumental and miniature paintings. Branch Arts have been delighted to work with Robbi Chong and Amadea West to co-produce this, the inaugural exhibition for Keene in the heart of the Cotswolds. The exhibition represents a collection of paintings inspired by his life in LA, by the light, experiences and subjects he has encountered…

'IN OUR DREAMS WE SEE FOREVER'

'IN OUR DREAMS WE SEE FOREVER'

Robert Montgomery Reveals New Artwork at Centre of Campaign for Royal Society for Blind Children

At dusk on 31 January, The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) revealed the sculptural commission, In Our Dreams We See Forever (2018), by internationally acclaimed artist, Robert Montgomery. The custom-designed vehicle with light-poem and video-installation lit up Granary Square, King's Cross, kickstarting a 6-month nationwide tour.

Topped by one of Montgomery’s trademark light poems, In Our Dreams We See Forever, includes Braille statements from visually impaired children so that the sculpture only fully reveals itself to Braille-literate blind audiences...

ART FOR GRENFELL AUCTION AT SOTHEBY'S

ART FOR GRENFELL AUCTION AT SOTHEBY'S

Branch is delighted to be supporting the Art for Grenfell auction at Sotheby’s on Monday 16 October 2017.

Flora Fairbairn lived in Notting Hill for 10 years, very close to the tower, and was so thankful to Katie Heller and Hamish McAlpine for instigating this charity auction to help the victims of the fire.  Having taught art in a homeless centre in the neighbourhood, when Flora heard about the fire, she realised that some of those vulnerable people she had got to know through teaching them over the years had most likely since been housed in the tower.  The horrendous nature of the tragedy and the shocking number of deaths, including that of the very talented artist Khadija Saye who had just reached a very exciting point in her career, compelled Flora to want to help any charity project focused on the Tower...

SPECIALISING IN CUBAN ART

SPECIALISING IN CUBAN ART

Flora Fairbairn has been working with cuban artists since 2009, having launched the Havana Cultura Visual Art Project in 2010 in Cuba with independent curator, Yuneikys Villalonga. Through this dynamic collaboration and several exhibitions, Branch Arts has built up an extensive network of Cuban artists. We look forward to introducing the wealth of work coming out of Cuba to our clients...

ROBERT MONTGOMERY COMMISSION

ROBERT MONTGOMERY COMMISSION

Branch Arts were approached by the Royal Society for Blind Children to find an artist to raise awareness of the 22,000 blind and partially-sighted children and young people in England and Wales.

We are delighted to announce that from a wide selection of artists presented to the charity by Creative Branch, Robert Montgomery has been commissioned to create a sculpture to be launched nationally in January 2018.

The campaign has been initiated by the charity along with the advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, to draw attention to the plight of the UK's blind children, many of whom are very seldom seen, live outside the hustle of everyday society, and are rarely able enjoy the opportunities or future prospects of their contemporaries...

ENDURANCE : CUBAN ARTISTS TODAY

ENDURANCE : CUBAN ARTISTS TODAY

An online exhibition curated by Flora Fairbairn, Elvis Fuentes and Gabriela M. Fernàndez for Collectionair - until 3 July 2017

Flora Fairbairn has been visiting Cuba since 2009, having launched The Havana Cultura Visual Arts Project for Havana Club in 2010.  The purpose of the initiative was to support young emerging Cuban artists, so over the years she has become very familiar with the Cuban contemporary art scene and has watched it explode over the last 8 years. At the 2009 Havana Biennial, Flora met the Cuban curator Elvis Fuentes who had recently curated the groundbreaking exhibition, Killing Time in New York. Over 80 artists featured in the exhibition, their work metaphorically recording some of the tensions in the cultural, social and political landscape of the preceding two decades, having been dismissed by the official discourse on the Island or stereotyped by narrow conceptions of identity. Flora invited Elvis to curate this on-line exhibition for Collectionair, featuring up and coming Cuban artists of today, and ENDURANCE: Cuban Artists Today reflects on the circumstances of growing up in Cuba.

PAUL BENNEY - SPEAKING IN TONGUES

A multi-dimensional exhibition in Venice, co-curated by Flora Fairbairn and James Putnam

13 May – 26 November

In the intimate 16th Century Church of San Gallo, just yards from St Mark’s Square, is Paul Benney’s Speaking in Tongues exhibition.  A sound and visual feast which represents the culmination of many months of planning and collaboration fuelled by Benney’s creativity and vision. 

On entering the church, the visitor is transported into another world. Accompanied by a powerful holosonic landscape of sound, each of the 12 characters in the 3.5m painting recount intimate life-changing moments. The experience transports one into a reflective oasis and a mesmerising moment of calm and it can feel as if you have stepped into the painting, or that the characters have stepped out. As the visitor moves around the church, the hushed murmuring sound that one had encountered on arrival, is transformed into a clear stream of personal monologues, that one-by-one, seem to reverberate through one’s own head. 

The exhibition, picked as a highlight of the 2017 Venice Biennale in The FT's How to Spend It, has been a joy to work on. The outstanding reviews have been an added bonus to the pleasure of working with a brilliant team and a multitude of fantastic supporters. 

The Venice Biennale has been described as a ravishing carousel of international art, where no two people see the same Biennale, as there is so much to see.  It's an amazing experience to be immersed within thousands of exhibits dotted all over Venice, and the glowing reports from visitors experiencing Paul Benney’s exhibition has made the 2017 Biennale all the more magical.

Posted by Flora Fairbairn

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