Thursday, 25 September 2008

I'm in London for a Week

So I've popped into London for a wedding and over the week I found time to catch the last day of 'The House of Victor and Rolf', chill out at the Plain Jane's launch night 'Firsts', Visit the Southbank (love it) and plan an event with Artsadmin and I am Thinktank, 'Ive Got 2012 Seconds to (Lo)go' (I'm trying to decide whether or not to do a photo journal to illustrate this. Hmmm, OK maybe 2mrrw).

The event takes place on Saturday at Toynbee Hall Aldgate East. Do stop by if your looking for an alter-native way to spend your Saturday + its FREE!!!!

Details below:

Please book online here to avoid disappointment as there is limited capacity to these events

Youth led programming at Artsadmin

Through out the past year Artsadmin has worked with over 100 young people on various Live Art projects. Artsadmin At Home gives our participants a chance to showcase their skills, imaginations and creativity.Our young people have spent the last few weeks preparing projects that give you a peek at what it is like to take part in an education program here at Artsadmin.

SATURDAY 27th 2.30pm

Starting things of with a bang will be AfroLata and their one-off appearance here at Toynbee Studios. AfroLata are the younger, fiery members of AfroReggae, whose new show, Favelization, is set to storm the Barbican this September.Using everything from drums to tins to play on, AfroLata create music that will have you dancing all over Spitalfields.

SATURDAY 27th 3.15pm - onwards

Straight after join us in The Courtroom for some Olympic themed karaoke followed by a two thousand and twelve second long workshop titled 'I’VE GOT 2012 SECONDS TO (LO)GO'. A chance for you to create an accessible, new image for everyone wanting to get involved with London 2012 – free limited edition doughnuts and tea available to all participants.


On Sunday at 2pm you will have the final opportunity to see what happened during the Artsadmin Summer School 2008. The group will lead you through a series of exercises they have designed to give you a sneaky peek at what they got up to last month.Also showing will be a film and images from the performance From The Top.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

October Events

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80
5-6 October, 2008
Cargo, Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London

Seun Kuti is Fela Anikulapo Kuti's youngest son. Seun's father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, was Nigeria's most beloved popular musician and most acerbic social critic until his death in 1997.Seun started learning to play saxophone and piano when he was eight, and not a year later he was already performing in front of live audiences. He began his career as support band for his father's band, Egypt 80. It is with this same band that he now performs; meaning that Seun is just about the youngest in the band; all of whom have performed with the legendary Fela Kuti on stage.

Seun Kuti songs, are filled with the corruption, ignorance, malady, sadness, pollution and the many other ills that ravage contemporary Africa, but none the less are absolute musical treasures, flamboyant, jubilatory songs that make you want to get up and dance. With the same energetic and booming voice as Fela, Seun has added his own raging rhythm clearly influenced by rap. He cites Chuck D, Dr Dre and Eminem among his musical heroes. Seun has been playing with Fela’s Egypt 80 for the last 20 years, making them more than just an orchestra, they are a musical family who have the absolutely terrifying precision of the rhythmic reflexes down to the thousandth of a second that makes their ultra-syncopated polyphony the perfect ‘swing/funk’ model. Seun Kuti is a great live performer with charisma and energy radiating from every pore.

Having packed out The Barbican Seun Kuti will now perform in a more intimate setting, where you can move your feet to the sounds of the true heir to Fela Kuti's throne. For more

Public Debate: What is The Future of Art Education?
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace
Birmingham, B1 2HS
Monday 6 October 2008, 6.30-8.30pm

A debate about the future of art education is raging on the pages of Art Monthly. In October readers will have the opportunity to come along and put their questions to our panel of educational professionals. The panel will debate the future of art education – is further privatisation, corporatisation and instrumentalism inevitable or are there alternatives? Each of the panellists will answer the question What is The Future of Art Education? Before opening up the debate to the floor.

Pavel Büchler, artist and lecturer and Manchester Metropolitan University
Phyllida Barlow, artist and former lecturer at Slade
Michael Corris, writer and Professor of Fine Art, Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
Vaughan Grylls, artist and Director of Kent Institute of Art and Design, 1996-2005
Chaired by Patricia Bickers, Editor of Art MonthlyRead all the articles from this debate at

1968 and all that
Will the 40th anniversary of the 1968 protests inspire today's students to demand radical improvements in art education?
Students at the London College of Communication have had enough and have officially registered their dissatisfaction by demanding the return of their fees in protest at staff shortages and the lack of organisation. Staff, for their part, are over-burdened by bureaucracy, rising student numbers, low pay and low self-esteem. Vice chancellors, meanwhile, are focused on corporate-style branding and the commissioning of gleaming new buildings. The legacies of St Martins School of Art in the 60s, or Goldsmiths in the 80s, should serve as reminders that it is not buildings that make for a dynamic teaching environment but people.Extract from editorial April 2008

Mayday Mayday
The sad truth about art education today is that New Labour has finished what Thatcher started
Ironically, Thatcher's plans for factory-style education were only to be truly achieved under New Labour. It was the setting up of the dreaded inquisition, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), by the first New Labour government in 1998, barely one year after the election, which made the institutionalisation of what Stephen Lee in his letter aptly describes as 'educational Taylorism' possible. The QAA, and its spawn, the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA), became the means by which the product, broken down into bite-sized pieces as a result of the imposition of American-style modularisation, could be tested. Since the government had already begun to refer to the arts as the 'creative industries', a term first coined when Labour was still in opposition, this must have seemed like a perfect fit between the so-called 'aims' and 'outcomes' of an art education.Extract from editorial May 2008

Can't Get No Satisfaction
Anyone considering studying fine art (at undergraduate level) in England and Wales should google the National Student Satisfaction Survey, particularly the Results By Institution. Six of the bottom ten are or were art schools. Bottom of the survey, that is to say the 'least satisfactory', is the University of the Arts London. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has studied or taught there recently.Extract from letter by Graham Crowley published in April 2008

Educational Taylorism
I can appreciate the current state of educational Taylorism and the overbearing, corporate-style management that Graham Crowley describes. The corporate model is a powerful one. It tends to be one-dimensional and seamless, where accountability and success can be clearly measured. To understand the impact of the corporatisation of art schools it's important, I think, to examine the language or jargon used to organise and disseminate learning, then look at the extent to which fine art students adopt this language. Fine art graduates talk of promotion and marketing, or finding a niche market for their work. If a critic writes about a graduate student's work, the artist may not necessarily see this as participation in an independent critical arena. On the contrary it's likely they may see it as an opportunity to gain an additional promotional tool with which to market their work. My point is that the corporate model is pervasive in our wider culture industryExtract from letter by Stephen Lee published in May 2008

Creative Industries
Estelle Morris posed three questions for debate. 'Will the structure in the paper - with all its committees - actually damage creativity? Will the accountability mechanisms jeopardise risk-taking? And, will mainstreaming discourage some people from wanting to work in the creative sector in the first place?' Extract from report on the government's new strategy document Creative Britain: New Talents for a New Economy published July-August 2008

This event is free but booking recommendedTo book call 0121 248 0708

Yinka Shonibare at the MCA Sydney

By far one of my favourite artist, Yinka Shonibare, is being exhibited at the Sydney based Museum of Contemporary Art. See below for more details:

The Museum of Contemporary (MCA), Sydney announces a major mid-career survey of works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Yinka Shonibare MBE works across diverse media to explore ideas about African contemporary identity and the legacy of European colonialism in the present. Shonibare's art considers social class and aesthetics, and is characterised by the use of recurring visual symbols such as Dutch wax fabric. This exhibition presents twelve years of the artist's career, encompassing painting, sculpture, large-scale mixed media installations, photography and film. It is curated by MCA Senior Curator Rachel Kent who has worked closely with the artist on its realisation.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is accompanied by a 224 page monograph by Prestel Publishing. It features major essays by Rachel Kent and American art historian Dr Robert Hobbs; a comprehensive interview between the artist and Dr Anthony Downey, London; reproductions of exhibited and contextual works; and biographical information on the artist.

Yinka Shonibare MBE is on display at the MCA from 24 September 2008 until 1 February 2009. It will then tour to the Brooklyn Museum, New York from 26 June – 20 September 2009; and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. from 11 November 2009 – 7 March 2010.

Exhibition dates: 24 September 2008 until 1 February 2009
Exhibition cost: Free entry

Contact information:
Museum of Contemporary Art
West Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia +61 2 9245 2400

Yinka Shonibare MBE
24 September 2008 - 1 February 2009Museum of Contemporary ArtWest Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Sorry, again!

Ok so I have been so busy with Camp I have neglected my blog. I am so sorry!

I had a scroll down my page and I can see a need to tidy it up a bit (my opportunities bit is in need of updating).
No worries, camp is over and out and I have dedicated tomorrow to getting you up to speed on things in London and Lagos, ooh and there are pix!

Plus I was told that its hard for people who arent bloggers to leave feedback so if you have any for me good or bad ( I can handle it), then you can email me at


Wednesday, 3 September 2008

The Book Club

It is amazing how much more free time I find I have when I'm in Nigeria, I actually read a book in two days, time I just could not spare in England. To capitalise on this I have decided to join a book club, started by a very good friend of mine and open to all.

Please see details below if your in the area:

A story is always better if you have someone to share it with. For those who enjoy literature and for those who wished they did!!! This is an exciting and new way to come, discuss, review and express your thoughts regarding a book you have read.

We intend to read a book every fortnight then come together to share our views and opinions. We will rotate through themes and genre’s, for example, African literature, Asian literature, autobiographies, Romance, Classics etc. But to start with we will be discussing Half of a Yellow Sun, By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

It will be a fantastic and fun way to get a better understanding of the books. As this is a group exercise, it will mean that everyone gets to participate and at a point pick a book for the group to read.In general, we would really be putting the fun back into reading. Most importantly we can make new friends and form good relationships through a shared interest.

Initial Meeting: Saturday 13th/09/08

Time: 2pm

Venue: Posh Café, Mega Plaza, Idowu Martin’s St, Lagos

Please bring 2 book suggestions!!!Jot down the pages that you enjoyed and would like to discuss