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WHAT IF...? - City Lit Foundation diploma art and design exhibition

Story added 7th Mar 2017

WHAT IF...? City Lit Foundation diploma in art and design exhibition (Image): Untitled, Paula Barrett, 2017

Open daily 11:00-19:00 from Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th April 2017

• Private View: Wednesday 5 April, (18:30 – 20:30)

• Tours, talks, workshops, taster sessions and events (daytime and evening) at both Copeland Gallery and The Nines bar throughout the week

Copeland Gallery, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN

• To coincide with the exhibition, we are also pleased to announce our ‘take over’ at the The Nines bar right next door to Copeland Gallery


What If?

What If? is an exhibition of art and design by emerging talent on the City Lit Foundation Diploma. The show features projects by 36 artists, designers and makers and presents the culmination of their study on this rich and rewarding course. Each work has been developed from an intense period of creative research, exploration, experimentation and production, and reflects the individual concerns and concepts of the exhibitors.

Across the variety of projects on show, What If? as a whole can be seen to respond to the precariousness and uncertainty of contemporary life. From mental health, international conflict and identity politics, to explorations of sex, love, anxiety and horror, the works on show provide a reflection and challenge to the many ‘what ifs’ that affect us today – as individuals and as communities – whilst covering the whole spectrum of human experience and emotion. 

From painting, drawing and printmaking, to animation, installation and performance, and from ceramics, sculpture, and creative textiles to graphic design, illustration and typography, the exhibition covers the broad spectrum of the contemporary creative industries, whilst reflecting the aims and philosophies of the course. What If? is, on the whole, a celebration of creativity in a time of uncertainty, where creative practice can be a means of exploring and understanding our selves and our world and where art and design works have the power challenge and ask questions, to encourage contemplation and reflection, and to inspire and offer hope and understanding.

Fred Albrow , Alistair Ayres, Paula Barrett, Camelia Burn, Caroline Chan, Sarah Cleary, Bianca Dodaro, Eduardo Fernandez Villarroel, Jesse Finlay, Susan Forster, Lara Geary , Hesi Glowacki, Berta Gomez-Barroso, Aadesh Gosrani, Sophia Greenhough, Lauren Heaver, Luis Herrero, Felix Hunt, Kerry Kent, Sally King, Lia Kvitsiani-Fras, Naomi Lewin, Giovana Lorensatto, Michael Lowry, Christine Mabileau, Annalisa Morgan, Rosalind Morgan, Eleanor Morris, Claire Norton, Nikita Parmar, Maria Ramil, Rose Russell, Nicola Scott, Eliot Shuttle, Gayithri Sooriakumaran, Noemi Stysiak.


Map - Copeland Gallery

Copeland Gallery is located along and to the east of Rye Lane, Peckham, SE London, Copeland Park has excellent transport connections including Peckham Rye station located about 200 metres from the entrance onto Rye Lane and many bus routes.