PEER FORUM at The Foundling Museum
Pavilion (Sophie Yetton & Gabriel Birch, 2015 residency recipients) and Tom Railton (2014 residency recipient) will be working with artist Fritha Jenkins and an invited group of curators and artists with related approaches on a series of gallery tours, field trips and peer mentoring sessions at the Foundling Museum throughout 2018
Pavilion is the collaborative duo Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch, based in South East London. They have been exhibiting for over five years including at Limbo (Margate), Arnolfini (Bristol), Dilston Grove (London). Pavilion’s research practice is concerned with the spatial, theoretical and virtual framing of the art object in the gallery, and works take the form of furniture, archive, zines and video. Most recently they have been working with the Royal College of Art Library and The Foundling Museum on ‘The Archive Series’, an umbrella project that explores the potential transformations of self-contained Collections, Archives or Museums. This current work re-imagines the narratives embedded in the existing curatorial attitudes of these collections. Gabriel Birch: Studied Sculpture at the RCA. Recent projects include; Nocturnes 395 and Hollow Reef, a public commission at Spitalfields Market. Visiting Lecturer for Art & Design courses across the UK & preparing his solo exhibition ‘Zero Aspect’ to be shown at Caustic Coastal (Manchester) in late 2017. Sophie Yetton: Studied Architecture at the Architectural Association. Research projects include ‘Ordinary Streets’ (film for LSE Cities), Peckham CoDesign, and Public House. Senior Lecturer in Architecture.
Born in Coventry, Tom Railton now lives and works in London, combining a multidisciplinary practice with a background in sculpture and education. Using a conceptual approach, apophenic links are made between material, manufacture and site, via technologies and alternative fictions key formal representations rooted in detailed research. Recent projects include solo and group exhibitions in London and Berlin, a commission for Supernormal festival and the construction and co-running of DIY Space for London, alongside a specialist technical role at the RCA.
Fritha Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, performance, sound, music and video. Research interests include water, domestic labour, gender and found performance. She studied at Ruskin School of Art (2016), Goldsmiths College (2002), and with Alt MFA, a peer led DIY art school (2010 – ongoing) and is a current recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award at Chisenhale Artplace (2017/18). Exhibitions and performances have included; Toynbee studios, Artlicks, Chisenhale Dance Place, Modern Art Oxford, Guest Projects, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Supernormal Festival. Education, teaching and collaboration is integral to her practice and Fritha has taught and run projects in universities, hospitals, care homes, schools and theatres.
The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, established in 1739 to care for London’s abandoned babies. The Hospital was the brainchild of the pioneering philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. In doing so they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way that the arts could support philanthropy. The Museum encourages people to participate in this dialogue as visitors, collaborators and supporters. The Museum contains the Foundling Hospital Collection which spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, furniture, clocks, photographs and ephemera. The Museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia and an internationally-important research resource. In addition to displaying the Collections, the Museum mounts three major temporary exhibitions a year, which illuminate different aspects of the Foundling Hospital story, alongside smaller displays, Collection interventions, artists’ commissions and projects.