Transitions: Seen Unseen
Transitions: Seen Unseen
Now Showing
In The Theatre
April 6th - August 31st 2019

An art exhibition celebrating stories of movement.

Transitions: Seen Unseen is a touring exhibition showcasing the stories of people and communities who have been changed by the experience of migration and travel.  Curated by Grace Acton Roberts and featuring three newly commissioned artworks by Ric Stott, Guler Ates and Marie-Louise Jones alongside a collection of mutli-disciplined artworks exploring what happens when movement occurs; what is it we perceive and how do others perceive us?

Transitions: Seen Unseen opens up conversations about migration whilst giving a voice to migrants and in the process celebrating what migration can bring.

A Moving Stories exhibition produced by Applecart Arts for the London District of the Methodist Church.

Exhibition Venues:
Friday 9th - Friday 16th August (excl. Sun 11th)
Applecart Arts
170 Harold Road, London E13 0SE

Tuesday 23rd July - Friday 2nd August
LifeWorks at Loughton Methodist Church
260 High Road, Loughton IG10 1RB

Saturday 18th – Tuesday 28th May
Wesley’s Chapel
49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU

Saturday 6th - Wednesday 10th April
Central Hall Westminster
Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH

More venues and dates to be confirmed

If you are interested in booking the exhibition at your venue take a look at the touring package here and get in touch at info@applecartarts.com

Featured artists:
Ric Stott
Marie Louise Jones
Guler Ates
Imogen Perkin
Jo Scorah
Linda Toigo
Sara Dobson
Lito Apostolakou
Mark Wallinger
Onjali Q Rauf & Pippa Curnick
Jenifer Toksvig
Peter Moreton

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Ric Stott Jide/Sebastian (Oil on Canvas, 2019)

Based in Sheffield, Ric Stott's artistic practice is primarily oil painting, using his knowledge and experience of medical science, theology and art psychotherapy to influence his work. Ric explores ideas around sexuality, spirituality and the impact of place on our sense of self. ⁣⁣

In July 2015 Ric organised an expedition with an international group of artists along with a documentary film crew to the Hebridean Island of Iona where they engaged in “Wild Curating”. This involved making and exhibiting art out in response to the wilderness. This began a wider project for Ric as he explores the impact of place on who we are.

5 years ago Ric founded an art space in Sheffield city centre at 35 Chapel Walk that engages in enriching creativity, spirituality and community.

Some of Ric's art writing that explores the interplay of queer sexuality and spirituality was recently published in A Queer Anthology of Rage.

One of his current projects involves working as part of a group of LGBT+ artists to explore the nature of queerness through art making and dialogue.

Ric has a Masters degree in both Theology and Art Psychotherapy from Leeds Metropolitan University (2001 & 2009). In 2018 he completed an MFA in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.

Find out more on Ric's website: ricstott.com/
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Marie-Louise Jones Odyssey (Carbonised tree, resin, gold leaf, 2019)

Marie-Louise Jones’ practice is concerned with duality and polarity – of materiality and immateriality, the organic and synthetic, the ancient and futuristic, the personal and universal.

Fascinated by notions of seemingly opposing and competing forces, she embarks on long journeys into unknown landscapes; whether physical, emotional or cultural. Working intuitively and often in response to the landscape, she creates works that present humble, seductive objects that attempt to draw in the viewer, encouraging them to see nature, both human and environmental, in a way they are not accustomed to.

Marie-Louise Jones is a British artist whose practice spans across sculpture, sound, film, and installation. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2009, Marie-Louise has been awarded DYCP bursary from the Arts Council England (2018), invited as Resident Artist for Dia Projects, Ho Chi Minh City (2018), exhibited at 57th Venice Biennale (Italy 2017), and Brussels Art Week (Belgium 2017), selected as finalist for Camaradas in association with the Embassy of Mexico (London 2017), and previously undertaken residencies and exhibitions in London, New York, Barcelona, Venice, Vietnam, Indonesia and Norway.

Read more about Marie-Louise on her website: marielouisejones.com
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Guler Ates Poems (Journey) #3 (UV printed on wooden panel [ply wood] and piano hinges, 2019)

Originally from Mus, Eastern Turkey, Güler Ates has been living and working London since 1999.

Güler works with video, photography, printmaking and performance to explore cultural displacement and the merging of East and West sensibilities. Her work is often site-responsive and is inspired by her own cross-culture experience. ⁣

Güler's work can be found in print collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Art, the Government Art Collection, and the Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro.  Her work has been exhibited internationally showin in museum spaces in the UK, USA, Brazil, Japan, India, France and the Netherlands.

Güler graduated in 2008 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art; Printmaking.

Find out more on Güler's website: gulerates.co.uk
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Imogen Perkin Concourse (Oil on Canvas, 2017)

Imogen Perkin makes paintings that depict the landscape of an expansive man-made world. She regularly refers to the theme of 'stations' in her work as places of transition, alluding to the life-long journey and the destination that is always just out of sight. The people seen in her paintings are often "waiting to move on".⁣⁣

Imogen gained an honours degree in Fine Art from Newcastle University and is now living in Hertfordshire. She has exhibited her work in many different types of venue, for the most part either locally or in London.

At present she is taking part in the "Hanbury Manor Project" - a local initiative to display contemporary art in up-market hotels.

Most recently Imogen has shown paintings at the "Art of Caring" exhibition at St Pancras Hospital and at "Construction, Destruction, Reconstruction" at Tower Bridge Engine Rooms, as well as with the United Society of Artists at the Bankside Gallery.

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Jo Scorah Nomad (Distressed Canvas, 2008)

Jo Scorah is a visual artist based in Manchester, working within a studio practice and exhibiting her work throughout the UK. Jo's work has focused on issues that highlight exile and displacement. Coming from a textile background, Jo works predominantly with cloth, although drawing and painting constitute a great deal and she likes to use a collaboration of techniques to achieve an emotional response to the subject matter.

Jo has an MA in Textiles from Manchester Metropolitan University (2008)

Read more about Jo and her work on her website: joscorah.co.uk
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Linda Toigo Gates to a New World (Altered book pages, 2019)

Linda Toigo is a London-based paper artist and graphic designer⁣ with a specific interest in paper art and book alteration.  With intricate detail and design, Linda alters existing visual and written material, extracting it from its original context and endowing it with new meaning.

Linda creates three-dimensional scenes from sheets of paper assembled together, that draw the viewer in a world full of hidden details and that is often fun, surreal and ironic.

Born in Italy, Linda graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano in 2006, working for three years as an urban planner, before changing her scale of intervention and studying Graphic Design at London College of Communication, UAL.

Linda's work has been shown in solo exhibitions and touring group shows in the UK, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, and the USA.  Her paper cut illustrations have recently been published in best-selling children’s novels.

Find out more about Linda and her work on her website: lindatoigo.com/
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Sara-Louise Dobson Distant Hope (Acrylic on Canvas, 2018)

Sara-Louise Dobson is a portrait artist and founder of the non-profit project Butterfly Portraits. Her portraiture is reflective of the current political climate, focusing on migration, poverty and diversity whilst using experimental techniques which test the reception of monochromatic effects against that of colour in abstract.

Sara-Louise has been practicing art for over twenty years, inspired by her personal experiences and close environment. She graduated with a 1st Class Degree from Lancaster University, before pursuing her art and research development full time.

She now works from her studio in Wyresdale Park Estate in the heart of Trough of Bowland and runs the project Butterfly Portraits, which provides portraits to bereaved families. Sara was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in response to her work with the community and continues to exhibit nationally, a body of work which seeks to address the changing and somewhat challenging nature of societal thought processes and social construction

Discover more about Sara-Louise and her work on her website: poetryandprose.co.uk
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Lito Apostolakou Rootless 1988 (Suitcase, acrylic, paper, & pumice stone, 2019)

Lito Apostolakou is a London-based artist working across multiple mediums to investigate spaces and objects not as fixed entities but as sites transformed by our imagination, and open to interpretation. She has long been inspired by the River Thames as a liquid archive and the materials and stones she finds on its shore often appear in her work.⁣ The starting point of her work is the analysis of spaces and structures as sites of memories and embodiment of dreams.

Lito works from her studio in Deptford Foreshore, London. Between 2015 and 2018 she has exhibited her work in Bristol (Creative Histories conference, University of Bristol), London (Menier Gallery, Old Biscuit Factory, Talented Art Fair, Ply Gallery, Crouch End Festival), East Sussex (Pure Arts Autumn Fair 2017), Bath (44AD artspace), Amsterdam (Toon Gallery). She is currently taking a two year Fine Art course in City Lit. Lito holds a PhD in history from King’s College London and has previously worked as a historian and freelance writer. She’s been a Londoner since 1988.

Find out more about Lito and her work on her website: litoapostolakou.com
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Mark Wallinger Labyrinth (Limited Edition Book, Plaistow, 2014)

Mark Wallinger is a British artist widely known for his design for the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square in London, Ecce Homo (1999), a statue of a bound Christ. Wallinger trained at the Chelsea School of Art and went on to study at Goldsmith’s College in London, where her became involve with the Young British Artists movement. In 2007, he was won the Turner Prize for “State Britain”, a pile of banners and toys placed outside the Houses of Parliament in protest against the war in Iraq. His work is currently held in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Denver Art Museum, and the De Pont Museum of Contemporary in Tilburg, the Netherlands, among others. His work is seen as a social commentary and often focuses on class, royalty, nationalism and religion.

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Onjali Q Rauf & Pippa Curnick The Boy at the Back of the Class (Illustrations/Text, 2018)

Onjali Q Rauf
Onjali Q Rauf is the founder of Making Herstory, an organisation which encourages men, women and children to work together to create a fairer and more equal world for women and girls everywhere. In her spare time, she delivers emergency aid packages to refugee families living in Calais and Dunkirk, and can often be found with her head buried in a book at the local bookshop. The Boy at the Back of the Class is her first novel and was winner of the 2019 Blue Peter Book Award, and overall winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019. She has written for The Guardian, and is also a contributor to the BBC Radio 2 programme Pause For Thought.

Read more about Onjali and her work: makingherstory.org.uk
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Pippa Curnick
Pippa Curnick graduated with a first-class degree in illustration from the University of Derby and has several years’ experience in picture book design for major children’s publisher Alison Green Books. She lives in Leicestershire with her partner, Ben, her two children and Sprinkles the bunny.

Find out more about Pippa's work on her website: pippacurnick.com
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Jenifer Toksvig What They Took With Them (Video, 2016)

Jenifer Toksvig is a writer, lyricist and musical theatre maker. She has written and collaborated on many shows including: The Stones Are Hatching (adapted from the novel by Geraldine McCaughrean), The Queen of Snow (inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen), and Hitler’s Canary (adapted from the novel by Sandi Toksvig) with Alexander Rudd. Toksvig and Rudd are also prolific song writers whose work has been recorded in Britain by musical theatre performers such as Julie Atherton, Michael Xavier, Claire Moore and Niamh Perry, and in L.A. by jazz singers such as Richard Shelton at Columbia Records. With her theatre company, The Copenhagen Interpretation, Jenifer also directs and produces, developing devised, immersive, transmedia musical theatre which directly engages the audience.

Read more about Jenifer and her work here: acompletelossforwords.com
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Peter Moreton Mobile Homes (Aluminium, PVC, Nylon, Paper, 2018)

Peter Moreton was born in Hertfordshire in the UK. He studied as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since worked as an actor and musician, performing in television, film and live theatre including West End and International work with companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl and the National Theatre.

As a writer and composer his work has been performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and as far afield as the Kallang Theatre in Singapore. He has also worked as a musical associate and director for theatre productions at the Barbican Theatre and in the West End.

Peter co-founded Applecart storytelling company and continues to work as its artistic director. The company currently runs Applecart Arts, an arts centre in the East End of London.

Find out more about Peter on his website: petermoreton.com
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