in conversation

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by david kefford in art | art education | discussion | event | gallery | research | venue - (Comments Off)

I will be in conversation with Judith Alder at the next Blue Monkey networking event on

Wednesday 29 May, 6 – 8pm

and offering 1-2-1 sessions with artists:

From the Towner website:

Introducing… David Kefford

We are pleased to welcome Cambridge-based artist, David Kefford, who will talk about his arts practice and projects he’s involved with including the artist run organisation, Aid & Abet which he co-founded in 2009. David is also a member of Market Project and a Trustee of Block 336, an artist run space in Brixton. He is currently a visiting lecturer at University of Hertfordshire.

Refreshments will be available (contributions welcome) or feel free to bring a bottle.

All welcome. FREE to Blue Monkey Network members; non-members £8.

We are pleased to offer artists the opportunity of a 1-2-1 session with David Kefford
to discuss aspects of their practice on Wednesday 29 / Thursday 30 May. Each
session will last around 45 minutes. To apply for a 1-2-1 please email
with the following information:
200 words about your work and what aspect of your practice you’d like to
discuss with David
a short cv (no more than 2 pages)
a link to your website if you have one

1-2-1s are FREE to Network members; £10 for non-members.
To book please e-mail:

Palace Art Fair

March 20th, 2013 | Posted by Annabel in art | event | exhibition - (Comments Off)

Come along I will be showing work in this with Renée Pfister


Sluice 2012, 22-24 October

October 18th, 2012 | Posted by admin in art | books | event | exhibition | gallery | notice | slideshow - (Comments Off)

Exhibition of works for sale in a silent, blind and anonymous auction; these have been donated by over fifty artists (including Market Project’s Annabel Dover and Alistair Gentry) to contribute to the return of the artist-led and artist-centred Sluice Art Fair in 2013. Alistair was on Sluice Art Fair’s discussion panel in 2011, with his Market Project hat on. Our David’s Aid & Abet is also involved, as is our former guest Cathy Lomax’s Transition Gallery.

See the work Monday 22 October- Wednesday 24 October, 12-6 daily. Then come to the book launch and reception at Hanmi Gallery, 30 Maple Street, London W1T 6HA from 6-9pm on Wednesday 24th to see who has been lucky enough to walk away with the work they bid for.

PS: Hanmi has a sister gallery in Seoul, which is in fact Gangnam Style.

Cut Out the Middle Man

July 25th, 2012 | Posted by david kefford in art | discussion | event | gallery | research - (Comments Off)

Aid & Abet are about to launch their new Summer programme with a focus on: ‘Collaboration’ – to explore ideas around creative relationships, community building, knowledge sharing and peer exchange.

It kicks off this Thursday 26th from midday when the newly formed Associates ‘Take Over’ the space forming an open platform for diverse activities with a series of informal participatory events over the next two weekends – Thurs 26th July – Sat 4th August

On Thursday 2nd August 2012, Rosalind Davis, artist and co-founder of, has been invited to lead a discussion on the current rise of artist led activity across the UK and its potential to impact on the subscribed art world system.  With a focus on How artists can effect change in the current arts system through self initiated projects.  This is a FREE event with no Booking required.

Drinks 6.30.  Discussion starts 7pm – 8pm

More info here


The ICA in BMW’s pocket: Art Drivel

July 18th, 2012 | Posted by Alistair in art | event | exhibition - (Comments Off)

Published today: an article I wrote about the ICA’s total capitulation to business interests and the advertising industry, as evidenced by their nauseatingly fulsome support of BMW’s Art Drive! (their exclamation; it’s certainly not mine) exhibition of Art Cars! in a trendy urban Car Park! in London’s trendy urban Shoreditch! Cars? Yes. Art? No. I initially got the letters jumbled and typed “crap ark”, which is probably closer to the truth.

As I say in the article, I’m trying really hard to think of something that has less to do with art than a collaboration between BMW’s publicity department, the ICA, LOCOG, the Mayor of London’s office, and some Nathan Barleys who claim to be ‘intervening at an urban scale to re-imagine life in the city’.

Anyway, please read the article. It’s good, even though some excellent insults relating to Jeff Koons and Ekow Eshun were cut out. Something to do with libel, probably. (Shrug).


Artists Walk & Talk 20 July 2012 Orford Ness

July 17th, 2012 | Posted by Elaine in art | event - (Comments Off)

Jane and Louise Wilson

‘Blind Landing’ Walk & Talk
Friday 20 July 2-4pm

Artists Jane and Louise Wilson have created a series of commissions for Untrue Island, a project on Orford Ness initiated and developed by Commissions East and the National Trust. A combination of sculpture, musical composition, narration and the real-time sounds of Orford Ness capture the spirit of this constantly changing, evocative and remote location.

‘Blind Landing’ is Jane and Louise’s response. It refers to the Blind Landing Experimental Unit that was operational during the Cold War period and comprises a series of sculptures inspired by a yardstick measure once employed in the film industry as a measure for scale in the building of film sets.

Jane & Louise will be leading an artists ‘Walk & Talk’ around the installations on The Ness for local artists on Friday 20 July from 2-4pm.

This is a free event but places are extremely limited due to site access restrictions and booking is essential. For more information and to secure a place please call Elaine Tribley on 07775 744276 or email

You Me Trust Fund Train

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by admin in discussion | event | press - (Comments Off)

From this article about a theatre company’s productions involving tickets costing £20, one audience member at a time, hundreds of performers and no pay whatsoever for any of them:

… a great quote by Samuel West:

“The idea of having one audience member at a time can be terribly exciting for both audience and performers, and by its nature won’t earn much from the box office. But no matter how good the artistic results, I can’t support a working model where actors aren’t paid at all. Otherwise the only people who can afford to be in those shows are those who have other jobs or savings or private incomes – and that alters the demographic of actors you can use, and eventually the demographic of the profession.”

He’s right, and the same goes for any art form. Equity are considering court action.

PS: The article does mention that the company had support from the Barbican, but doesn’t even allude to the fact that they also had about £40,000 cash in hand for the show in question from the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award (details of the award here, proof here). This makes their protestations that they don’t make a bean from doing the show ring a bit hollow.


The Art of Collecting Sculpture

June 29th, 2012 | Posted by david kefford in art | blog | discussion | event | interview | research | venue - (Comments Off)

Just read an interesting article on the ArtSpace blog: The Art of Collecting Sculpture – A Q&A With SculptureCenter Director Mary Ceruti.  Some of the questions she faces echo those that we were asking at our second public discussion event, Collecting the Uncollectable at Aid & Abet – issues such as size, longevity, location, taste, cost etc and the “challenges and opportunities for both artist and collectors, who make and buy work that doesn’t necessarily fit the traditional view of art works as unique and self-contained object”.

Read the whole blog post here

… are just two of things that happen when Kanye West decides that he’s a video artist and makes a seven screen installation to be shown in Cannes. Well, in a tent in a car park in Cannes- naughty Kanye isn’t the first and nor will he be the last artist to massage their CV by claiming more approval, imprimatur and enthusiasm for his work than actually exists. Like those artists, he’s probably gambling (and he’s probably right) that people will notice “Cannes” first then skip all subsequent processing.

West is nothing if not canny (there could be sort of a canny/Kanye pun here but I can’t be bothered to deal with it. Here are the parts, make your own). He financed this project with Qatari money. Qatar is the richest country in the world, and the Arabian peninsula in general is one of the new hotspots for contemporary art buying, selling and commissioning. Probably because they’ve already got all the gold-plated Bentleys, gold-plated toilets, gold-plated wives, and indentured foreign domestics they could possibly want, now they need something else to piddle their ill-gotten money away on.

The Guardian says:

“Cruel Summer makes a statement. The statement is business as usual. The film, the screening, the car park-bound semi-premiere. This is Kanye selling Kanye, through the latest method that’s grabbed his fancy.”

While I think West richly deserves to have his pretentiousness, arrogance and pomposity mocked, statements like the one above do make me think: based on this kind of assessment, how is Kanye West any different or worse than Tracey Emin, for example, or Damien Hirst, or any number of other successful (and critically lauded by the orthodox art world) contemporary artists? How is ‘Cruel Summer’ less stupid, banal and egotistical than Tacita Dean’s work for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern?

The Guardian:

… and to The Guardian’s shame, there’s much more detail about the film and better analysis of how it came to be made at the ridiculously trashy and shallow Hollywood Reporter.


An event at the Royal College of Art in about a fortnight (6th June). They say:

“Capitalism isn’t working and the world is plummeting into a downward economic spiral, dragging down society and the environment with it.

Prominent activists from the world of art, design and economics discuss the imperative of finding new way forwards [sic], and ask what the role of the arts and design might be in a new economic revolution.

Chaired by Cecilia Wee, RCA
Introduction by Livia Lima, RCA graduating student


Looks like an interesting subject and a discussion worth participating in, but a mild slap on the wrist from Market Project for using the term “creatives”, which is irreversibly tarnished by the advertising industry’s misuse of it.