Saturday, 9 September 2017

Stations of Water - St. Paul's Cathedral, 25th September - 27th October 2017

Stations of Water - nine artists have created site-specific artworks for a temporary exhibition at St. Paul's Cathedral; part of St. Paul's Institute's, Just Water 2017 campaign. 

For more info please visit St.Paul's Institute's website

Design: Kelise Franclemont

Sunday, 20 August 2017

What Hat am I Wearing Today?

Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts, MOCA London, 3-23 September 2017
Private View: 3rd September, 2-4pm

Open Thursday to Saturday, 2pm - 6pm, or by appointment.

Late Night Traveller, 2017, installation view. Image credit: Laurin Gutwin

To view the press release, or for more info please visit the gallery website

In their duo-exhibition at MOCA London, Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts present What Hat am I Wearing Today?, a multi-media installation exploring the non-stable identity-reality of living and working in the second decade of the 21st century.

The install offers images of the everyday and passed by spectacle alongside fragments of intimate disclosure. The slogan on an ice cream van: often licked, never beaten; a tattooed and made-up commuter caught in the glass of the S-Bahn; someone singing in the shower; a London resident’s narration of his dreams and strategy for survival.

In the setting of MOCA, its contrasting physicality and agenda is echoed in Abbott and Roberts’ exhibition. A space both industrial-modern yet domestic and intimate; cool yet warm; global yet local in its outlook finds parallels in the work. Abbott’s video/sculptural practice and Roberts’s painting practice are pushed into opposition and cohesion. Working independently, yet collaboratively, they aim to explore the possible pathways of contrast and cohesion that can be inferred from their collective installation...

Reflective Stare 1, 2017, detail.  Image credit: Laurin Gutwin
Abbott and Roberts have worked together before. They are interested in how the site-specificity affects their separate and joint work. They are interested in process and the formal aspects of their individual and joint media from the play with paint to a way of framing with the camera; looking at the edge of things; observation in all forms. It should be noted that the install is often the making of the work itself for both artists; testing-trialing- exchanging ideas; a shared discourse whose finalised work centres the viewer in making his/her own threads within and between the artists’ separate elements. For What Hat am I Wearing Today? it’s about daily survival, banal daydreams, the durability of the individual, transient authorship, and questioning the pace of life.

Download the E-catalogue

Relating articles: Lawfully Chic
What Hat am I Wearing Today?  Writer: Lucy Fry

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

INDUSTRIADA, Katowice, Poland, 9-10 June

Following on from Connect:Katowice, the British-Polish, art exchange and final exhibition, presently on show at the Rondo Gallery, Katowice, the alliance of artists, Karina Kaluza, Monika Mysiak and Alex Roberts are additionally to be part of INDUSTRIADA, the Festival of Monuments of Technology on the 9-10 June.

The three-female, painting collective is installing some works at the Historical Museum Katowice, Rymarska Street, Nikiszowiec (a former mining community’s laundry & wash house for women and children). The display's aim is to drape their painted pieces over the old, large wooden drying racks, mangles and linen presses. Kaluza, Mysiak and Roberts feel this is an acute matching and appropriate, site specific way for their working research to be portrayed, involve the viewer; linking them back to the community that initially inspired their Connect:Katowice, exchange conversations.

The Connect: Katowice discourse: for Kaluza, Mysiak and Roberts, fabric and the ‘materiality of painting’ is something they all share. The curiosity to capture the transient nature of our human trace is of equal common importance.

With these two key interests in mind, Roberts initially shared her curiosities with the sense of community, derived from Katowice’s mining heritage she witnessed. They followed this lead and re-visited Nikiszowiec as a group. Their thoughts became anchored from and within this experience.

Setting their works together as a painting installation, a maze of fabrics, not entirely washed out and clean, they are investigating a sensory experience of painting. Fabrics are embroidered, dyed, painted, ruffled, pulled, bringing to mind not necessarily clean, folded and ironed laundry, but an ambiguous collection of cloths that question is this fabric, a painting, laundry, or a series of drifting associations that infer the in-between, or allude to something else? Is this the laundry before washing, leaving clear traces of human human presence, or the over-washed kind, familiarly loved that holds reminisce of human stains not wishing to be seen?

Whether it is the install at the Rondo Gallery, or the previous, testing opportunity shared at the Ply Gallery, London, and now the site-specific display at the Historical Museum Katowice, the painters have
“continued re-looking at local heritage, ancestry; British-Polish past relationships and our present, common European concerns,”
with for Kaluza, Mysiak and Roberts, fabric being the go-between.

For more information about the their exhibition within the museum, and the museum's program of events please click here

Maze of Fabrics, Rondo Gallery June 2017. Image credits: Alex Roberts

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Connect: Katowice - Expo Finale!

Exploring the interplay between the artist, the viewer and the location, surveying the balance between what is outwardly-facing and what we keep to ourselves.* 

Approx. 35 Polish-UK artistic collaborations provide a chance to witness and share the benefits of learning and communicating across cultural and geographic boundaries.

"Connect: Katowice is a year-long collaboration between around 35 British and Polish artists, divided into groups or “Connections”, all aiming to demonstrate the benefits and learning through intercultural communication. The first exhibition in London, December 2016 furthered these relationships and established new ones; now the artists come together again, this time in Katowice, Poland to realise the fruits of 12 months’ collaboration in a new exhibition at the Rondo Gallery in the centre of Katowice".  

For more info please visit

Forthcoming exhibition dates and info for Katowice are accessible via this link

Connect: Katowice is kindly supported by Arts Council England & British Council upon receiving a grant from the Artists' International Development Fund, and Culture Poland.

Follow us @ConnectKatowice

* Author of Concept: Alex Roberts 2015

Monday, 12 December 2016

3 female painters, 3 European locations - Connect: Katowice's, pairings update.


Please view the video at the given size, 
stretching it will loose quality and resolution, thank you.

Copyright © 2016 Karina Kaluza, Monika Kysiak and Alex Roberts.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Connect: Katowice - London workshop and exhibition 1-16 December

Coming soon... Connect:Katowice’s first public display - LONDON
The British-Polish exchange project, supported by Arts Council England and The British Council (Artists International Development Fund) is sharing it's progress from 2nd December at the Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall.

This Cross-cultural, creative collaboration, set of workshops, talks and exhibition are an opportunity for the public to visit the working update of the international conversations, gaining insights into the variety of individual pairings underway.  

A plethora of free events are being offered, where families and all members of the public are welcome.  A chance to learn, share and engage with cross-cultures and geographic boundaries.

The timetable is outlined above and further information can be found via the following routes:
Connect:Katowice Facebook  
Twitter @ConnectKatowice

The press release, details about the accompanying public talk hosted by Chelsea College of Arts and fuller information can all be accessed via the website.

Image credits: Marilyn Collins and Wojtek Kazimierczak.
Previous design support for Connect:Katowice, special thanks, Joseph Lichy.
Included design, courtesy of Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre.

A lucky laundry find!

A lucky laundry find – Alex Roberts, Karina Kaluza, Monika Mysiak in Katowice!

The drying racks, the Historical Museum Katowice, today’s Rymarska Street.  
Photo credit: Alex Roberts

Learn more about Alex Roberts' British-Polish exchange pairing and recent research trip (2-4 Nov) by clicking here