Exhibition of Topolski Studio’s Residents’ reportage drawings

Private view Friday 3rd October 6.30pm at Topolski Studio,

Open to the public with drop-in family art activities: Saturday 4th-Sunday 5th October 10am-6pm, Monday 6th October 10am-5pm and Tuesday 7th October 10am-3pm

Topolski Studio and Reportager, University of the West of England, present the work of Ed Burn, Luisa Crosbie, Pat Macdonald, Jack Miller, Jack Wheatley and Georgia Wilson, the Residents of the Chronicle Residency Programme, at Topolski Studio.

For Topolski Studio’s Chronicle Residency Programme, six young artists  reported local issues and events through drawing, having received Masterclasses from artists Gary Embury, Anne Howeson, Julia Midgley, Chloé Regan and Lucinda Rogers. They produced a hand-printed Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing, chronicling contemporary issues of the Twenty-First Century just as artist Feliks Topolski did of the Twentieth.

Feliks Topolski (1907-1989) was the first artist on the South Bank, having set up studios here in 1953 from where he hand-printed over 2,300 of his on the spot drawings as his broadsheet Chronicles. Covering events from the Queen’s Coronation to London street scenes, the Chronicles bristle with comment and observation about the people, politics and events of the time.

Sixty years since Topolski launched his Chronicles, Topolski Studio’s Chronicle for the Twenty-First Century and accompanying reportage drawings of London will be exhibited alongside Feliks Topolski’s original Chronicles and drawings, contrasting what Topolski recorded 50 and 60 years ago with what the young artists’ record today.

There will also be an exhibition of work from Topolski Studio’s Fellows, Matt Booker, Laura Fitton, Josh Morris, Alex Nicholson, Chloë Parke and Louis Vinet, to see their work one year on from their participation in the Programme.

Topolski Studio is located behind the secirity barrier of the Southbank Centre around the back of the restaurant Ping Pong.

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