Ting-Ting Cheng by Dean Nicholas
An artist without a studio is like a cook without a kitchen so you can imagine how chuffed the winners of the Artists Without Studios Prize are feeling with Ben Uri Gallery at their disposal. Gone is the formal hanging space and in its place piles of cardboard boxes, magazines, rubbish from the roadside, an armchair, an easel, staple guns, bits of wood, coffee cups, cameras, hifi, tools and a ukelele in ever shifting combinations.
The 4 artists were selected from over 100 entrants to the competition and are all under 28 years old: Ting-Ting Cheng is photographing objects found in and around the museum, David J Huglin is creating a Mappa Mundi of East London, Benedict Goodwin is painting aerial views of a US Boeing factory disguised as a town and Sophie Fishel is making something new, everyday, sculpting cityscapes from packaging and weaving a cake filled coffin. They've been at it nearly 2 weeks now and with 1 week to go, we've no idea what the final exhibition will look like when the coffee cups are cleared away but that's all part of the fun.
You can drop by and see the artists at work next week, Mon-Fri between 2-5.30pm. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 1 September between 10am and 5.30pm and admission is free. To join a tour of the exhibition led by the artists on the final day of the exhibition - Sunday 6 Sept between 2-4pm, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get a sneak preview of work in progress at the Ben Uri Facebook page.