Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential and visionary photographers, and founder and director of award-winning fashion website SHOWstudio.com. As a fashion photographer, he has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty and is fêted for his groundbreaking creative collaborations with leading designers including Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen. Advertising campaigns for the most prestigious clients such as Christian Dior, Lancôme, Swarovski, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein or Yves Saint Laurent as well as award-winning editorial for W, British Vogue, Paris Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Another, Another Man and i-D magazines have consistently kept Knight at the vanguard of progressive image-making for the past three decades. He has directed award winning music videos for Bjork, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. His first book of photographs, Skinheads, was published in 1982, winning a DandAD award in 1996. He has since produced Nicknight, a twelve year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures, both published by Schirmer Mosel. His latest book entitled Nick Knight was published by Harper Collins in 2009 .His work has been exhibited at such international art institutions as the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers' Gallery, Hayward Gallery and the Gagosian Gallery. In 1993, he also produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.
Gavin Turk (b 1967) is a British born, international artist. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.
Turk’s installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the ‘authorship’ of a work, Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp.
In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, ‘Cave’, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and has since been exhibited by many major galleries and museums throughout the world.
Turk has recently been commissioned to make several public sculptures including Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paul’s cathedral, London, England. In 2013 Prestel published Turk’s first major monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published ‘This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk’ which playfully explores themes associated with the artist’s work via thirty notable contributors.
Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work.
Mark Power & Jo Coles
Mark Power (born UK, 1959) and Jo Coles (born UK, 1966) have each pursued their individual practices for many years, and only recently have begun to collaborate. Their work is place-based, exploring the genius loci of territories both familiar and new. They adopt differing approaches which compliment each other: Power photographs the landscape, while Coles acts as a kind of urban archeologist, discovering her subject through the discarded waste she collects and classifies.
Mark Power is a member of Magnum Photos, a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members. His self-initiated projects sit comfortably alongside a number of large-scale commissions in the industrial sector. Power has published eight photobooks, and his prints have been shown in numerous galleries and museums across the world, and are in several important collections, both public and private.
Jo Coles has made numerous large scale structures for outdoor community events while at the same time developing a studio practice described as ‘celebration of the little things'. For many years she has collected objects, both natural and man-made, before creating a series of miniature worlds: “the sort of places I would love to find in ‘real’ life but of course never could; the perfect places just to sit and think”.
Sophie Clements is a visual artist based in London. Taking inspiration from ideas in science and experimental music, Clements manipulates time to create highly constructed objects that grow from their surroundings, producing collages that rely on chance interactions and discourse between the concrete ‘real’ and the constructed ‘unreal’. Her recent work explores the use of video as a form of sculpture, using devices including sculptural installation and video projection to deconstruct and re-assemble time and material to question the notion of physical reality in relation to time and memory.
Professor Steve Macleod (b. 1965) is a landscape photographer who works on both personal and commissioned projects. He travels extensively and his self-initiated projects interpret the landscape as a metaphor to describe historical and humanist subjects that connect us with the environment we inhabit. He uses photography to echo the visual language of 19th century European landscape painting. With an approach to his subjects that formalises over long periods of time, he displays a sensitive affinity with the landscape. Represented by Atlas Gallery in London, he exhibits internationally and his works are held in both private and public collections.
Aimée Parrott is a visual artist who lives and works in London, Her practice spans painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Parrott combines painting and printmaking with techniques more traditionally associated with craft to create works that explore her relationship with time, memory, touch and trace. As well as exhibiting commercially; recent exhibitions include 'Soaked, not resting', a two person show with Helen Frankenthaler at Pippy Houldsworth, 2015 and 'Promise of Palm Trees', at Breese Little, 2015, Parrott has worked with Marie Curie Hospice in Hampsted and The Martlets Hospice in Hove where she delivered workshops and helped to put together exhibitions of patients work.
Parrott graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma from The Royal Academy Schools in 2014, and completed her degree at University College Falmouth with a BA Fine Art in 2009. Recent residencies include the Artists League of New York in 2014 and Angelika studios, High Wycombe in 2013.
Michael O’Reilly’s hallucinatory landscapes playfully investigate the psychological impact of hot, exotic and remote climates and are reminiscent of the literature of authors such as H. G Wells and William Golding. The maelstrom of movement created within each image twists familiar narratives into swirling, biting, chomping moments that continually sway between struggle and grace.
O’Reilly is based in London. He has a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools and a BA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art. He is currently an apprentice Scenic Painter at the Royal Opera House. Recent exhibitions include Saltwater, CABIN gallery, London (2015), Islands of the Blest, Strand Gallery, London (2015), Rover, HSBC Headquarters, London (2015), Neo Print Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton (2014) and Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London (2014). O’Reilly recently completed a two year residency at Sevenoaks School, Kent.
Tim A Shaw
Tim A Shaw’s work explore moments of transition; in-between states of bodies and fleshy masses as they transform, evolve and heal. He has created a series of intensively worked colour field paintings where thickly applied paint behaves as though it is healing, gradually altering as it dries and fixes. His complex collage assemblages are scrupulously executed with the precision of a surgeon. Shaw lives and works in London. He completed a BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s. Recent exhibitions include Crazy Golf, Grosvenor Estates, London (2015), Entrances & Exits, The Warehouse, London (2015), Art I Curate/Ligne Roset, London (2014), The Pierrot Project, Generation & Display, London (2014), Intangible Beauty, Kasher Potamkin, New York (2014), In Your Face, SHOWstudio (2012). He currently has a residency with Griffin Gallery and Winsor & Newton.
Joh Bates Studio strives to create personal spaces of uncomplicated elegance and beauty.
JBS is a small team that work on diverse projects in the UK and overseas. They encourage a hands on approach, strong craftsmanship and a respect for the people, plants and materials they work with. There is a calm fluent aesthetic in their landscapes. Refined yet liveable, ‘wearable’ and sympathetic outdoor spaces for people to be.
Joh completed a horticultural apprenticeship and worked as a gardener before training as a landscape architect. She has worked alongside Christopher Bradley-Hole, Brita Von Schoenaich (BHSLA) and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan in London and Miranda Brooks in New York.