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25 January - 8 March 2005

Cafe 171 @ Jerwood Space

Mon - Fri 9-5pm Sat-Sun 11-3pm

Cafe 171, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN

The Café Space at Jerwood Space provides an opportunity for young emerging artists to exhibit in a busy and vibrant atmosphere serving artists, business people and the general public. Complementing the Gallery itself and the Art Walls in the Courtyard, the Café offers artists the chance to show existing or site-specific pieces over a period of six weeks.

Richard Cramp is a London based artist whose work relies on the spectator’s perception of a situation. Often illusionary in nature, the work contains architectural constructions such as; doors, corridors and stairs, recognisable phenomenon which can be perceived as an entrance or exit to a further unseen space. The work is influenced by the built up world in which we exist ranging from every day functional buildings to the sublime. The design and construction methods used to create the site specific works are particular to each space, using similar materials that could be used in the original construction of the space. The quality of the piece is paramount to the believability of the experience helping to make the work merge into its environment. A play in scale brings the subtlety and an air of excitement. It is this, along with the design style, that sets up a narrative for the spectator’s imagination to pursue beyond the given.

It’s a Small World combines two elements of Richards practice, drawing and sculpture. Merging these elements allows him to push beyond the boundaries of the physical space and have unlimited range in an undetermined world. The presence of the sculpture emphasises the language of illusion in perspectival drawing.

Richard Cramp studied and Cheltenham and Gloucester College of HE (1999-2000) and Wimbledon School of Art (2001-4). He was Artist in Residence at Salvagnac, France (2004). Selected group exhibitions include: Public Address, Stratford Circus, London (2003); One Night Stand, Notting Hill Arts Club, London (2003); Platform for the Future, South Wimbledon Underground Station, London 2003, Cannizaro Park, London (2003); Elevate, Rhythm Factory, London (2004) and the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2004, Jerwood Space, London and touring nationally.

The Jerwood Space is a major initiative of the Jerwood Foundation. As well as providing excellent rehearsal facilities for young dance and theatre companies to develop their work at a greatly reduced cost, this beautifully refurbished Victorian school building houses a spectacular contemporary art Gallery. The Gallery is free to visitors and exhibits a year-round programme of work by young artists and photographers, including the prestigious awards and prizes supported by the Jerwood Charity including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Sculpture Prize, Jerwood Artist Platform and Jerwood Photography Awards.

There is a chance to see work by artists who have been commissioned by the Jerwood Charity, in association with Hales Gallery, to produce work for the Art Wall, a series of huge panels, in the courtyard.

Nearest tube - Southwark (Jubilee line) or Borough (Northern Line)

For further information please contact Sarah Williams: – 020 7654 0171

171 Union Street, London SE1, T. 020 7654 0171 F. 0207 6540172


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