When: 3rd May 2014, 12 noon – 5pm
Where: The exhibition takes place in a route along the canal from Markfield Park, N15 4RB to Stonebridge Lock, N17 0XB, next to Tottenham Marshes.
What is it?
Canalology is a one-day art festival giving visitors a changed experience of the Tottenham canalside. The Canalology exhibition will include sculpture, drawing, digital animation, performance art, installation and architecture, alongside a programme of storytelling, talks and workshops.
The festival invites you to discover a side to Tottenham that you never knew existed, with works including a pedal powered candyfloss maker, cloud deckchairs, portable foxes and an elaborate home for birds.
Through film, drawing and installation, artists map the network of waterways, exploring these as passageways or as barriers in the landscape of the city, delving into their hidden histories. Sculpture and architecture projects explore the habitats of the Lea Valley canalside, and its potential as a home for wild or mythical creatures.
Artists taking part in Canalology include AtelierFraSe (Francesco Gorni and Serena Montesissa), Gwen Bajon, James Capper, Mary Yacoob, Olga Koroleva, Fiona Long, Rebecca Leach, Ilka Leukefeld, Samantha Penn, Jenny Rolfe Herbert and Natasha Vicars.
Highlights of Canalology include a nomadic architecture workshop, AtelierFraSe. Pursue an interest in the canalside as a home for wildlife and create ‘Shelters’; two wooden structures appearing for one-day only and aiming to act as a home for birds.
Artist Fiona Long will present Sublime Canalgae Floss in which visitors will be served delicious yet sludgy green coloured candyfloss, resembling canal algae. Fiona Long is making a pedal powered candyfloss maker for Canalology. The project aims to encourage us to examine relationships between food, function, our levels of consumption, art, the environment and aesthetics.
The festival will include a hand-drawn map of the canals in Tottenham by artist Mary Yacoob, a print of which will be given away to attendees with the event programme. Yacoob’s practice centres on drawing and visual languages like maps and technical plans. The finely detailed hand-drawn map shows her particular approach to the use of pattern and geometry, and references the peculiarities of antique map designs.
Canalology is a POST Artists project. POST is the peer-led UK network for artists who respond to place. POST has previously presented major art projects in outer London boroughs and projects can be situated anywhere, engaging with overlooked and disused spaces and investigating notions of public space.
More info: www.postartists.com/canalology