Rula Jones Brock: finalist at Critical Mass, Photolucida

Rula Jones Brock, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, has been selected as a finalist in Critical Mass, Photolucida, with her series of photography and digital painting Self-Portrait as an Arab American. This series explores figureless figurations through the juxtaposition of iconic clothing from the Middle East and Americana. It is a personal commentary on multiculturalism, as well as a satire on stereotypes.

Photolucida is an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Their mission is to provide platforms that expand, inspire, educate and connect the regional, national, and international photography community.

Part of Photolucida, Critical Mass is an annual online program that makes connections within the photography community. Photographers at any level, from anywhere in the world, submit a portfolio of 10 images. Through a pre-screening process, the field is narrowed to a group of 200 finalists who go on to have their work viewed and voted on by over 200 esteemed international photography professionals.

From the finalist group, the Top 50 are named and a series of awards are given. In the past, awards have included a monograph award, residency awards, solo show awards, and group show inclusion.


Karel Bata’s installation at Singapore Night Festival 2017

Karel Bata, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, had his work on show at Singapore Night Festival 2017, which ran from the 18th – 26th August 2017. Bata’s installation, named The Tree That Blinked, was a series of digitally manipulated portraits projected into an old Banyan tree in which the artist triggers and explores the mystery and myths that form such a large part of our perception of woodlands.

The work moves and shifts as the leaves are blown in the wind, so facial expressions seem to change too as the faces appear to undergo transformations of age and identity. Blended with real movements in the face videos, and subtle morphs from face to face, this provides a compelling illuison of something alive within the tree, of spirits within. You can watch it here.

Every year the Singapore Night Festival features a theme, and previous editions have showcased international acts such as the spellbinding ‘Gardens of Angels’ by Theater Tol (2015), and the dazzling ‘Fuerzabruta’ by Ozono Producciones (2012), where an aerial dancer sprinkles confetti while gyrating to live music. The signature highlight of the festival surely must be the interactive light installations that turn the facades of the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore into ephemeral works of wonder. Night owls will enjoy the many events held late into the night at cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore Art Museum, The Substation and more.


Derek Man wins Excellence Award at Canon Competition

A meeting of the New Cosmos of Photography 2018 (41st competition) Excellence Award Selection Committee was held at Canon Inc.’s Shimomaruko headquarters in Tokyo.

This year, applications were received from April 18 until June 13, and 7 Excellence Award winners and 12 Honorable Mention Award winners were selected from 1,992 entrants.

Excellence Award Winners include Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicant and former Artrooms Fair Roma selected artist Derek Man (selected by Hiraki Sawa); Song-Nian Ang (selected by Emilia van Lynden); Kyosuke Sasaki (selected by Kunie Sugiura); Susumu Okada (selected by Sandra Phillips); Masashi Beppu (selected by Takashi Yasumura); Shinichiro Uchikura (selected by Tomoko Sawada); Megumi Yamakoshi (selected by Noi Sawaragi).

The Excellent Award winners will be exhibiting their work at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in November.

The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers pursuing new possibilities in creative photographic expression. The annual contest, launched in 1991, has been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of the contestant or the theme, the number, or format of entered works. As such, the contest encourages the creative activities that push the boundaries of photography’s potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners by means of exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website.

With the support and cooperation of renowned photographers, videographers, artists, curators, and photo and art critics from Japan and around the world who have endorsed the contest’s objectives and have been involved in judging the contest, the New Cosmos of Photography has turned out a great number of outstanding photographers who are enjoying widespread success around the world. As a result, the contest has come to be regarded today as a gateway to success for new photographers.


Sue Ransley Finalist of Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize

Sue Ransley is one of 21 finalists in the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2018 organised by Ecclestone Art Agency. Sponsored by The Holly Bush Hampstead, Cass Art, Flux Exhibitions and The Edinburgh Beer Factory the exhibition is to be at Burgh House and Museum, Hampstead 25th to 29th July.
Part of wider project to support and celebrate female artists, the The Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter  focuses on supporting and encouraging the careers of emerging female painters. This prize is aimed at women painters who wish to extend their artistic practice and develop their artistic careers beyond the studio


Lorette Kos and Marleen de Vries are exhibiting their aquarels and acrylic paintings at the Toerist Information exhibition-hall in Las Tricias. They are inspired by La Palma’s exciting nature and starry skies.

Lorette Kos and Marleen de Vries are two Dutch artists from the Canary Island La Palma. They are inspired by the island’s rough and stunning nature and by the night skies with their infinite amounts of stars that make you feel like you can almost touch them and take a peak into the universe. The municipality in the north of the island facilitates the exhibition by allowing us to use their beautiful galery-hall and by promoting the exhibition all over the island. The opening will take place on Sunday July 22nd.

Marleen de Vries works with aquarels. She has a colorful and natural way of painting flowers and animals, all with a special warm and bright light. Lorette’s work has various dimensions: she has submitted some mountain views and landscapes, as well as the first part of her Cosmic Series, an expression of her true passion to bring home the concept that the universe will support you if you can be open to it. For the same purpose Lorette Kos has also made a special B-collection: a series of Bees with inspirational quotes to celebrate, stimulate and honor yourself. She has made affordable canvas prints in order to make the paintings accessible to everyone.

The exhibition will take place from the 21st July to the 10th August 2018

Maria Giovanni Morelli at Terrena, Bassa Romagna, Italy

TERRENA is a display of traces of land art in Bassa Romagna, Italy running from the 21st – 28th July 2018. It traces a small but very precious constellation of little-known, silent and hidden places in Bassa Romagna for the very first time: amongst rows of fields, orchards and isolated little woods, meadows, sheds and farms, rivers and riverbanks, canals and basins, parish churches and bell towers, mazes and pathways.

The space has inspired artists Alessia Agnoletti, Rosa Banzi, Fausto Ferri, Marcello Di Camillo, Loretta Zaganelli and Collettivo Instabile Morelli Mazzesi – which Maria Giovanna Morelli, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants and past selected artist, is part of – to create nine installations in horizontal communication with the land and in vertical communication with the woods and trees.
21st June, from 6:30 to 8:30pm – Two performances will take place to invite participants to make contact with the land and the trees.
27th June, from 8:30pm – Night-time walk with the audience accompanied by Balkan music.

The installations will be on display until 28th July, from 8:00am to 9:30pm.

Chlo Elizabeth: Artist in Residence with East Street Arts

Chlo Elizabeth, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, has been selected for the Artist in Residence programme with East Street Arts. This will be a 6 months residency with free academic support and studio space.

East Street Arts is a contemporary arts organisation working across the UK and EU. Their mission is to support artists to create work that brings lasting change to our everyday lives, through their activities programme, professional development and for being leaders in providing temporary and permanent spaces to the creative community.

East Street Arts develops artists’ residencies and exchanges across Europe that support artists to take time out from day to day commitments and spend time within new environments. Find out more here.

A Tinge of Space

Sheikh Khadijah Amin, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, is taking part in an upcoming group show called A Tinge of Space, at Studio Seven Gallery, in Karachi, Pakistan. The exhibition will run from the 17th – 21st July 2018, with the private view being held on Tuesday the 17th from 5 – 8pm. Other artists exhibiting include Ali Asad Naqvi, Usman Kalid and Zainab Abdul Hussain.

Sheikh Khadijah Amin’s work revolves around the concept of having the essences of someone even when they are no longer there. Her new body of work embodies herself in isolation as a reflection of the aftermath of human interactions and emotions.

Studio Seven Gallery is part of Studio Seven House of Architecture + Art & Design. The company takes pride in not just creating architectural spaces but imprints of an art experience.

F42/1 E street, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi-75600, Pakistan

Get in touch to request information about opening hours.



Adam de Ville shortlisted for Watercolour Competition

Now in its 31st year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.

Open to all UK-based artists, the competition offers a generous range of prizes including a First Prize of £6000, Second Prize of £3000 and Third Prize of £1000.

Approximately one hundred works are selected by a panel of leading figures from the art world including Louis Wise, critic and writer for The Sunday Times, James Stewart, founder of Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel and artists Ishbel Myerscough and Paul Newland.

Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicant Adam de Ville has been shortlisted to exhibit his work this year.

The shortlisted works will be shown at the Mall Galleries, London from 18 – 23 September 2018 before touring to venues across the UK. The first stop on the tour will be Guildford House Gallery, Surrey, a beautiful 17th century Grade 1 Listed Town House located on Guildford High Street.

Rula Jones Brock at Centre Pompadour

Rula Jones Brock, applicant for Artrooms Fair London 2019, will be in residency at  CENTRE POMPADOUR, the laboratory of neo- feminism.

CENTRE POMPADOUR welcomes like-minded creative professionals from all over the world to work on projects that place gender equality and feminist empowerment at the heart of the creative process and outreach. It offers accommodation and private work space for a determined period of time. It works as a post-capitalistic undertaking which means flexible fees for its residents.

It also offers a lot of privacy, surrounded by a lot of nature. Each of the four guest rooms have their own private bathroom. Other facilities include a top-floor attic atelier of 50m2, a well assorted library of women’s history readings and art literature, a well-tuned piano, and spacious indoor and outdoor living areas intended to be filled with creativity.

It is located in the tiny village of Ercourt, which is situated in the Baie de Somme area, a nature reserve of the french Picardie.
Picardie is a region that has been at the heart of european history for well over a thousand years, though its historic heritage includes some of the finest mediaeval cathedrals in France, a lot of châteaux and many sites of the great war, it is not one of the great tourist regions of France.

To qualify for the creatives-in-residency program at CENTRE POMPADOUR, laboratory of neofeminism, you have to be a creative professional or an undergraduate or graduate art student or do research in the fields of feminism or gender studies.


Tag, iron-on patches, 3″ dia., 2018

The following work by Rula Jones Brock juxtaposes the Texas Lone Star from the American South-West and the Islamic moon and star, while incorporating a double Letter “A” which represents the word Arab-American. The work references the patch from the Jewish Holocaust, as well as the Scarlet Letter from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel. The piece addresses racism towards the Arab-American population in the United States.

The patches are created from an original digital design, which are then machine manufactured. These works will be further embellished by hand during the residency at CENTRE POMPADOUR.



laboratoire néoféministe
9 rue du château
80210 Ercourt