Piece included as part of Gavin Turk’s ‘Portrait of an Egg’ at Photo London, Somerset House from Thursday 16 May – Sunday 19 May 2019.

‘Looking at art by photographing it has now become a dominant way of behaving. Art is being constantly exposed to the glare of the internet and social media; everyone has a camera and a new way of seeing. I want to take this moment a step further and invite the worlds photographers to take part in a mass creative act.’ – Gavin Turk

In partnership with The Other Art Fair and taking place at the Old Truman Brewery, the Unmissable exhibition will feature portraits of missing loved ones as interpreted by renowned artists.

Missing People and curator Ben Moore are producing a unique exhibition featuring emerging and established artists to raise awareness of missing people.

For my portrait I was given a list of names and became drawn to Andrew Gosden who disappeared at the age of 14 on 14 September 2007. After pretending to go to school in Doncaster, he returned to his family home, got changed into a Slipknot t-shirt, withdrew £200 from his bank account and took a train to London.

Andrew is a few years younger than me and I would imagine we shared many similar cultural influences, I can relate to being the age of 14 and listening to rock music like Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. For my source image I choose to use a picture of Andrew taken a few years prior to his disappearance, in a sense, the innocence of early teen years is what I hoped to convey in the portrait.

While painting Andrew I was struck by many questions; who was he? What did he think about? And of course where is he now? The desperate tale of Andrew’s last sighting at King’s Cross station, in the heart of the overwhelming metropolis of London, became a source of inspiration for the portrait that I have gone on to produce.

Thank you to Kevin and his family for their support.

If you have any information please contact missing: 116000

http://helpustofindandrew.weebly.com/

https://www.unmissable25.com/

https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/vbjwb3/the-strange-disappearance-of-andrew-gosden

9 contemporary artists explore play in the modern world

A short stroll from Hammersmith, alongside the river sits Re:Centre, a new sanctuary of rest and reflection.

Here nine artists have been joined a three-month residency where they have explored the impact of play on our wellbeing, especially in adult life. They have expressed this playfulness through their various mediums – tapping into the natural instinct to experiment, fool around and make a mess. The programme has been curated by public art curator, Ben Moore, and culminates in a collaborative and interactive exhibition.

The show will be opened by BBC art critic and Christie’s Curator, Terence Rodrigues, on 24 January 2019 at 6.30 pm. It will then be open to the public from 25 January – 6 February from 8 am – 6 pm daily.

‘Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be.’  Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Re:Centre Present ‘Choose Your Hero’ Exhibition

In the communal Riverside studio at Re:Centre, Hammersmith, nine London based artists have been given the chance to step out of their traditional modes of working, and enter a reflective and inspiring space to reconnect to themselves, to others and to their creative practice.

‘Choose your Hero’ opens with a private view on 4th October 6.30 – 8.30 pm at Re:Centre. Following the private view the exhibition is open to the pubic (admission free) 11 am – 5 pm daily until 17th October.

25% of the proceeds go towards developing Special Yoga at Re:Centre which aims to support and facilitate the practice of yoga for children and adults with special needs.

Private View: Thursday 4th October, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Address: Re:Centre, Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London  W6 9HA

Exhibition runs until 17th October 2018,  11am – 5pm daily

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Timothy Gatenby, Sabrina Rowan Hamilton, Jo Holland, Harriet Hoult, Emma Johansen, Ru Knox, Stephanie Mill, Fleur van der Minne, Rita de Sa, Simon Stephenson, James Vaulkhard

CURATOR: Ben Moore