The discussion in Britanka held on September 4 coincided with the exhibition of the same name that opened two days later in Triumph gallery. This exhibition featured graphic works, paintings and ceramics created by graduates of several creative universities in the UK, including the Royal College of Art, USL Slade, Goldsmiths, University of London, and The Glasgow School of Art. The authors of the project share common interest in materiality and the manual work as opposed to the speculative, interest in abstraction as opposed to the figurative, and a mix of different media and environmental installations as a creative method. Grayson Perry, Fischli & Weiss duo, Ron Kitaj, Neo Rauch and other masters of contemporary art became the sources of inspiration for the works of the British graduates.
The BHSAD was an educational partner of this exhibition and served as a discussion platform of the relevant to artists topics. The authors of works exhibited in the gallery participated in the discussion at the School’s: Jessie Makinson, Julia Yosilzon, Lindsay Mendik, Victoria Kosheleva. William Reese (Roaming projects, London) was the guest speaker and moderator of the event, and Sofia Simakova was the curator.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the revival of modernism in art and the principles of the new emerging trend in the modern artistic world, characterized by the use of graphics, painting and ceramics as the main media, and by London being the centre of it.