Tom Estes in Performance/ artist talk- Man With A Camera at Dilston Grove. In Estes’ work, audience members are asked to interact with the performance by taking pictures on what the artist calls a “communal camera”. The pictures are then posted on social networking sites for another, wider on-line audience.
On Saturday, April 27, 2013 a programme of live art at CGP London- A dynamic raw space for site-specific installation and performance at Dilston Grove, a Grade II Listed building within Southwark Park, London’s oldest Metropolitan park.
Beg, Borrow, Steal presented “A host of artists from dark corners, glittery stages, white-walled galleries and gravelly gutters. For centuries, it has been widely recognised that many who create that anomaly known as “art” may well be looked upon as outsiders, deviants, depraved or mad …and vice versa.”
Beg, Borrow, Steal called upon “the spirits of famous artistic, professional (and only sometimes deceased) degenerates such as Genet, Bataille, Orridge, Artaud, Kahlo, Wilde, Emin, Camus, Darger, DeLarverie, Bacon and Duchamp (to name a few).” There was a reconsecration of this one-time church in a new guise, as a haven for those outside of the norm, for some impossibly ‘queer’ artists and their ‘odd-fellow’ associates.” Beginning gradually from the early afternoon, Dilston Grove was occupied by a handful of works to be surveyed and interfered with by visitors, who were encouraged to look upon this wholly unholy environment from their entirely unique perspectives. Later into the day and evening became a smorgasbord of shorter performance works building to a crescendo of celebration for the outside, the inside, the upside and the flipside.
Since the foundation of CGP by the Bermondsey Artists’ Group in 1984, community integration and inclusiveness has been central to the values. During this time, a fully evolved learning programme has developed, to encompass shifting demographics, the interests of local people and the changing ways that artists work with audiences. Cafe Gallery’s modern purpose- built space comprises of three interlinked ‘white room’ spaces and a patio garden. Dilston Grove is a Grade II Listed building providing a cavernous raw space for large scale installations and performance, a reception area and learning space. The Bermondsey Artists’ Group is a registered educational charity (No.1073851).
Featuring Natalie Adams, Giles Bunch, James Cawson, Lucy Doherty, Sarah Gavin, Ruby Glaskin, Richard Kightley, Kate Mahony, Adam Robertson, Nigel & Louise, Katy Baird, Tom Estes, Peter Georgallou, Robin Klassnik, Jordan Mckenzie, Niall O’Riain, Adam Papaphilippopoulos, Annabelle Stapleton-Crittenden