In the meantime…
Pictured: ‘Hand Pattern’, Sonia Uddin, 2018
In the meantime… is an online public programme of commissions by Camden-based artists, whose works act as a companion for our audience to explore the stories, both past and present, between Somers Town in north-west London and neighbouring Camden Art Centre.
The uncertainty of the pandemic has become an everyday state of being. Seeking comfort has taken many forms – we may turn to the solace of a book, listen to music, or a podcast. As we journey through these unprecedented times, we have looked to the potential of companionship, envisaged as standing side by side. In the meantime… acts not as a guide or map, but instead runs parallel to the public. A longing for companionship and belonging has informed our public programme – we present sound, imagery and the written word from Esther Leslie, Sonia Uddin, Louise Gholam, Lucy Joyce, Joygun Nehar, Javier Calderón, Caroline Mawer and Jaimie Denholm as companion pieces to each other, to their users and to a moment shrouded in isolation.
Without predetermining the narrative that the programme will explore, we wish to leave space for the fluidity of storytelling, rather than appropriating this knowledge or experience as our own. We have invited contributors to contemplate small moments of exchange, anecdotes or personal resonances that speak to moments missed and moments that have remained and sustained them in the area between Somers Town in north-west London and neighbouring Camden Art Centre. In the Meantime… is a directory, an interactive PDF and a collection of sound recordings, to be published online on the 7th of May 2021.
In the meantime… we walk, we wander, we wonder.
In the meantime… is curated by Ted Targett, Lolita Gendler, Olivia Abando, Johnnie Valantine, Seulki Yoo and Isadora Graham from the MA Curating Contemporary Art Programme as part of the Graduate Projects 2021, Royal College of Art in partnership with Camden Art Centre.
Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London and writes books on animation, colour, liquid crystals, milk and other substances. She has written and exhibited with Melanie Jackson – notably the projects Deeper in the Pyramid and The Inextinguishable. She is passionate about her local area Somers Town.
Javier Calderón is the director of the UK Mexican Art Society. He moved to the UK from Mexico City in 2004 and started showcasing contemporary Mexican art around 2010. In 2015 he founded the not-for-profit gallery space Chalton Gallery, on Charlton Street, Somers Town. Chalton Gallery evolved into the UK Mexican Arts Society (UKMAS) in 2020.
Jaimie Denholm has been a lifelong resident of Somers Town. He is a writer and graduate of University College London interested in the Romantics and psychogeography.
Joygun Nehar is a British Bangladeshi textile designer from Camden. Joygun’s work celebrates the experiences of living in between the borders of two cultures. Her fascination for textiles was seeded from her childhood as she would watch her mother sew. Joygun specialised in woven textiles, graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2018. She works with educational institutions and creates community workshops in her neighbourhood of Somers Town. Through her work she has been drawn to making and playing with unusual materials, keeping storytelling and upcycling at the core.
Sonia is a visual artist based in London with a social, collaborative, interdisciplinary practice. She grew up in Camden and her current work engages with themes related to its social architecture, housing activism, migration, public space and community voice. Working across film, performance, collage and print, archives and social histories inform a documentary approach to storytelling. She is currently undertaking a commissioned project for Counterpoints Arts.
Lucy Joyce graduated with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Electric Blue, E-Werk Luckenwalde, Germany, 2019-2020 and Proposals + Props, Chalton Gallery, London, 2017. In 2018 she was commissioned by Tate St Ives to make a new site specific artwork: I Becomes You, Becomes We, Becomes Us, a site-specific art work on the coastline involving over 200 local people alongside a performance. Lucy has previously developed a series of public art commissions in towns around the UK including Sittingbourne (2015), Milton Keynes (2016-17) and North Woolwich (2016). Her work was selected for The London Open at The Whitechapel Gallery in 2015 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2014.
Louise Gholam is a French-Lebanese multi-media communicator, who investigates subjects of ‘neo-diasporic’ identity and journalism. Having grown up between French-countryside quietude and the boisterous Beirut. Now based in London, Louise is finishing her masters at the RCA. Recently, Louise has collaborated with art galleries & museums (Onomatopée/ MUDAC), magazines (ISHKAR / Journal Safar) and festivals (Dutch Design Week).
About the RCA
The Royal College of Art, the voice of authority for art and design internationally, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate institution based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing, radical traditionalist in a fast paced world.
The RCA’s approach is founded on the premise that art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today’s global challenges. The College employs around 1000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes.
RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems. The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the College’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs.
The RCA Generation RCA campaign, launched in 2019, propels the College’s radical new academic vision by focusing on three key pillars: ‘Place, Projects and People’. This programme sees the RCA transform its campuses and the ways in which the College teaches, researches and creates. It includes the construction of the Herzog & de Meuron-design flagship building in Battersea and introduction of future programmes centres on nano and soft robotics, computer science and machine learning, materials science and the circular economy.
Alumni include Sir David Adjaye OBE, Christopher Bailey MBE, Sir James Dyson CBE, David Hockney OM CH RA, Tracey Emin CBE, Thomas Heatherwick CBE, Lubaina Himid CBE, Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE, Sir Ridley Scott and Clare Waight Keller.