Guest Post: And the Dark…

Exhibition: And The Dark And The Dark

Artist Gemma Kauffman invites you to And The Dark And The Dark.

This three-person exhibition of painting and sculpture addresses themes of the visionary and the other-worldly and features Gemma Kauffman, Lana Locke and Vanessa Mitter.

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Private view (first Thursdays): Thursday 5 November 2015, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

A-side B-side Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios

Exhibition opens from 6 – 16 November 2015

Thursday: 12.00pm – 5.00 pm & 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday-Monday: 12.00 – 6.00 pm (or by appointment)

I completed a PGCE Secondary Education in Art and Design at Goldsmiths in 2002. The style of teaching at Goldsmiths was dynamic and refreshing. Practitioners were encouraged to maintain their artist identity within their teaching role and to maintain a reflective practice. We were also encouraged to pursue a vibrant portfolio of professional development and to cultivate our individual style and approach as teachers as well as artists.

I now enjoy an exciting freelance career, specialising in engagement through the arts. I have extensive experience supporting the creative voice of young people, especially those facing challenging life circumstances. As the resident artist on the acclaimed arts project Miss Represented, based at Brighton Dome, I developed a unique approach to facilitating self-development through creative expression. I have since assisted the development of several social engagement projects both as a consultant and practitioner. I am currently in the process of setting up a new creative space for young women to explore identity, confidence and self-expression, based in East London.

Guest post by Gemma Kauffman (PGCE Secondary Education in Art and Design, 2002). Her practice encompasses a variety of strategies and media, which include painting, performance, installation and film. Theatrical and fantastical, her work is both compelling and dynamic. You can read more on her blog.