I did some work experience as a Mail Art Customer Services Representative at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol last weekend. As a new member of the drawing research group Hatch I was contributing to a day of activities around the current exhibition Drawn. My line manager for the day was Stephanie Black.
We are what we eat, and what we eat is a question of taste. In western culture,
the four basic tastes of sweetness, sourness, bitterness and saltiness are
now complemented by the fifth taste of umami, a meaty savouriness
found in Japanese cuisine.
These tastes are more than a matter for the tongue. They come with stories too…
We’re kicking things off with:
Sam Lee, a groundbreaking folk singer, who we saw speak at Wilderness festival about gathering songs and have been keen to bring him to the Monday Club ever since. His Ground of Its Own was nominated for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year. Mojo awarded the album four stars, saying,
’It demands patient attention, but it’s an album of unusual dignity and
You can watch Sam sing at the Mercury Prize ceremony here
Kerstin Rodgers aka @MsMarmitelover, originator of the underground restaurant movement in the UK, is at the forefront of the new generation using social media to promote food. Reviewers have described her book Supper Club as ‘full of down-to-earth advice and show-stopping recipes’; she taught one of those recipes - her gingerbread house - to Kirstie Allsop.
You can read her interview with Hello magazine here
And please RSVP quickly because space is limited
The Monday Club is an evening salon curated by The Assembly and Container.
‘Salty’ is on Monday 15.4. 2013
Starts: 7pm. Finishes: 10pm
Address: 6 Elder Street, London E1 6BT
Monday, 28. January 2013, 7-10pm
6 Elder Street, E1 6BT
Please email for guestlist: firstname.lastname@example.org
So who’s speaking? Someone called Greg Rowland is. What does it say about him in the programme? Oh, the usual. World leader in commercial cultural analysis… a selfless martyr to the inverted Sword of Untruth… Hmm, I think we saw something like this at the Tate once.
Oh look, Richard Benson from Not Actual Size is going to speak. He works on the Middle Class Handbook and provides advice for living life in a dignified British manner while coping with such modern distractions as trash television and the expression ‘totes amaze’.
The last meeting of the Monday Club (12.11.2012) was about making stuff – not having a meeting about it, or discussing a strategy about it, but actually getting our hands dirty.
Our two speakers set the mood: Leila Johnston gave a passionate and infectious talk on Making Things Fast. Daniel Pemberton spoke about the joys of messing around with sound, flipping & reversing it, and dancing round his kitchen punching the air.
We spent the rest of the evening drawing brilliant blind self portraits and producing superhero badges with Lior Smith. As usual food was provided by the ever wonderful people at Blanch & Shock. Thanks to all of our guests for joining in the spirit so readily.
The Monday Club is curated by The Assembly and me.
If you would like to attend our next Monday Club in January please email me.
Photos by Emil Charlaff.
my first (and only) attempt at a poster for the evening
Matthew de Abaitua introduces the theme
Leila Johnston: Making Things Fast
The Blind Artist: drawing self portraits while blindfolded
Geni & Geni
Kami’s self portrait (Quentin Blake?!)
‘I have 2 jobs: the “girlfriend killer” & “the cruiser”.’ Daniel Pemberton
Superhero Lior Smith
Lior’s badge-making workshop