Commercialism in art on show
The recently-opened exhibition at the University Gallery
investigates commercialism and the commodification of art through a range
of intriguing pieces that includes a modified Scalextric track.
Offer Must End Soon, one of Chris Dobrowolski's
works that are in the Gallery
The exhibition of new works by Chris Dobrowolski, who has exhibited
across Europe, runs until 11 February. Each work concentrates on an aspect
of promoting and marketing art.
Since his days as a student, Dobrowolski has been uncomfortable about the
art market and what he perceives as the denigration of art through the
commercial process. During his career, he has found himself in a paradox
of his own making when he has been unable to sell his works at the risk of
compromising his principles. It is these ‘hang-ups’ that are addressed in
this exhibition. Alongside other works, a toy van, which circles the
Gallery on the Scalextric track, invites us to ‘buy my paintings’ from a
Cornfield (Free Gift Inside) by
Dobrowolski, who was educated at the Royal College of Art and now teaches
at Leeds Metropolitan University, is best known for his large-scale
artistic inventions that have included a fully-functioning hovercraft,
aeroplane and a tank.
The exhibition by Chris Dobrowolski will be at the University Gallery
until 11 February. Admission is free and opening times are as follows:
Monday to Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm.
East 15 students perform
record number of shows
The run-up to Christmas was a busy time for East 15
students with four public productions on the go at the same time.
Final year BA Acting and BA Contemporary Theatre students toured local
schools in Essex and London giving 50 performances in just two weeks.
Three shows were on the bill: The Nightingale for younger children,
and The Song of Hiawatha and The Anarchists’ Panto for older
The Song of Hiawatha. Picture
courtesy of Andrew Williams
At the same time, another group of students performed the first stage
adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop – re-titled
as Little Nell – at the Corbett Theatre.
Little Nell. Picture courtesy of
John Baraldi, Director of the acting school, said: ‘This was an
incredibly big step forward for us – four public productions up and
running at the same time – reaching perhaps 9,000 children, their families
and teachers. This was a marvellous gift to the young people of Essex and
London and an incredible showcase for our acting and technical students.’
The Nightingale. Picture courtesy
of Andrew Williams
Dickens classic re-told
The Lakeside Theatre hosts an innovative performance of
the Dickens classic Great Expectations in February.
The Shifting Sands Theatre Company offers a uniquely dynamic
interpretation of the story of love, class, morality and guilt in which
Pip encounters Magwitch, Miss Haversham and the beautiful Estella.
Three clowns, Dickens aficionados, are on the quest for the birthplace
of the story and it is through them that the story is told. The three
actors use the playfulness and stupidity of the clown to uncover the
desires and demands that drive the tale. They play with Dickens’
ingredients yet remain faithful to the language, characterisation and
emotion of the original work.
Shifting Sands was founded in 1998 to create innovative, accessible and
visually spectacular theatre. The Company has won critical acclaim for its
unconventional interpretations of classic texts which include Romeo and
Juliet and Faustus.
Great Expectations will be at the Lakeside Theatre for one
night only on 22 February, 7.30pm. To book tickets, contact the Box Office
on 01206 873261 or e-mail
Also in the printed January edition of Wyvern:
- Choir's Mozart Requiem
- Language skills on the stage
- Governments in Gallery