Crit Club Presents!


Crit Club Presents, poster by Stephen Dalley
From November 25, 2021 until December 4, 2021
Support is more than propping something up. Support does not always defy gravity. Sometimes it lets you slump, or maybe float? Stretch and stabilise.
Crit club is: fluid. We work to ask for what we need, to verbalise. Together we feel our way for a direction.
Crit Club is a self organised network of five artists and designers: Susannah Bolton, Ruairi Fallon, Matilda Mercer, Eleni Papazoglou and Rosalind Wilson. It is structured to support professional development through monthly working sessions. These include critical feedback sessions, skill, tool and resource sharing as well as taking on collaborative projects. Crit Club is committed to sustaining art practices through collective care.
The exhibition has derived from the mutual compassion and constructive criticism that the group has shared for over two years. It showcases artworks as much as it speaks of support and what that might look like. It acknowledges love, friendship, friction, self organisation, and the desire to make and exist among peers. The curatorial approach recognises parallels between seemingly disparate practices as much as it leans into juxtaposition.
Lastly, the group wants to share their created structures with those that might want to test them:
How to make a Crit Club:
1. Meet once a month (peer group)
2. Everyone shares work in every session (safespace)
3. Rotate the responsibility of hosting (cooperative)
4. Rotate the responsibility of bringing snacks (reinforcement of practice)
5. Resources, skills and tool sharing (testing ground)
6. Go for drinks after (structured sessions)
7. Do not take admin home (reflective)
Susannah Bolton, Core Sample (2020) Handwoven tapestry, silk, cotton, linen, wool, rayon, unknown fibres, on raw clay body with cobalt oxide and copper oxide
Susannah Bolton, Core Sample (2020) Handwoven tapestry, silk, cotton, linen, wool, rayon, unknown fibres, on raw clay body with cobalt oxide and copper oxide
Rosalind Wilson, The Future Is Bright (2021) Tarpaulin, rope, found objects, concrete, cardboard Photographed by Alex Kurunis
Ruari Fallon, A fork In the Road (2020) Oil on wood
Eleni Papazoglou, Buy One Get None Free (2021) cardboard, digital print, stickers, handlebar tape, spray paint Photographed by Alex Kurunis
Matilda Mercer, Lady Gardener (2021) Inherited magazines, flowers, nets, bangles, found objects
Susannah Bolton, Costume for Opening Ceremony
Ros, Susannah and Eleni having a Crit session in Ruairi’s Studio
Susannah and her son Cedar in a plastic box filled with water at Eleni’s studio throughout a hot feedback session
Ruairi, Ros and Eleni pretending to do stunts on a motorbike for Eleni’s project
Eleni, costume for opening ceremony
Ruairi opening ceremony costume