Chaplins, Part IV

Between 2001 – 2005 we curated a number of exhibitions for high end furniture store Chaplins and showcased the work of young emerging artists amongst modern designer furniture.

Here showing the work of Andy Ekins, Mimei Thompson, John Swarbrick and Tomoya Yamaguchi.

Museum of London Collection

We worked in close collaboration with the head of collections at the Museum of London in 1997 to help them acquire a large scale work for their new London Now gallery. This was the Museum of London’s first attempt to explore both the postwar period and contemporary London, concentrating on London life at the end of the twentieth century and was designed to have a provocative edge, stimulating visitors’ views about the state of Britain’s capital city as it approached the millenium.

Through close consultation with the Museum of London, we assisted them to engage with a broader audience in a dynamic way and recommended John Bartlett’s ‘History Painting’, depicting the Poll Tax riots in Trafalgar Square in 1993. ‘History Painting’ was reproduced in most national newspapers and magazines and became an unexpected focus for debate about the nature and responsibilities of representational art.

‘Shared Values, Shared Visions?’, Jaime Bautista

HS Projects commissioned ‘Shared Values, Shared Visions?’, a collaborative project between lead artist Jaime Bautista and SMart network, a charity dedicated to empowering homeless and socially excluded people, based in the crypt of St Martins in the Fields.

The project developed a diversity of outlook and vision for the participants and resulted in an array of images that conveyed many issues and emotions, from grit and realism, to desire and optimism. Its aim was to question whether we all see things in the same way, or whether our circumstances fundamentally change our outlook. To one person, a building façade may represent a stunning piece of architecture; but to another, it is a potential shelter for the night.

The outcome of the project showed that, despite these differences, we all have very similar core hopes, fears and aspirations, and while we may share the same world, we view it from different perspectives.

‘Shared Values, Shared Visions?’ was funded by the Insight Community Arts Programme (2002 – 2015).

The project ran from January to June 2004.