‘The Shops Project’ – a presentation and book launch by FrenchMottershead

Hosted by British author, historian and curator, Dr Mike Phillips OBE.

British artists FrenchMottershead (Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead) create art that explores ideas of identity, social ritual and the everyday public and private realms in which they are played out. One of their recent projects is ‘Shops’, an international project uncovering communities formed around independent, local traders.

19.00-21.00, The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre, Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ; Tel. 020 7486 0295, ext 108; e-mail: bookings@romanianculturalcentre.org.uk; Entry is free but booking is essential by phone or e-mail. Please mention the name of the event in the subject line.

FrenchMottershead’s exploration of the connections between local traders and residents took them, among other places, to the city of Iasi, in north-eastern Romania. Here they engaged with shop-owners, staff and customers, documenting the encounters and also the stories of the people they have met. The Romanian part of the ‘Shops’ project was supported by the Ratiu Foundation.

In collaboration with Site Gallery Sheffield, the major hub of contemporary art in Yorkshire, this Culture Power event will see FrenchMottershead present their project, with an emphasis on Iasi. With this occasion, the artists will also present the book resulting from their encounters, part of the ‘Shops’ project, around the world.

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘People, Places, Process: The Shops Project’
by Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. Site Gallery, 2010. ISBN: 978-1-899926-08-4
The book can be purchased on the evening at the special price of £9.95 (RRP £12.00)

‘People, Places, Process: The Shops Project’ was published to accompany FrenchMottershead’s ‘The Shops Project’ exhibition at Site Gallery, Sheffield, which took place from November 2009 to February 2010.

The residencies and work periods that resulted in work represented in the exhibition and this book took place in Bahia, Brazil (January 2008); Sao Paulo, Brazil (February – March 2008); Guangzhou, China (April – May 2008); Iasi, Romania (November – December 2008); Ljubljana, Slovenia (March – April 2009); Istanbul, Turkey (June – July 2009); and Sheffield, England (August – November 2009).

This publication compiles four years of research, documentation and artworks that have resulted from FrenchMottershead’s international Shops project, which looks at society through the lens of local shops. Texts by the artists and local writers from the cities they’ve visited sit alongside contributions from Peter Jackson, Professor of Human Geography at The University of Sheffield, writer and lecturer Emma Cocker, and artist and writer Tim Etchells. Together they show, describe and analyse unique customers’ and shop owners’ stories in a range of different shopping landscapes, emphasising their differences but also revealing their connections and common grounds.

PRIVATE VIEW of ‘The Shops Project’ in London
A part of ‘The Shops Project’ will be on display at the Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre, from 21 to 30 June 2010. Free admission. Opening times: Mon-Fri, 12.00-18.00. Booking essential, by phone (Tel. 020 7486 0295 ext. 108) or e-mail at bookings@romanianculturalcentre.org.uk. Please mention the name of the event in the subject line.
Private View on Monday 21 June (see event’s details above).

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FrenchMottershead are artists Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. Now both based in London, Rebecca French studied Fine Art at the University of Wales Institute (1995-98) and Andrew Mottershead Fine Art at Sheffield Polytechnic (1988-91) followed by MA Site Specific Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art (1993-95). They began working collaboratively at the end of the 1990s and since then have been involved in a variety of national and international projects, including work for East Street Arts, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, the ICA, London, Arnolfini, Bristol, and the Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Organised by The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London.

Culture Power is a programme initiated by the Ratiu Foundation, consisting of a number of presentations and constructive dialogue with an invited audience.

With the support of ProFusion International Creative Consultancy. Also with the support of Site Gallery Sheffield.

The SHOPS project was produced by Site Gallery and supported by Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts, Artist Links Brazil, the EU Culture Programme 2007 and The Ratiu Foundation. Artist Links is a joint project between Arts Council England and the British Council.

Photo: ‘Elena and Costica’s Kiosk’. Courtesy of FrenchMottershead / Lavinia German.

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Start Date: 21/06/2010
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Start Time: 19:00
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Phone: 020 7486 0295