Departure Foundation



TECHNOPOLIS at 55 Gracechurch Street:

The music video TECHNOPOLIS (1979) by pioneering Japanese techno band Yellow Magic Orchestra becomes a catalyst for an exhibition of new and recent works by London based artists in 2014.

Three amazing projects at LEEDS VALLEY PARK:

OUT WITH THE BATH WATER presents HOARD, VANTAGE and HUTCH! A three tier curatorial collaboration funded by Departure Foundation and housed in the spacious Darwin House out at Leeds Valley Park.

4pm - 9pm (get down early for performances and drinks reception!)

There will be a free shuttle bus running from Leeds Parish Church for the duration of the event.

Floor 2
HOARD is a year-long project in Leeds. A group of artists are hoarding objects and artefacts relating to their practice: finished artworks, props, curiosities, documents, traces, plans, remnants. Curated by local Leeds Artist Sarah Francis.

Installation and performance on the night by:
Adam Young
Anna-Karin Lilleengen
Angela Tait and Ian Clegg
Christopher Mollon
Diane Ketteringham
Hayley McColl
Holly Rowan Hesson
Jade Blood
Jade Montserrat
Lucy Crouch
Sarah Francis
Susan Timmins
Teresa Wilson

---Individual profiles on website

Floor 1
VANTAGE 3: Live Art Edition - A national commission based platform for artists working in performance and time based practices. Now in our third edition; VANTAGE curator Adam Young has drawn focus onto the space of his own research & practice.

Eight works will be presented from artists to include:

Lowri Evans - What Memory Would You Miss
Lindsay Bennett - Inverted Grey
Dan Newton - Passage to Somewhere via Nowhere
Reynir Hutber - iContact
Emma Victoria Hardaker - An Object a Vision, a Sight
Ben Mills - Unspecified
Gracefool Collective - The Office Project
Ryan Thompson - Out Of House & Home

---Individual profiles on website

VANTAGE 3: Live Art Edition is curated by Adam Young
Ground floor
HUTCH inc. : A Place not for validation but for community. An exciting night of installation, live work, sound, beauty, discourse and wonder.

And, as always there will be tea.

HUTCH inc. is curated by Jessica Sweet



Unperforming, 26th September - 18th October, Departure Foundation, Ground Floor, 55 Gracechurch Street, London.

Spectacular and counter-spectacular tendencies in contemporary performance (narrative, action, sound, humour, being there). Curated by Louise Ashcroft.

Event: Thursday 26th September, 7pm until 9.30pm. Performances and short film screenings begin at 7.30. Refreshments will be served.

Cradeaux Alexander, Louise Ashcroft, Neela Basu, Jack Catling, Gerald Curtis, Sandra Djukic, Sadie Edginton, Rosa Farber, David Gibson, Steve Hines, Noga Inbar, Fritha Jenkin, Egg Johnson, Hannah Catherine Jones, Vesta Kroese, Ladies of the Press, Betsy Lundquis, George Major, Elizabeth Molin, Anni Movsisyan, Marcus Orlandi, Ilona Saga, Holly Slingsby, Heidi Smith, Amelia Newton Whitelaw, Sharon Whyte, Charlotte Young.

Following the opening event, performative objects, images and video works will be exhibited on site for the duration of the exhibition which is open for viewings on Friday afternoons 2pm - 5pm and by appointment 07861375101. There will also be a finissage event on 24th October 7 - 9.30pm.






Curated by Louise Ashcroft. Departure Foundation, 55 Gracechurch St
EC3V 0EE. 2 Minutes from Bank or Monument tube stations.

Gwen Bajon | Alex Dusmet | Sophie Rees | Natalie Sanders | Hugo Wijngaard | Natascha Young | Philip Zwiegers

Responding directly to the space, individual works spill out of themselves and connect to those around them to transform the empty office into a cacophonous environment.

Opening event: Friday 30th August, 6-9pm.
Refreshments will be served.

Viewings: Friday 6th & 13th September 2pm - 5pm or at other times you can arrange an appointment by texting 07861375101 in advance.


SATELIKE. 15/16 & 18 Harbour Exchange Square, London
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Open 10am-4pm Friday & Saturday






SYNDICATE 3. 55 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0EE
2-4 May
opening on Thursday 2nd May from 6pm

Benjamin Orlow and Lisa Slominski




OPEN PLAN: Art Bank. 55 Gracechurch Street. Students from University of Westminster. Part of OPEN PLAN project space.




MATTER. Curated by Sara Twomey. 15 Harbour Exchange Square, Docklands.

Next opening event 22nd March 6 - 9pm.

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OPEN PLAN at 55 Gracechurch Street, London.

A collective project space led by students from RCA Sculpture and AltMFA (London's free, alternative MA course).

A platform for discussion, exchange, events, exhibitions and trying out new ideas.

A series of one-night exhibition events on the ground floor part of the space. After each event the works from the ground floor will be moved to the upper floor, so that the space gradually becomes filled with an archival forest of works. The events are not curated in a conventional way, but are more of a momentary uprising of works by a wide range of artists. The themes offer a starting point from which to begin to reflect upon the works. We want to space to be a place where artists can try new things out and develop new works. Each event will be followed by a crit.

Events will take place on the following Thursdays 6-9pm: February 7th, February 28th, March 21st, April 19th and April 24th.

For regular updates check the project blog.

Next events:

OPEN PLAN: Micro-residency. 12th - 22nd April. One week residency with selected artists sharing the ground floor space to make new work. Artists: Charlotte Young, Natalie Sanders, Zbigniew Kotkiewicz & Liz Helman, Ilona Sagar. The space will be open for viewings on Friday 19th April, 6-9pm.

OPEN PLAN: Art Bank. Westminster University Students Takeover, 24th April. Private view 6-9pm. Continuing her relationship with Westminster University, Louise Ashcroft will work with students to curate a one day show.

Past events:

OPEN PLAN: Ordinary, Thursday 21st March 2013, 6-9pm. A group show for one night only. New work by artists involved in the project.

OPEN PLAN: Nomadologies, Thursday 28th February 2013, 6-9pm. A group show for one night only. New work by artists involved in the project.

OPEN PLAN: Strategies and Tactics, Thursday 7th February, 6-9pm. New work by Gwen Bajon, Petr Davydtchenko, Roberto Ekholm, Sun Lah, Louise Ashcroft, Fiona Long, Peter Shenai, Alex Chalmers, Neela Basu, Fritha Jenkins, Jason Thomson, James Murison, Neringa Plange, AnnaMaria Kardos, The Equivocator and more...

open plan altmfa


The first Vantage Art Prize will take place at The Ellington Building, Leeds Valley Park, West Yorkshire in February 2013. Curated by Adam Young.

Prize giving and opening event Thursday 21st February 6 - 9pm.


Going Postal, 22 Gas Street, Birmingham.

Curated by Hollingworth & Davie

The recession has left many offices disused and very cheap to rent offering a new form of transformed space for artistic endeavors. GOING POSTAL documents the life cycle of an office as it transcends into a chaotic and sporadic studio environment and back again, creating a discourse of evolving use.

Participating artists are

Kerryanne Hassant
Jon Wright
Hannah Ziolek
Dan Lassam-Jones
Meghan Allbright
Hollingworth & Davie
Louise Payton
Will Davie
Simone Taylor
Sunny Singh
Dougie Evans
Alex Jolliffe
Marianne Edwards
Adam Osman
Liam Hawe
Graham Quinn
Suzi Osborn
Paul Newman
Ian Andrews
Jakub Ceglarz
Dea Paradisos
Marcus Tsang
David Miller
Clare Hollingworth


HOARD: Towards an Archaeology of the Artists Mind, Leeds City West, Leeds. The exhibition will be the culmination of our year-long research project. January 2013 - More info soon. Artists: Louise Ashcroft, Alice Bradshaw, Lucy Crouch, Gillian Dyson, Sarah Francis, Gill Greenhough, Fritha Jenkins, Hayley McColl, Christopher Mollon, Puy Soden, Chris Wright, Adam Young.



A group show of work by artists from Yorkshire and London. Exhibition ongoing. Show extended to coincide with the Vantage Art Prize in the same building.

The Ellington Building, Leeds Valley Park, Leeds LS10 1AB.

14th June - 31st August 2012. Private View Friday 3rd August 6-9pm. Open 2-6pm Saturdays 16th, 23rd, 30th June & 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th July or by appointment. To make an appointment please email:

Images of the show














HOARD: Towards an Archaeology of the Artist's Mind

February - December 2012.

Part 1, February - July: Unit 20, Norquest Industrial Estate, Leeds WF17 9LT

Part 2, July - December: City West Office Park, Leeds LS12 6NY.

A year-long project in Leeds. A group of artists are hoarding objects and artifacts relating to their practice: finished artworks, props, curiosities, documents, traces, plans, remnants. These objects will become the starting point for new works and performances. The contents of the space will be a physical realisation of the minds of the artists as they evolve over the course of a year. Every two months, for an evening, the space will be open for viewings of this ongoing process of transformation, which will be recorded in the form of an online publication at the end of the year.

Viewing events: 6.30-9.30pm on 25th April, 27th June, 26th September and 28th November 2012. Viewings can also be arranged by appointment - contact

Louise Ashcroft, Alice Bradshaw, Lucy Crouch, Gillian Dyson, Sarah Francis, Gill Greenhough, Fritha Jenkins, Hayley McColl, Christopher Mollon, Puy Soden, Chris Wright, Adam Young, and guests.

Deoarture Hoard poster

DEparture Hoard



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