YOUR WORDS

Commissioned by South London Gallery

 Jessie Brennan  We Are Here  (2018), text installation (situated on the roof of Heron House), Pelican Estate

Jessie Brennan We Are Here (2018), text installation (situated on the roof of Heron House), Pelican Estate

In spring 2017, the South London Gallery (SLG) invited Jessie Brennan to collaborate with residents of Pelican Estate on a project titled YOUR WORDS. Jessie spent time listening to residents whose experiences, in different ways, celebrate the value of public housing and speak to the broader challenges often faced by those on council estates: the stigmatisation of social housing tenants; the lack of maintenance and ‘managed decline’ by councils; the threat of demolition and redevelopment by policies that value private ownership over state-funded homes.

To mark the end of the project, WE ARE HERE has been created: a text installation on the roof of Heron House and a poster publication distributed back to residents, which documents some of the conversations, contributions and research developed over the course of the project. Read Jessie’s introductory text and some of the conversations between Jessie and Pelican residents, here.

YOUR WORDS is part of Open Plan, a long-term public art and education project which invites international and British artists to create artworks with and for the SLG’s close neighbours on Elmington, Pelican and Sceaux Gardens housing estates, along with a programme of events at the gallery.

Recent press: The Art Newspaper; AN

RC21 Conference, Leeds

Tuesday 12 September, 11:15-13:00, LHR1, University of Leeds

Jessie Brennan will present 'The Enabling Power', her paper on the regeneration of social housing estate Robin Hood Gardens, at RC21 Conference in Leeds. The panel is convened by Dr Debbie Humphry (Kingston University) and Dr Ben Gidley (Birkbeck, University of London), titled: 'Visualising the Fight for Home and Security: Revealing Injustice and Making Change'.

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Re:development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard

Silent Grid, 2016

Re:development brings together voices, cyanotypes and writings from The Green Backyard, a ‘community growing project’ in Peterborough that, for years, was threatened with a proposed development. The book, a culmination of Jessie Brennan's year-long residency hosted by arts organisation Metal, brings together artwork and 10 essay contributions exploring the politics of land use and value. It is an attempt to explore in The Green Backyard one of Britain’s most contested territories: land ownership, and its radical political shift from communal to private. 

Contributing authors include: Sophie Antonelli (activist; co-founder of The Green Backyard); Dr. Alexandre Apsan Frediani (researcher of development practice; Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dr. Robert Biel (carpenter-historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dougald Hine (writer and social thinker; co-founder of Dark Mountain); Prof. Jane Holder (Professor of Environmental Law, UCL); Anna Minton (writer; Co-Director of UEL’s MRes course, Reading the Neoliberal City); Dr. Barbara Penner (architectural historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL); Prof. Jane Rendell (artist-writer; Professor of Architecture and Art, and Director of History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture); Prof. Ben Rogaly (geographer; Professor of Geography, University of Sussex); and Dr. Maria Walsh (writer and art critic; Reader in Artists’ Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London).

Available from bookshops, and order online:

AA Bookshop 

RIBA Bookshop

The Photographers' Gallery

Camden Arts Centre

Tate Modern

Whitechapel Gallery

South London Gallery

dalla Rosa Gallery

 

Press, reviews and mentions of Re:development and related project:

Guardian Cities 

Ken Worpole 

Chris Fite-Wassilak 

Guardian

 

See also Re: development - Inside The Green Backyard, a collaborative networked exhibition.

Concrete Utopias: Metaphor and Material

Bluecoat

Friday 12 May 2017, 10 am - 4 pm

Speakers include music writer Mark Goodall, artist Jessie Brennan, poet Chris McCabe, sociologist Kirsteen Paton, photographer Chris Leslie, and Florian Urban, Head of Architectural History and Urban Studies at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. The programme is organised in collaboration with University of Liverpool and Bluecoat’s Sociologist in Residence, Paul Jones.

Free, booking required.

Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track / Sound-scape

Whitechapel Gallery

23 April 2017, 11.30 am - 6.00 pm, Zilkha Auditorium

Sound of Memory Symposium: Sound-track / Sound-scape is organised by The Sound-Image-Space Research Centre, School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent and the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London).

Participants include Gareth Evans, Sarah Turner, Aki Pasoulas, John Drever, Hildegard Westerkamp, Matt Parker, Sarah Turner, Jessie Brennan, William Locryn Finch, Ester Johnson, Tim Meacham and Francesco Bergamo.

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Re: development - Inside The Green Backyard

Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen

28 March - 1 May 2017

Jessie Brennan and ten collaborating organisations host an online exhibition celebrating the success of The Green Backyard’s resistance to a proposed redevelopment.


BOM | Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen | CGP London | Furtherfield | Jessie Brennan | Land for What? | Metal Peterborough | Shared Assets | South London Gallery | The Green Backyard | The NewBridge Project

#IfThisWeretoBeLost 

Drawing Biennial 2017

DRAWING ROOM

2 March - 26 April 2017

Jessie Brennan will exhibit in Drawing Biennial 2017, an exhibition & online auction of over 200 unique works on paper at Drawing Room.

'Drawing Biennial 2017 offers insights into how artists contend with a world in rapid and disorienting flux. A snapshot of contemporary drawing practices, the exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations.'

Online auction 12 – 26 April. Register to bid

#drawingb2017

Drawing Room
Unit 8 Rich Estate, 46 Willow Walk
London SE1 5SF
+44 (0) 207 394 5657

Brutalism Redux

Friday 27 January 2017 from 4pm, Dana Centre, The Science Museum

Brutalism Redux: Resuscitating the urban politics of brutalist architecture

Organised by Oli Mould, Royal Holloway University of London, Centre for the GeoHumanities.

This event brings together academics, artists and campaigners working on brutalism to discuss whether there is space for a brutalist politics, as well as brutalist style in our contemporary cities. The panelists are:

Jessie Brennan (Artist and author of ‘Regeneration!’)
Chris Beanland (Writer, author of ‘Concrete Concept’)
Catherine Croft (Director of the Twentieth Century Society)
Oliver Carpenter (Associate Curator of Infrastructure and Built Environment, Science Museum)
Oli Mould (Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Free tickets for panel discussion.

It will be followed by a drinks reception, where some of the art work of the panellists will be on display, and a keynote lecture by Professor Christoph Lindner of the University of Oregon, entitled “Brutalism in Ruins”.  

Free tickets for keynote lecture.

LOCATION: Science Museum Dana Research Centre & Library, 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD

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dalla Rosa Gallery

 Jessie Brennan 'Ashtray' from  Inside The Green Backyard (Opportunity Area) , (2015-16)

Jessie Brennan 'Ashtray' from Inside The Green Backyard (Opportunity Area), (2015-16)

27 January - 18 February 2017
Preview Thursday 26 January, 6.30 - 8.30 pm

A group exhibition of A5 size works by artists associated with dalla Rosa.

dalla Rosa Gallery
3 Leighton Place (Ground Floor)
London NW5 2QL

DRAWING FUTURES

THE BARTLETT, UCL

11 - 12 November 2016

Jessie Brennan is a selected contributor to Drawing Futures conference and publication.

Drawing Futures is a new international peer-reviewed conference and publication on speculative drawing for art and architecture, founded by the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Chaired by Professor Frédéric Migayrou, Laura Allen and Luke Pearson, the inaugural Drawing Futures Conference will be held on 11-12 November 2016 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.  

Keynote speakers: Pablo Bronstein, Neil Spiller, Hsinming Fung, and Madelon Vriesendorp.

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Re:development: Voices, Cyanotypes & Writings from The Green Backyard

Book Launch: AA Bookshop, London

Wednesday 26 OCTOBER 2016, 6:30-8:30pm

Re: development brings together voices, cyanotypes and writings from The Green Backyard, a ‘community growing project’ in Peterborough threatened with a proposed development. The book, a culmination of the artist's year-long residency hosted by arts organisation Metal, brings together artwork and 10 essay contributions exploring the politics of land use and value. It is an attempt to explore in The Green Backyard one of Britain’s most contested territories: land ownership, and its radical political shift from communal to private. 

Contributing authors include: Sophie Antonelli (activist; co-founder of The Green Backyard); Dr. Alexandre Apsan Frediani (researcher of development practice; Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dr. Robert Biel (carpenter-historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL); Dougald Hine (writer and social thinker; co-founder of Dark Mountain); Prof. Jane Holder (Professor of Environmental Law, UCL); Anna Minton (writer; Co-Director of UEL’s MRes course, Reading the Neoliberal City); Dr. Barbara Penner (architectural historian; Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL); Prof. Jane Rendell (artist-writer; Professor of Architecture and Art, and Director of History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture); Prof. Ben Rogaly (geographer; Professor of Geography, University of Sussex); and Dr. Maria Walsh (writer and art critic; Reader in Artists’ Moving Image at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London).

Re: development is available from bookshops, and order online:

AA Bookshop 

RIBA Bookshop

The Photographers' Gallery

Camden Arts Centre

Tate Modern

Whitechapel Gallery

South London Gallery

dalla Rosa Gallery

 

Press, reviews and mentions of Re: development and related project:

Guardian Cities 

Ken Worpole 

Chris Fite-Wassilak 

Guardian

Made in Thamesmead

One Eye Closed onto the World

16 – 18 September 2016, 10 am - 4 pm

Celebrate and explore Thamesmead's unique character in a weekend of extraordinary events produced in collaboration with the local community and some of London’s best artists and creative organisations.

Flat 42 Coralline Walk, Thamesmead SE2 9ST

One Eye Closed onto the World
George Charman and Jessie Brennan present installations in a vacant flat. Charman will transform a room into a camera obscura projecting the view outside onto the interior walls. Brennan begins a long-term project that seeks to engage residents in their experiences of life in the area and presents new work, including graphite rubbings of doormats. 

For a full list of events taking place across the weekend, please see here.