Article from the Western Morning News on Saturday 1st June.
Exhibition of Paintings and works on paper at The Marle Gallery Axminster 1st June - 29th June 2013
Ricky Romain is an Internationally respected human rights artist whose work can be found in the collections of globally important institutions including Amnesty International and the United Nations, as well as many private collections around the world. His work is widely exhibited, recently being shown at Tooks Chambers in London; the chambers of the leading human rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC.His work is viually powerful, created far more from his emotional response to the world around him, than any literal recording of fact. The paintings in this solo exhibition are thought-provoking, at times controversial, and always possessed by a deep sense of introspection and peace. In this solo exhibition at The Marle, Romain's work comes home to Axminster where the artist lives and works.
All change for new exhibition
A challenging new art exhibition highlighting human rights issues is now on display in West Lothian.
The free State of Change exhibition by acclaimed south west England-based artist, Ricky Romain, is on show at the Gallery in Linlithgow Burgh Halls until 21 April 2013.
Romain's work, which features in the collections of the United Nations and Amnesty International, endeavors to create art that reflects the complexity of political conflict surrounding prominent human rights issues.
This powerful yet poignant exhibition features figurative, textural paintings focused on humanitarian challenges on a global scale, with themes such as migration, asylum seeking, dignity, courage and desperation.
Dave King, Executive councillor for culture and leisure, said: "The Gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls has shown a variety of interesting exhibitions since it opened, and State of Change by Ricky Romain is another fine example.
"I'd encourage local residents to take the chance to view his striking and challenging work for free while it is on their doorstep."
The free exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, The Cross, Linlithgow, EH49 7AH. It is also open until 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
A number of associated workshops and talks have been organised to coincide with the State of Change exhibition.
Hear artist Ricky Romain discuss his work and techniques on Thursday 21 March, from 6pm to 7pm. Join Ricky for an insightful talk about his work, the challenges of his chosen subject matter and his experiences working with humanitarian charities, followed by a short demonstration of his working technique. This event is free but booking in advance is essential and is suitable for those aged 16 and over.
The Interpreting the Human Form workshop will look at the portrayal of the human form in art, with specific focus given to the current exhibition by artist Ricky Romain. A dry medium drawing workshop will follow (charcoal, oil pastel and pencil), to help participants develop their own character studies, and explore ways to capture emotion, make a statement or tell a story. The workshop takes place on Sunday 24 March, 10am to 4pm, for those aged 14 and over. Tickets: £32 or £30 concession, includes all materials
For more information or to book your place on a workshop, visit www.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk (new window) or call 01506 282720.
8th February -21st April 2013
State of Change.
The gallery, The Venue, Linlithgow, Scotland. EH49 7AH. www.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk
This exhibition features Ricky Romain's figurative textural paintings focused on humanitarian challenges on a global scale. Migration, asylum seeking, dignity, courage and desperation all combine in this powerful yet poignant show that depicts the various sides of human nature.
Paint and Print
In this oil based workshop you will consider the work of exhibiting artist Ricky Romain to create multiple mono prints and paintings on small canvases. Create poignant images use expressive mark making, exploring emotions and humanitarian issues through figures and forms. Looking at the themes of Ricky's work you will consider how to capture topics or challenges that are close to you.
Saturday 2 March, 11am - 4pm. Age: 14+
Tickets: £35 or £33 concession, includes all materials
Artist Talk and Demonstration with Ricky Romain
Join the artist in the gallery for an insightful talk about his work, the challenges of his chosen subject matter and his experiences working with humanitarian charities. A short demonstration of his working technique will follow in the education room.
Thursday 21 March, 6 - 7pm. Age: 16+
Free, booking essential.
Interpreting the Human Form
The workshop will begin with a short presentation looking at the portrayal of the human form in art, with specific focus given to the current exhibition by artist Ricky Romain. A dry medium drawing workshop will follow, (charcoal, oil pastel and pencil). Developing your own character studies you will explore ways to capture emotion, make a statement or tell a story.
Sunday 24 March, 10am - 4pm. Age: 14+
Tickets: £32 or £30 concession, includes all materials
Passion for Freedom London Festival 2012
The painting 'what's the point' (see newsreel 1) has been shortlisted for the award and exhibition at Unit24 gallery 20 Great Guildford St. London SE1 0FD. Exhibition runs from Saturday 3rd November - Friday 9th November 2012
27th July - 16th August
'Keeping Quiet' Town Mill, David West Gallery, Lyme Regis
Ricky Romain is a South West based artist. His imagery is semi figurative and is inspired by Human Rights. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has often been connected to unique artistic collaborations outside the usual gallery setting, which have cited his work in venues that reflect this theme, including The International Secretariat, headquarters of Amnesty International in London, Tooks Chambers the chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, London, The European court of Human Rights building, Strasbourg, Matrix Chambers, London. His images have been used to inform academic publications and conferences, particularly in connection with asylum and immigration issues.
The RR exhibition at the Town Mill, Lyme Regis, is entitled ‘Keeping Quiet’. It explores questions of collective responsibility, ethical journalism and political accountability.
Ricky Romain at Matrix Chambers
23rd May - 25th June
Paintings and works on paper by Ricky Romain on Wednesday 23rd May from 6-8pm At Matrix Chambers, Griffin building, Grays inn London WC1R 5LN tel. 020 7404 3447
Ricky Romain uses human rights issues to inform his imagery. Much of his work focuses on the portrayal of male sensitivity and gender stereotyping in relation to human qualities, particularly when connected to conflict resolution. He often pays direct reference to asylum and immigration and how they connect to the collective memory.
In order to maintain the artist’s commitment to Bid (bail for immigration detainees), 10% of the sale of all work will be donated to this organisation.
Matrix Arts Festival to celebrate World Refugee Day 2012
20th June, 5.30 – 8.30pm
Matrix, Griffin Building, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5LN
Join the Matrix Immigration, Asylum and Free Movement group
For a series of unique exhibitions and performances exploring the
experiences of refuges and marginalised individuals from all over
the world. Those taking part include;
Ricky Romain. Art Exhibition using Human Rights Issues to inform imagery.
Bail for Immigration Detainees. Biographical talk from a former client of this
Independent charity, which exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK
Dance United. Performances by this company using dance to unlock the potential
of marginalised individuals.
Leila Segal. Public readings of this author’s powerful refugee-related writing
PhotoVoice. Photography displayed by this organisation bringing about positive social
Change through photographic training
How long is Indefinite? The first documentary to expose detention without time limit
Exercised on immigrants in Britain
Stop the Taffik. Artwork and film from this global movement of individuals, communities
and organisations fighting to prevent the sale of people, protected the trafficked and
prosecute the traffickers.
RSVP to Annie Bargione on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)20 7404 3447
Platforma Festival 2011
The first Platforma Festival will take place in London across the week beginning 28th November 2011. Bringing together performers, artists and organisations from across the UK, the Festival will be a celebration of the arts by and about refugees and a chance to discuss different aspects of artistic practice.
Like the Platforma project as a whole, the Festival will embrace as many art forms as possible including music, dance, visual arts, live art, film, spoken word and literature.
The primary venue will be Rich Mix in East London, close to major public transport links including Liverpool Street station.
The main elements of the Festival will be:
2-3 December: Platforma Conference
Two unmissable days for people interested in the arts by and about refugees. The conference will be lively, informal and infused with performance of all kinds. Contributors will come from all parts of the UK, with the programme shaped by the Platforma network of Regional Hubs.
28 November - 4 December: Counterpoint
A multidisciplinary event of work by and about refugees at Club Row, Rochelle School in London (just up the road from Rich Mix) - We invited proposals from visual and performance artists who are interested in and working around the issues of exile, migration, displacement and related issues to comment on these themes through painting, sculpture, photography, performance, sound or film. The line-up will be announced by the end of September. a selection of my work will be shown at the event. www.platforma.org.uk
2 December: An evening of acoustic and spoken word performance
A chance to relax and enjoy the wonderful variety of performances by and about refugees. Featuring musicians, poets , writers and performers from across the UK. Programming details and ticket prices to be confirmed.
3 December: The Platforma Festival Music Night
The Platforma Festvial will climax with a celebration of music by and about refugees. Guaranteed to get you up off your feet and dancing along to music from all around the world. Programming details and ticket prices to be confirmed.
School workshops in association with the Pierian Centre, St Pauls, Bristol
To follow school visits to the ‘Anne Frank + You’ exhibition at Bristol Cathedral
Four primary school workshops (in collaboration with partner Heather Fallows)
St Michael in the Mount Primary School, - Yr 5 children
Ashton Gate Primary School- Yr 5 children
Changag Prmary School - Yr 6 children (2 days)
Work exhibited at the Pierian Centre as part of their Refugee Week exhibition
'Scared Memory Figures'. Image used for the cover for
‘Human Security and Non-Citizens‘
Edited by Alice Edwards and Carla Ferstman
Published by Cambridge University Press
available November 2009. Now Febuary 2010.
'The Dweller' Image used on front cover of book of poetry by Clara Janes 'Book of Dispositions', published by Delit Editions. (France)
‘Scapegoats’ - Exhibition to launch new website in collaboration with photographer Damon Knight at White Space Gallery. Axminster, 28th June – August 1st 2009
Exhibition at a la lour d' Yvrande in Douvres de la Deverande. Presentee par l'Assocition de Jumelage,and Axminster Town Twinning Group. 5th - 19th June 2010.
'The Role Of The Arts In Understanding The Experiences Of Migration'
Researchers at Swansea University's Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) are hosting the fourth in their series of one-day ESRC-funded seminars, which aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience.
The fourth seminar, entitled 'The role of the arts in understanding experiences of migration' will explore the use of the arts as a method for exploring migration and for enabling migrants to articulate and express their experiences. It will also explore the existence or otherwise of 'immigrant art' or 'refugee art' and the use of the arts as a mechanism for communicating 'the migrant experience' to a wider public and policy audience.
Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2010
Time: 9:30am – 5pm.
Venue: Singleton Abbey, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP
Professor Heaven Crawley, Swansea University
Dr Maggie O’Neill, University of Durham
Dr Tom Cheeseman, Swansea University
Alex Rotas, Cardiff University
Ricky Romain, Artist
Margareta Kern, Artist
Susan Roberts, Bridging Arts
Kuljit Chuhan, Artist and Founder of Virtual Migrants
To receive information about future events in the CMPR series please contact Professor Heaven Crawley, School of the Environment and Society, Tel: +44 (0) 1792 602409, Email: email@example.com.
'Echoes and Traces'
At Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
17 September – 20 November 2011
The participating artists are:
There will also be a small group of works contributed by Alzheimer patients in association with the Alzheimer’s Society.
The exhibition focuses on artists working with Memory in the broadest sense, from documenting family histories to using objects to trigger things forgotten. There is a diverse use of media and imagery touching upon found objects and materials that evoke nostalgic emotions, personal stories, and images half remembered which reflect intense moments and experiences.
Memory is triggered by places, objects and events. Some of the imagery looks to the past while other imagery looks to the future. Each is intensely personal.