Along with booze, DJ sets, performance art and a host of drawing activities, this late-night takeover is your last chance to see our major retrospective of Jo Brocklehurst, in which 100 figurative portraits chronicle the style and subversion of subculture.
Channel the spirit of Jo Brocklehurst – chronicler of the countercultural – and capture the crowd. You’ll be given a sketchbook and we’ll be projecting a selection of drawings on our South Gallery big screen.
The surrealists invented the exquisite corpse but we’re making life-sized versions. Help us make burlesque grotesques to line our walls as we populate the galleries with Jo Brocklehurst-inspired creations.
We’re turning our basement into a giant blank canvas. An enormous sheet will paper the floors, ready for you to collaborate on large-scale drawings – not by hand but with pens strapped to remote-controlled cars.
Curator's tour, 8pm
House of illustration's Olivia Ahmad will be joined by co-curator Isabelle Bricknall to discuss the exhibition they worked on together. An informal 30-minute tour will offer personal insights into this major retrospective.
Nacho is resident DJ for Glastonbury's NYC Downlow and hosts shows for Soho Radio and Balamii. He cut his teeth in the free party scene of East London in the late 90s to early noughties, and will be spinning disco, electro and house.
We're also are privileged to welcome fifi of Yip Yip Coyote - part of the country punk movement that exploded in the early 1980s. As our mistress of ceremonies for the evening, she will be hosting disucssions about Jo Brocklehurst's work and curating a music soundscape to the exhibition.
.2Dot is a performance-art duo based in London, formed by António Branco and Riccardo T., that creates dance pieces, site-specific performances, video art and installations that play with bodies.
Throughout the evening we will premiere experimental films recently directed by Isabelle Bricknall in response to the exhibition she has co-curated. Focussing on the UV colour play, sounds and smells of the clubs where Jo Brocklehurst drew, the films have been created in collaboration with video maker Brian Would and cross disciplinary performance artists .2Dot. Film titles:
WELCOME TO THE CLUB / MUSES MAKING A SPECTACLE OF THEMSELVES (CUTLER&GROSS SPECTACLES) / BLACK&WHITE / HOUSE OF FOOLS / FINGERFOOLS / MUSES MAKING A FOOLS OF THEMSELVES (ISABELLE BRICKNALL SPECTACLES) / NEON RED&TURQUOISE / DRAWING THE LINE
The gallery will be open until 11pm.