Topolski Studio and Reportager, University of the West of England, present the work of Matt Booker, Laura Fitton, Josh Morris, Alex Nicholson, Chloë Parke and Louis Vinet, the Residents of the Chronicle Residency Programme, at Vibe Gallery.
This Autumn six young unemployed artists have been reporting local issues and events through drawing and they have produced a hand-printed Chronicle, a broadsheet of reportage drawing chronicling contemporary issues of the twenty-first century just as artist Feliks Topolski did of the twentieth.
Feliks Topolski (1907-1989) was the first artist on the South Bank, having set up studios here in 1953 from where he hand-printed over 2,300 of his on the spot drawings as his broadsheet Chronicles. Covering events from the Queen’s Coronation to London street scenes, the Chronicles bristle with comment and observation about the people, politics and events of the time.
Sixty years since Topolski launched his Chronicles, Topolski Studio’s Chronicle for the twenty-first century and accompanying documentary drawings of London will be exhibited alongside Feliks Topolski’s original Chronicles and drawings, contrasting what Topolski recorded 50 and 60 years ago with what the young artists’ record today.
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