semi-autobiographical book, British artist Sue Webster offers readers a rare glimpse into life as one half of the acclaimed artist-duo, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The Folly Acres Cook Book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by Tim and Sue, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.
Originally cooked for family and friends including the chef Mark Hix, and the singer songwriter PJ Harvey; the recipes form an illustrated diary of Webster’s life between the years of 2010 and 2014. Testament to her irreverent humour, Webster includes both classic and experimental dishes, alongside creative instructions for life in the country. She explains: “As I executed each idea I would test it out on a variety of guinea pigs, and recorded each dish on my iPhone. Sometimes I got bored of the edible dish and would photograph the garbage in the bin – the potato peelings and egg shells, as I found this to be somehow more attractive and synonymous to the trash sculptures that Tim and I had made.”
Introduced with an original poem by PJ Harvey that was inspired by her visit to Folly Acres, the Cook Book is hand-typed on a 1940s Olympia Robust typewriter originally developed for use by the German militia during World War II. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs and unseen drawings by both Tim and Sue, The Folly Acres Cook Book is an entirely unique publication from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.
In the accompanying exhibition of previously unseen unique drawings, we get a rare insight to weekends spent at Folly Acres. Sue exhibits works produced blindfolded, in a solo game of exquisite corpse. A drawing by Tim produced with a screwdriver dipped in beetroot juice; another using burnt matches on a white napkin. Subjects are personal; they include portraits of each other, the two rescue cats adopted by the artists with the land and close friend PJ Harvey – the singer songwriter, with her guitar. Sue has also produced a series of bronze sculptures including ‘The Carrot Family’, originally made from carrots grown at Folly Acres, intended as a centre-piece for a four course carrot feast one Saturday night.
Join Sue Webster & Other Criteria NYC to celebrate The Folly Acres Cook Book Wednesday April 8th 2015, 6–8pm, 458 Broome Street, New York City. There will be extract performed by Sue Webster and poetry reading by PJ Harvey. Signed books will also be available on the night.
The exhibition will be running until May 6th.
Part One of a Six Session Short Course
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Classes and Courses 10.30am — 3.30pm
Sue Hubbard, the writer of 'Adventures in Art' published by Other Criteria in 2010 will be leading a series of creative writing courses and classes at the Royal Academy, London this April 2015.
Adventures in Art draws together 70 of Sue Hubbard’s essays on contemporary and modern art and spans the last 20 years of her career. An award-winning poet, short story writer and novelist, as well as an experienced critic, Hubbard’s collected essays are part biographical, part lyrical reviews of today’s programme of modern art in Britain and provide an honest account of the diversities, originalities, and disappointments found there.
To find out more about Sue Hubbard's creative writing classes held at the Royal Academy click here.
Hirst's portrait of Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will be joined by artwork by Takashi Murakami at an auction in London next month. The painting, a portrait of the footballer in the style of Hirst's iconic spin paintings, has been donated by Victim, the charity founded by Hirst, in aid of the 1in11 campaign. The campaign is a collaboration between Unicef, FC Barcelona Foundation and Reach Out To Asia and aims to extend educational opportunities to marginalised children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal. Its title derives from the fact that 1 in 11 children across the world do not attend school and are thus excluded from the benefits of education, which amounts to 58 million children who will not get the chance to fulfil their potential.
Hirst's artwork will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on 12th February to raise funds for the charity. Messi, a three-time winner of the Golden Boot award and a Unicef goodwill ambassador, is a figurehead for 1in11 and is leading the efforts to raise awareness and money for the charity.
Find out more about 1in11 here: 1in11.org
For more information on the auction please see Sotheby's website: sothebys.com/1in11
'The Folly Acres Cook Book'
Loose Ends with Clive Anderson
Join acclaimed artist Sue Webster on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends with Clive Anderson. The first broadcast will be this Saturday 24th January at 18:15. Sue will be talking about her new book 'The Folly Acres Cook Book', along with chat, music and comedy. Other guests to join Sue are, Nikki Bedi, Tom Conti, Simon Nicol, Bidisha and Fairport Convention.
If you miss the first broadcast you can catch the show on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 11:15, 21:15 on January 26th and 04:15 on January 27th.
Thomas Crow and Richard Cork
Wednesday 4th February 2015
Thomas Crow, author of the new book ‘The Long March of Pop’ will be in discussion with Richard Cork, art critic, broadcaster, historian and curator at 7pm on Wednesday the 4th of February 2015. The talk coincides with the current exhibition, Post Pop: East Meets West at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
‘The Long March to Pop’ successfully challenges existing narratives about the rise of Pop Art by situating it within greater cultural tides covering music, art and design. Thomas Crow will introduce his book with an illustrated presentation. Both Crow and Cork will be discussing the rise and continued legacy of Pop Art and its major influence on current art practices today.
by Sir Peter Blake
Please join Other Criteria in Ilfracombe, Devon this Saturday the 13th of December 2-4pm to celebrate Sir Peter Blake's eye catching MOTIFS. There will also be drinks and festive mince pies.
The exhibition will run from the 13th of December until the 20th of January.
Other Criteria Ilfracombe is located on the harbour in the coastal town of Ilfracombe. Whilst you're in the area, visit Damien Hirst's restaurant The Quay situated next door, and 'Verity', a Hirst 66ft bronze sculpture on the pier nearby.
10 The Quay
+44 (0) 1271 867057
The Folly Acres Cook Book, Drawings and Unique Bronze Works
Hinde Street, London
5th December - 20th January
Acclaimed Artist Sue Webster launched her semi-autobiographical book, The Folly Acres Cook Book last night at Other Criteria Hinde Street, London. The Folly Acres Cook Book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by Tim and Sue, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.
The opening show also celebrated the release of nine unseen drawings such as, Signature Note, Miss Tidds and Portrait of Frida Kahlo (blindfolded exquisite corpse drawing). English singer-songwriter, PJ Harvey attended the opening event at Other Criteria to read an original poem that was inspired by her visit to Folly Acres.
Unique bronze works such as LOVE CARROTS, THE CARROT FAMILY and MR POTATO are all available to purchase online at Other Criteria and at our Hinde Street, London space until the 20th of January 2015.