EurOCEAN2019

It was an honour to be commissioned by The European Marine Board to make a a new Coast work to be awarded to the EurOCEAN poster competition winner.

From left to right: Camilla Brendon (commissioned artist), Maria Kazour (poster winner), Jan Mees (European Marine Board Chair) and Ricardo Serrão Santos (Member of European Parliament)

From left to right: Camilla Brendon (commissioned artist), Maria Kazour (poster winner),
Jan Mees (European Marine Board Chair) and Ricardo Serrão Santos (Member of European Parliament)


The conference took place at UNESCO in Paris and was a brilliant opportunity to meet experts in the field of Marine Biology and explore how artists can help to visualise science and make the complex issues that are being addressed more accessible to the wider public.

Coast looks to foster relationships between arts, politics and science and attending EurOCEAN reenforced this. Look out for more collaborations later on this year!


Coast-EurOCEAN2019, Mixed Media and Thames Plastic on Italian Drift Wood, 20x3x2cm (approx).

Coast-EurOCEAN2019, Mixed Media and Thames Plastic on Italian Drift Wood, 20x3x2cm (approx).

Coast - Hertford Union Canal - Chisenhale Studio's Newsletter

With just under a month before my residency at Chisenhale Studios begins I’m happy to have been featured in the studio’s June news letter. If you would like to keep up to date with Chisenhale join their mailing list HERE.

To reserve your place on the Coast - Hertford Union Canal program follow this LINK.

Union Canal Paper I - Recycled paper and canal plastic, 21x18cm approx, 2018.

Union Canal Paper I - Recycled paper and canal plastic, 21x18cm approx, 2018.

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Events Programme
More information about all of the events below and links to reserve your free places on the workshops can be found on Camilla’s website.

Living Canal Mobiles
Sunday 14 July, 1-4pm

This workshop will explore the local environment around Chisenhale Studios and help to maintain the Hertford Union Canal and Regents Canal, by doing a litter pick along the canal-towpath. As we litter pick, we will become familiar with the diverse urban environment where nature and man made meet around the water. After spending about an hour litter picking we will move into the education space at Chisenhale Studios where, with guidance from Camilla we make canal mobile art that reflects the unique local area, with the option to include living plants. This workshop is suitable for all ages, although under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian.

Artist Talk
Thursday 18 July, 6.30-8pm

Camilla will open Studio 4 for a talk and showing of her work in progress, followed by a Q&A. Visitors will be invited to relax in the natural and manmade environment that she is creating as part of her work Coast – Hertford Union Canal.

Living Canal Mobiles
Thursday 25 July, 1-4pm

This workshop will explore the local environment around Chisenhale Studios and help to maintain the Hertford Union Canal and Regents Canal, by doing a litter pick along the canal-towpath. As we litter pick, we will become familiar with the diverse urban environment where nature and man made meet around the water. After spending about an hour litter picking we will move into the education space at Chisenhale Studios where, with guidance from Camilla we make canal mobile art that reflects the unique local area, with the option to include living plants. This workshop is suitable for all ages, although under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian.

Coast – Hertford Union Canal Residency Show
Friday 2 August, 6pm-8pm
Saturday 3-Saturday 10 August, 2-8pm daily

To conclude her Studio 4 Summer Residency Camilla will show her new work Coast – Hertford Union Canal. She will open the doors of Studio 4 on Friday the 2nd of August from 18:00 – 20:00 and invite visitors to see the work she has made, along with workshop participants, in response to the local area, with a focus on the Hertford Union Canal.

Expect to see a living, moving installation that spills out of the gallery space to the canal below. As the week progress she will continue to add to the work and will open Studio 4 form 2 – 8pm daily.

There will also be new work displayed on the canal wall opposite the Ragged School Museum. The artwork is located just over a mile from Chisenhale and is best accessed by walking along the canal towpath.


GMT- Published in Zona Imaginaria's Book

In 2013 I was resident in Zona Imaginaria, Argentina. I was there as part of my major work 34South|61North and continued three projects that existed it. GMT- a collaboration with Gerald Curtis was given a special feature in the book which show’s nine years of resident artists at Zona Imaginaria’s Who Can Live in this House residency programme. I was also listed as a participating artist for 2013.

Camila installing the Zona Imaginaria part of Take Spaces and Make Them New.

Camila installing the Zona Imaginaria part of Take Spaces and Make Them New.

Camilla Brendon and Gerald Curtis preform GMT-

Camilla Brendon and Gerald Curtis preform GMT-

2012 and 2013 artists who participated in Quien Puede Vivir en Este Casa?

2012 and 2013 artists who participated in Quien Puede Vivir en Este Casa?

Thanks again to Lucrecia and the whole team at Zona Imaginaria. My experience there was important to the development of my work in the areas of installation, recycling and community arts. I also made lasting friendships and will always look back at ZI as a home away form home.

Canal and River Trust Blog III

Below is a copy of the latest blog feature on my work from The Canal and River Trust. It’s been an absolute honour to have worked with them as a volunteer, workshop leader and activist. I’m very happy to announce that we have decided to continue working together to highlight the importance of maintaining our canals and keeping them clean during 2019. Keep an eye on both our websites for the next post!

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Trash tree decorations

A few weeks ago I held Trash Tree Decorations, a family drop-in workshop at Kindred Studios where participants worked with canal plastic, donated plastic and streamers made from widely non recycled plastic sheets.

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Trash Tree Decorations workshop

I really enjoy leading workshops like this as they are left with few rules so that participants can explore their creativity. Children work with their families and guardians to make eye catching decorations. While doing this they realise how much plastic waste exists and I hope that this will lead them on, to use less. This is a great activity and can be done at home, following a towpath clean, to begin the school holidays.

Wrapped in plastic

Since my last blog I’ve been busy as an invited artist at Wrapped In Plastic an awareness and solutions event to talk about eliminating plastics in our environment at WWF HQ in Woking. It was wonderful to meet different experts and talk about solutions. Refusing straws, bags and always taking litter home or ensuring that it goes securely into a bin are small steps that we can all take today.

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Camilla (left) at Wrapped in Plastic

I’ve also been featured, alongside volunteers from the Canal and River Trust, in a video made at UCL called, Life on London’s Canals, which promotes the canal system and how to keep it clean. This video gives a lovely insight into the issues facing the canal in London today and what can be done to ensure that it can be enjoyed in the years to come.

Coming up

2019 will see me continuing to work with Plastics and my project Coast. I’ll be learning how to lead a river clean up and also participating on a voyage in Scotland exploring microplastics in our oceans.

Life on London's Canals

I’m very proud to be interviewed as part of LIFE ON LONDON’S CANALS a video that highlights how important it is to maintain waterways and green spaces in the city and beyond.

The film crew came on a studio visit and learned about my practice and why environmental issues are so important to me.

The film crew came on a studio visit and learned about my practice and why environmental issues are so important to me.

A detail form an installation in progress using found material and non-recycled plastics.

A detail form an installation in progress using found material and non-recycled plastics.

Dark Yellow Dot | December Featured Artist

I’m really happy to have been featured as a cover artist for the month of December on Dark Yellow Dot a site promoting artists and opportunities for artists. Have a look at my profile too.

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About the Art

Mixed media on hand made paper and driftwood. 

I use mixed media and experiment with combining the manmade and natural to build on to found objects and surfaces. This is done from my Queens Park studio. 

Brendon explores pattern and repeated forms found in nature along with seascapes, the sun, light and the sky. She then re-works them and abstracts them to create mixed media pieces on man made objects which are gathered from the British coastline and canal system. 

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COAST at the Lexi | Art Rabbit Feature

I’m really looking froward to COAST. Opening at the Lexi on the 29th November, from 19:00- 20:30 The show then runs until January 7th during cinema opening times. I’m very pleased to have been featured in the Lexi’s news letter and on Art Rabbit.

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Canal and River Trust Blog II

Humans make plastic

I began making plastic mobiles out of waste plastic bags, back in 2013 in Bolivia - I then exhibited them in public spaces so they could be viewed alongside the natural environment they were threatening.

This blog starts in Bolivia. Whilst I was based there as a resident artist for NGO Sustainable Bolivia, I investigated how plastic was used in the South American nation. This led me to not only make mobiles out of plastic bags, but it fired up my desire to draw attention to the litter issue in Cochabamba, the city I was staying in. In time, it has led me to want to spread the message in the UK and highlight the problem we have with plastic waste. 

Today in London I continue to make mobiles out of plastic from the canals, and plastics that are currently not widely recycled. I look at nature, natural forms and pattern, especially flowers and the alges that cover the canal during the summer months. Instead of exhibiting them along the canals, I hold workshops to help teach mobile creation, but also it's a way of sharing my passion for plastic waste. 

During workshops I provide visual aids with a strong emphasis on the natural and architectural environment through which the canal passes. I then hand the creativity over to the participants, all the while standing by offering practical advice. I want those attending to make something meaningful to them, something that will make them feel good. 

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How's it done?

Humans Make Plastic is a huge mobile that I've constructed with the work made by participants of three workshops in conjunction with UCL. To connect the many smaller mobiles I used strands of plastic bags and wire, and wove sections of striking colour through the piece to give it some uniformity and make it visually stimulating. When hung the mobile moves and flows in the air.

It’s delicate nature is a direct reflection of the fragilities of our environment.

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What's upcoming?

I’m getting ready to give my next workshop, this time it will be at my studio, Kindred in Maida Hill a ten minute walk from the Regent's Canal. The workshop is called Trash Tree Decorations and will enable participants to make decorations out of plastic bottles. It will run from 2pm - 6pm on Saturday 17 of November. The open studio is 17/18 November 12 noon - 6pm, and there is a full program of events both days.

If you come along feel free to bring old plastic bottles from home and any you've picked up from canal tow paths, we can use them all.

The open studios are free and fun for all ages, dogs on leads are welcome.

Humans Make Plastic will be exhibited at Kindred during the open studio.

I’ll be showing works from my series of paintings and collages COAST at the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise, a ten minute walk form the Ladbroke Grove Canal. This showing will incorporate a site specific installation. November 27 - January 7 with an opening reception on the 27 November from 6:30 - 8:00.





Trash Tree Decorations at Kindred Open Studios

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be encouraging visitors to Kindred Studio’s upcoming open studio to make use of unwanted plastic bottles by turning them into tree decorations!

Fun for all the family on Saturday 17th November 14:00-18:00.


I’ll be in my studio for the rest of the weekend, so come on up to 205 to have a look at how COAST. is coming along!




Humans Make Plastic

I’m really happy to have been mentioned in the UCL Public Engagement Blog:

A very engaging summer: public engagement in east London

By Briony M Fleming, on 31 July 2018

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Ahead of Open Doors: Vote 100 (a partnership showcase event between East Bank organisations) UCL’s Engagement Team, together with Bow Arts Trust, brought together UCL researchers, local artists and zero waste activists in an event to discuss plastics, sustainability and women-led activism. The 20th June event, later named Humans Make Plastics by participants, was led and designed by London artist Camilla Brendon. It used plastic pollution (much of it sourced from the River Lea with the support of the Canal and River Trust) to design and build a collaborative sculpture which acted as a tool to talk about the research being undertaken into plastics at UCL. Catherine Conway of Unpackagedalso gave a talk about her role in trying to remove plastic from the food and retail supply chain. The final sculpture from the workshop, will also be shown at the Bloomsbury Festival in October.

 

Open Doors: Vote 100

Open Doors: Vote 100 was the first time all East Bank partners (Sadler’s Wells, Smithsonian Institute, London College of Fashion, UCL and V&A) came together to deliver a collaborative event. The event, on the 22nd July, included dance, music and poetry, displays, debates, workshops and screenings, and was suitable for all ages. Highlights included excerpts from Suffraggedon, an in-production hip-hop feminist musical written by Guilty Feminist contributors, an exhibition showing the works of 20 artists inspired by an image embroidered by incarcerated suffragettes in 1912, and dance performances & workshops from Company Wayne Macgregor and Myself UK Company.

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In addition to re-delivering both its Textile 100 and Humans Make Plastics workshops, UCL was also represented by a number of academics who took part in an item called the long conversation. This format brought together artists, film makers, scientists and activist to discuss the question ‘What makes you optimistic about the future’. The conversation acted as a relay with each person being first interviewed and then becoming the interviewer. You can read the full programme on the Olympic Park website.


It has been a great summer so far and we are looking ahead to our autumn term activities. First up is Harvest Stomp, an event on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with live music, dancing, food stalls, arts and craft stalls as well as a programme of workshops, demonstrations and entertainment. We will be hosting a stall in partnership with Biochemical Engineering and their micro-brewery (yes, UCL has a micro brewery!). If you are interested in taking part in this event or finding out what more UCL is doing in east London please send us an email at: engagement-east@ucl.ac.uk 

34South|61North Interview

An interview I gave in Brazil in 2013. It explains the project that I was working on at the time, which laid the foundations for what I'm up to today! 

Apresentation of Camilla Brendon's project 34South | 61North. Making art on the road from Chile to Alaska. A film by: Lara Jacoski + Patrick Belem More Information about the project: https://www.facebook.com/34south61north http://camillabrendon.wordpress.com/ Thanks to: Bicicletaria Cultural Casa Selvática Aletier Luis Lopes Salve