Bridge Point Studios, The River Cafe, Rock Channel
Saturday, November 25, 2023
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Strand Quay, Rye, TN31 7DE East Sussex
South East England
Bridge Point Studios

Residency Featured Artists: Annan Affotey, Nahom Teklehaimanot, Olatosun Samson Rotimi, Helen Stiasny, Edna Baud, Julia Kowalska, Jakub Czyz, Aniela Preston and Preslav Kostov.

Kravitz Contemporary is pleased to present the second part of its annual Residency Exhibition, which opens 25 November in East Sussex. Figure This is produced in close collaboration with UK-based patrons of the arts, the Kowitz Family, and the Noldor Art Residency in Ghana.

The Figure This Residency Exhibition, which spotlights non-Western artists from underrepresented backgrounds, will open at Bridge Point Studios in Rye, East Sussex. Born of a mutual interest to serve, support and platform emerging young artists, the residency offers a platform for international artists with a particular emphasis on a unique cross-section of Eastern European and Western African talents.

The artists were selected by Joseph Awuah-Darko (Founder of Noldor Artist Residency, Ghana), David Kowitz, a patron of the programme, and gallerist Sarah Kravitz and are each informed and indebted to the tradition of figurative painting but also visibly fraternise with its subversion. The exhibition serves as a testament to Sarah Kravitz’s core ethos, diversifying the London-centric arts scene, encouraging creative dialogue between regions and truly championing individual and cultural expression through art.

Figure This features several exciting young female painters from the flourishing contemporary art scene in Sarah Kravitz’s native Poland.

“For many years, the Polish art scene conformed to traditional patriarchal norms. Today, however, it reflects the country’s broader transformation, with women artists emerging as market leaders. Their prominence is not just reshaping the art market but is also a signifier of Poland’s overall progression towards greater gender equality. This burgeoning realm, where women’s creative independence is honoured, is receiving enthusiastic accolades from key cultural institutions and observers across the region; heralding a new era of inclusivity and recognition.”

Joseph Awuah-Darko, Founder of Noldor adds, “Artists from Sub-Saharan West Africa are a meaningful part of the dialogue of re-imagined narratives and are contributing towards evolving the single story surrounding the continent and its people.”