THE FULMER GARDENS COMMISSION 2018

William Benington Gallery is excited to announce The Fulmer Gardens Commission 2018. We have established the commission with the aim of facilitating and realising the most ambitious and adventurous of artist’s outdoor projects. We are delighted to be able to present the first of these projects:

Eva Masterman and Geoffrey Hagger for Collective Matter Present: The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed has been conceived by Collective Matter and conceptualised and facilitated by CM member Eva Masterman, in collaboration with carpenter and designer Geoffrey Hagger. It takes inspiration from the iconic Black Mountain College and Bauhaus schools, to create a piece of ‘not-architecture’ that will be curated as a project space by Collective Matter over the coming years.

Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer looks to support and promote emerging and mid-career artists. As part of this support, we are working towards building on-site resources to help with the development and production of new projects. This commission is the first of these innovations, creating a functional artwork to facilitate the full spectrum of artistic practice, from initial discussion and making, to learning and exhibition programmes.

As part of the structure of the space, Collective Matter has made 400 smoke-fired clay floor tiles – which have been fired on site – made from reclaimed brick clay left over from their social engagement project Material Action at the Tate Modern, in 2017. This clay, which was originally used for a variety of community projects across London, is now re-appropriated to form the foundations of continued learning amongst professional artists.

Collective Matter was formed in 2016 as a platform to explore clay and skill as tools for engagement and discussion. The Potting Shed will initially be programmed with a Collective Matter Invites… programme of collaborations, projects, talks and exhibitions; creating a space that reflects their ethos of experimental and collaborative exchange, with clay quite literally as the foundations of future exchange and learning.

MAKING TILES, THE PROCESS:

• Begin with unprocessed clay rubble

• Wet down the rubble until it is mush

• Dry out the mush onto plaster batts until it turns back into

clay

• Push that clay through the pug mill to create workable clay

‘sausages’

• Wedge the sausages into blocks

• Pack the clay into brick moulds

• Dry out the bricks

• Cut tiles

• Fire in kiln

At Fulmer:

• Bury tiles in sawdust and leaves from the gardens

• Light a fire on top

• Watch it burn!

• Uncover tiles

• Build the Potting Shed