INTERVIEW WITH KAREN MCLEAN
Due to COVID-19, Block 336’s scheduled programming has been postponed. As part of our effort to recalibrate and find new ways of working, we are presenting a series of interviews with artists that we were working with before lockdown.
For the fourth interview in the series, Tess Charnley, Block 336 Programme Coordinator, interviewed Karen McLean about the subject matter of her work; its materiality; how her practice has shifted during lockdown, and more. Karen McLean’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by her experience of growing up in the Caribbean during the 1960s. Through a variety of media, she explores themes of displacement, identity, capitalism and ethics, home, ideologies, modernism and globalisation. McLean has shown work at ORT Gallery, Birmingham; Lewisham Arthouse, London; BNP Architects, Birmingham and more. Block 336 was planning to present an exhibition by the artist in October 2020. Due to the impact of the pandemic on our funding, this show has been postponed. We are very much looking forward to working with Karen McLean in the future.
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Due to the developing public health crisis, to protect the health of the artists we work with, our staff and visitors, Block 336 is postponing the exhibitions: The Structure of Feeling by Andy Holden and The Sleepers by Tom Worsfold. We will be closed until further notice and re-open as soon as it is responsible to do so. We look forward to seeing you then.
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On Wednesday 22nd July, 1.30pm, as part of our lockdown programme, Block 336 will present a live Zoom studio visit with Louis Casely, the second recipient of our Studio Residency Award.
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In light of the significant financial hardship arts organisations and institutions face as a result of COVID-19, Robin Mason donated 10 new works on paper, especially to help raise funds at this moment of crisis and collective solidarity. We are delighted that the works all sold within two hours, with 100% of the proceeds from sales supporting Block 336 and the BA and MA Degree Show funds for City & Guilds of London Art School, where the artist is Head of Fine Art. These works were presented alongside an interview with the artist and a 3D scan of the artist’s works, which were shown at Block 336 as part of our 5 year anniversary celebration in 2017.