New Material

Living in a new material world


Preview 9 March

10.03.17 – 02.04.17

Robert Cervera

Russell Chater

Marieke Gelissen

Paul Kindersley

Edith Kollath

Tyler Mallison

Nika Neelova

Michaela Zimmer

more info


New Material: living in a new material world

Curated by Tyler Mallison

A.P.T Gallery

Preview: 6-8pm Thursday 9 March

10.03.17 – 02.04.17

Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

New Material: living in a new material world is a group exhibition of new work by 8 international artists, which seeks to address the shift in the ‘material world’ from the Gen-X perspective of the mid 1980s; a time of pensive self-awareness and anxiety, to our current new material world; one of 21st century post-truth Trumpist politics and Brexit Britain. Work spans sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video and the expanded field of painting.


The title of the exhibition references the 1984 song Material Girl by Madonna. The hit was written at a time when living in a ‘material world’ meant aligning with the collective shift towards aspirational image, status brands and global corporations. Fast-forward 30+ years and now, what defines the ‘new material world’? The Internet is a given, the virtual seems real, and geographic borders have eroded in the exchange of artistic capital. Tensions suspended by millennial optimism are beginning to resurface in the face of post-truth Trumpist politics, Brexit Britain and recognition of the Anthropocene and its environmental impact. Moreover, around the artist has emerged a sophisticated international art market with an estimated worth of 50 billion Euros.


New Material presents a platform for investigating the conditions of this unstable, shifting and often contradictory ‘space’ through pluralist concerns (body/mind, public/private, virtual/real, authentic/fake) that give form and insight into materiality today. The work of the 8 artists brings to the surface strategies used to navigate their experience against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging climate for expression and artistic production. They themselves are the product of the new normal in contemporary art: relationships organically forged via precarious channels of alternative education, artist-led initiatives, open formats, studio disruption and social media.


During the exhibition, a dialogue will unfold amongst the artists and expand through community engagement and planned public talks involving guest artists. The aim of the events is to spark discussion with other artists and the public about what characterises life and art in this new material world. 



For further information:

follow #newmat17 @APTGallery 

visit or contact the gallery



6-8pm Thursday 9 March

more info


New Material Newspaper Club

7-9pm Thursday 16 March

Led by artist Rosalie Schweiker of Unite Against Dividers 

All welcome!

more info


Labo(rat)ori — extended  (timelayers)

8pm Saturday 18 March

Choreography: Miguel Altunaga, Rambert Dance Company

Dancer: Jacob O’Connell, Rambert Dance Company

Painting: Michaela Zimmer

Music: David Preston

Followed by short talk by Michaela Zimmer and Miguel Altunaga

more info


International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation

7-8pm Wednesday 29 March

Guest artists Goska Macuga, Mira Calix, Deborah Coughlin, Mark Simpkins

more info


New Networks: New Normal

4:30-5:30pm Friday 31 March (preceding SLAM)

In conversation with Syllabus II artists

Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E Jackson, Tyler Mallison, Tom Smith, Laura Wilson

more info

Late night

South London Art Map (SLAM)

6-8pm Friday 31 March

Extended opening hours and artist talk in conjunction with SLAM Deptford tour.

more info


3-5pm Sunday 2 April

Informal closing. All welcome.



  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle