Mon 23 May 2011 | 6pm-8pm in Arches foyer | Free
You may have spotted Jenny Soep before, sitting by herself with her pencils, watercolours or iPad, down the front at a live arts event – whether music, theatre, poetry or dance – simultaneously observing and responding to what she sees and feels. Jenny draws periods of time and the performances that inhabit them, in doing so creating a tangible memory and a link between watched and experienced, performance and audience member.
Jenny has been drawing this way for more than ten years, capturing individual performances from acts such as Goblin and Billy Bragg as well as key events in the Scottish indie arts scene such as Frost And Fire and Music Without Sound. She draws those who also strive to push boundaries, experiment and improvise. For her latest appearance, she will be drawing Patti Smith and the Kronos Quartet at this year’s Polar Music Prize, with prints being given to those attending the banquet and the Laureates themselves the following day.
Using a variety of different materials, drawing techniques and technologies, she has cultivated a style that embodies the movement, energy, rhythms, colours and atmosphere experienced in a live event.
‘Soep has found a niche’ The Scotsman
‘I think the biggest compliment I can pay this work is “I wish I’d been there”… beautifully captured in a splash of orchestrated colour’ West End News, Glasgow
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”