Joe Namy, Akinola Davies, and Rosa-Johan Uddoh curate Somerset House Studios' AGM

Artists such as Bonaventure, Ain Bailey, Paul Purgas, Nihal El Asar, and James Massiah will help Somerset House Studios mark a year of its resident artist community with its annual late-night party.

On Friday, October 13th, the Studios’ ground floor in the New Wing will host this year’s edition of AGM with a night of collaborative energy, art installations, and live performances.

The Studios has invited three guest curators to each host different spaces: Studios residents Joe Namy and Akinola Davies, and performance artist Rosa-Johan Uddoh, alongside a late opening of Sonya Dyer’s intergalactic installation Three Parent Child in the River Rooms.

Artist and composer Joe Namy will be presenting Disguise as Dancefloor, in which they’ve invited collaborators to join them before a dancefloor made of copper tiles for a series of improvised performances morphing the staging and sonic texture of the room throughout the night. 

BAFTA-nominated and Sundance award-winning writer, director and moving image artist Akinola Davies has invited friends including James Massiah for an evening of music, spoken word, and drums in dialogue.

Interdisciplinary artist and performer Rosa-Johan Uddoh will be hosting a short, three-act live performance with collaborators, playing upon the notion of plays with ideas of 'ye olde', and how the image of ‘History’ exists in popular imagination today. Rosa-Johan Uddoh’s interdisciplinary practice uses humour, parody, and play, to work toward radical self-love, inspired by Black feminist practice.

Alongside these acts, Somerset House Studios’ autumn exhibition from resident Sonya Dyer Three Parent Child will have a late opening for the evening. The installation, a two-channel moving-image work and a large-scale sculpture, weaves through the rooms, imagining the future of human space travel, influenced by Black feminist history, scientific inquiry, science-fiction, and ancient mythology.

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Joe Namy, Akinola Davies, and Rosa-Johan Uddoh curate Somerset House Studios' AGM