a/political - collaboration

22 jan 2015

Franko B is happy to announce his collaboration with a/political.


a/political [áy/pəlittik'l] dedicated to the support and promotion of artists working within a socio-political framework; aiming to elucidate current social and political concerns 1. providing a neutral space free from bias for debate and dialogue around topical issues and aesthetics 2. committed to creating an internationally significant collection of engaged art 3. working alongside selected artists and cultural institutions to produce and promote dynamic global projects.

projects / the project archive showcases dynamic collaborations with selected artists on awards, exhibitions and curatorial projects. a/political endeavours to acquire work from the projects for the collection.

pilot / through this initiative, artists are commissioned to write a text on an area of socio-political interest. the text acts as a form of initial research, clarifying thoughts and opinions around a subject that will be used to underpin an upcoming work or project.

collection / the collection aims to track the history of socio-political art from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day. reflecting artistic responses to key political events, war and conflict by way of acquisitions, commissions and co-productions, the a/political collection continues to grow at the core of the organisation. crucially, it remains a work in progress, merging the ongoing support of contemporary projects with a politically focused art history.

(Image: Untitled from the Black Period, 2005/06 (c) Franko B)


WOOF WOOF I'M BACK is the first exhibition of my studio work in London in the last four years.

The title of the exhibition is meant to express an optimism, both personal and artistic; affirming that I am still here, still alive.

It presents a new body of my work: a series of around eighty drawings made from wool stitched onto paper. The pieces are inspired by every day life, relationships and news events, as well as references to specific art histories - from the personal to the political and the poetic.

06 February – 27 February 2015

Mayor's Parlour Gallery
First Floor,
Bow House
153 - 159 Bow Road
London E3 2SE

Tuesday to Friday, by appointment Sunday, 12 - 5pm
Telephone: +44 (0) 77 3701 1176
Email: info@mayorsparlourgallery.com


WORK Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring Franko B., Afshin Dakordi, Neil Gall, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Zadoc Nava, Lucy+ Jorge Orta, Bob and Roberta Smith, all artists who have collaborated with the gallery and its publishing counterpart Black Dog Publishing over the years. 

23rd January - 7th March 2015
Private view Thursday 22 January 2015 6-9pm
Performance by Bob and Roberta Smith playing slide guitar with a pair of pliers and singing a song about voting. All welcome.

10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG
Tuesday–Saturday 12.00–6.00 pm