FRIEZE WEEK POP-UP EXHIBITION AT NED’S CLUB
Please join us for Ruinart Champagne and Canapés to celebrate
Sarah Maple - Labor in Love
A Frieze Week pop-up exhibition at Ned’s Club presented by KochxBos Gallery
Speeches with the artist and Kate Bryan, the Ned creator, at 7 PM
Opening Thursday 13 October
5 PM until late
at The Ned's Club
27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ
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Kate Bryan, Global Curator for Ned’s Club and The Ned, is proud to present the first standalone pop-up exhibition at the private members club, presenting the work of one of the stars of The Ned Art Collection, Sarah Maple.
Known for work which takes an ironic approach to matters of feminism, racism, the nature of art and identity politics, Maple will present one of her most brilliant projects to date.
The installation Labour of Love combines over 650 individual wall and floor based works and makes an urgent statement about motherhood, unpaid labour and the work feminism still has to do.
Maple recorded her motherhood by hand finishing a photo of herself and her baby representing each feed over a 3 month period. Each piece us unique, oscillating between gentle, funny, angry and frustrated.
“Raising a child is seen as a female task, not a real job. Thus unpaid and undervalued. Addressing this and rectifying the situation is the unfinished work of feminism.”
- Sarah Maple 2022
“The installation packs a real punch, being both statistical and personal, a self-portrait and a universal one. It will speak to all genders, ages and parental status because the issue here affects us all either indirectly or directly. Sarah has taken her practice into something of a taboo area in the artworld – artist mothers are usually silent about how impossible the task of raising a child and staying creative and commercially viable is. The Ned Art Collection has always been women-led and unafraid to have these kind of conversations.”
“By the time a woman’s first child is 12, she is paid, on average, 33% less than a man. Conversely becoming a father actually gives men’s earnings a boost. It has always struck me as a peculiar contradiction that if a woman chooses not to have children, and avoid this fate, she is looked upon with pity or confusion. Becoming a mother is what women are supposed to do. It’s our life’s purpose. But why is it that any work predominantly associated as ‘Women’s work’ is considered ‘other’ – it’s unimportant, disregarded and not valued. Not even by women?”.
- Sarah Maple
ABOUT SARAH MAPLE
Sarah Maple is a multidisciplinary artist largely inspired by current affairs, activism and gender politics. She has had several exhibitions nationally and internationally, most notably at New Art Exchange in Nottingham, Golden Thread in Belfast and Kunstihoone in Estonia. Group shows include The Royal Academy, The BALTIC and The Practising Feminist at Tate Britain. In 2022, she was shortlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize for her video work supported by Sky Arts ‘The Sarah Maple Show’.
ABOUT KATE BRYAN
Kate Bryan is an arts broadcaster, writer, mentor and Global Director of Art for the Soho House Group and The Ned. She curated The Ned London art collection in 2017 highlighting the gender imbalance in the artworld by using the FTSE 100 CEO Gender Ratio. Inverting the numbers she acquired the work of 93 women and 7 men, including a special area devoted to the work of Sarah Maple within the club’s member spaces.
ABOUT KOCHXBOS GALLERY
KochxBos Gallery was established in 2005 by Esther Koch and Hans Bos. The gallery aims to serve and promote artists that add intellectual and/or aesthetic value to the present time. KochxBos provide a stage for artists to explore their ideas of tolerance and liberation in art. The gallery was recently awarded Top Ten independent Amsterdam galleries by The Guardian.
ABOUT NED’S CLUB
Ned’s Club is private members-only club for like-minded professionals to meet, work and have a good time. Membership gives you access to spaces within the building, from a rooftop pool overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, to a gym and spa, plus a late night lounge housed in the former Midland Bank vaults. Plus, a program of monthly events, ranging from talks with thought leaders to rooftop parties and pop-up lounges at festivals and fashion shows.
The House of Ruinart is unlike any other. It was the first established House of Champagne in 1729 and inspired by the intuition of a monk well ahead of his time. Chardonnay is the very soul of Ruinart. The grape, mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs, is at the heart of all our cuvee.