Uphold Withhold—Lisa Selby

22 January 2014
1 hour performance from 7:30 to 8:30 pm

RBS Galleries, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA

‘Uphold Withhold’ is a new performance by British artist Lisa Selby, in which a number of female participants will enact a strictly controlled tea drinking ceremony, addressing the everyday rituals that perpetuate and legitimise gendered power structures in British society. Selby’s performance will revolve around the pressures of social etiquette, specifically focusing on the virtues of self-restraint in the maintenance of manners.

The performance will be staged at the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London and then screened at Selby’s solo exhibition ‘Must come down’, curated by Sandra Erbacher and shown at INOVA, Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, US, as part of The National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts 14th annual conference. The British Council and The Arts Council are funding this performance and the solo show through the Artists’ International Development Fund.

Since graduating from the Goldsmiths MFA course in Fine Art in 2011, Selby has taught as an Associate Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and Camberwell College of Arts, UK. This year Lisa was selected for a solo show at the Surface Gallery in Nottingham and was also selected by Ceri Hand for Creekside Open at APT Gallery. She has been awarded the Royal British Society of Sculptors 2013 Bursary Award. Next year Selby will attend a ceramic-based residency at Künstlerhaus Stadttöpferei Neumünster, Germany.

For more information about the artist, visit www.lisaselby.com .