16th December, 19:30 - 22:30
Music

Frontline Folklore - with Ben Edge

An artist's exploration into folk traditions of the British Isles, linking aural antiquity with adaptation and resistance through our changing times and new mediums. Come along to The Golden Hinde as we welcome Ben Edge (www.benedge.co.uk) into the warm wooden belly of our Tudor galleon.

Ben Edge, born in 1985, is a visual artist, songwriter and folklorist who lives and works in North London. Ben studied fine art at London Metropolitan University and since graduating in 2008, has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including: BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Scotland, where his portrait of his grandfather, ’The Animal Handler’ was shortlisted for the prize.  
 
Since his debut solo show at the Hix Gallery in 2017, Ben has been extensively researching and documenting the seasonal folk customs of the British Isles, creating a series of twenty paintings, a full length documentary film and his debut solo album 'New Tradition' in response to his travels.  
 
This body of work titled 'Frontline Folklore' was exhibited alongside, Simon Costin's iconic 'Museum of British Folklore' collection at the Crypt gallery of the St Pancras new church throughout June 2021, in an exhibition titled 'Ritual Britain' that attracted over 10,000 visitors with extensive media coverage and viral exposure across social media. 
 
"I was expecting to love this exhibition. I wasn’t expecting to leave it feeling proud to be British"
Bridget Christie, The Guardian
 
"The artist’s meticulous research will preserve the legacy of British folklore for years to come"
Holly Black, Elephant magazine
 
"Starkly brilliant"
Stewart Lee, (www.stewartlee.co.uk)
 
“The songs on New Tradition by Ben Edge are living things, songs that have grown out of Ben’s travels around the UK. Songs as alive as the folk traditions he documents and interprets in his art and music"
Matthew Shaw (Producer Ben Edge, Shirley Collins, Tex La Homa, Spectral and the Pop Group

 

Doors and bar open at 19:00, event begins at 19:30.

 

Price £15.00 online / £16 on the door

 

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