neil cummings

September 2013

Benefit Auction

17 Oct 2001

The Bigger Splash was a Benefit Auction for the Whitechapel Gallery
The London Art Fair, Islington, London, 17th November 2001

Hume Water PaintingA long time ago, I was asked by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, to contribute an artwork for the Bigger Splash Benefit Auction, to raise funds for their public programme. Each invited artist was supplied with watercolour paints, paper and brushes.

I wondered what kind of watercolours would collectors of contemporary art like? Of course, they like what other collectors like them like. I thought, what paintings are popular? Gary Hume paintings are very, very popular. I decided to make two Gary Hume watercolours from the catalogue of the Whitechapel exhibition in 1999; from his Water Painting series.

Like this one (left) now (already?) in the Tate Collection


London Art Fair
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
N1 0QH
United Kingdom

51.5358, -0.1063

post production

26 Sep 2013

Invited by Roma Piotrowska, Post Production, an hour long film programme curated from the Enthusiasts Archive was exhibited at Stryx, Birmingham England.

Post ProductionFounded by Fine Art graduates in 2012, Stryx is an artist led studio, project and exhibition space which aims to foster a diverse range of events, exhibitions and projects.  They are looking to initiate regional and national artistic collaborations in order to promote and strengthen an accessible and vibrant network of ideas and practices. What's not to like?

Post Production, is a specially curated film programme from theEnthusiasts Archive, an archive initiated by myself and Marysia Lewandowska in 2006. It’s the result of extensive research amongst the remnants of amateur film clubs in Poland under socialism. Presented as a collaborative artwork, the Enthusiasts Archive is a critical archive of beautiful amateur films found, restored and made available on-line through ‘open content’ licenses. The archive enables visitors to explore the generosity of the enthusiast, a generosity that reveals a range of interests and experiences generally invisible amongst the breathless flow of the State sponsored, or professionally mediated.


The Stryx
Minerva Works
Fazeley Street
B5 5RS
United Kingdom

52.4862, -1.8904


22 Sep 2013

I have been collaborating with 51% Studios, and we have been selected by The Architecture Foundation, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy of Arts, to share our research as part of London As It Could Be Now: New Visions for the Thames.

At a public workshop, we presented a beta version of #floodplain, an online platform that enables users to make collaborative, spatial representations of London, its main river artery, the Thames, and their floodplains.

#floodplain also enables users to populate theses spatial representations with real time searches for geo-located images, and add observations from the astonishingly varied and fleeting enthusiasms of twitter.

Using vast pools of open–access public data, #floodplain re-imagines the tidal Thames for the 21st Century, suggesting new ways to map, imagine, and inhabit London, its sites and their architectures.

#floodplain is a new kind of public space, that will enable users to become architects of their own environment.


Royal Academy of Arts
10, Burlington Gardens
United Kingdom

51.5094, -0.1399

Utopography 0.1

19 Sep 2013

I participated in the inaugural workshop

Utopography: Imaging, representing and critiquing imagined worlds organised by the Arts and Science Fiction research group, the Department of Things to Come at the Baltic 3931-39 High Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 1EW,

 19th September - 20th September 2013

Elsewhere is a negative mirror. The traveller recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had, and will never have.

Italo Calvino


Baltic 39
31-39 High Bridge
United Kingdom

54.9719, -1.6127