Speaking Parts

16 May to 24 May 2015

Speaking Parts, a ten day exhibition framed by two weekends of performance, brings together artists who weave text and language – from poetic prose to the spoken word and scored voice – into the fabric of sculpture, film, painting and performance.


The works in the exhibition are for the most part ephemeral and portable, and depend on the input of the artist, collaborators and/or audience to be fully realised. Each piece has its own temporality, from one-off performance to intermittent activation. 


During Speaking PartsRaven Row will host Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live, an evening celebrating the work of the great British concrete poet Bob Cobbing (1920-2002), with performances by Brian Catling, Paula Claire, Beth Collar, Hansjörg Mayer, Hannah Silva and David Toop.


Artists in Speaking Parts are Brian Catling (b. 1948, UK), Michael Dean (b. 1977, UK), Natalie Häusler (b. 1983, Germany), Ewa Partum (b. 1945, Poland), Heather Phillipson (b. 1978, UK), Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985, Poland) and Giorgio Sadotti (b. 1955, UK). The exhibition is curated by Amy Budd, writer and Exhibitions Organiser, Raven Row.

Performance Programme: 


Friday 15 May, 6.30pm:  

Ewa Partum, Natalie Häusler, Giorgio Sadotti


Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm:  

Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live with Brian Catling, Paula Claire, Beth Collar, Hansjörg Mayer, Hannah Silva and David Toop


Saturday 23 May, 6.30pm:

Agnieszka Polska and David Bernstein, Brian Catling, Michael Dean, Giorgio Sadotti


Admission is free, however booking for the performances is essential as space is limited.


Please note Speaking Parts will be open daily from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 May.  


The event Bob Cobbiiiiiiiiing Live coincides with Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You: Symposium on Bob Cobbing at Chelsea College of Arts on Thursday 21 May 2015 (10am-5pm). Participants include David Toop, Holly Pester, Will Holder, Fiona Becket, Karen di Franco, Rosie Cooper, William Cobbing and Steve Willey. Click here for more information.