Ephemeral Sculpture

The London Group & Friends

June 7th - 24th 2018

St John's Churchyard, daily, 9am-8pm


Read about the show on Artlyst

In June 2018, visitors to St John's churchyard this June were invited to forget the hubbub of Waterloo and relax, slow down and contemplate ephemeral, site-specific sculptures by over 30 artists.


Responding to the festival theme of 'Transforming Minds', the exhibition title, Nothing Endures but Change, comes from Heraclitus, better known for saying, ‘you cannot step into the same river twice’. Impermanence is a basic tenet of Buddhism. Buddhism and Hinduism share the doctrine that nothing lasts, everything is in a constant state of change.


Most of the sculptures in the show were ephemeral in the way they were made and they were also about change, transformation and the ephemeral – impermanent, transitory, short-lived, temporary. The artists’ wide-ranging approaches were intriguing and highly original. At one end of the timescale, the gradual adaptations of evolution, a suspended work drew on Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos. At the other, a sculpture encrusted with old clocks and watches referred to the seconds mercilessly ticking by.


…flow-everlasting…’ was a work inspired by the ‘self-re-circling dream-wake book’, Finnegan’s Wake, and a large house sparrow created from wild bird seed highlighted the sparrows’ devastating decline since the 1970s. A structure echoing the Jewish ‘chuppah’, the canopy used in wedding ceremonies, was made of a delicate fabric into which pieces of a baby’s dress were sewn, reminding us of past stages in our lives.


There was a paper hammock that offered no rest and an enigmatic tent offering no shelter ‘yet whose beacon light within calls to the weary’, made with the Waterloo homeless in mind. We hope that there was something for everyone and that all who visited found a measure tranquillity and food for thought.

Each work featured a QR code giving visitors further information on the piece and/or background information on the artist.


St John’s Churchyard, all free 

Archive of the Last Inutero Human

Wed June 6th, 7pm (at Preview), Mon June 11th, 7pm (at Altered States Preview), Mon June 18th, 6.15pm (before Panel Discussion in The Cello Factory) 

A performance by artist Ann Grim’ questioned the future of reproduction within humankind.

Art Trail

Sat June 9th, 2pm

Exhibitor Rebecca Feiner talked about the sculptures with artists’ Q&A.


Thursday June 21st, 7pm

Artist Venetia Nevill honoured the Summer Solstice with a mandala ritual accompanied by live music and poetry

The artists included:


Sophie Alston, Wendy Anderson LG, Peter Avery, Keith Ball, Vanya Balogh, Rosalind Barker, Alison Berry, Clive Burton LG, Andrea Cavallari, Rebecca Feiner, Cadi Froehlich LG, Mandee Gage, Ann Grim', Susan Haire PLG, Alexandra Harley LG, Katie Hayward, Aude Hérail Jäger LG, Martin Heron LG, Alexander Hinks, Vera Jefferson, Marilyn Kyle, Chris Marshall, Venetia Nevill, Sarah Pager, Janet Patterson LG, Michael Phillipson LG, David Redfern LG, James Roseveare, Tommy Seaward LGL, Chris Simpson, Angela Carol Stocker, Franny Swann, Almuth Tebbenhoff LG, Paul Tecklenberg LG, Graham Tunnadine, Bill Watson LG, Neil Weerdmeester LGTisna Westerhof LG and Angela Wright.

The London Group, one of the longest-running and most prestigious artists’ collectives in the world, has around 90 members and champions diversity of work and independent thinking. Celebrating its centenary in 2013 its illustrious history mirrored that of British art for much of the 20th century and today the Group is as strong as ever, with nine shows this year alone.


The London Group presented three exhibitions in the Waterloo Festival 2018 (see also Altered States and Beyond Image: The Permanent Revolution). Together they offered the perfect opportunity to showcase examples of the range of its members’ artistic practices. 


The Waterloo Festival is an annual summer festival of arts and inspiration, held in and around St John's Waterloo. It celebrates arts, music, ideas and new talent in a beautiful setting in the beating artistic heart of London.


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