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CIRCA PRIZE RETURNS WITH AN OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS TO WIN £40K IN A BID TO DISCOVER, PLATFORM AND CHAMPION THE FUTURE VISIONARIES SHAPING OUR WORLD FOR THE BETTER. 

Current artist: Kembra Pfahler

Kembra Pfahler (b. 1961, Hermosa Beach, CA, US) lives and works in New York, US. Pfahler is a legendary figure of New York’s underground scene. With a practice spanning music, performance, acting, film and visual arts since the 1980s, the image vocabulary she has built informs the countercultural aesthetics of the Lower East Side. Drawing references from monstrous fetishistic femininity and Japanese Noh theatre, she founded a death-rock band, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. The band’s cult performances incorporate handmade costumes and props created along the lines of her philosophy of availabism – making use of what’s available – with the aim of fostering a radical view of femininity and beauty. The ceremonial treatment of her body in transgressive acts continues to mark the contemporary cultural landscape through her collaborations in film, photography and fashion.

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DISCOVER 'THE MANUAL OF ACTION' A 12-WEEK PARTICIPATORY PROGRAMME BY LEGENDARY ARTIST AND MUSICIAN, KEMBRA PFAHLER

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FRANK BOWLING INAUGURATES CIRCA PIPELINE – A NEW PRINT INITIATIVE GENERATING £500,000 IN ART SUPPLIES FOR 100 UK STATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS