Kingsgate Postal Service
We have received generous funding from the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund to run a socially distant programme for six months. As part of this, we will be running a new mail art initiative: Kingsgate Postal Service (KPS).
KPS will deliver artists’ editions and new writing to your door.
From mid August, subscribers will receive new editions and writing by emerging and established artists and authors. From woodblock prints and temporary tattoos; to poems and recipes - each envelope will contain a carefully selected pair of specially commissioned quasi-complimentary works.
Artists and writers so far include: Cyrus Shroff, Joshua Sex, Sarah Boulton, Victoria Adam, Angus McCrum, Elaine Tam, Nina Royle, Maria Christoforidou, Jack Pierson, Irenosen Okojie, Jasmine Padjak, 4659, 650mah, Luke Burton, CAConrad, Yorgos Petrou, Nabihah Iqbal, Lara Shahnavaz, Camilla Grudova…
KPS celebrates the subscription club and the thrill of getting something through the post.
KPS is odd, playful and generous.
KPS is like a hurriedly scribbled holiday postcard from a friend...a missive of love in spite of its smudgy ink blots.
KPS is not precious, but contains precious things.
KPS is an analogue network for distributing digital thoughts.
KPS shares ideas and peculiarities with equal verve.
KPS is the place where one envelope contains works by an award winning novelist and a recent RCA graduate, and the next contains works by a Japanese collective and a curatorial project based in a Brighton vape shop.
KPS is like finding a package on the doormat addressed in a handwriting that is familiar, but you can’t quite remember whose it is…
KPS is a burgeoning art collection that fits in a jiffy bag!
How to subscribe
Subscribe before 26th October to receive 9 editions for £60 (6 SPECIAL OFFER issues + 3 regular bimonthly issues).
Subscriptions are limited so sign up now to avoid missing out:
Once you sign up you’ll receive 2 editions a month. After the first six months, from Feb 2021, KPS editions will be sent out once every two months with 6 editions over the year for £60 - so take advantage of our current special price! We’ll contact anyone paying by direct debit at the end of the first 6 months to check you still wish to receive issues beyond Feb 2021. There is a minimum subscription time of 6 months.
International subscribers please get in touch via the link above to arrange payment and shipping. We welcome customers who'd like to buy the subscription as a gift for a friend.
The first 12 issues of KPS are supported by Arts Council England. The KPS logo (seen at the top of this page) is designed by Giles Round and KPS is creatively managed by work-form.
First edition of KPS | Cyrus Shroff & Joshua Sex
We are excited to launch our first edition of KPS Droplets by Cyrus Shroff and Joshua Sex.
Cyrus Shroff (b. 1988, Bombay) graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2013. Recent exhibitions include: Six Characters in Search of a Host at the Architectural Association, 2019; Creekside Open by Sacha Craddock at APT Gallery, 2019; Inside Job at Tate Modern, 2018; Rope & Co at Westminster Waste, 2016 and Things on Things at AMP Gallery, 2016. Cyrus had been awarded the Land Securities Studio Award (2013), the David Villers Travel Bursary (2013) and the Chelsea Arts Club Graduate Award (2013).
Joshua Sex (1985, Dublin) studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London. He lives in Ireland, works as a carpenter and, for pleasure, writes stories and plays music on the mouth organ. In the past he helped run the project space Westminster Waste (now he’s involved in another project space: Fál Linntreog).
Second edition of KPS | Sarah Boulton & Victoria Adam
Our second edition of KPS is by Sarah Boulton & Victoria Adam.
Sarah Boulton's piece 'Via!' can be considered as editions of a performance that Boulton made last year in an Abbey where she accompanied a monk to turn off the lights, one by one, around the building at the end of the day. These editions took a diversion to the Abbey in the post before making their way to your door.
Sarah Boulton (b.1989) has presented artworks at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Cell Project Space, London; Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh and Patara Gallery, Tbilisi. She is currently working on a piece for an immaterial art biennale in France – La Biennale Momon. Her writings have appeared in Tender Journal, Danarti and in the 2015 Best British Poetry Anthology, and her first collection of texts has recently been published with Care of Time.
Victoria Adam graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 2015 and previously attended the Slade. Recent solo exhibitions include; confidences, Seventeen, London (2019), orchardwhitelightning*, LUNGLEY, London (2018), the common toad, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2017), and middens ❧, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2015). Recent group shows include All that the Rain Promises and more, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (2019), The romance of flowers, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2018) and Becoming Plant, Tenderpixel, London (2018).
Third edition of KPS | Nina Royle & Maria Christoforidou
The third issue of KPS 'sharp whispers' is by Nina Royle and Maria Christoforidou.
Nina Royle graduated with an MA from Slade School of Art in 2016. She lives and works in Cornwall. Recent solo exhibitions include Tending My Fangs, ALPS, London (2019); St Ia, The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery (2019) and Glaucous, a performance commissioned by Tate St Ives (2018). Group exhibitions include Unbounded, Eden Project, Cornwall (2019); Listen to the Hum, Alice Black Gallery, London (2019); Lunar Gardening, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2019); Global Cows, (with Charlott Weise, Lucy Stein, Tizianna La Melia, Vanessa Disler) Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2019); and Crying the Neck (with Lucy Stein), NICC, Brussels (2017). In 2019 Nina was commissioned by Hospital Rooms to create a wall painting for The Junipers MBU ward, Exeter.
Maria Christoforidou is an Afro-Greek artist, writer and researcher. Her practice explores the political, physical and performative operations of words and images. She is motivated by a hope to create pauses that allow minor stories of sameness, voices, bodies and plant comrades to evade classification, come to rest, undoing unspeakable knots of otherness. She is an art history lecturer at Falmouth University and lives in Cornwall and Athens.
Fourth edition of KPS | Angus McCrum & Elaine Tam
The fourth issue of KPS is 'Untitled (12 False Starts)' by Angus McCrum & Elaine Tam.
Angus McCrum (b. 1987, Portsmouth) lives and works in Berlin. He graduated in 2015 with an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art, having previously studied and The Kent Institute of Art & Design. Recent solo/two person exhibitions include: Bleigießen, 17 Addington Road, Margate, 2019; Fallow (with Emii Alrai), The Rectory Projects, London, 2019; Studio 2 (with Jon Kipps), Assembly Point Studios, London, 2019; and The Sorrows, Intercession Gallery, Northampton, 2017. Recent group shows include: Of Noise, Slow Space, Fieldworks, London, 2020; Used For Glue, Assembly Point Studios, London, 2019; Odds, TOMA Project Space, Southend-on-Sea, 2019; How small a thought, hosted by Anne Ryan & Andrew Child, Margate, 2019; The Feeling’s Mutual - Art Licks Weekend 2019, The Rectory Projects, London, 2019; Lunar Gardening, Kingsgate Project Space, London, 2019; Gobbledygook, The Kennington Residency, London, 2019; and EveryThing Must Go, Assembly Point, London, 2019.
Elaine Tam is a writer and curator who works collaboratively with artists to create forums for critical engagement through exhibitions, talks and writing. But moreover, she understands this practice as a shared site for interdisciplinary play, pleasure, gesture, enquiry, even failure. Her research interests include poetic perversion, regimes of femininity and encounters with radical Otherness.
Fifth edition of KPS | Jasmine Pajdak & Irenosen Okojie
The fifth issue of KPS is by Jasmine Pajdak & Irenosen Okojie.
Jasmine Pajdak graduated with an MA in Print from the Royal College of Art in 2019 and previously studied at the Royal Drawing School and Falmouth University.
Recent solo exhibitions include Sweet Nowheres, Little Gallery, Calgary, Canada (2018). Group exhibitions include: And in me too the wave rises, Lewisham Art House, London (2019); What a Relief!?, CGP Gallery, London (2019); Becoming and Dissolving, Alice Black Gallery, London (2017); and Lexis over Land, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Cornwall (2017).
Irenosen Okojie was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. She studied Communications and Visual Culture at London Metropolitan University. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short stories have been published internationally. Her debut novel, Butterfly Fish, published by Jacaranda Books won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award. Her short story collection, Speak Gigantular was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. Irenosen was the first Writer in Residence for Words of Colour.
Curatorial projects include Black Joy for the BBC, Maverick Women and The Moon featuring Margaret Atwood and The Moon As Muse film talks and screenings for Moon Festival. She is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature. Her next two books, Nudibranch and Curandera have been signed by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books.
Sixth edition of KPS | Yorgos Petrou & Nabihah Iqbal
The sixth issue of KPS is by Yorgos Petrou & Nabihah Iqbal
Yorgos Petrou is a London based Cypriot British artist. He works with photography, sculpture, moving image and performance. Recent exhibitions include: I take of places, Kupfer Project Space, London, (This) precious stone set in the silver sea, Copperfield London, UK (both 2020); Occupy and Echo (a stage), Reading Room, Melbourne, Australia (2019); A Real Job is to Make Something, AIR, London, A Million Love Songs, Korai Project Space, Cyprus (both 2018). In 2019, his piece Unfamiliar was performed at the Barbican Centre, Arcola Theatre, and Battersea Arts Centre, London.
Nabihah Iqbal is a musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster from London. Her debut album, ‘Weighing of the Heart’, was released via Ninja Tune in December 2017 and has since garnered huge critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, Dazed, The Observer, Q Magazine, BBC Radio 1 and 6Music. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Somerset House, where she is writing and recording her second album. Aside from working on her own music, Nabihah has hosted a bi-weekly show on NTS Radio for over 7 years now, exploring musical traditions and cultures without boundaries. Nabihah also presents shows on BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio 1.
Just before the lockdown earlier this year, Nabihah had to take an emergency trip out to Pakistan to visit her grandad who became seriously ill. She planned to be out there for 2 weeks but a strict lockdown stopped all transport in and out of the country, and she ended up being there for 2 months before she could get home to London. Whilst there, Nabihah created a series of videos via Instagram called 'Lockdown Herbalist', in which she used her time in lockdown in Pakistan to learn about plants and herbal remedies from her grandparents.