Acts of Resistance

Thursday 28 March to 17 April 2019.

You are warmly invited to the private view of Acts of Resistance on Thursday 28 March, a solo exhibition by Marianne Forrest, created in collaboration with others. As the seasons change and the clocks look ahead to the spring equinox, this exhibition showcases Marianne’s lifelong obsession with time.

Born in London, Marianne has explored themes of time, its function and disfunction. She is well known for her intimate and architectural timepieces that not only serve as timekeepers but explore time-based thematics with watches that wear away and pocket watches embedded with metals that replicate moments lost, the rain on a window, the scuff of a shoe in sand, the rush of train tracks and inevitably the enormous sense of both loss and gain that comes with age.

For this new series of drawings, Marianne has furthered her lifelong obsession with time, exploring its relationship to a lifetime and the psychology of memory.

In Acts of Resistance Marianne has asked people to join her in the celebration of moments and in the zen space of repetitive action subverting notions of skill, art and the authorship of both. Although a solo show she shares her time in the gallery with the people who contributed to her drawings and spent their precious moments in the creation of collective works that are simultaneously freeform and yet controlled.

The individual experience generated through the drawings creates a community enveloping the momentary involvement of the participants within the generosity of the result emphasising the psychophysical dynamics of the collective.

Acts of Resistance first showed at the Vittoria Gallery in Birmingham's jewellery quarter, invited by Birmingham City University. The show is evolving and continues to grow with each venue.

Visitors are invited to contribute to the next show by drawing on the canvasses prepared and on display.

About Marianne Forrest

Marianne Forrest is currently the Head of Cass 3D and Course Leader for Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA (Hons). She graduated from the Royal College of Art with a master's degree in Silversmithing and is a Freeman of the City of London. She has specialised in the making of timepieces, from the tiniest of wristwatches to huge architectural installations for urban spaces.

Her work stretches function and the visual language behind telling the time to encompass research themes based on the idea of time. Her work can be seen in many collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal Museum of Scotland and The Goldsmiths Company.


Private view: Thursday 28 March, 5.30pm – 8pm

Exhibition: Thursday 28 March – 17 April 2019

  • Monday – Fridays, 10am – 6pm
  • Saturdays, 11am – 5pm
  • Closed on Sundays 
Collaborative 4m long drawing


Dates 28 March to 17 April 2019 
Private view Thursday 28 March, from 5.30pm to 8pm 
Book now Eventbrite
Location Atrium Space
The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
Goulston Street, London E1 7TP
Contact Marianne Forrest
Follow The Cass @TheCassArt