Garage Open Lecture Series
Meadow Arts is delighted to support a series of talks by contemporary artists at University of Worcester's Garage Studios. The series gets off to an excellent start with acclaimed artist Bedwyr Williams.
The Garage Open Lecture Series is a collaboration between the University of Worcester's School of Art's 'Fabrication Research Group' and Meadow Arts in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Arts Partnership. It presents a series of talks around aspects of research, fabrication and display. This semester the visitors include: Bedwyr Williams, Alice Channer, Simon & Tom Bloor, The Boat Studio, Keith Wilson and Mike Cooter.
The talks take place at 5pm on Tuesdays in Lecture Room (TG008) at the University's Garage Studios (behind Worcester News).
The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended for the public via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY Evenings (check dates below)
THE GARAGE STUDIOS
OPEN TO ALL
Tuesday 19th April 2016, 5-6pm
Artist, curator and current Goldsmiths PhD candidate Mike Cooter will look at the intertwined relationship of art, design and architecture with regards to display strategies, the structured encounter and acts of enclosure. Taking the development of the vitrine as a case study, this densely illustrated talk will chart an idiosyncratic path from the 1851 Great Exhibition to the present day, looking at how objects and artworks are articulated, presented and choreographed, and how architects, designers and artists have explored the co-dependency between artefact and environment.
Mike Cooter's work investigates the structural agency of objects, be they sculpture, cinematic props or other anthropological artefacts - objects co-opted or created to drive narratives, fictional or otherwise. Interdisciplinary research resolves into audio, film, text and layered installations that incorporate correspondence, interviews, loaned and re-fabricated artefacts and archival material. He is currently post-producing a six-part radio drama about an object, Dingus, to be released in 2016, and writing a PhD on the MacGuffin at Goldsmiths in London, where he lives and works. In 2013 he curated In form express and admirable (in a sense lying, in a sense not), documentation of which can be found, alongside other projects, at www.mikecooter.org. Upcoming exhibitions include Fade In: Int. Art Gallery - Day at the Swiss Institute, New York (March-April), Another Reality: After Lina Bo Bardi, Stroom Den Haag (April-June) and Répétition, Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain, Brussels, (May - August) 2016.
Tuesday 15th March 2016, 5-6pm
Keith Wilson is an artist best known for his playful interventions into the fabric of everyday life, appropriating familiar domestic or industrial objects - wardrobes, shelving, fire grates, cattle pens - often in a subtly humorous way. In recent years he has made large scale galvanised steel sculptures appropriating the language of railings, street furniture, market stalls and cattle runs. These works are often 'performative', engaging the viewer and inviting them to interact physically with the work - leaning on it, sitting on it, or even playing around it.
Keith Wilson's work is held in many public collections including the Contemporary Art Society; Leeds City Art Gallery and the Saatchi Collection. Keith Wilson has exhibited widely, most recently at the Royal Academy; Milton Keynes Gallery; Compton Verney and the New Arts Centre; he co-curated 'The Object Sculpture' exhibition for the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and 'Modern British Sculpture' (with Penelope Curtis) at the Royal Academy in 2011. In 2012 Wilson made a major new commission 'Steles' for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, works that remain as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Boat Studio
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 5-6pm
The Boat Studio is a working narrow boat that hosts arts residencies, exhibitions, performances and events. The Boat Studio want, not only to establish a platform for contemporary art, but to invigorate and showcase all that is great and unique about canal life. The aim is to set up a not-for-profit arts residency scheme that will provide opportunities for new, emerging artists and established artists.
The Boat Studio want to give artists a truly unique experience, being aboard a narrow boat, encountering the quirks and idiosyncrasies of canal life and journeying day after day at a slow gentle pace through the beautiful Welsh countryside in the belief that this will provide rich inspiration for making new work. The Boat Studio will be used as a multi-disciplinary, adaptable space; a studio, a cinema, a meeting place and a platform for music and performing art and want to run residencies on board the boat over a six week period during the summer months.
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 5-6pm
Alice Channer has attracted national and international critical interest for her sculptures and textile works that explore the relationship between the human body, imprints, personal adornment and materials.
Using techniques associated with fashion and textiles - pleating, folding, cutting and draping - and often incorporating materials from high and low fashion, lately the imprints have begun to take on architectural scale and use industrial and ‘post industrial' processes to mimic natural events. For her talk at the garage studios Channer will focus on her most recent body of work produced for the Aspen Art Museum; R o c k f a l l.
Solo and forthcoming exhibitions include Early Man at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, DE (2016); Half-life at Lisa Cooley, New York, US; R o c k f a l l at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, US (both 2015); Synthetic Fibres at the Approach, London, UK (2014); Soft Shell at Kunstverein Freiburg, DE; Invertebrates at Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (both 2013); Out Of Body at South London Gallery, London, UK (2012)
Simon & Tom Bloor
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 5-6pm
Simon & Tom Bloor were born in Birmingham in 1973. Their works and projects explore the histories and fabric of the built environment and the associated dichotomy of creation through destruction.
They have held solo exhibitions at Site gallery, Sheffield, Whitechapel Gallery, London, South London Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. They have made temporary publicly sited works for Southbank Centre, London, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and permanent projects in Cambridge, Bristol and London. They live and work in Birmingham are amongst the founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Simon and Tom are currently working on a temporary publicly sited work for Collective gallery, Edinburgh and further permanent works in Cambridge.
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 5-6pm
Bedwyr Williams works across various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, often bringing them together as larger installations. He is interested in the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. Often he satirises the role of the artist and that of the curator against this backdrop creating cruel, absurd scenarios for them to appear in. Video, in recent years, has become of particular interest after a decade working with spoken word performance. This new film work mixes media and involves collaboration using humour and bathos to explore issues and subjects including, our insignificance in the universe (The Starry Messenger, 2013), a hoarding dystopian future (ECHT, 2014) and buildings with odd angles (Hotel 70º, 2015).
Recent and forthcoming solo shows include Barbican Curve Gallery, London, UK (2016); Limoncello, London, UK; Whitworth, Manchester, UK; Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, IR; g39, Cardiff, UK; Vestjyllands Kunstpavillion, DK (all 2015); Tramway, Glasgow, UK for Glasgow International; Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno,UK (2014); 55th Venice Biennale for Welsh Pavillion,Venice, IT, (2013); IKON, Birmingham, UK (2012); and Kunstverein Salzburger, Salzburg, AT (2011).