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Black and white drawings of a man's head and hands in different poses with lecture text and logos

Hamja Ahsan

Art House Lecture on 25 January 2021

A sculptural bronze bird on a mound is featured with bright text of the artist's name

Juneau Projects

Art House Lecture on 1 February 2021

A hand and legs of a partially visible cartoon man on the right of the image, the artist's name in large text on the left

Andy Holden

Art House Lecture on 8 February 2021

A ram's head sculpture formed to look like the top piece of an ancient column lies on the floor ina ruined building, plus text and logos advertising the lecture

Jack Evans

Art House Lecture on 22 February 2021

A black woman in a headscarf liees on a bed, covering her face with her hands. Black rectangles form a design on the poster, which also contains text and logos for the lecture.

De'Anne Crooks

Art House Lecture on 8 March 2021

A computer generated image of an organism that may be a virus or an insect, on a black background with lecture text and logos.

SPUR

Art House Lecture on 12 April 2021

A circular tribal mask is collaged on top of a newspaper that also has paint marks on it. Text and logos are placed around this.

Vanley Burke

Art House Lecture on 19 April 2021

Two men in high visability work clothes look at a bicycle decorated with a flower garland

Rupi Dhillon

Art House Lecture on 15 Dec 2020

Black and white drawings of a man's head and hands in different poses with lecture text and logosA sculptural bronze bird on a mound is featured with bright text of the artist's nameA hand and legs of a partially visible cartoon man on the right of the image, the artist's name in large text on the leftA ram's head sculpture formed to look like the top piece of an ancient column lies on the floor ina ruined building, plus text and logos advertising the lectureA black woman in a headscarf liees on a bed, covering her face with her hands. Black rectangles form a design on the poster, which also contains text and logos for the lecture.A computer generated image of an organism that may be a virus or an insect, on a black background with lecture text and logos.A circular tribal mask is collaged on top of a newspaper that also has paint marks on it. Text and logos are placed around this.Two men in high visability work clothes look at a bicycle decorated with a flower garland

Art House Open Lecture Series 2020-21

15 December 2020 - 16 March 2021

Released online on selected Tuesdays

There is a brand new format for the sixth season of contemporary artists' talks, presented via a partnership between the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department and Meadow Arts. We're still working with some of the most exciting contemporary artists currently making work in the UK, who will be talking about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use, in online talks.

Talks will take place online on selected Mondays at 4:30pm. The artist will present their work, there'll be an 'in conversation' session with each artist and Meadow Arts or the University of Worcester's team and then there'll be a space for public questions.

Please book a space so that we can send you a link to join. Talks are free, but please make a donation here if you can afford it. Meadow Arts is a charity and your money will help us to present further talks and to work with communities and the public to bring you more great art events.

Rupi Dhillon - 15 December 2020
Hamja Ahsan - 25 January 2021
Juneau Projects - 1 February 2021
Andy Holden - 8 February 2021
Jack Evans - 22 February 2021
De’Anne Crooks - 8 March 2021
SPUR - 12 April 2021
Vanley Burke - 19 April 2021

 

Rupi Dhillon

15 December 2020

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Two men in high-visability clothes look at a bicycle decorated with flowersRupi Dhillon is a British, Indian, (British Asian, Punjabi, and all things in between and beyond) multidisciplinary artist based in Birmingham, UK

Dhillon explores the relationships and connections we have with one another and the land. Through her arts practice, she investigates how multiplicity in culture is conducive to the concept of belonging and space. She is interested in facilitating discourse around race, gender and social class. Using playful techniques, her current work reimagines cultural experience through gestalt expression, participatory performance, shared practices, gifting and attachments in found objects.

She has both exhibited and completed residencies in the UK and has also been the recipient of the prestigious Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest as well as the Inaugural AIS Award 2020 and Tate Liverpool Artists Award 2020. Dhillon has both a BA Hons and MA in Fine Art. Dhillon currently works with contemporary art gallery IKON in Birmingham.

She is interested in establishing further research into Cultural Dysphoria (a dissonance between the social expectations for an individual’s cultural identity and their desired embodiment of that culture) as a philosophy.

www.rupidh.com

 

Hamja Ahsan

25 January 2021 4:30pm

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Outline drawings of a man and his hands in different poses on a poster

Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London and Maastricht. He is the author of the book 'Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert', recently made into a documentary film by Ridley Scott Associates. He was recently awarded the Grand Prize at Ljubljana Biennial 2019 for the art work Aspergistan Referendum based on this project.

He is founder and co-curator of the DIY Cultures festival of creative activism, zines and independent publishing since 2013. He was shortlisted for the Liberty human rights award for Free Talha Ahsan campaign on extradition and detention without trial under the War on Terror. His recent writing was anthologised in No Colour Bar: Black Art in Action 1960-1990.

Hamja Ahsan has presented art projects at PS1 MOMA New York Art book week, Tate Modern, Gwangju Biennale, Shaanakht festival Pakistan and and CCA Warsaw Poland. His practice encompasses all media: conceptual writing, building archives, performance, video, sound and making zines. He is currently a resident artist at Jan Van Eyck Academy 2020-2021 in Netherlands. He is on the editorial board of the Radical Mental Health magazine Asylum.

 

 

Juneau Projects

1 February 2021 4:30pm

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A bronze bird sculpture with text and logos for the lectureJuneau Projects was formed in 2001 by Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. They work across a broad range of media including painting, sculpture, animation, performance, music and installation. Much of their work is made in collaboration with other people and focuses on the relationship between society, culture and the natural world. They are interested in how nature is perceived through the lens of technology, folk art and other cultural mediation.

Throughout their career Juneau Projects have examined the process of working in a hands-on way with technology to produce artworks, projects and collaborations. In tandem with this they are fascinated by the increasingly rapid obsolescence of technology and the impact of this phenomenon upon the objects that artists make. Recent work has developed from an interest in technological folklore, science fiction narratives and artistic collaboration with groups of people who do not consider themselves to be creative.

Juneau Projects have exhibited at venues including Tate Britain (UK), PS1 (USA), Frankfurter Kunstverein (Germany), Grizedale Arts (UK), IKON (UK), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (Japan), Tatton Park Biennial (UK), Lismore Castle (Ireland), Stream Vermont (USA), Hauser & Wirth Somerset (UK), British Art Show 6 (Hayward Touring, UK).

www.juneauprojects.co.uk

 

Andy Holden

8 February 2021 4:30pm

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The hand and legs of a partially visible cartoon man with text and logos for a lectureAndy Holden is an artist and musician whose approach is characterised by a desire to connect to audiences while retaining his own idiosyncratic internal references and motivations. Often concerned with our relationship to the past and how we make sense of ourselves, his work tackles history, nostalgia, and philosophical enquiry. Although the themes of his work are profound, Holden uses familiar lo-fi forms to express them. Cartoon characters, beer bottles covered in plaster, charity shop finds, and knitted sculptures all feature in his work. The ability to evoke both the burdens of existence and a childlike appreciation of the world around us defines Holden's unique approach to how an artist should go about their practice

Andy’s work has been exhibited internationally, and recent shows have been at TATE Britian, London; Somerset House, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto; Front International, Cleveland, USA; Alserkal Avenue Project Space, Dubai; CAST, Cornwall; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Leeds Art Gallery; Turner Contemporary, Margate.

andyholdenartist.com

 

Jack Evans

22 February 2021 4:30pm

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A sculpture of a ram's head that looks like it is from the top of a classical column, with lecture text and logosJack Evans’ playful sculptures reference the disconnect between the romanticisation of ruins and the reality of modern architectural evolution. His work featured in Meadow Arts' 2019 exhibition in partnership with English Heritage, In Ruins at Witley Court. Capital was shown within the ruined mansion, where its Corinthian capitals with goat-head motifs (that were originally created for Whiteley's Shopping Centre in London) alluded to a loss of decorative architecture and traditional arts to soulless redevelopment.

Jack was born in Mansfield and now lives and works in London. He graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, from Central Saint Martins in 2015 and completed an ERASMUS Exchange, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2014. Evans' recent exhibitions include In Ruins (Meadow Arts); Life is too short to be serious all the time, London (Lumen Open Call); Inhabiting The Dome, Whiteley’s Building, London; Postage and packaging paid for, Art Licks Weekend 2018; The Floor is Lava Subsidiary Projects, London (Art Night 2018); The grass is greener HERE Inderwick Road, London.

jack-evans.com

 

De’Anne Crooks

8 March 2021 4:30pm

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A woman in a hijab lies on a bed, covering her face with her hands. Another face appears on a black square above her plus lecture text and logosAs an artist-educator, much of De’Anne’s practice considers the collaborative and collective experiences of others. Engaging their practice as a form of activism rather than a teacher of art, De’Anne’s relationship with pedagogy (the science and principles of teaching) and contemporary art has cultivated a strong sense of play with political, moral and emotional themes. During her fellowship with the Black Hole Club and her recent commissions for the Film and Video Umbrella, Vivid Projects and ReFramed network, De’Anne has been testing the practical side of contemporary art in relation to Blackness. Using video, performative and fine art, De’Anne continues to address cultural pedagogy with a focus on the verbal fluency of marginalised persons.

With an unapologetic and deliberate approach to both education and art, De’Anne continues to challenge the authenticity and inclusivity of her own artistic processes and the culture within British institutions. Now working with Iniva for The Contemporary Art Space Project, De’Anne intends to unearth the role of identity politics within schools, prioritising the voices of marginalised young people. Exploring what it means to take up space, cement a sense of belonging and use artistic tools to have pivotal conversations, De’Anne’s commitment to creating an energised learning environment is greatly anticipated.

www.deannecrooks.com

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SPUR

12 April 2021 4:30pm

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A computer generated image of what looks like a virus, with lecture text and logos around itSPUR is a 6-month virtual residency to support the next generation of young artists, made up of graduating students of 2020. From an open call there were 125 applications from across the world, and all been invited to join the SPUR COMMUNITY. The SPUR participants are working over 6 months using a bespoke digital platform SPUR.WORLD, developed by Berlin based Omsk Social Club, which launched on 20th August 2020. SPUR participants have formed an online community to explore uncharted processes of both art-making exercises of co-creation, commitment and imagineering.

Participants use self-built avatars and new pseudo personas, rather than their existing identities, finding new modes of thinking and creating. Together we are forging an artist network without the usual boundaries enforced by IRL world, visiting virtual worlds, developing work through mentoring and peer-to-peer relationships. 16 of the artists are ‘CORE’ members, working more intensively across the 6 months. They attend weekly sessions, which take place online, hosted by arts professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

https://spur.world

 

Vanley Burke

19 April 2021 4:30pm

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a tribal mask is collaged on top of newspaper pages with paint marks, surrounded by lecture text and logos.Vanley Burke is often described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’, whereby his iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape, social change, and stimulated debate in the United Kingdom over the past four decades. He draws strength from remaining a humble man of the community, whose personable character allows him to capture the intimate and private nature of people’s everyday lives. His body of work represents possibly the largest photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain, and as an avid collector, Vanley continues to connect histories through his substantial archive housed at the Library of Birmingham.

From local community organisations to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Whitechapel, Vanley has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and as far afield as New York, South Africa and China. Vanley’s artistic enquiry is not simply limited to black and white documentary photography, as his eccentric rebellious nature lends itself to sculpture and painting, and crafting art that gives life a shape. His simple motivation has been the preservation of culture and history through creation, documentation and discovery, which often leaks into the private.

www.vanley.co.uk/

 

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