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Jack Evans

Artist's talk postponed until autumn

A poster with text on a painted image of a mesh fence with flowers growing through it

Sally Payen

Artist's talk 11 Mar 2020

A woman wearing feathers and a beautiful costume stands in an elaborately decorated room

Alia Pathan

Artist's talk 5 Feb 2020

Tom Cardwell

Artist's Talk 29th January 2020

Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Artist's Talk 27th November 2019

Gareth Proskourine Barnett

Artist's Talk 13th November 2019

Rosalie Schweiker + Margherita Huntley

Artist's Talk 30th October 2019

Chris Alton

Artist's Talk 16th October 2019

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Art House Open Lecture Series 2019-20

16 October 2019 - 18 March 2020

Selected Wednesdays, 4:30pm

Please note that the final talk with Jack Evans is postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. We hope to bring Jack to speak in the next series, starting in the autumn of 2020.

We are delighted to present our fifth season of contemporary artists' talks in a partnership between the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department and Meadow Arts.

Some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the UK will be visiting Worcester to talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use, in a series of free talks taking place at the University's brand new art studios, The Art House in Worcester City Centre.

Talks take place on selected Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and include a chance to ask questions after each presentation. The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended for the public.

Part 1 (2019)

16th Oct Chris Alton

30th Oct Rosalie Schweiker + Margherita Huntley

13th Nov Gareth Proskourine Barnett

27th Nov Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Part 2 (2020)

29th Jan Tom Cardwell

5th Feb Alia Pathan

11th March Sally Payen

18th Mar Jack Evans POSTPONED!


Chris Alton

Click here to book for 16 Oct 2019

Graffiti wall and text

Whether deploying disco music in opposition to fascism, recording a rhythm ‘n’ blues album about tax avoidance, or proposing art schools be built over golf courses, Chris Alton’s work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions. 

In 2012 he founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), a protest group that looked to reclaim the 'EDL' acronym of the English Defence League. The project involved; online occupations, street-level protests, club nights, talks and exhibitions. Other projects include Under the Shade I Flourish (2015-16), in which a 1960s rhythm 'n' blues band discussed the interconnected nature of Britain's colonial history, tax avoidance and soft power. In 2017 he curated You're Surrounded by Me at Turf Projects, Croydon.

Chris was a participant in Syllabus III and his exhibitions & commissions include; Link & Shift, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2019); Survey, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Bluecoat, Liverpool; g39, Cardiff (all 2019), Jerwood Space, London (2018); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery (2018-19) & Liverpool John Moore University, Liverpool Biennial (2018).

Rosalie Schweiker + Margherita Huntley

Click here to book for 30 Oct 2019 Poster with different breads in unusual shapes & text

Teaching For People Who Prefer Not To Teach is a manual that fits in your pocket. “It’s a messy collection of ideas: contributions our friends and colleagues sent us, our own learning experiences and rumours we heard. You might ask yourself who this manual is for. Is it for teachers? Is it for students? Is it only relevant for teaching art? The answer is: Yes and No. We don’t know. Probably both. As self-employed artists, we have become used to performing our services anywhere, for anybody who books us. One day we might be doing a happy crafty afternoon in a primary school, the next day a post-graduate seminar on exhibition-making, the day after we’re making soup for the reading group we organised. And our methodologies need to work in all of these contexts”


Gareth Proskourine Barnett

Click here to book for 13 Nov 2019 Poster with TV screen showing dripping oil with text overlay

Gareth Proskourine-Barnett is an artist and educator currently based between Birmingham and London. His interdisciplinary practice investigates our relationship to place and the way materials embody histories. Since graduating with an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in 2011, he has worked on a range of self-initiated and commissioned projects, taken part in artist residencies and delivered workshops internationally. Alongside his personal practice, Gareth teaches Art and Design at the Birmingham School of Art and is also a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art. He is currently working towards a PhD in Critical and Historical Studies, where his research investigates Brutalist Architecture through the Internet. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in the UK, China, Denmark, Russia, India and Thailand.

Recent exhibitions and residencies include On The Subject of Precarity at Grand Union, Common Ground at The New Art Gallery Walsall and Explore New Urban Spaces at Plan8t in Changsha, China.


Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Click here to book for 27 Nov 2019 Poster with text over image that shows a painted wooden structure with a screen for a mouth

Sarah Taylor Silverwood has a drawing-based practice, often working with ceramics, animation and installation. Recent projects include Daphne at The New Art Gallery Walsall (solo show, 2019), Crowd Show at NN Contemporary (2018), Multistory (2018 commission), the British Consulate in Chicago residency, USA (2014). Sarah is a recipient of the 2019 Feeney Fellowship. She is a Board Director for DACS (2014-present) and the Whitworth Wallis Trust (2017- present). Sarah is a member of Modern Clay Co-op and a studio holder at Grand Union.


Tom Cardwell

Click here to book for 29 Jan 2020Poster showing painted picture of objects from Halloween, religion and everyday objects wit text overlay

Tom Cardwell is an artist, researcher and lecturer based in London. His studio practice uses painting as a means to explore how objects act as crossing points for successive layers of cultural narrative and history. These paintings and textile works owe much to the historic Dutch still life genre, in which the mundane is elevated through painting. Previous series of work have focussed on artefacts including suits of armour and the customised ‘battle jackets’ made by heavy metal fans.

Recent solo exhibitions include Bad Patch, Wimbledon Space Gallery, London (2017) and Faith Once More, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Home of Metal, Birmingham City University (2019), Faster, Faster! Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2019), and Shelfie, Best Practice, London, (2016).

Publications include Still Life and Death Metal (PhD thesis, Chelsea College of Arts, 2017) and the article ‘Battle jackets, identity and ‘material individuality’’ in the journal Metal Music Studies (Intellect) 3.3 (2017).

Tom is currently working on the book Heavy Metal Armour (Intellect, Bristol) and is Senior Lecturer in Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts.


Alia Pathan

Click here to book for 5 Feb 2020

Poster showing a woman in asian dress in a luxurious heritage roomAlia Pathan is an interdisciplinary artist interested in memory, technology and subjectivity. Fire Rooster (2017) was Alia Pathan’s inaugural solo exhibition in London and included opera, video and 4D Sculpture inspired by the artist's actual and imagined journeys “home”. Spanning three continents this artwork negotiated the notion of provenance and intra-cultural identity constructed through pop culture.

They have exhibited nationally and internationally including Mount Florida Screenings at GoMA, EM15 Sunscreen, a collateral project for the 56th Venice Biennale, 4th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, LOOP Festival Barcelona, Superdeluxe Tokyo and Note On, Berlin. Alia is the recipient of numerous awards including ASC Development Fund 2017, Red Mansion Art Prize Beijing Residency 2016, A‐N Go and See Venice Bursary 2015, Goldsmiths/ICA Moscow Scholarship Residency 2014.


Sally Payen

Click here to book for 11 March 2020

text over a painting of a wire fence with flowers hanging from itPayen’s work focuses on the object-ness of painting in space and exploring an ambiguous relationship between representation and self-symbolic mystery; Key subjects have included protest and democracy in painting, film, and archive; investigating how non-violent protest can alter time-scape when it lands in a painting. In recent years there has been a weird triangle between exploring history painting, feminine knitting and sewing, and repetition. Payen had a solo exhibition at MAC Birmingham exploring aspects of the anti-nuclear protests and women's peace camps that took place at Greenham Common in the 1980s.

Born in Oxford UK, Sally began painting in her teenage years inspired by the music, fashion and protest of the 1980s, which was sometimes close to her suburban doorstep.   Educated in painting at Brighton Polytechnic and attending the painting school of the RCA when it was housed in the V&A; Payen’s ideas became shaped by modernism and Indian painting, visiting the collection in the V&A became a big part of her MA studies. Payen completed a practice-based PhD at Brighton University in 2005, she remains influenced in equal parts by the western philosophy of Lyotard and Eastern views.


Jack Evans

This talk is POSTPONED until the next series (due to the Coronavirus crisis)

an ornate column top carved like a goat's headJack 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.

He 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.


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