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A woman with black hair in a running vest with a number on it holds a leaf on a tree, with sunlight behind her.

Adam Chodzko - The Valley Unfurls its Song

Film and sound. Meadow Arts commission, 2021. Film still courtesy the artist.

A photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodland

Adam Chodzko - The Valley Unfurls its Song

Production still. Film and sound, Meadow Arts commission, 2021

A photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodland

Adam Chodzko - The Valley Unfurls its Song

Production still. Film and sound, Meadow Arts commission, 2021

A woman with black hair in a running vest with a number on it holds a leaf on a tree, with sunlight behind her.A photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodlandA photograph printed on fabric of a classical statue wrapped in plastic hangs amongst  trees in a woodland

Art House Open Lecture Series 2021-22

4 October 2021 - 7 March 2022

Selected dates, 4:30pm

The Art House, Worcester or online

We're pleased to present the seventh season of contemporary artists' talks, presented via a partnership between the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department and Meadow Arts. The talks involve some of the most exciting contemporary artists currently making work in the UK, who will talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use, in talks taking place either at The Art House studios or online (selected talks).

Talks take place on selected Mondays at 4:30pm (except ...kruse and Edie Jo Murray's). Each 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 information about the loive event (or a link to join for online presentations). 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.

4 October 2021 - Adam Chodzko

20 October 2021 - Edie Jo Murray & ...kruse

15 November 2021 - Leah Gordon

13 December 2021 - Isla Badenoch

17 January 2022 - Kate Genever

14 February 2022 - Gabriella Hirst

7 March 2022 - CJ Mahony

21 March 2022 - Lucy Wright

 

 

Adam Chodzko

4 Oct 2021, 4:30pm - online

Book here for Adam Chodzko

Adam Chodzko (based in Whitstable, Kent, UK) explores the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour by investigating the space of consciousness between how we are and what we might be. Working across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm, his work invents possibilities for collective imagination, wondering how we might perceive better in order to create better connections with others? What might we be becoming?

Working between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism and public and private space, Chodzko engages reflexively with the viewer; the work appears to ‘make itself’ through the act of looking. His practice turns everyday personal experience into ‘science fictions’ or ‘speculative fictions’ following a path in the present towards its alternative realities, its hyperstitions.

Recent and current exhibitions include work at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Camden Art Centre; Towner International; Wellcome Collection; More Than Ponies; Trafostacja Sztuki, Szczecin, Poland; Tate Britain; Tate St Ives; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (MAMBo); The Benaki Museum, Athens; Athens Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale; Royal Academy, London.

www.adamchodzko.com

 

Edie Jo Murray and ...kruse

20 Oct 2021, 4:30pm (Wednesday) - online

Book here for Edie Jo Murray & ...kruse

Two artists who created work for the All Alone exhibition, both on-site at Croft Castle and online, come together for the second Art House Open Lecture.

Edie Jo Murray is a UK-based artist with a desire to disrupt what you understand as reality. She invites audiences into imagined worlds where the rules are different and weird is welcome. Edie’s work is both eclectic and anachronistic: references to ancient myth and folklore sit alongside 90s TV nostalgia and futuristic digitally rendered environments. Edie’s focus on digital tools and immersive technologies is enriched through vibrant, sensory-driven exploration of physical media. 

Edie is an Artist Fellow at Birmingham Open Media, and an alum of Vivid Project‘s Black Hole Club. Recent work includes commissions from the Open Data Institute, Coventry City of Culture 2021 and Warwick Arts Centre. In 2020 Edie was a recipient of an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice grant, and completed a Masters degree in Digital Media and Culture from the University of Warwick.

...kruse is a visual artist, writer and neurodiversity advocate based in Birmingham whose practice crosses boundaries into storytelling, performance and phenomenological research. She has exhibited and participated in projects across the West Midlands, Oxford, London, Manchester and Hida Takayama, Japan.

Recent commissions include a text published to mark Artists Newsletter's (a-n) 40th anniversary, published in December 2020 in collaboration with Black Hole Club, and a New Art West Midlands, Engine Micro Bursary, to write a response to the Covid lockdown titled How To Be A Hermit. 

…kruse is a current artist fellow at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) and is active in supporting their neurodivergent programme. 

 

Leah Gordon

15 November 2021, 4:30pm (The Art House, Worcester)

Book here for Leah Gordon

In the third talk of the series, Leah Gordon will talk about the different aspects of her practice and the themes within it.

Leah Gordon (born 1959 Ellesmere Port) is a photographer, film-maker, curator and writer. In the 1980's she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, 'The Doonicans'. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade, the enclosures, industrialisation and grassroots religious, class and folk histories.

Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and the Norton Museum of Art, Florida as well as broadcast on Channel 4, Arte and PBS. Her photography book 'Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti' was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and was the co-curator of 'PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince' at Pioneer Works, NYC in 2018 and MOCA, Miami in 2019. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

If you are unable to make the in-person talk at the Art House on Monday 15th November at 4:30pm, you can watch live from home using this link: https://zoom.us/j/95517216245?pwd=WWw1c2JJQzdWamE5bStaeU9nTy9JQT09

 

Isla Badenoch

13 December 2021, 4:30pm - online

Book here for Isla Badenoch

Isla Badenoch is a writer, director and artist from the mythic rural landscapes of the three shires, England.

An intuitive storyteller, Isla has a resilient curiosity for telling unexpected stories of kindred spirits leading unusual lives. Her work is grounded in her roots as a self-taught documentary filmmaker and combines a dark sense of humour with cinematic visions to reveal beauty within the strangest of places.

She is a member of BFI Network x BAFTA Crew, BFI Writers Lab and BIFA Springboard. Her films have been selected for Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying film festivals, supported by BFI, DocSociety, Arts Council England, LUX, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts and Statens Kunstfond.

 

www.islabadenoch.com

Instagram @islabadenoch

 

Kate Genever
Monday 17th January, 4:30pm at the Art House

Book here for Kate Genever


Kate Genever tries to make sense of the world through drawing.
They take drawing to be more than a technique -rather a disposition that reveals our connections with the world of materials and each other. A drawing from, with and together.


In places, over extended periods, Genever considers how we improvise and imagine in response to immediate problems. Be it in villages, refuges, caravan parks, lockdown... they build deep connections with people in the celebration and support of site-specific responses, DIY architectures and community actions.

Recent commissions and exhibitions include: Whose Culture?(2021): Peterborough Cultural Strategy Group; Encyclopaedia of Us(2019 -ongoing) 3 Ways East; Consequences(2020) Metal; Made by Hands(2020) Rotterdam; The John Ruskin Prize(2019). Kate Genever’s work has been included in publications such as: Re-imaging Rurality [2018, ORO Editions] and The Journal of Arts and Communities [2016, Intellect Books].


www.kategenever.com

 

Gabriella Hirst

14 February 2022,  4:30pm at the Art House

Book here for Gabriella Hirst

Gabriella Hirst (she/her) is an artist who was born and grew up on Cammeraygal land (Australia) and is currently living between Berlin and London. She works primarily with moving image, performance, and with the garden as a site of critique and care.

Gabriella's practice and research explores capture and control. Her most recent projects consider possible relationships between plant taxonomies, landscape painting, art conservation and nuclear history.

Gabriella was the recipient of the 2020 ACMI/Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, is a previous Marten Bequest Scholar and a recipient of the John Crampton Fellowship. She is an associate lecturer in Media Studies with the RCA School of Architecture.

www.gabriellahirst.com

 

CJ Mahony

7 March 2022, 4:30pm at the Art House

Book here for CJ Mahony

CJ Mahony is a visual artist who uses building, assembling, and prototyping to explore inner experience, kinship, queerness, and possible future forms of community.

CJ’s work takesform as objects, installations, works on paper, speculative fiction, protocols for interaction, and experimental organisation.

CJ has been commissioned by National Theatre Scotland, ITV, the National Trust, and Tate and the Mayor of London.

They have worked as a tutor, lecturer, and mentor at institutions across the UK, most recently at Glasgow School of Art.

www.cjmahony.com

 

Lucy Wright
21 March 2022, 4:30pm at The Art House

Book here for Lucy Wright

Lucy Wright is an artist and researcher living in West Yorkshire.

Following a stint as the lead singer in BBC Folk Award-nominated act, Pilgrims’ Way, she turned her attention to exploring and documenting the ‘hidden’ folk arts of the UK and beyond, particularly those practiced by women and other marginalised people.

Her work, which includes painting, writing and social practice tells alternative stories about British culture and heritage, often referencing and subverting historical folk practices to explore and comment on contemporary issues, as well as inventing new traditions for our divided society.
She has exhibited at Compton Verney, Cecil Sharp House and the Cello Factory, undertaken residencies for Morning Boat, Jersey and Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent and completed a practice PhD at Manchester School of Art.

Recent projects have included commissions for Meadow Arts and the Leeds Piano Trail, exhibitions at Shrewsbury Museum and Lancashire Encounter Festival and consultancy work for UNESCO, amongst other things.

In 2022, her project, ‘Plough Witches’ will be shown as part of The other overlapping time at Mead Gallery, Coventry

 www.artistic-researcher.co.uk 

 

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Castle Street
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01905 855000
www.worcester.ac.uk