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The Hive, Worcester

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The Garage Lecture Series at the Hive

After a highly successful series of lectures in 2016, the Garage Lecture Series returns in 2017 with a new venue at Worcester's state-of-the-art library building, The Hive.

Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester's Fine Art department (housed in the Garage Studios) organise the series of lectures, which are free to attend. This is a chance to listen to high calibre artists who have made the journey to Worcester to talk about their artistic practice, their ideas and inspiration.

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.

Lectures take place at 4:30pm on selected Wednesday evenings from February to March 2017.


Lecture Dates 2017:

Wed 8 Feb - Dominic Allan

Wed 15 Feb - Paula Kane

Wed 22 Feb - Stuart Whipps

Wed 8 Mar - Faye Claridge

Wed 15 Mar - Mariele Neudecker

Wed 22 Mar - AJ Stockwell & Benjamin Owen*

Wed 29 Mar - Heather & Ivan Morison

All talks take place in Worcester at The Studio @ the Hive, except *AJ Stockwell & Ben Owen @The Garage, Hylton Road.


The Hive
Sawmill Walk
The Butts
01905 822866


Wed 8 Feb: Dominic AllanGarage Open Lecture Series poster

Dominic from Luton (born Dominic Thomas Allan, Luton, 1977) gives life eternal to taxidermied rats in bespoke sleeping bags (using AA Duracell batteries), performs live in burnt-out wheelchairs as his own Father dressed as Margaret Thatcher or as, 80s pop star, Paul Young. He makes Union Jack sculptures out of fried chicken boxes and then destroys them, inviting his Battersea Dogs Home Staffordshire Bull Terrier to join in. He constructs edible heart-throb wreaths for the living and paints ‘D O M I N I C F R O M LU T O N’ on to Great Yarmouth piers, out of season and bereft, forever, of human activity. In 2016 he curated a series of talks, exhibitions and events in Luton under the umbrella of ‘Sunridge Avenue Projects’.

Other recent projects include, ‘Stupid White Men’, J Hammond Projects, London, ‘New Order: British Art Today’, Saatchi Gallery, London and ‘Call Mum’ a LOWCS International commission for Cardiff Contemporary at Cardiff Castle. He also has several works in the Saatchi Collection.


Wed 15 Feb: Paula Kane

Paula Kane makes fantastical imaginary landscape paintings.  This work uses as its starting point visual quotes from the history of painting as well as more contemporary and popular sources.  Through this cherry picking of varied source material she investigates the many languages and fictions found in representational painting.  Within this body of work she explores themes of genre, the picturesque, cultural tourism and her own often ill informed relationship to this visual history.

Paula Kane studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, London.  She has had solo exhibitions at Emily Tsingou Gallery, London; the Musee des Beaux Arts de Mons, Belgium; Gallerie Wallner, Malmo, Sweden and Five Hundred Dollars, London. Group exhibitions include; Songs of The Swamp, WUK, Vienna, Austria;  Paula Kane and Laurie Nye,  Karyn Lovegrove Gallery,  LA,  USA; Girlpower/Boyhood, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh and  Kunsthallen Brandts, Denmark;  Delicate Demons and Heavenly Delights,  Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery,  New York,  USA;  Sunset in Athens,  Vamiali’s,  Athens,  Greece; The Valley,  Bloomberg Space,  London, UK and Song of the Swamp in WUK (Werkstaten und Kulturhaus) Vienna, Austria. Paula Kane lives and works in Essex.


Wed 22 Feb: Stuart Whipps

Stuart Whipps is an artist based in Birmingham. He has exhibited his work across the UK and internationally and is the recipient of a number of awards. He works predominantly with photography and video, alongside reconfigured existing or remade materials. In taking an artefact or historic position as the starting point for his work, the artist questions the role of documentation in constructing a shared understanding of cultural values.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Isle of Slingers, Spike Island 2016, Bristol; Photo Colour Services, Ithuba Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Birth Springs, Death Falls, Flat Time House, London, 2013; Why Contribute to The Spread of Ugliness? Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 2011; New Wooabbelerei, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 2010. Selected group exhibitions include: British Art Show 8, UK 2015-17; Reference Works: Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China, 2014; Relatively Absolute, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, 2013; Community Without Propinquity, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2011; East International, Norwich, 2009.

In 2005, Whipps won the Observer Hodge Photography prize and in 2009 he was the joint recipient of the East International prize.


Faye Claridge

Faye Claridge produces contemporary art works in response to archives and traditions, believing our current and future identities are shaped by ideas about the past. She frequently works site-specifically and with the public, encouraging participation in research, production and installation.

Claridge produced a five-metre-high sculpture, Kern Baby, which spent its first year in the grounds at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, before moving to the Library of Birmingham in 2016, and a new photographic series A Child For Sacrifice; nominated for the MACK First Book Award.

Claridge completed an artist's residency, commissioned by Meadow Arts and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, at the Darby Houses in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire. The residency produced a series of disguised portraits, Inventive Offspring, and Weighty Friend, a large scale intervention on the historic Iron Bridge over Ironbridge Gorge, involving fifty volunteers.

Claridge's work is held in public and private collections, was used to promote a Tate Modern conference and for the book cover of 'Performing Englishness'. Her numerous solo and group exhibitions include the Arts Council Collection, Photographers' Gallery and London Art Fair. She was shortlisted for the Helen Chadwick Fellowship with the British School in Rome and her first London solo show won the accolade of Time Out Exhibition of the Week. Claridge has worked internationally with exhibitions in Greece and France and a residency in the Czech Republic.


Mariele NeudeckerThree tanks, containing sculptures of rock formations in a cloudy liquid

Mariele Neudecker uses a range of media including drawing, sculpture, film, photography and sound. Investigating the way we metaphorically interpret representations of landscapes and understand the natural world around us, she reflects on the ‘contemporary sublime’. For the German-born artist, everything we see is filtered and experienced through our own subjective viewpoints and layers of cultural legacy; technology and science can both enable and limit our human perception.

Neudecker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham; Tate Britain, London; the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, as well as in Biennales in Japan, Australia and Singapore. She holds a Professorial position at Bath Spa University and has recently become a long-term fellow for CERN’s Visiting Artists Program. Amongst other projects, she is currently working towards Offshore: Artists responding to the sea, Hull City of Culture, curated by Invisible Dust, UK.


AJ Stockwell & Benjamin Owen

Benjamin Owen is a filmmaker whose work explores politics as it is played out in the everyday and in the commonplace. Although the work often takes the form of film, Owen’s practice encompasses music, performance and education. Often highly collaborative, his events and films question traditional forms of participation, reception and display. Owen has exhibited and performed his work widely, including Spike Island, Bristol; G39, Cardiff; Plymouth Arts Centre; Cubitt and Whitechapel Gallery (both London). His collaborative project with Kit Poulson is at CHELSEA space and Bookworks 2017.

AJ Stockwell is a visual artist based in South-Wales. Borrowing languages and processes from various fields AJ’s work often takes multiple forms, using objects, video, print and text to examine our contemporary relationship with artefacts, considering how we define ourselves and archive our existence through objects and materials. How we communicate across timelines through a shared 'material' culture. Artist's residencies include Standpoint Futures; The Drawing Room, Oriel Davies; UNIT(e), g39, Cardiff; Artist in Residence, elysiumgallery, Swansea; Public research residency for Great & Good, Verge, Govan. Stockwell's 's work has been exhibited in a broad range of exhibitions.

Please note: this talk takes place @The Garage, Hylton Road


Heather & Ivan MorisonSculptural kite flies over a beach lit by a sunset

STUDIO MORISON founders Heather Peak and Ivan Morison have worked together as an artist duo, under the name Heather and Ivan Morison, since 2003, establishing an ambitious collaborative practice that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre. STUDIO MORISON facilitates their practice and the projects that flow from it.

Heather and Ivan Morison have exhibited widely across UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. Key projects took place at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Tate Modern, London; National Theatre of Wales; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; The Hepworth, Wakefield; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Southbank Centre, London; Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Australia; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Derry, Northern Ireland; Situations, Bristol; One Day Sculpture, Wellington, New Zealand; they represented Wales at the 52nd Venice Biennial, 2007.



The Hive
Sawmill Walk
The Butts
01905 822866



The Hive

Worcestershire Arts Partnership