The first new work I’ve exhibited in a while is now on show at the latest Markmakers exhibition at The Brindley in Runcorn. A maquette for a maze of displacementis a video installation work that forms a study for a proposed mass participation public intervention.
Landmarks & Boundaries is the latest project from Markmakers; Halton’s contemporary art collective, and is inspired by the artists’ geographical location of living near to the coastlines of North West England and Wales, and their individual experiences, knowledge of tides, islands, pathways, histories, folklore and rites of passage.
Crossings at high tide, clothes as signifiers of personal boundaries, migration and the experience of moving through the physical landscape are among the subjects explored with media ranging widely from paint and print to sculpture, textiles and installation.
Expect the unexpected and join the artists for their gallery talk and reception on Saturday 17 September in the Brindley Gallery at 1pm, all welcome, refreshments will be served.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm The Brindley Theatre, High Street, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1BG Tel: 0151 907 8360 | www.thebrindley.org.uk
Seven artists, six residencies, one group show. Claire Weetman, Ian Jackson, Alice Bradshaw, Rebecca Long & Cameron Muir, Leah Hislop, Tom McGinn 5 Dec 2014 – 25 Jan 2015 Opening night 5 December 7pm Join me on the opening of Residual Projects to see the beginning of my mini residency as part of this new exhibition or come and visit on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December 12-3pm.
Residual Projects is the culmination of an annual traineeship programme between South Square Gallery and The Hepworth Wakefield, which sees Curator Charlie Booth make her debut. Charlie explains;
‘Residual Projects is a critical look at traditional artists residencies, where work will be created and installed whilst the gallery is open. The result will be a group exhibition which grows week by week as different artists enter and leave the space. This is an interactive project, where visitors are invited to engage with the work being created so as to better understand the processes used and decisions made.’
Residual Projects is a series of miniature residencies with seven nationwide artists using the gallery to explore their own artistic interests whilst the gallery is open to the public. The work they create during their residency will be left for the next artist to negotiate. The aim is to create a dynamic group exhibition which explores how artists can work collaboratively. All participating artists will be creating new work which responds directly to the physical architectural or social history of South Square Gallery and the history of Thornton.
Throughout the evening of the 5th December I will create an instinctive performance piece inspired by South Square’s domestic history as a collection of Stonemason cottages. My intervention will involve the audience on the night; dividing lines will intersect the galleries floors and walls, marking out different possibilities of living arrangements within the confined space. This new work is a continuation of the socio-political piece Residential Mosaics shown at the Brindley earlier this year and ‘a remarkable architecture of stairs‘ which looked at the proliferation of high rise flats of Shanghai.
Residual Projects | Group show | 05 December 2014 – 25 January 2015 Opening night – 05 December 7pm Christmas Closure – 29 December 2014 – 05 January 2015 Closing celebration – 23 January 7pm
Participating artists and residency dates (Exact dates are subject to change):1. Claire Weetman – Fri 5th Dec – Sun 7th Dec 2. Ian Jackson – Tues 9th Dec – Fri 12th Dec 3. Alice Bradshaw – Tues 16th Dec – Fri 19th Dec (dates tbc) 4. Rebecca Long and Cameron Muir Tues 6th Jan – Fri 9th Jan 5. Leah Hislop – Sat 10th Jan – Mon 12th Jan 6. Tom McGinn – Thurs 15th Jan – Sun 18th Jan
During October I’ve been working with St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School on some varied drawing activities. The bulk of the time was spent with Year 7 on a project using footprints, although I also got to spend some time with pupils from Years 9, 10 & 11 on a range of drawing activities too.
Over the course of a day I worked with each Year 7 pupil using frottage to capture an image of their footprint, before they layered tracing paper over the top to create a black and white graphic design. These drawings have then been transformed into digital files suitable for cutting with the school’s laser cutter – a piece of kit that more and more high school technology departments have in their arsenal.
Their very helpful technology teacher then cut the files that I laid out into mylar stencils and rubber stamps for an after school session where Year 7 pupils returned with their parents for an evening of jet washing and animation.
The stencil designs are inspired by the transitional journey that Year 7 pupils have taken from primary to high school and feature footprints, maps, school names and words to describe the emotions of moving to this new community.
The footprints were also turned into rubber stamps, which were used to create a quick stop motion animation by building up the prints a few at a time, the results of which are here:
You’ve only got until this Saturday 9th August to catch my exhibition at the Brindley. If you missed the artist’s talk on Saturday 26th July, then here’s a bit of footage of me talking about the Residential mosaic works:
The Cornerstone Gallery at Hope University in Liverpool celebrates it’s ten year anniversary this summer with an exhibition of artists who have exhibited there in the previous decade. I’ll be showing one of my pinned collages created in Shanghai in 2012. The show will be open during the Liverpool Independents Biennial, 9am-5pm weekdays only.
The Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP.
My solo exhibition ‘A landscape of marginal encounters’ opens from Saturday 28 June 2014 at The Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn. From the draw o expansive spaces in big cities to encounters in more intimate spaces, this exhibition will feature new installations and artworks which explore how people move through spaces and what factors affect that movement.
Saturday 26 July
Artist’s talk | 1pm | free event Claire Weetman will be speaking about her work in the gallery at the Brindley.
All welcome, refreshments will be served.
A Landscape of marginal Encounters 28 June – 9 August 2014 The Brindley High Street Runcorn, WA7 1BG www.thebrindley.org.uk
Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Halton Borough Council Arts Development Team, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Metal Time and Space residency, New Mills Arts Festival.
I’m currently working out of Metal’s Southend venue, Chalkwell Hall for a fortnight, developing works towards my solo exhibition this June. You can follow my progress on my artists talking blog. Here’s some images at the half-way point: