Sunday, 31 October 2010

IMI at The Vaults

Another ARC event at The Vaults, this month by Institution of Meaningful Interaction

The blurb goes like this:

This month ARC is curated by Institution of Meaningful Interaction (IMI). Founded in 2007 by Abigail Duffty, IMI a platform for political installations and live art which focus on the relationship between social issues and behaviours and the creative language of performance.

Indeed, this month’s ARC will draw together artists whose works are both experimental and participatory for an evening that promises to be both thought-provoking and fun!

Artists include: Emily Bullock, Institution of Meaningful Interaction, Anna Tzini + more to be announced.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

shoes off, gloves on

Some pictures from first of two install days at Wolverhampton Art Gallery for Liz Hingley's Under Gods show

Helen helps with the hang

Liz in thoughtful mode

Archive piece sneak peek

Liz and Rachel with the WAG archive pieces

Liz and I vacuum the carpet (for Tom)

Friday, 22 October 2010

The Cage

I may have mentioned them once or twice before but curatorial collaborative a.a.s. are pretty good. They are so good they are currently in residence at Walsall Art Gallery, and for your delights have built.....the cage....

The official blurb goes like this:

During their residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall, a.a.s will be finding and creating portals to The Other Place - a space of dreams and ideas, a space of the future, a space of potential.

They have been exploring this zone in projects such as The Family and Sciencific, where they have created temporary groups with participants, re-interpreting and re-imagining sites and experiencing their environment with ‘new eyes’.

To help them find the specific points of strangeness in this town, a.a.s will be holding free workshops and events, and everyone is invited to participate. A 3m x 3m cage constructed in the Artists' Studio will form the control centre from which information on The Other Place will be gleened and tested. If you would like to find out more call a.a.s on 07806 5027 26 or email

I went to see them the other day and this is what I found...

...colourfully filled test tubes sitting on a ledge that later magically made one of a.a.s. disappear before my eyes, she then reappeared with binoculars...

...was it a dream? was it a hallucination? A vision of a member of a.a.s. after sitting the cage for 20 minutes...

and finally my favourite pic from the day...

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Grief and Oblivion pics

Grief and Oblivion preview at TROVE

Sally Payen, Viv Sole and Jane Tudge

Curated by Matt Price and Charlie Levine

Artists and curators:

Charlie, Viv, Jane, Sally and Matt

Sally Payen

Viv Sole

Jane Tudge

Viv Sole

Jane Tudge

Jane Tudge

Viv Sole

Sally Payen

Viv Sole

Sally's painting, Jane's animation and Viv's wreaths

Friday, 15 October 2010

TROVE in the Invisible City

TROVE has been nominated as your one of your Top 5 'Cultural Things' on Creative Birmingham's Invisible City call out. We are so pleased! Thank you to everyone who voted.

The award ceremony is on the 29th October, I'll let you know how TROVE did!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Sneaky Peek at Grief and Oblivion...

Opening tomorrow at TROVE is Grief and Oblivion curated by me and Matt Price.

Grief and Oblivion
Sally Payen, Viv Sole and Jane Tudge

Preview: Friday 15th October 6-9pm
Open: Saturdays 16th, 23rd and 30th October 2-5pm

contact for more info

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Art of Ideas

coming to Birmingham soon...

Monday, 11 October 2010

Brian in Brum

Pete James from the Birmingham City Library has been working very hard recently to bring to us good people of Brum an exhibition of photographs by Brian Griffin, and it is great, and also something that I encountered by mistake initially as I left Snow Hill Station. Go check it out on your lunch break.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

the amazing it has to be this way2

WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW!!!! go and see immediately - I have long loved and admired the work of Lindsay Seers and am so pleased she is here in the Midlands. It was also lovely to finally meet her and catch up with others at the preview. The official blurb goes like this:

Lindsay Seers seeks to unravel the strange disappearance of a young woman, Christine Parkes, her stepsister. Old letters, her stepsister’s notes and a box of photographs act as her point of departure as she sets out to find the truth, a truth which leads her to tales of diamond smuggling in Western Africa.

It has to be this way² is a large architectural structure, inside a video installation is projected onto a circular screen. The apparently unconnected images filling this light pool in the intense darkness are fragmentary, the viewer cannot piece them together to construct a complete sequence of events. This is because Lindsay Seers’ work traces not simply a narrative account emerging from the disappearance of her step sister, but the constantly transforming quality of memory itself.

Her work centres on a tension between fact and fiction. Using different voices in the same narrative challenges the idea that one is either true or false. Seers also questions the truthfulness of the camera, can this as apparatus be relied upon? Or are in fact creative impulses within all documentary texts and images?

An exhibition of prints from the eighteenth century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi creates a dialogue with the Lindsay Seers’ work and their shared preoccupations with light and dark, reality and fantasy, loss and displacement.

This exhibition has been co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Denmark and Mead Gallery in association with Matt’s Gallery, London. Lindsay Seers is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

Did I mention this show was amazing?

Friday, 1 October 2010

the cabinet stealers!

Once upon a time photographer Liz Hingley and curator Charlie Levine needed a cabinet for an art show in Wolverhampton. They took off to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and this is what they found...and later stole!

Liz with a lovely cabinet...

Charlie stuck in a cabinet Mannequin style...

Liz and Charlie step back in time at BMAG...

...and finally...carpets!!!

Under Gods coming to Wolverhampton Art Gallery soon...