International Residency Prize Exhibition
closing 30 September 2017 - Kate Bright Joanna Brinton Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
closing 30 September 2017 - Kate Bright Joanna Brinton Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
This art week we have four graduates from Slade, Hereford and Birmingham working on site at The Rodd. Come along between 11 am and 5 pm and chat with them about their work. All artists are keen to engage with the public. When you arrive we have a map which will direct you to where the artists are based on the site of The Rodd. The artists are: Cowdinsky, Halina Dominska, Lotte Scott & Sandra Lane We asked the artists to tell us a little about their practice. Cowdinsky says of his work: Smuggling artwork both in and out of the conventional gallery space, works often become hawked within everyday environments to create unexpected experiences. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Cowdinsky plays to the gallery through de-contextualisation, merging the boundaries between art and life. Cowdinsky has been hailed by his mum as the greatest contemporary artist of our time, creating unforgettable humorous works that are influenced by the deadly serious relationship between the artist and institution, originality and authorship. Revealing unsettling scenes that mimic authority and twist power roles, his material sources are varied, yet playing to the gallery is always high-priority. Cowdinsky can sometimes be a showman, council maintenance worker, art director and a professional trickster. Halina Dominska studied at Birmingham City University across Visual Communication, Fine Art & Design courses and describes herself as a 'hybrid' artist. She says of her work: “My process begins with a fascination for a subject matter or idea often relating to our existence. Research, lost in thought, can travel into many tangents, turning to pencil drawing to model making, material and construction research to further reading, visits, where the process continually evolves. I feel this flows through to my work. I wish to uncover the hidden in the everyday, the invisible, the unconventional, the unproven, the unfounded, the intuitive, the unconscious, the point where boundaries are crossed, the unknown but known in some small way. My practice is concerned with how we experience the world around us and our connections with it. Influenced by phenomenological ideas, and how our embodied sensory experience shapes us as human beings. My recent work considers how our amygdala part of the human brain controls our emotional responses and unintentional reactions towards others. Research crosses divergent fields including the philosophical, interactive design, medical, psychological and biological. I tend to find that my works have a life of their own and continue to develop after the exhibition into reworks, which are strongly influenced by the audience experience.” Lotte Scott writes: She was born in London in 1990 and grew up in Somerset. She studied BA Art Practice at Goldsmiths University, graduating in 2012. This summer she completed an MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Art. She now lives between Macclesfield and Somerset. Lotte Scott’s artwork explores place, time and material. She is interested in Common Ground’s notion of Local Distinctiveness, particularly in relation to her home county of Somerset. For the last five years Lotte practice has focused on the peat moors of the Somerset Levels, an area rich in prehistoric archaeology. She is interested in processes of transformation and preservation in relation to this waterlogged, intensely managed landscape. Lotte works with photography, sculpture and drawing, using torrified wood, charcoal, beeswax and peat gathered from the Levels. Sandra Lane describes how she graduated with BA Hons Fine Art Drawing from Camberwell College of Art in 2013. She received the Camberwell/Acme Studio Award 2013/14 finishing with her first solo show at Bearspace Gallery, Deptford the same year. She has just completed an MFA in Sculpture at Slade School of Art. She says of her work: “I’m interested in how objects hold ideas, presence, feelings. I work intuitively with materials making abstract forms to which I’ve recently added recognisable shapes - ceramic shoes, cigarette ends, hair. I like the way they plant a presence and how these objects separated from a body or person become abstracted. A cigarette stub becomes a gesture, an outsize bag looks defeated, shoes carry suggestions of attitude. Playing with the scale of these objects further shifts their meaning and how they’re viewed.” This week we will be adding photographs of the artists in action and sharing these on social media alongside some of the artists thoughts about their process here at The Rodd. It was Sidney Nolan's wish that artists would be able to come to the Rodd and engage with the place and space and its landscape. We have handed this mantle to these four artists for these nine days of Herefordshire Art Week. Come along and experience how they take this challenge on.
10 June - 3 September 2017, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
24-29 August 2017: recitals, films, talks, workshops...
Sidney Nolan: Gallipoli
26 MAY - 29 AUGUST 2017 The Gallery 10.00-17.00
with Professor David Ferry Friday 18th - Sunday 20th August 2017 "Using a special drawing (transfer) paper already made for you we will draw to our hearts content , and then transfer the drawing to the prepared lithographic plate. We can have real fun manipulating the image through overlays and whatever else takes our fancy at the time. This master class is about fun and making an image, and absolutely no prior knowledge is required. I plan to take the 'process' out of the equation leaving us free to explore the wonderful world of simple lithography. You never know what it may lead to!" Join members of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers on this immersive weekend led by the irrepressible encylopaedia of printmaking possibilities, Professor David Ferry. Designed as a full weekend with accommodation and catering provided, it is also possible for those based locally to book for the course alone. Some informal teaching and discussion will take place at mealtimes so we hope to encourage everyone to attend these. Course fee: £125 (includes a basic pack of plate and materials). There are additional charges for accommodation, camping and meals. To check availability and discuss options please contact Jackie Morris on 01544 260149, email email@example.com. David Ferry RE: artist, and Emeritus Professor of Printmaking at the Cardiff School of Art and Design. He is currently Chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club, London.
Full Moon Walks This collaborative work explores areas of shared interest in the practices of both artists: walking as an embodied, gendered practice, the body as a battery of memory and the female response to – and connection with – the earth in lunar time. The Full Moon Walks are durational works informed by: The relationship between the female body and the earth: “Women can, and do, identify the forms of our own bodies with the undulations of the earth – the hills and sacred mountains which were the first gardens and the first temples. Our menstrual cycles are moon determined, therefore related to the earth’s magnetic energies and to the ocean’s tides.” (Lippard, L. ‘Overlay’, The New Press, New York, 1983.) The exploration of the gendered art practice of walking as “laying claim to space without having it” (Lajer-Burcharth, E, “Duchess of Nothing: Video Space and the Woman Artist” in Armstrong, C and de Zegher, C, ed., Women Artists in the Millenium, MIT 2006). Though collaborative, this work continues Celia’s ‘Nightwalk’ research and Natalie’s ongoing investigation into the materiality of the body and durational performance.
Saturday 8 July 2017, 11am-5pm Tutor: Susan Milne Course fee: £50 This practical workshop led by artist Susan Milne explores the potential of printmaking as a means to reveal the natural beauty of landscape around The Rodd. Using natural found materials and working outside, the day incorporates a range of experimental processes in mixed media combined with printmaking techniques in the broadest sense capturing the essence of this ancient place that was home to Sidney Nolan in his later years. This workshop is part of a series of events presented in partnership with IKON, Birmingham. An exhibition of late spray paintings by Sidney Nolan is showing at Ikon until 3rd September. The course fee includes all materials; tea and coffee provided; please bring a packed lunch. Booking for this workshop is via the IKON website - click here. Susan Milne is a land based artist whose work reflects the substance of the land, its archaeological connections, and its geological and historical changes. Susan has worked as an arts educator and is founder and director of the Space Project. Her work also includes book illustration and theatre design.
Thurs 15 & Fri 16 June 2017, 10am-4pm
20th & 21st May 10:30am-4:30pm. Contact to find out more info about accommodation.
TUES 16 & WED 17 MAY 2017, 10AM-4PM
29th April & 13th May 10am-3pm
Lines in the Landscape. January - April 2017 - Events, artists and masterclasses
Friday 7th April 6-8pm
Sunday 2nd April 10am-4pm
SOLD OUT Renowned for his site-specific natural world sculpture artist Chris Drury will share experiences of his recent practice at a talk as part of the Trust’s current residency #4 Lines in the Landscape funded by Arts Council England. Chris was born in Sri Lanka and studied at Camberwell College of Arts and University of the Arts London. Over three decades Chris has made work across the globe responding to remarkable natural places and cultures. “My work makes connections between different phenomena in the world, specifically between Nature and Culture, Inner and Outer and Microcosm and Macrocosm. To this end I collaborate with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines and use whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation.” Chris will talk about work including a current commission ‘The Wandering’ - formed on the site of the new Perth stadium - and ‘The Ways of Trees, Earth and Water’ - a collaborative commission in Canberra. This event is a return visit for Chris who spent time at The Rodd in 2010 as part of our sculpture programme and we are delighted to welcome him back. Professor Rodd Bugg, Emeritus Professor of the University of Arts, London, artist and Trustee of the Sidney Nolan Trust will introduce Chris's talk. Tickets £5 on the door, but advance reservation essential - please email firstname.lastname@example.org with numbers required. Image: The Way of Trees, Earth and Water, sculpture, ANU Sculpture Park 2013, © Chris Drury