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Coventry University Drawing Prize 2015: preview at the Lewis Gallery in Rugby

March 20, 2015 by Chidera Ugada   Comments (0)

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To co-host the 6th Drawing Prize has been a great opportunity for me to actively get involved in the practicality of the art industry. The main objective of this competition is to encourage and to promote the excellence of drawing within the university. Eligibility to take part was open just to students and staff both past and present. With the most entries this year, the selection is composed of a variety of mediums ranging from sculpture to video and photography, print and large-scale drawings.

After several months of planning the event, we finally had a successful preview with great attendance at the Lewis gallery in Rugby on the 13th of March. Congrats to students Charlotte Pattison and Zivile Steniukynaite, who received the exhibition prize for the opportunity the display work in the gallery and the student cash prize of £500 respectively. Also, congrats to lecturer Mandy Havers who recieved the staff prize for the opportunity to exhibit in the gallery.

The show has proven to be successful as all are invited to the second preview at the Atkins Gallery in Hinckley on the 16th of April. In the show, we would be announcing the Viewers Favourite Prize, which was voted by the public. The show is scheduled to end on the 7th of May. 


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Art & Cake

March 19, 2015 by Adrian Baynes   Comments (0)

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Blimey, you go ages undercover & then 2 exhibitions come along at once !

Currently showing 3 pieces as part of Lanchester Drawing Prize at Lewis Gallery in Rugby & then moving to Hinckley Gallery. Organised by Coventry College of Art & Design. Some v nice work on show.

Then showing work at Allesley, Coventry as part of Anna Douglas`s West Point 55 exhibition. On at the Good Honest Food Co. Cafe, Gardenia Drive, Allesley, Coventry until 23rd April. Do come along they do amazing cakes !

Notes- Current Thoughts (March 2015)

March 18, 2015 by Chloe Ashley   Comments (0)

I’m currently interested in:

Exploring the photograph in relation to object and space and unearthing the tension that arises from this dualityThemes I would like to explore further

The photograph is an object that encapsulates a fragmented space

Finding an otherness within the imagery that is seemingly familiar yet  

Objecthood of the photograph- Michael Fried comparison to abstract painting


Rebecca Ackroyd- use of photography and sculpture- seemingly embraces volume.

Utilize the formal elements within the image and create fragmented space

I want the photograph to convey a sense of otherness, yet reference contradictory elements to create the unfamiliar

Idea of conflicting formal elements to create a tension within the work curve, volume flatness

Photograph is inherently flat

If the photograph embraces sculpture it become object or embraces objecthood

If I want to play with the object/space I will need to create sculptural photographs and flat spaces

non-object-Ferreira Gullar

Utilising colour can evoke space– though monochrome is perhaps the most effective- think Rothko and Yves Klein.

Experimentation is needed of the different formal elements within the image to play on object and space. 

Alludes to architecture

‘Form exists because of space and space exist because of form’ Hans Hoffman, On the Aim of Art

Ben Nicholson- Relief emulating space, sculpture work is very interesting.

Reoccurring within the practice: Repetition, Varying Scale.

Observing work: Tension with the formal elements. Curves contrasted with line.

Geometry within the image is reframing of space

Creating the unfamiliar from the familiar utilising the process of the photography

Objects are a vehicle for the investigation.

Rules in photography-flatness/framing are embraced yet challenged within the work. The sculptural. Questioning scale/the pristine print

Playing with out of focus

Under exposure/overexposure

Revised Artist Statement Draft

My practice explores the restrictions and expectations within photography to further engage with the defamilization of the familiar. The manipulation of the imagery through distortion of scale, sculptural intervention, and multiple exposures, is thus utilized within the work to create an estranged photographic space/object that embraces contradiction, fragmentation and tension.

Ceramic Workshops with BA fashion students

March 16, 2015 by Karen Thompson   Comments (0)

There has been a lot happening since my last blog post... I have some retrospective blog posts to make and also some current ones documenting my recent activities. The lack of internet at my home for nearly two months has been a big hidrance to me keeping on top of my social media! 

First up is the two workshops I ran with the second year BA fashion students in February. York Museums Trust had invited the second year students to respond to a large contemporary piece within their collection. The Museums Trust and York College also invited me to run two workshops with the fashion students to support this project. Firstly we had a group visit to look around the ceramic stores together. 


We had a lovely little explore of the stores and I gave a little of my insight into Chinese porcelain...

The two workshops then took place at York College, the first workshop was focusing on the initial making whilst the second was looking at glazing. This was the fashion students first introduction to ceramics, as it was a small group I wanted to work with them to help realise their individual thoughts and ideas, this meant that they were all working with different methods and we covered a rather broad base, this ranged from slip casting to working with slabs to modelling. I don't have many photographs of these workshops as I was mainly focused on delivering them... I managed to grab a couple of afterthought shots though...



The work has all now been fired and the fashion students are busy intergrating the ceramics with fabrics to create new fashion designs. I'll post some pics of their progress soon.

What I have done so far.

March 14, 2015 by Lee McDonald   Comments (0)

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I have been working towards building  a serise of robotic sculptutres that demosrate random free movement. I am particularly interested in how these things will react in a space and  the different momentum patterns that may occur. 

 This is an elastic powerd kinetic sculpture. It works by winding up the two modular parts then when they are released they go into a short spazum of random movement.

Here are A number of Short videos showing the development and build of the Elasic powerd robot Sculpture.


Pic of the Week: Georgia Lucas-Going, University of Bedfordshire (plus 'Tip of the Week' and other news..)

March 13, 2015 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

Pic of the Week: University of Bedfordshire's AA2A artist Georgia Lucas-Going's image 'North Korea in Luton' from her Dotbiz album 'Work In Progress'

You can see more of Georgia's work on her Dotbiz page

Tip of the Week from AA2A artists to students (as featured in our self-employment talks): 'Stay connected to existing college networks and build on those networks. Consider collaborative practice to avoid working in isolation.' Sally Hall, AA2A artist at Plymouth University (2013-14)

Other news: We need your help to rally students (and the public) to vote for an artist. You can do this from any 2014/15 artists profile page on Dotbiz. The artist who gets the most student votes will have the opportunity to have their project presented at our AA2A Briefing Day for Colleges. Both the student and the public favourite artist will be featured as Artists of the Year on our websites. And don't forget you too can vote for your favourite in the public vote.

Happy voting!

Best wishes,

The AA2A Team (Wendy, Georgia & Jo)

Finishing off moulds

March 12, 2015 by Silvia Champion   Comments (0)

After performance in the Tetley/Leeds last weekend I can now focus again on my moulds for 'Home'. Eleven objects are covered in nice thick layers of latex and I'll do some more layers to be on the safe side as previous ones where too think and broke. In between waiting for layers to dry I've been sitting in the cateen and working on my Castlegate Residency application. It would be from April till November and the expectiations totally fit in with the way I work namely researching an area/building/piece of social history and resonding to it with interventions that are performative and engaging. Would love to get it but there will be lots of applications and it depends on what they are looking for. My hopes are not too high.

Students at College are busy getting ready for final year projects. I like the combination of when it's busy and students are around and then a more quiet day where I can spred out a bit more. 

AA2A resident artist lecture

March 11, 2015 by Graham Franklin   Comments (0)

Bonnie Craig, David Armes, Benedict Rutherford and Jamie Barnes will be giving a lecture in the Aldephi Building, Lecture Theatre 1, 4.30-6pm on Wednesday 18th March. Very much looking forward to it.


March 11, 2015 by Lee McDonald   Comments (0)

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Had a good few days so far.  I am still waiting for my Laser cut prototyp to come out of the fab lab but have started to work on a fold away project so I have spent the day at the yard cuting up wood. and reading. allso got a good link for my blog from felow AA2A artist www.bridgetteashton.co.uk.

If you want to see my Reserch blog here it is http://leemcdonaldart.blogspot.co.uk/

Good bye for now.

Georgia Lucas-Going Interview

March 11, 2015 by Alice Eaton   Comments (0)

Alice Eaton - Hello, how are you? 


Georgia Lucas Going - Good, Good thank you


AE - So how is your residency at the University of Bedfordshire going so far? 


GLG - Its going well, I mean most residencies are very self directed anyway so its all up to you so if its going to go well its because you made it go well if it isn't its because you haven't come in enough and made yourself work. So yes, good! 


AE - Have you discovered something new whilst being here? 


GLG - Discovered something new.. I’ve had time, through doing this residency I’ve had the luxury of time which is something you don't normally have so throughout the luxury of time I've been able to kind of go more in depth in computer programs that I wouldn't normally use, simply because I don't have them on my laptop. Thats been new so I’m lucky that many of the computers and the facilities there. So thats probably the newest string to my bow. Mainly Photoshop skills. 


AE - So I had a look at some of your video work but how would you summarise your practice? 


GLG - I’d describe myself as a contemporary artist full stop but I think before I got dragged into being described as a multimedia artist but that has only been recently and I understand why. When I studied fine art we weren't grouped we were just fine art and now for the last two or three years people have tried to group into painting, printing, drawing and media and Ive never really though of myself as a media artist, this is just other people categorising me as media, like I mentioned earlier my photoshop skills are really self taught, hit and miss, I work with mistakes purely because Im learning. So I describe myself as a contemporary artist, facing topics of the internet, mixed heritage, class, wealth, lots of different things, family, a lot of my inspiration comes from my family and the town Luton itself. 


AE - Do you have any artists that inspire you? 


GLG- Yes! There is a women called Candice Breitz, she is amazing. She did a video when she went to Japan and she only knew 100 words of Japanese and some of them were Toyota and Pikachu. So she got these Japanese actors together and got them to recreate a play using just the 100 words, its surreal, its mad, its funny but she's a huge influence! Santiago Sierra, he’s another huge influence, his work is very much about ethics and I’m really interested in that, what you can get people to do for you. His work has a lot of controversy around it. Those two are amongst my top five.


AE - Great ! So I see you do a lot of video work, but do you have a favourite medium? 


GLG - I’ve only really started doing video in the last year so thats why when I describe my practice now, I’ve learnt that Im just a contemporary artist because before that it was a lot of sculpture, I also draw as well but I don't tend to show them very much and I’d create installations and sculptures as well. Do I have a preferred medium, no, I would say that installation, sculpture, video and performance art are all kind of on par with me. At the moment now that I'm in a place where there is a studio, lights,  cameras and all the computer programs, Im making the most of doing the video because I wouldn't be able to do it to the level I wanted to if I wasn't here. So in the last two years Ive done two residencies, here and in Leeds so I’ve just done video.


AE - Do you have a space or environment where you like to work? 


GLG- Good question! Well I don't have studio and I never have hired a studio which I guess can be different to other artists. Purely because I’ve never been able to afford it and I’m not going to use the excuse that I’ve never found the time because thats not true. You will find the time. Sometimes you are really exhausted and you can also be allowed not to make artwork. There was a time when I didn't make artwork for nearly a year because I thought I was too busy but I’ve learnt that even if its just an hour a night you can do it, even if its in front of Eastenders. So do I have a favourite place? I kind of flit between, I like being in really busy environments, I don't necessarily like being around other students but mainly because I graduated five years ago. I think now I’m used to being in environments which I choose, but another thing which is when I hear students now  complaining about the space or not using the space until like a week before the deadline. Basically I think space should be taken away from them, if your not in the space making the work you don't deserve the space. You don't realise how lucky you are. So I’ve kind of learnt, going back to your question, I will work anywhere because I have to adapt. 


AE - If you had to give a piece of advice to students leaving the University this year, what would it be? 


GLG - It would be start connecting, emailing with artists now. Even if its just an email saying you are interested in shadowing them or coming to their studio and be prepared to work for free obviously ask for travel and a bit of lunch money because most artists will do that because they understand how hard it is. But basically do all these things now whilst you’re young whilst you don't have mortgage to pay, kids to pay but start connecting now because as soon as you graduate then you will have to be fighting against thousands of other artists, so try and be clever about it. Try and sort out internships like placements, shadowing even if you cant go through the normal route with art jobs and everything, find the emails of the top 20 artists that you like and personally email them. Do things like that. Support one another, its a huge thing, I know its like very competitive in this field but this is what can make you. Taking photos for someone else for their exhibition, and giving it to them that way people might appear in your videos if you do performance art. The way I get people to help me with my work is a lot of they do something for me so I do something for them. So without it I would be stuck, so help one another, work with one another. Social media is a huge one even though it may seem a little bit embarrassing, tag everything, spread the word. Make a really nice website, take your time as well with how aesthetically it looks, how your work looks. Take time but get it out there but take time tweeking it, updating it. Get on Twitter, get on everything basically stay connected. There’s a book actually, Austin Kleon called Show Your Work, its basically how to get discovered. We have the luxury now of being on the internet, 20 years ago it wasn't this easy, you can now literally go on youtube and set up a video blog, get a blog. We are our own PR people, we’ve got to use it. I know a women on social media now, my age, whose in one of my crying videos, she's now got 5000 followers, has been in Marie Claire, Avida Magazine just because she started doing mixed race hair reviews and people will pay you for that. She's doing really well just because she put the work in. 


AE - What have you got lined up for the near future? 


GLG- Ive got an exhibition called The Generation Game by TMT which is based in Luton so it will be in The Hat Factory so thats next month and obviously the exhibition here. I’m curating an exhibition in the market and then I’ll be doing my masters in Fine Art in September, I’m not sure where yet, I’ve been accepted to a place but it may be London or Amsterdam. 


AE- It sounds really busy ! So here are some quick fire questions just to finish up! Black and White or Colour ? 


GLG - Colour


AE- Digital Processes or Manual Processes?


GLG - Digital Processes 

AE - Art Nouveau or Arts and Crafts? 


GLG- Art Nouveau 


AE - Favourite Artist? 


GLG - Santiago Sierra 


AE - And what are you listening to at the moment? 


GLG - I was just listening to Peaches, F the pain away


AE - Thank you very much ! 



GLG - You’re welcome