We are excited to be working with: Jason & Becky, Emma Bennett, Tom Crawford, Nick Davies, and Anthony Shapland on our brand new artist residency. We’ve invited the artists to spend 24 hours working in Spit & Sawdust. All night and all day, artists will have complete access to try out new ideas and experiment. There will be a social space that will be open to visitors throughout. The residency will end with an, open to all, end of residency party to see art and the results of the night’s work.
Please come along, everyone welcome:
9 – 11 pm Sunday 4th October: The residency begins.
9 pm, Come along to meet the artists.
10pm, Short film screenings, including ‘Monuments’ (Redmond Entwistle, 2010), Curated by Tom Crawford.
6 – 9 pm Monday 5th October: The residency ends.
Find out about what happened – an opportunity to see documentation and interpretation of the night by Nick Davies, and other work by the artists involved.
Weird and wonderful DJing by Clare Charles from 7.30pm.
About the Artists:
Investigating the socio-economic and socio-political condition, Jason & Becky work collaboratively to address a number of questions regarding our current human and social state. Through their practice, interventions and socially engaging experiments, they explore and provoke reactions, often with no pre-determined outcomes.
They challenge perceptions and aim to engage participants, blurring boundaries and pushing limits through interaction – often resulting in revealing insights into human relationships, questioning the judgements, beliefs, awareness, appreciation and understanding of others.
Most recently Jason & Becky have completed a series of works – Aequabilitum I-IV – using sound, video, sculpture and performance to respond to ideas of trace and desire in the urban economy.
Image: AEQUABILITUM IV sculptural sound installation (Image: Andrew Morris Photography)
Emma Bennett is an artist working with performance. Her primary medium is speech – speech as matter, as affect, as awkwardness, as movement, as continual compromise. She plays on, and in, the moment of performance, and devises various ways of surviving it – be they virtuosic or amateurish, spontaneous or meticulously scored. Her work has been presented in various contexts including the Wellcome Collection (London), Santozeum (Santorini), Ca’Foscari Cultural Centre (Venice), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Whitstable Biennale, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. A serial collaborator, she recently co-authored a book called Some Place of Avoiding an Animal, for the South London Gallery and is soon to perform at Voices of Urgency at Beaux-Arts Paris with poet Holly Pester, and with Steffi Weismann for the Labor Sonor series in Berlin.
Tom Crawford makes videos, large-scale poster works, installations and paintings, which consider the politics of urban development and class. His work aims to challenge the methods by which art is made instrumental as a social healer, whilst drawing upon the history of avant-gardism to question the agency of politics in art today.
He graduated from Goldsmiths University in 2011, where he completed an MFA in Fine Art. Exhibitions include: If This Is Nowhere at G39, Cardiff (solo); Centre for Remote Possibilities,at Matt’s Gallery, London, (2014) Detours: After Detournement, at Enclave, London (2014); Home Theatre at Baro Galeria, São Paolo (2013) and Colloquial at Schau Fenster, Berlin (2012).
Educated at the Solent University and Valencia, Spain, Anthony Shapland’s work involves the fabrication of ‘real’ moments within documented footage and an engagement with filmmaking itself – the scripting, editing and artificial nature of film. It is a mixture of documentary and fiction, from periods of intense activity to long silences, unpredictable details and accidents that expose infinite potential narratives. He finds significance in the everyday, those fleeting moments when we are held between expectation and the unknown. Recent exhibitions include The Unremark Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, UK, To Pay Respect To The Generosity of The Three-Minute Punk-Rock Song CRATE, Margate, UK, Memory Of A Hope Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, UK, Suddenly After A Long Silence Chapter, Cardiff, UK, The painting, Supercollider, Blackpool, UK, LISTE – The Young Art Fair Basel, Switzerland, Portrait (For a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon, Limoncello, London UK. Portmanteau Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany. He is a recipient of a Creative Wales Award 2015, writes for several art journals and founded g39 an artist-led space in Cardiff in 1998 where he curates.
Nick Davies works as an artist and a designer. He collaborates with artists and institutions on design projects for branding, publications, and print, and also (on occasion) produces Duplicate Editions, and Loophole Supplements. He also works on his own art projects.
He has made publications and journals for X Marks the Bokship and Luxbooks. Recent exhibitions include Invention/Intention/Convention, Exeter Phoenix and Public Notice, Milkwood Gallery, as well as commissions for Alias Arts and Ginko Projects.