AirSpace Curriculum is a programme of events, talks and workshops organised by AirSpace Gallery in partnership with Staffordshire University which recognises and responds to the need for continuing professional development for artists in Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands.
The first part of the Curriculum offer is a series of artists’ talks, organised by Staffordshire University and usually available solely to students on their Fine Art BA Course, but now being opened up for any interested artists and members of the public to attend. This offer will be augmented by additional artist talks at AirSpace Gallery.
The programme offers an insight into the professional practices of a number of interesting and varied professional artists and arts practitioners.
Please note - For talks held at Staffordshire University, booking is essential
for non-University staff/students. For booking information please click HERE
ELLIE DONEY - 13 February 2020 12.15-1.15
Ellie Doney is a materials enthusiast. Through an art research practice of making, cooking and eating with people, often in community or learning environments, she makes sensory investigations into human-material ecologies. Using experimental tools and workshop methods she encourages and explores embodied knowledge about materials and our changing relationships. She is currently a PhD student at the Slade School of Fine Art and Institute of Making UCL with her project: The Ouroboros Sausage: Food & Transformation.
JADE MONTSERRAT - 20 February 2020 12.15-1.15
Jade Montserrat is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan, (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, (Nov – 10 Mar 2019) which toured to Humber Street Gallery ( July-sept 2019) and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover.
RAISA KABIR - 27 February 2020 12.15-1.15
Raisa Kabir is an interdisciplinary artist, who utilises woven textiles, sound, video and performance to translate and visualise concepts concerning the politics of cloth, labour and embodied geographies. She addresses cultural anxieties surrounding nationhood, textile identities and the cultivation of borders; as well as examining the encoded violence in histories of labour in globalised neo-colonial textile production. Her weaving performances comment on power, production, disability and the body as a living archive of collective trauma. Kabir has participated in residencies and exhibited work internationally at The Whitworth, The Tetley, Raven Row, Cove Park, Textile Arts Center NYC, and the Center for Craft Creativity and Design U.S. Kabir has lectured on her research on South Asian textile cultures at Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Art London, London College of Fashion, The Courtauld, Royal College of Art, Manchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.
JO McGONIGAL - 5 March 2020 12.15-1.15
Jo McGonigal is an artist living and working in Manchester, UK. She is also currently a Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Her research and practice examines painting and its relationship with architecture. Her practice begins with a visual analysis of historical Baroque painting (e.g. Poussin, Vermeer, Caravaggio) as a basis for understanding painting, not as a fixed indentity but as a specific spatial construction that articulates notions of the seen and unseen and movement on a flat surface. These observations materialise into ‘spatial paintings’ constructed out of physical things in real space, where architectural concerns become complicit with the work. She uses both found and everyday materials, to examine the formal grammar of pictorial language – the vernacular of painting, where moments of drama, stillness, distance, translucency, edge and colour, co-operate to develop an understanding of painting as a retinal, physical and spatial event, activating the body as much as the eye. McGonigal asks the viewer to gaze and take in its panoramic view, then focus, so the eyes remain in a perpetual state of unrest, moving from strong darks to light, zigzagging across, taking in different degrees of distance, strengthened opacity and the co-existence of different details and segments of time.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Blinder, Patricia Fleming Projects Glasgow, 2019; Shift, Patricia Fleming Projects, 2016; Between Painting & Place, Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK. Group exhibitions include: Contemporary British Painting 2019/2020; Hard Painting x 2, Phoenix Gallery Brighton 2020, Come and Go. Halt Extreme Left, Winchester Art Gallery, 2019; Eccentric Geometric at Arthouse1, London; Raumx Projects, London (with Mary Maclean); International Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Lyon, France; After An Act, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; From A to C; This Being B, Caustic Coastal, Salford; Real Painting at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester Marmite Painting Prize - Block336 Gallery (finalist), London & Highlands Gallery, Ireland; Chiara Williams Solo Award (finalist), Cello Factory, London. McGonigal has gallery representation with Patricia Fleming Gallery, Glasgow.
KERRY CAMPBELL - 12 March 2020 12.15-1.15
Kerry Campbell is an independent curator and creative producer, her practice is informed by long standing interests in co-authorship, alternative pedagogies and understanding the complex relationships between social class, structural inequality and representation. In 2012 Campbell founded TMT Projects, Luton - an arts platform invested in critically considering working class representation, supporting emerging to mid career artists and delivering ambitious, locally informed exhibitions and projects.
Previous experience includes working with schools, families, young people and vulnerable groups within Education at the Victoria & Albert Museum and then as Public Programmes Curator for Bloc Projects gallery in Sheffield.
Campbell is currently the Artistic Director at Mansions of the Future - a dynamic, three-year Art’s Council Ambitions for Excellence funded project in Lincoln, which privileges inherently social, site-specific, and collaborative ways of working.