Visiting Artists Programme #7

Artists' Talks
15th - 29th November, 2018
Film Theatre
College Road

AirSpace Curriculum is a programme of events, talks and workshops which recognises and responds to the need for continuing professional development for artists in Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands. This Visiting Artists Programme is presented by AirSpace Gallery in partnership with Staffordshire University.

This 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*** - These talks take place at the Film Theatre at Staffordshire University and are free- but booking is essential for non-University staff or students.
For booking information please visit the individual talks links below.


1. Chris Dobrowolski
Thursday, 15th November, 2018 - 12.15 – 1.15
Chris Dobrowolski studied Fine Art in Hull and when he first got there he built a boat from driftwood to try to escape. The boat failed but Chris ended up making a whole series of vehicles in a similar vein. The way he makes things has a deliberate “knocked up in the garden shed” aesthetic and each vehicle and escape attempt has its own story attached. Over the years, Chris has retold and refined these stories as both artist and teacher. The result is a performance that translates the experience of creating and testing a theory. This in turn enables an audience to share and participate in a journey of discovery.

His recent work, produced by ArtsAdmin, was an installation for Hull 2017 City of Culture called 'Washed Up Car-Go'. This consisted of three ordinary cars that had the insides replaced with a section of beach. Other recent works include All Roads Lead to Rome a performance lecture about driving his old family car to Italy where his father served during World War 2; 'Antarctica', based on his role as Visiting Artist with the 'British Antarctic Survey'; 'Poland 3 Iran 2' with 30 Bird Productions about international football in the seventies and 'Vanishing Point' a series of miniature film installations with Leslie Hill of 'Curious' as part of 'Live Art Collective East'.

Chris is an associate artist at 'Art Exchange', University of Essex , He has exhibited and performed widely. As well as working internationally he has also participated in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His work has recently been acknowledged and celebrated with the publication of a major book, 'ESCAPE' published by Jardine Press in 2014.
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2. Geoff Diego Litherland
Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 - 12.15 – 1.15
Geoff Diego Litherland is a Mexican-born artist based in London. Having had a colourful upbringing in Bolivia and Ecuador he moved to England and graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2002. Litherland has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally and recognition to date has included being selected for the 25th John Moores Painting Prize [1][2][3] at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool which was judged by Sacha Craddock, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Paul Morrison and Graham Crowley [4] and in 2008 he won the Nottingham Castle Open.

In 2011 Litherland was selected by Matthew Collings to be included in the exhibition Crash at the Charlie Dutton Gallery. He also had a solo show at Art Work Space within the Hempel Hotel London and was selected by Patricia Bickers, Pippa Hale and Robert Leckie for inclusion in the Salon Art Prize, at the Matt Roberts Arts Project Space on Vyner Street in London.

In 2010 Litherland jointly curated the exhibition Closely Held Secrets,[5] which featured Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry. The exhibition was an artistic collaboration between Nottingham Trent University’s Bonington Gallery, nine visual artists and a skilled digital embroidery technician who has translated and transformed a series of original artworks into a collection of digitally embroidered artefacts.

Litherland graduated with an MFA at Goldsmiths College of Art in 2012 where he was awarded The Warden's Purchase Prize. In 2012 his painting, All Animals Lead us to Light was picked for the Oriel Davis Open, in Newtown, Wales.

In 2013, Litherland was picked by Antlers Gallery, Bristol, along with five other artists to exhibit his work in their exhibition Spatial.

In 2014, Antlers Gallery approached Litherland again to exhibit at their project Exploration. This exhibition was shown at Purifier House by Bristol's Harbourside.

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3. Phoebe Cummings
Thursday, 29th November, 2018 - 12.15 – 1.15
Phoebe Cummings studied Three-Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2005. She has undertaken a number of artist residencies, in the UK, USA and Greenland, including a three-month Arts/Industry residency at the Kohler Co. factory, Wisconsin (2008) and six months as ceramics artist-in-residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2010). Cummings was selected as the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award in 2011. Recent exhibitions have included a commission to make work for Swept Away at the Museum of Arts & Design, New York in 2012 and a solo show at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu (2013). She was awarded the second ceramics fellowship at Camden Arts Centre, London (2012 – 2013) was the inaugural winner of the Woman's Hour Craft Prize and was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Awards 2018.

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AirSpace Curriculum is a programme of events, talks and workshops which recognises and responds to the need for continuing professional development for artists in Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands. This Visiting Artists Programme is presented by AirSpace Gallery in partnership with Staffordshire University.

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