Visiting Artists Programme #8

Artists' Talks
7th February - 21sdt March , 2019
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. Rosalie Schweiker
Thursday, 7th February, 2018 - 12.15 – 1.15

Rosalie Schweiker (*1985) is a conceptual artist who develops low-key infrastructures which fund and position art in everyday life. Rosalie’s work happens within long-term, slow and coincidental collaborations, which defy common notions of authorship and outcomes.
To Book your place, click HERE

2. Antonio Roberts
Thursday 14th February, 2019 - 12.15-1.15

Antonio Roberts is a New Media artist and Curator based in Birmingham, UK. He uses uses technology-driven processes to explore issues surrounding open source software, free culture and collaborative practices.
His visual and performance work has been featured at galleries and festivals including in Arles, France (2012), Glitch Moment/ums at Furtherfield Gallery, London (2013), Loud Tate: Code at Tate Britain (2014), glitChicago at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, US (2014), Permission Taken at Birmingham Open Media and University of Birmingham (2015-2016), Common Property at Jerwood Visual Arts, London (2016), Green Man Festival, Wales (2017) and Barbican, London (2018).
He has curated exhibitions and projects including GLI.TC/H Birmingham (2011), the Birmingham editions of Bring Your Own Beamer (2012, 2013), µChip 3 (2015), Stealth (2015), and No Copyright Infringement Intended (2017). He is Curator at Vivid Projects, Near Now Fellow, and is part of the Advisory Group for New Art West Midlands.
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3. David Bethell
28th February, 2019 12:15-1:15

David Bethell is a UK artist based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.
The work is often objects that representation working machines. The objects exists in neither the past nor the present, they exist within both. There is a slip between the past and the present but not committing to neither. Narratives are formed from the history and the topology of a space and the changing aspect of the material.
As the object or constructed object can not commit to its original form it becomes the making of the journey, by the ware n tear of the landscape and the act of the artist. The ‘workings of the material’. There is a sense of futility to the artist and material. There are questions on the reliance of the crude and crafted technology and endurance of the artist. With this notion of change something can be viewed differently, something can have a sense of becoming, becoming something beyond its own expectations. A testing of our ambitions and imagination are measured against the limitations of a space and material, often resulting in failed attempts and sense of disbelief, with odd chance of success and hope thrown in.
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4. Jasleen Kaur
7th March, 2019 12:15-1:15

Jasleen Kaur (b.1986) is an artist currently living and working in London. Brought up in a traditional Sikh household in Glasgow, her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines the hierarchy of histories and labour using a range of mediums and methods including sculpture, video, conversation and cooking.
Recent commissions include the Victoria & Albert Museum, Goethe Institute, Eastside Projects, Baltic 39 Figure Three and Art on the Underground. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Royal College of Art and Crafts Council.
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5. John Newling
14th March, 2019 12:15-1:15

John Newling was born in Birmingham in 1952 and has an acclaimed international reputation creating projects and installing works in the UK and many other countries.
Nottingham-based, John Newling is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. His works explore the natural world and the social and economic systems of society – such as money or religion. To this end Newling has innovated the possibilities and benefits for art in a renewed social and conceptual framework.
He belongs to a generation of artists whose work evolved from Conceptual Art, Land Art and Arte Povera – art movements occurring during the 1960s that placed emphasis on the concept, process and site of the work, alongside material and aesthetic properties.
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6. Jenny Steele
21st March, 2019 12:15-1:15

Jenny Steele is a Scottish artist currently based in Manchester, UK. Her work references 20th Century architecture, most recently coastal mid war architecture and design. She is interested in the permanence of architecture, and in particular how mid war design embodied utopic hope for the future. She seeks to revive its positive restorative qualities through her practice that encompasses printmaking, sculpture, drawing, textiles and site-specific artwork.

Recent solo exhibitions include; Why be exotic in private?, The Foundry Gallery, London (2018), This Building for Hope, The Midland Morecambe (2017), Too Much is Never Enough, The Breakwater, Miami, USA, This House for Building residency and exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds (2017) and An Architecture of Joy, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2016). Recent commissions and residencies include The Fountainhead Residency (2017), AA2A Residency at UcLan (2017), Grundy Art Gallery Courtyard Commission (2016), Finding Treblinka for Staffordshire University exhibited at Treblinka Museum, Poland and Wiener Library, UK (2015) and Following the Market Square with Harris Museum and Art Gallery and In Certain Places, Preston (2012).
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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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Through a dynamic and evolving programme of exhibitions, events and activities AirSpace Gallery brings critical, high quality contemporary art to the region and provides opportunities for a broad range of artists.

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