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
DEAN KELLAND - 24 OCTOBER 12.15-1.15
Dean Kelland is a UK Based Artist who explores portraiture as a performative practice. His process follows an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates performance film, live performance techniques and photography as well as other media and methods. Dean has recently completed his PhD at Central St Martins. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Birmingham & Midland Institute. The new work continues his interest in performance and comedy with recent developments leading toward practical investigations surrounding Slapstick, Comedy & Pain.
HETAIN PATEL - 7 NOVEMBER 12.15-1.15
Hetain Patel makes photographs, videos, sculptures and live performances, usually for galleries and theatres. His interests lie in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point he uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. The work often involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens.
Often working collaboratively, with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.
Hetain is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, and is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London.
RACHEL DOBBS - 14 NOVEMBER 12.15-1.15
Rachel Dobbs is an artist (½ of LOW PROFILE) & educator, with 15+ years experience in developing and delivering artist-led projects. These range from large-scale participatory projects, to small-scale live moments, gallery exhibitions and durational performances – shown nationally and internationally. Rachel is co-director of Jamboree (a national gathering of artists & curators) and was recently coordinator of Visual Arts Plymouth’s Talent Development programme.
As an artist, Rachel’s interests are centred on people, relationships, communication and an examination of the role of community, individuals and the collective. She also specialises in creative education, supporting neurodiverse artists & crowdfunding for creative and community projects.
HAMJA AHSAN - 21 NOVEMBER 12.15-1.15
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, writer, activist and curator based in London. His recent book Shy Radicals: Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert is a work of speculative fiction about a revolutionary party for shy, quiet, introvert, neurodivergent and autistic spectrum peoples. He was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the 2019 Ljubljana Biennial (curated by Slavs and Tartars). He is co-curator of DIY Cultures in 2013, the UK largest festival of zines, creative activism and independent publishing. His art practice is trans-disciplinary – encompassing conceptual writing, photography, building archives, performance, video, sound and making zines.
CARLA GARLASCHI - 28 NOVEMBER 12.15-1.15
Carla Garlaschi (b. Chile) is an artist, writer and performer currently living and working in London and Stockholm. She holds a BA from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm. In her work, she researcheS regionally specific entertainment genres as syncretic grounds for confrontation through transmedia storytelling.