(A mining term referencing bylaws for workers’ shifts and wages)
(Industrial description of an inclusive price direct from factory)
is a new residency programme in Stoke-on-Trent aiming to provide venues and environments for artistic research. Utilising the disused industrial spaces throughout the city rather than establishing a rural retreat, KULES intends to be a public facing, urban project with a strong learning element that builds connections to local schools, colleges and communities.
During Stoke-on-Trent’s current transitional phase of redevelopment, vacated properties and brownfield sites provide unique opportunities for new projects. While such spaces still exist KULES aims to capitalise on their potential, becoming an itinerant presence in the city, moving from venue to venue with each new intake of artists.
The loss of heavy industry - in Stoke-on Trent’s case - mining, ceramics and steel working, has been experienced nationwide but few cities have struggled as much as Stoke to build a new identity. Even the city’s status has seemed in doubt with its six constituent towns each vying for funding and investment. It is in this environment that KULES sees the greatest opportunity for intervention and invention, hosting an international residency that sees the city’s resources with fresh eyes.
Commissioned by AirSpace Gallery
and supported by Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation through ArtCity
, this first year of KULES has seen five
invited, internationally acclaimed artists create a new body of work whilst living, working and teaching in the city. Leigh Clarke
, Chloe Cooper
, Leslie Deere
and Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson
have responded to themes of recognition, authenticity, identity and status to produce new works shown here for the first time. The resulting exhibition Ex-Factory, is a group show housed in the disused 3000 square metre Olympus Engineering
building on College Road in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent.
The exhibition has a special opening event, free and open to everyone on 8th November, 2014 from 1pm-4pm, with music and refreshments, where you will get to see the works, meet the artists and also get to see the possibilities for the re-purposing of currently closed and unused ex factory buildings in the city.
Leigh Clarke is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been shown widely nationally and internationally. Clarke’s work has been shortlisted for the John Moore’s Painting Prize 2006 at the Walker Museum, Liverpool and the London Open 2012 at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 2013 he represented the University of Arts London at the 3rd International Printmaking Workshop at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China. He has curated many projects including those at the London College of Communication, Lokaal 01 and Extrapool project spaces in The Netherlands as well undertaking a residency at Lokaal 01, Antwerp and resident artist in Suldal, Norway.
Chloe Cooper makes instructional videos and live performances. She has recently exhibited and performed works at How Near is Here? Collective, Edinburgh (2014); Art Vilnius, Lithuania (2014); SpiderS, Smaragd, Berlin (2014); LPV, Tate Britain, London (2013); Until I, I Know You Better, Ti Pi Tin, London (2013); Leeds Leeds Leeds!, blip blip blip, Leeds (2013); Project Visible, Tate Modern (2013); The Everything and Nothing Problem, Ceri Hand Gallery/Jerwood Space, London (2013); Reactor Halls E03: Daniel Oliver presents Live Art Dogging, Primary Studios, Nottingham (2013); Whitstable Biennial, Whitstable (2012); TURN IT ON AGAIN, Motel De Nowhere, London (2012); and Keeping It Real (AiR), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012).
Leslie DeereLeslie Deere is a London based audio visual artist. Originally from Tennessee, Deere moved to the UK to study Sonic Art, continuing on from a performing arts dance background in NYC. Deere has exhibited internationally with solo shows in Italy and Switzerland, and has a permanently installed sculpture in Geneva. Commissions include sound installations for Kew Gardens, the SoundUK 2013 tour and Sound Thought Festival, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow. Most recently Leslie took part in the Liminal Space Residency at Temporary Art Projects, Southend-on-Sea and she completed two new sound installations featured at London Fashion Week SS15 for designers Huishan Zhang and Thomas Tait.
Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson have recently exhibited at New Art Gallery Walsall The Hecklers 2013, Whitechapel Gallery London Open 2012 and Tate Britain, Rude Britannia 2010. Solo shows include Galerie Nostheide-Eycke, Germany, The Dog’s Dinner 2013; Venlo Stadhuis, NL Ecce Homo Erectus 2008 and MOT International London, Peristroma Dolorosa 2005. Featured on The Culture Show in 2010 for their ‘Fascist Fruit Boys’ in Tate Britain’s Rude Britannia, their work, including earlier solo projects is included in public collections including Saatchi Gallery, London and Odapark Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Venray NL. Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson are represented by Paul Stolper, London