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THE ARTIST SOUP KITCHEN - Art, Maternity & Family Activism with Paula McCloskey

CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT
May 20th, 2017 12pm-2pm
The Resource Room at AirSpace


We have noticed that some of the best conversations happen over a good hearty meal, so AirSpace Gallery are pleased to invite Artists to a new series of the amazingly popular 'Artist Soup Kitchens'. These are talks and workshops to explore support networks, good practice and sustainability of the arts and artists in a changing climate. They provide an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and special environment, with a different theme and speaker each time to be explored over a delicious bowl of homemade soup, and specially baked bread.

In 2016, the performance artist Marina Abramović said that having children would have been ‘a disaster for her work’. She went on to say that, ‘In my opinion that’s the reason why women aren’t as successful as men in the art world. There’s plenty of talented women. Why do men take over the important positions? It’s simple. Love, family, children – a woman doesn’t want to sacrifice all of that.’

Her words follow other female artists, such as Tracey Emin who, when interviewed in The Independent, said: ‘There are good artists that have children. Of course there are. They are called men. Mothers are too “emotionally torn.”’

Recently, there has been a proliferation of women artists who are exploring maternity in all its myriad forms. In this Soup Kitchen, Dr. Paula McCloskey will explore the challenges facing artists with young families. What does it mean to be an artist and a mother? How do you test and challenge the existing art structures and models of traditional art institutions? And, how do you juggle the demands of parenting young children alongside artistic and other paid labour, often with little or no support?

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The duration of the Artist Soup Kitchen is set at 2 hours, beginning promptly at 5.00 pm and finishing at 7.00 pm.

Seats at the Artist Soup Kitchen Table are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please book early, and only if you fully intend to attend.

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***The Soup Kitchens are free to attend, but guests will be asked to donate an amount they feel the event was worth.***

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The Soup Kitchen is delivered in response to Victoria Lucas' exhibition Lay of the Land (and other such myths) - Combining work made over the last two years, with brand new content specific to the city, Lay of the Land (and other such myths) seeks to challenge anti-progressive forms of power through an imaginary subversive place. Dissident, fictive island constructions cite cinematic, geographic and literary references to explore a scene in which radical representations of women control their own space, and their own bodies, on their own terms.

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Paula McCloskey is an Irish-born artist living in Sheffield, UK. As a visual artist she has mainly produced drawings, performance and site-specific collaborative work. She is co-organiser of a place of their own - an experimental practice located in the discoveries and potentials that we find between contemporary art and spatial practice. She is also a writer and post-doctoral researcher. Paula is a Research Fellow at Nottingham University and Participation Manager at Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK.

Victoria Lucas (b.1982) is a British artist based in Sheffield. She holds a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from Norwich School of Art (2004) and a MFA in Fine Art from The University of Leeds (2007). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo exhibition at Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia and group shows at Shangri-la, Joshua Tree; Casa Maauad, Mexico City and Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki. Recent commissions include a permanent touchscreen artwork for the NHS Wilberforce Health centre in Hull and a video artwork for the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has artist book works in the Tate Archive, the MOMA New York and the V&A collection amongst others. She has worked both independently and collaboratively on a number of curated projects and is currently board director at Bloc Projects in Sheffield. Lucas is a Fine Art Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and PhD Student at Sheffield Hallam University

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We have noticed that some of the best conversations happen over a good hearty meal, so AirSpace Gallery are pleased to invite Artists to a new series of the amazingly popular 'Artist Soup Kitchens'. These are talks and workshops to explore support networks, good practice and sustainability of the arts and artists in a changing climate. They provide an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed and special environment, with a different theme and speaker each time to be explored over a delicious bowl of homemade soup, and specially baked bread.

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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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