6 days left to help support Fighting For Crumbs (Art in The Shadow of Neoliberal Britain)! Once the crowdfunder is complete, we will begin to promote the event, that will be held in both Sheffield and Wakefield, including an exhibition our the artists’ works, the showing of our video documentary, talks, films and much more. Ta.
So this year has begun with me working with a group of artists on anexciting project which, at least in my life, promises to be something quite special.
Fighting For Crumbs (Art in Shadow of Neoliberal Britain)will be taking place at the Wakefield Redshed, and the Sheffield-based Gage gallery between 8-14 August 2016. A event centering around a film and an exhibition, it will also include talks and performances at both venues.
We need all the support you have to make this project be as special as it promises to be!
Please find the Crowdfunder located below.
Here’s a little about what Fighting For Crumbs is all about…
In November of 2015, the group the Sleaford Mods starred in an independent film examining the lives and homes of the majority that were being systemically ignored in this brutally austere but paradoxically aspirational age of David Cameron. ‘Invisible Britain’ was screened nationally, yet it seemed to focus much of its energy on towns once at the centre of the Yorkshire mining heartlands.
2016 marks the 50th birthday of The Redshed, also known as The Labour club. Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire city of Wakefield, the place is somewhat unique, and has defiantly resisted the capitalist forces that have penetrated nearly everything else around it. A year-long line-up of events are now marking this anniversary.
Sandra Hutchinson, a lifelong supporter of the club, spoke of how The Redshed began at the height of the social and political changes happening in the 1960’s. In-spite of the seismic troubles around the world, it was an age of political optimism, and there was a strong belief that things could be and would be changed.
“THERE IS A PREVAILING SENSE OF PARALYSIS AND DEFEAT ALL ACROSS EX-INDUSTRIAL BRITAIN. AND THIS PARTICULARLY EFFECTS THE YOUNG WHO HAVE NOT KNOWN ANYTHING ELSE” JD TAYLOR
The Invisible Britain documentary addresses this political climate; an age of deep political pessimism. A sense of defeat clings to the streets of our congealed conurbations. A depressed, and broken spirit hangs over us, instructing us to abandon the world we live in and find happiness in loneliness.
The huge support that propelled Jeremy Corbyn from relative obscurity to leader of the Labour Party, seemed to be more a WILLING for a return of a political optimism. Wanting it, because it’s not here.
Fighting for Crumbs (Art in the Shadow of Neoliberal Britain) is the stories of artists who are striving for nothing but raw artistic expression at a time when we’re all being forced to strive for ‘crumbs, where wages are low, and the market dictates creativity.
It’s not so much stories of poverty-stricken artists. It’s about artists working within the crumbling remains of the Britain’s post-settlement optimism.
Under the “keep calm and carry on” mantra of Tory rule, more and more artists are feeling pressured to head into more craft-based activities.
Although this is not a critique of the crafts itself, how can an art SAY when it’s trying so hard to SELL?
What value does the truth of artistic expression have in such times? Have we been reduced to fighting for crumbs?
Here are photographs of my exhibition ‘Under Digital Rain’, curated by John Wright. Held at the Bowery Gallery, Headingley, Leeds, it runs until 29th July.
Gallery opening times
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 10:00 – 17:00
54 Otley Road
The World-Wide Oneupmanship (2016, 8X4ft, mixed media on paper)
Title of work below: £$[We]€$[Can’t]$£[Take]£€[Any]$€[More!!]$£ (2016)
Titles of works in image below (from left to right): Gimme Shelter [Closure No1] (2015); The Self[ie] Under Siege (2015); “Sad, LONELY, Frightened” (2015); Drainage System (2016); Tired of Life/I Want to Leave Myself [Closure No2] (2016); NoteToSelf2016; The Capacity to Care (Closure No5) (2016); A Cognitive Austerity (2015); A Deep Paralysis (2016); Hunger Games Darwinism (2016); Bound up in Binary (2016); “Can We Stop now, Please?”; I am Becoming Nothing (Closure No3) (2015).
The World-Wide Oneupmanship (2016, 8X4ft, mixed media on paper)
The World Wide One Upmanship (2016, 8x4FT mixed media on paper and card)
This is a piece I made in response to being asked to make a site specific piece when in the initial stages of planning my current show at Bowery Gallery. The work is called The World Wide One Upmanship, and brings together a lot of thoughts and visual ideas I’ve been playing with for the past half year. I worked these ideas into the shape of the building, by making the ‘epic fail’ detritus, the fallen, surplus-to-requirements, pile of cruel type of society, fit the shape of a fire place, with the wall being part of an old chimney.
But here are links to all performers involved last night.
Kevin Titterton (sorry, I can’t find a link to his work, but here’s a link to an event he’s performing at next week)
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY BARNSLEY-AFFILATED ARTISTS
JOHN LEDGER – TERRY BROOKES – RORY GARFORTH – ROB NUNNS – ELIZABETH SINKOVA
@ THE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, 2-4 THE ARCADE, BARNSLEY
TUE 28 SEP – WED 7 OCT, 10:00 – 16:00 (CLOSED SUNDAY) FREE ENTRY
There hasn’t been a group show of this type and quality in Barnsley for quite some time now; not since Wake Up Call at Redbrook well over a year ago.
Taking in the work of five artists affiliated with Barnsley, this exhibition explores multiple mediums; drawing, painting, photogaphy and sculpture.
Rory Garforth was born and raised in South Yorkshire, and his photographs showcase the best of this beautiful county. With the Pennines and North Yorkshire right on his doorstep, Rory draws inspiration from this gorgeous part of the country and from the people he meets whilst out and about.
His love for photography started to…
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I will be showing my more smallish drawings ‘Hyper-Malaise’, ‘A Cognitive Austerity’ and ‘Five MORE Years…’ in ‘Bells From The Deep’ at The Hundred Years gallery, Pearson Street, Hoxton, London, E2 8JD
The ‘Bells from the Deep’ exhibition is the outcome of our latest Open Call for Drawing and Hand Made Prints. Hundred Years Gallery opens its space to over sixty artists of all ages, those who may have never had the opportunity of exhibiting their work, those who perhaps never dare to show them in public, and those who just want to feel free of judgement from arts panels. As well as practicing artists and print makers we have encouraged all of our neighbours from the York Row Council Estate to participate as part of our arts community
Thursday 2nd July 7:30-10:00pm
The Exhibition runs from 2nd to 22nd of July 2015
Wednesday to Friday, 10am-6pm.
The Image Dead Dreams from my video-piece the Mary Celeste Project (The Scene of The Crash) will feature in the In The City limited edition publication
The publication is part of the In The City Project, hosted by Hanover Project at the University of Central Lancashire
Conference: Harris Building Room 155, Friday 21/11/14, 10:30am – 3pm
Exhibition Preview: Friday 21/11/14, 3 – 5pm
Exhibition Open: 20/11/14 – 10/12/14, Weekdays 10 – 5pm
The purpose of this exhibition is to explore perceptions of the city on a global scale. Artists are
invited to reflect current cultural, social and political subjects through engagements with the built
environment in which they live and / or work. The exhibition is the result of an open call for
submissions, and works have been received from artists working in Ireland, Sweden, UK, Portugal,
Lithuania, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, USA, Austria, Israel, Romania, Germany, and Qatar. A
conference will take place alongside the exhibition at Hanover Project, where speakers will present
themes central to the exhibition concept.
Travelling is an odd experience in the 21st Century. As one steps off a plane and heads towards a
city, one is confronted with a familiar scene. There are a few relics from a distant culture, a few
touristy spots for the ‘selfies’. But increasingly present are the generic office tower blocks and
shopping malls – McDonalds, H&M, Lidl – the same lattes, fashion trends and boutiques. In cities
such as Berlin, you cannot ignore the word gentrification as old buildings and autonomous
establishments disappear to make way for more shopping malls, flash apartments and expensive
Globally, urbanity is changing radically. In the UK, traditional and historic markets are being turned into expensive artisan trade fairs and unique independent shops are being replaced with generic chain stores. The city is increasingly a playground for the wealthy, yet economically the West inparticular is in global financial turmoil. As late capitalism persists and growth continues beyond its means, individuals are increasingly suffering through job and service cuts alongside an increase in living costs.
All of these issues are imprinted onto the city through increasing evidence of affluence and
depravity, and in the signage, buildings, bureaucracy, people, history, moments and actions that
surround us. In this exhibition, works will collectively capture the impact of globalization as
reoccurring themes are unearthed, whilst providing engaging dialogues between differing
Hanover Project, c/o Victoria Lucas, Hanover Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
I will be exhibiting two of my works in the upcoming exhibition, Electric Open 2014, at the Electric Picture House, Congleton, Cheshire.
The exhibition opening times:
10th October – 1st November
10-5pm, Monday to Saturday
Preview Friday 10th Oct 7PM
I will be Exhibiting these works:
The Planet’s Mental Illness (2012)
Mind Camp (2013)
Over the past 2 week I’ve had my works in two exhibitions:
In Unity Hall Launch exhibition in Wakefield I exhibited The Place of Dead Ends, The Index For Child Well-being and Whilst We Were All In The Eternal Now…
And in Our Corner: Art as Political Expression, at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, I exhibited …Coils Tightening
I’m pleased to say I will be showing my work …Coils Tightening as part of Our Corner – Art as Political Expression, a 3 day exhibition to be held at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield. I will be showing my work a long with 15 other artists, in an event which also includes workshops and open mic nights in the evening.
18/09/2014 – 20/09/2014, 11am – 4pm
Our Corner – Art as Political Expression
“The Crick Centre at University of Sheffield http://www.crickcentre.org/ and Ignite Imaginations www.igniteimaginations.org.uk are collaborating to produce a three day exhibition for the Festival of the Mind http://festivalofthemind.group.shef.ac.uk/2014-festival-mind/ on the themes of Discrimination, Inequality and Sense of Place. The Festival of the Mind is a collaboration between the city and the University of Sheffield. It’s an 11-day festival where the University shares its most exciting research in inspiring and creative ways. This exhibition is part of the second Festival of the Mind that will be held from 18th September 2014. It will bring together research staff of the University and Sheffield’s cultural and creative industries to create a magical series of events for everyone to get involved with.”