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Grants for the Arts

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Abingdon Studios successfully received Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England for a period of 1 year.

2016?will focus on a range of activity to test bed ways which Abingdon develops in situ currently in Blackpool.

The funding will offer an employment opportunity for a residency coordinator as well as a series of commission and guest speaker funds to connect national artists with the working artists in the studio spaces.

It will also allow a focused period to explore Abingdon Studios governance structure in order to best position a sustainable contemporary space in the heart of Blackpool

One of the main aspects of the funding is to develop the WORK/LEISURE residency programme in partnership with Grundy Art Gallery

Tom Smith

Curated by UNIT Projects

Tom Smith was selected as Artist in Residence in Aug/Sep 2015 and sited at Abingdon Studios.

Smith?s practice looks at the loyalty of images to their subjects. The market, atemporality, and a desire for narrative contribute to his investigation of fidelity. Employing different techniques and strategies, television and cinema trivia are recurring subject matter; describing these peculiarities as screen bleed, he highlights the moments when images supplant the subjects they represent.

Smith developed a presentation of new works while undertaking the residency, under the title Stolen Tear.

Tom Smith (b1981, Peterborough).
Tom studied at the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins.
Exhibitions include, ?Vulcan Point?, Embassy Gallery; ?Admitting The Flats?, Open File, MK Gallery; ?Amen Brother?, Grand Union; and ?Broken Replica?, Stanley Picker Gallery.

Tom Smith?s website.

image courtesy of Tom Smith; Some Mistakes are Judged Differently to Others, 2015.

DESTROY BLACKPOOL

Curated by Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects
AUGUST 2015?

THERE IS GOING TO BE A SHOW; AN EXHIBITION ABOUT ART MAKING AND CONSUMPTION IN BLACKPOOL
WHICH MAY INDICATE A POSSIBLE DIRECTION FOR ITS FUTURE.

BRINGING TOGETHER LOCALLY BASED CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTISTS, THE AIM IS NOT TO CREATE AN
AUTHORITATIVE SURVEY OF ARTMAKING IN BLACKPOOL IN 2015, BUT RATHER TO CURATE AN EXHIBITION, OR
SITUATION, DESIGNED TO STIMULATE CONVERSATION AND RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT BLACKPOOL AS A
PLACE IN WHICH ARTISTS CHOOSE TO LIVE AND WORK.

sprclldrprjcts@gmail.com / www.supercolliderhq.org.uk / @sprclldrprjcts

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LeftCoast Directors Julia Turpin and Michael Trainor, ACE Chief Executive Darren Henley and Senior Relationship Manager Neil Harris at Destroy Blackpool curated by Tom Ireland of Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects.

 

 

Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Curated by UNIT Projects

Estate, a Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

JUL 16

UNIT presents a special one-off screening of Estate, a Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Estate, a Reverie tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in Hackney, London, and the Utopian promise of social housing it offered when it was built in the 1930s. Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents? own historical reenactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.

Praise for Estate, a Reverie ~

A spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity, Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community struggling to survive in a boarded-up London public housing project, long slated for demolition. Multi-layered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman?s film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness. ? Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act Of Killing.

 

Drawing Works Programme

Abingdon Studios in partnership with Grundy Art Gallery delivered a series of Drawing sessions made available to people at varying stages in their personal and professional development as artists. After an overwhelming list of applicants, 15 individuals were invited onto the programme ranging from their 20’s-60’s and travelling regionally to Blackpool to take part.

Over four months the venues offered different approaches to drawing for people to experiment and trial new ways of working within their own artistic oeuvre.

Grundy Art Gallery offered participants traditional figurative drawing sessions with life models using various materials in response to the figure.

Abingdon Studios focused on the contemporary experimentation in drawing and or the abstract observational aspect of mark making.

two participants drawings?Mark through window pane?Artist Laura Green?Drawing Works Participants

Drawing Works Programme 2015

6-8pm, 6 July @ Grundy Art Gallery

Taking the Lead: Life Drawing with unusual materials

 

6-8pm, 20 July @ Abingdon Studios

Walk the line: Exploring mark making

 

6-8pm, 3 August @ Grundy Art Gallery

Ways of Seeing: Life Drawing from a different perspective

 

6-8pm, 17 August @ Abingdon Studios

Chance Encounters: Utilising accidents in drawing

 

6-8pm, 7 September @ Grundy Art Gallery

Lights Up: Exploring contrast and shadow in Life Drawing

 

6-8pm, 21 September @ Abingdon Studios

Drawing in the Dark: Experimenting with light

 

For further information, or to book your place contact Hannah Gaunt, Education Officer, Grundy Art Gallery: Hannah.Gaunt@blackpool.gov.uk or 01253 478176.

Please note the Drawing Works Programme is currently fully booked with a waiting list. However people will be offered places subject to any cancellations throughout the programme.

Show #1: Studio artists move in

Abingdon Studios opened its doors as part of Blackpool’s first ever Other Worlds Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art in April 2015.

To coincide with the Project Space exhibition Knit, Loop and Grate by artist Michael Ridge, the studio artists exhibited a selection of works and works in progress alongside an open studio setting for visitors to see the types of work/s being experimented with and developed ?in Blackpool.

Lisa Wigham

Lisa took up residency?at Abingdon Studios to develop her solo exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. The work evolved through artist residencies at The Birley Studios Preston (December 2014- February 2015) and at Arquetopia Foundation for Learning in central Mexico (February-March 2015).
Her work examines faith and superstitions about destiny and coincidence invested in ephemeral and sacred materials. During her residency in Mexico she worked with a conservator in the Former Convent of Santa Monica, Puebla to learn about restoration and historical implications of the material form of gold.
Work was later exhibited in ‘The Earth Murmurs While We Sleep’, April 2015 at The Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool and coincided with the exhibition ‘Modern History vol 1’.

Michael Ridge

MICHAEL RIDGE

Knit, Loop and Grate

April 2015

A selection of new solo and collaborative cassette and record works by UK based multimedia artist Michael Ridge.

Inspired by and conceptually rooted in the Dada and Fluxus movements this selection explores and presents his fascination with deconstructing and re-imagining both audio formats. The viewer/listener will be presented with works which are insightful, interactive and a little absurd.

On several pieces Michael has collaborated with textile artist and illustrator Lisa Little and Douglas Lucas of NONE records (USA)

Michael has exhibited and performed works at a variety of venues including Norwich Arts Centre, Luise T Blouin Institure, Royal Opera House, Rathmines Library (Dublin), New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Phoenix Art Museum (USA)

Since 2008 he has been a member of the Norwich artist collective other/other/other and in 2013 with fine artists Elizabeth Scrase co-founded Ridge & Scrase– a sound and drawing arts collaboration.

The exhibition is brought to Abingdon Studios as part of the Other World Festival 2015.

Also: The exhibition coincided with?LeftCoast’s Golden Section guest talk by Chris Watson, which took place at Grundy Art Gallery

Ruth Heritage

Ruth Heritage

Ruth practices across arts and film, and academia and has produced & directed several broadcast documentaries, written, produced/directed short indie fictions, & practices, plays & experiments around creative truth and lies of film and ?the document? through arts, culture, & trans/media work. Ruth lectures across cultural sociology, film & media, and engaged arts/communities. Ruth established socially-engaged arts & cultural producers They Eat Culture in 2009, and is creative director.

www.theyeatculture.org