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Ralph Dorey

Organs for Water

It is a short film about things like Buffy The Vampire Slayer on the beach, joining the police or joining a gang, the beach, finding a job or losing a job, falling in love or just being friends, getting wasted at school, in the cinema or on the beach, being a monster but not worrying what other people think, giving up on work and leisure and just playing.

Organs for Water (2016) was developed as part of WORK/LEISURE: a programme of five residencies conceived and delivered by Abingdon Studios in 2016.

Ralph Dorey was the second artist in residence as part of WORK/LEISURE.

The screening of Organs for Water coincided with the opening of two new exhibitions at Grundy Art Gallery; Jenny Steele: An Architecture of Joy and Louise Giovanelli; From Here to Here (Part 2)

WORK/LEISURE was funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and supported by LeftCoast, Blackpool Council and Grundy Art Gallery

Adam Bassanta

Adam Bassanta

A few familiar objects

Canadian artist Adam Bassanta undertook a micro residency at Abingdon Studios in 2016 as part of ?Other Worlds Festival funded by Arts Council England and supported by Abingdon Studios and Supercollider.

Bassanta’ recent work exclusively makes use of objects from the world of commercial sound reproduction technologies. Disrupting their technical and economic functions, thus nullifying their potential as instruments of mass communication, these objects are transformed into sculptural sound? producing centrepieces.

In 2017 Adam Bassanta was winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize with ‘The Curtain’ whose prototype was developed during this week residency.



Benjamin Orlow

WORK/LEISURE: Benjamin Orlow


Abingdon Studios Project Space (ASPS)

Abingdon Studios presented an exhibition by Benjamin Orlow; the first in a series of presentations by artists delivered through Abingdon Studios’ Work/Leisure residency programme.

Bringing together new works, made whilst in residence at Abingdon Studios, Blackpool during March 2016 and recent works from the artist’s oeuvre, the exhibition continues Benjamin’s ongoing research into the body as a domestic animal.

The body as a domestic animal (ongoing since 2012) posits that ‘Leisure and self improvement are a new utopia; activities, destinations, travel and special objects are the means for achieving a happier life, being more relaxed, stress free and possibly even more productive as a result of all of this. Work and ordinary life can feel heavy but certain situations and methods exist to cancel the built up tensions and make us achieve more in life, profanely and spiritually’.

Throughout the project, Benjamin acts as an explorer, in this sought after leisure-realm, experiencing the activities and products that exist to obtain what is desired; health, improvement, new skills, new knowledge, vacation, relaxation etc.

video works can be viewed via the dedicated WORK/LEISURE website

Mark Page

Mark Page


Abingdon Studios Project Space (ASPS) was pleased to have housed a new commissioned body of work by photographer Mark Page.

Sodley-On-Sea has featured as part of Enlighten festival of light in Manchester and also SPECTRA festival in Aberdeen. During its time in Blackpool the work was placed acrosss five cultural venues; Grundy Art Gallery, Central Library, Winter Gardens, Grand Theatre and Abingdon Studios and reached over 8000 visitors over the course of a week.

Sodley-On-Sea was made possible through Arts Council England and managed by Curated Place and produced by Garth Gratrix

Jayne Simpson & Claire Griffiths

In-Deference was a collaboration between studio artist Jayne Simpson and visual art photographer Claire Griffiths; exhibited in Jan 2016.

This is an ongoing project discovering re-developments and celebrating memories ?in Blackpool.

This collaboration investigates time, space and place through a series of images created through new media and brings artistic disciplines together to explore and respond?to a variety of sites in an ever changing landscape.

In-Difference highlights and reflects on a domestic and working history ?imprinted on the memories of people and place and to some extent seeks to memorialise and catalogue these shifts and alterations in a contemporary context.




WORK/LEISURE Residency Programme

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Work/Leisure was a pilot programme of five residencies, inviting emerging and mid-career artists to work alongside the community of resident artists based at Abingdon Studios, Blackpool. These?short term residencies were non-prescriptive and designed to enable artists to research and develop?new work in the historically and culturally unique location of Blackpool.

5 artists residencies were granted and hosted by Abingdon Studios.

For further information about Work/Leisure can be found via the website



Curated by Ann Carragher

As part of this years ArtCOP– A global festival of cultural activity on climate change.

In December 2016 TestBed presented an informal evening of art and critical discussion, premised on the theme of Art and Ecology, in a global and local context.
The event sought to become an impetus for recasting values, and encouraging future inquiry and discussion, where political, social, environmental and philosophical concerns are central to future practice and engagement with climate change.




Will Kendrick



Curated by Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects
Sept/Oct 15

Will Kendrick’s work speaks of ideas surrounding the blurring lines within our cultural methods of production?and archiving. Kendrick’s wide ranging practice consistently references the collapse and parallels of time experienced in the age?of the internet. The works’ diverse and eclectic appearance reflects the wide spectrum of human?endeavour in our contemporary hyper-saturated, globally connected space.

The exhibition is brought to Abingdon Studios Project Space by Supercollider

For more about Will Kendrick

Grants for the Arts


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