Monthly Archives: January 2013

mima – 1st event

With mima’s help we have selected a range of local businesses, industries and educators to get involved in an exciting new mima adventure.

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My award comprises an artist residency culminating in a commission in the public realm. At mima this will be in response to Middlesbrough, local people, communities and industry.  The work will take pride of place in mima’s garden as a semi-permanent sculpture, incorporating sound and forming part of mima’s collection.

To begin the project we are hosting a special event this week, a drink reception followed by an introduction of my work. I will discuss my practice and opportunities to welcome everyone and they organisation and invite them to get involved with the project. I will offer a numerous exciting opportunities to follow for people to be part of, including workshops, artist talks and one off bespoke sessions in mima and/or their place of work.

The end of this week I very much looking forward to meting with the Mayor of Middlesbrough.

Mottisfont Abbey

I have been selected to develop new site-specific work for the artSOUTH project at Mottisfont Abbey. I will be working in partnership with valued retired staff member John Surplice and this project will take place in consultation with Forestry Commission conservation staff, Mottisfont Estate staff and the Art Office at Test Valley District Council.

Employing nature as both subject and medium, these ambitious and poignant contemporary art installations will offer a poetic rupture in the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey and beyond. The work will encourage visitors to view the past in a new way, and will highlight the sensitive balance at play between present, past and future. As such, in addition to the creation of visually striking interventions, these pieces will also deepen engagement with and appreciation of the rich historical and cultural heritage of Mottisfont Abbey.

The aims of the artSOUTH projects are to instigate engaging and innovative collaborative commissions of the highest quality, for indoor and outdoor non-gallery locations across central southern England in Autumn 2013.

artSOUTH has developed from the ambition of several key contemporary art venues in the wider Hampshire area to work in partnership, combined with the commitment of Hampshire County Council for Hampshire to be recognised as a county where people of all ages have the opportunity to experience high quality contemporary visual art in a variety of distinctive settings and to encourage a vibrant and active artist community and a diverse and engaged audience.

The partnership currently consists of 15 organisations, including local authorities, universities, art schools and independent arts organisations.


2013 Alexandra Reinhardt Award

I have won another great project. I have been appointed to undertake the 2013 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) Artist Residency at mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. The residency award provides an opportunity for an artist to inspire young people by enabling them to interact in the making of an artwork in the public realm.

During the ten week residency, starting at the end of January I will be working closely with mima’s Creative Apprentices. With mima’s help we will develop an education programme with young people and their families, local industries and businesses, leading to the creation of a sculptural sound work to be installed in mima’s garden in autumn 2013. The work will also become part of mima’s collection.

The award was established in 2005 in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt who died in 2004 aged 43 having battled with a rare blood disorder and profound deafness all her life. It is currently facilitated by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.


I am representing Macedonia in Venice

I am delighted to announce that I am representing Macedonia at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. I have been appointed by the Ministry of Culture in Macedonia to present an exhibition of new work in Venice between 1st June and 24th November 2013 (with the press and preview between 29 May and 31 May 2013). I am working with Ana Frangovska, curator at the National Gallery of Macedonia.

The Venice Biennale is the most prestigious international visual arts festival in the world. Established in 1895 the visual art Biennale is the longest running public not for profit (although sales are now encouraged) festival which has hosted exhibitions by all of the worlds most highly regarded artists. Macedonia’s first participation at the Venice Biennale was in 1993, following independence from Yugoslavia in 1992, which followed the initial Balkan conflict of 1989/92. Today the Biennale includes exhibitions of work by high caliber artists from around the world, organised into three sections; National Pavilions (89 in 2011) where cultural organisations curate selected artist(s) in the Giardini and in venues around the city; The Biennale’s invited Director (Massimiliani Gioni in 2013) who will curate a major international exhibition in the Italian Pavilion and the Arsenale; and the Collateral Events where cultural institutions from around the world propose projects and events for the Biennale, and which are hosted in venues around the city.