Thursday 4th August. 18:00 – 19:30
Sculpture, Multiplicity, Uniqueness. A shared conversation with BAS9 artist Katie Schwab and Manchester-based artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce.
About this event
In her 1968 essay ‘Sculpture, Multiplicity, Uniqueness’, artist Mitzi Cunliffe reflects on her experience producing artworks in a factory setting, and the works’ relation to architecture, handcrafting and social production. Cunliffe’s work and writing provides a starting point for this discussion between artists Hannah Leighton-Boyce and Katie Schwab. Between 2019-21, Hannah Leighton-Boyce undertook an Art in Manufacturing residency at Darwen Terracotta & Faience in Blackburn, a factory that specialises in traditional terracotta restoration, bespoke architectural facades, abstract ceramic glazes, handcrafted faience tiles, and sanitary ware. This talk will explore her exhibition as part of National Festival of Making, ‘Articulations’, in relation to Katie’s research for BAS9, considering ideas of abstraction, handcrafting, restoration, and the role of bodies in factory production.The event will include a screening of the moving image work ‘(After Yvonne Rainer) Compassionate attention’ (2022) by Hannah Leighton-Boyce.Image credit: Danny Allison
The National Festival of Making, Art in Manufacturing Exhibition: Articulations
Articulations showcases a body of work developed through my Art in Manufacturing residency at Darwen Terracotta & Faience. The work is being presented at the Cotton Exchange in Blackburn, part of the National Festival of Making Programme on the 11th and 12th June from 11am to 5pm.
I began my Art in Manufacturing residency with Darwen Terracotta in 2019, working intermittently through 2020 & 2021, and up to this time. The necessary extended nature of this placement allowed me to explore a range of ideas and reflect on working in a factory at this moment; most recently considering what it means to work slowly and with care in this context and to reflect on being ‘unproductive’ in a highly productive setting.
Throughout the embedded residency, my work has developed with consideration towards objects that have a supportive function and material remnants that hold this memory in their form and surface; impressions often caused by the processes of pressing, settling, slipping, and yielding of one material and/or action and another. The exhibition will showcase some of the works developed through the residency, including the most curved plaster forms made by the process of ‘running’ plaster, which consider articulations and gestures of the body within space.
For more information about Art in Manufacturing Season 4: https://festivalofmaking.co.uk/projects/art-in-manufacturing-season-4/
Download the Art in Manufacturing Programme: https://festivalofmaking.co.uk/whats-on/download-the-art-in-manufacturing-programme/
Download The National Festival of Making programme and map: NFM22 Programme Tabloid_web
Opening dates and times:
At this time the Cotton Exchange is undergoing refurbishment works and as such long-term level access will be designed into the building however in the short term the building is not fully suitable for people who use a wheelchair and those with restricted mobility.
Hepworth Reserach Network: Online Symposium 15th October 2021 2-5pm On the 15th October 2021 I’ll be speaking at the symposium: Contemporary Artists and Barbara Hepworth organised by the Hepworth Research Network
Para-lab report 2021 (23rd to 25th September) and para-lab mini symposium – Rogue Project Space Saturday 25th September, 2 – 4pm
para-lab invite you to join us as we come together to display and discuss a series of ongoing collaborations between artists and scientists.
The report will be presented through artefacts accumulated from the process of collaboration, as well as workshops and a mini-symposium (free) registration on Eventbrite) to contextualise the work.The weekend acts as a marker along the path of long-term, open-ended collaborations and a platform for the participants and the public to get together in real life after so long operating only online.
Open to the public: Rogue Project Space,
Artists and scientists from the para-lab working groups present and discuss the process of collaboration so far. The event is open to anyone who would like to come along, and you are welcome to take part in the discussion or just listen in. The event is free and will also be streamed online. More details and registration on Eventbite
Interdisciplinary Residency at Hospitalfield.
From the 16th – 29th August, I will be travelling up to Arbroath, Scotland to join seven other artists for two weeks on The Interdisciplinary Programme at Hospitalfield.
My residency is being funded through a recently awarded DYCP grant from Arts Council England and, is part of a wider 3-month project to develop some pieces of writing that she tentatively began last year and, to explore this alongside and in relation to my studio practice.
White Columns Online: The Position of the Sun in the Sky Curated by Bridget Finn, April 15–June 7, 2021
Participating Artists: Fadi al-Hamwi, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Liz Linden, Kylie Lockwood, Robert Rhee, Martin Roth, Jesse Stecklow, Ryo Tomoda, Al Wong.