Turning Point SW and Alias are opening up opportunities for artists to build greater collaborative opportunities through 'ALIAS HUBS'.
The Alias Hubs have been characterized by openness and simplicity. They create opportunities and space for making individual connections and network building. Delivered in partnership with Turning Point South West the Alias Hubs will host short presentations form invited speakers that will provide discussion points for more open dialogue and conversation – the heart of the hub.
The hubs described here are intended to represent launch events for the hosting partners, which will lead to on-going, self-sustaining hub programmes. For more information about Alias or hub events please contact the team: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Meantime – Please note this event has already run.
Meantime is an independent, artist-run project-space located in central Cheltenham presenting a a programme of artists' residencies, film screenings, live music, workshops and public events, providing a platform for active engagement, dialogue and exchange in current art practice. It provides a practical and critical environment for artists to realize new work, supporting enquiry and experimentation over commodity and market-driven production, and activity and discussion over the routine display and consumption of art. Drawing on the success of it's Alias Hub lunch time networking socials Meantime Project Space hosted an Alias Hub Plus event at in December 2011. Artist Louisa Fairclough and Meantime co-ordinator Sarah B discussed their intensive association and the collaborative process this year and the developments that have seen the work travel from Meantime to the Danielle Arnaud Gallery. www.meantime.org.uk
2. Bridport Arts Centre – 6pm, Tuesday 28th February 2012
This hub is inviting artists in the Bridport area to share food, wine, projects and ideas. All those working in visual arts, film, sound, textiles, music, craft etc are welcome to attend. www.bridport-arts.com
3. Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre & Reveal, Somerset – 4-6pmWednesday 7th March 2012
This hub will begin with a short 'in-conversation' between Neil Walker of Stroud Valley Arts, Simon Lee Dicker of The Old School Room, West Coker and Rachel Dobbs of Come to Ours and dxdx studios, Plymouth. The panel will explore different ways to set-up and maintain independent spaces such as studios, galleries and project spaces.
Reveal Somerset is a partnership between Brewhouse Visual Arts, Somerset Art Works and Somerset Film. Its aim is to raise the proﬁle of visual arts in Somerset through promotion of collaborative, socially engaged practice, through joint working between curators and County arts bodies, through building links with national/international artists and organisations.
Alias will host the Hub in collaboration with two existing Reveal peer support initiatives. There will be a short presentation about an ongoing project in which these artist-led groups are working with an independent curator.
4. Spike Island, Bristol – 6pm, Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 29th May 2012
There is a positive fit between the Alias Hubs and the ‘What to expect from…’ series, which have been programmed by the Associates and Spike Island Associate Co-ordinator Lucy Drane in response to a demand for professional practice sessions based on real life scenarios. They aim to be stimulating, generate debates and demystify certain roles and art world conventions. They also encourage inter-sector dialogue.
Alias will collaborate on two of the events - ‘What to expect from a curator’ and ‘What to expect from a writer’.
5. Plymouth College of Art – Tuesday 20th March 2012
Artist Steven Paige and curator Matt Burrows will introduce this Hub with a short in-conversation that will discuss how they worked together in staging Steven's recent exhibtiion The ties that bind me to my brothers are not wrapped around my wrists, but rather are fastened to my heart at Exeter Phoenix. How do an artist and curator work together during a project’s develop to maintain the integrity of the artwork and meet the aims of the institution?
Plymouth College of Art is one of only four independent art schools in the UK and one of the partners in the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium (PVAC). They have recently played a role in bringing the British Art Show to Plymouth.
6. CAZ (Cornwall Autonomous Zone) – TBC
CAZ Artist led space co-ordinated by Andy Whall, Ian Whitford and Rebecca Weeks will facilitate a dialogue between the Cornwall Programme and regional artists and Cornwall Programme board including Sarah Black from Project Base. CAZ supports the development of contemporary art practice in Cornwall by providing artists and their national/international peers access to a creative hub offering opportunities to exhibit, dialogue, collaborate, network and engage critically.
7. Artsite – Thursday 29th March 2012
Artsite exists to encourage the practice of art through education, provision of resource and peer support. As one of the few artist-led space in Wiltshire, we have identified Artsite as a pivotal hub location to explore. Alias have worked with Artsite over a number of years to develop their organisation. They now have a central role for artists in Swindon and play an active role in their community. However, they feel disconnected from a wider art world. Following a brief presentation tracing the history of Artsite’s development, artist Steven Paige, who is based in Cornwall, will talk about the way that artists build a context for their practice through their networks, working outwards from their localities to develop connections nationally and internationally.
8. Aune Head Arts – TBC
Aune Head Arts are an artist-led organisation who commission work in rural settings nationally, support arts practice and work closely with local communities on Dartmoor. This event will tap into their existing monthly DIY lunch event. This will be an open session for artists from across the region to present their work and receive peer critique.
9. Millers Farm – TBC
Millers Farm is an 11 acre permaculture smallholding near Blakeney in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The farm is home to artists, Sue Chudley and David Gooding who have developed it to include a project space and facilities for bronze casting.
10. University College Falmouth – TBC
Robert Gawthrop artist, artist curator and head of fine art MA at falmouth university will open discussions around the recent developments in various new artist led projects and activities in the Falmouth area including Electronic Villages and School of Noises.
School of Noises is a platform for contemporary experimental music and sound art based in Falmouth. Through a monthly performance they bring together musicians, artists and audiences from a variety of backgrounds, creating a social context for and critical discussion surrounding the work.
Electronic Village Galleries is a pilot research project funded by Arts Council England that aims to develop a distributed platform that links together local art communities within Cornwall with networked and new media art and its communities.