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Life in a Northern Town: Declan Colquitt & Michaela Cullen at The Newbridge Project, Gateshead [curated by Bloc Projects x Caustic Coastal]

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The Newbridge Project, Gateshead

21 July – 21 Aug

Launch Friday 20 July, 6 – 8pm

 

For a new collaborative work, artists Michaela Cullen and Declan Colquitt explore ideas of recollection and the slippage of time through themes of Irish pilgrimage and Northern dance music. The artists will create a new installation ranging across different media including sculpture, sound and film.

 

In an attempt to define place and identity, both artists have moved backwards in time, locking into the inert temporalities of childhood, the suspended time of mythology and the acceleration of the recent past. These movements encompass remarks on delirium, displacement and lost futures.

 

A new film work will be presented by Michaela Cullen. Described by the artist as ‘sardonic sitcom pilgrimage’ this disorientating psychotropic story tries to understand friendship, upbringing and geographical landing. The three entities of the ‘Morrígna’, Badb, Macha and Nemain go on a detrimental journey of self-actualisation by way of self-accusation. The characters argue and meander in handmade costumes and are distinguished by their distorted cartoonish faces. The film is set in Hy-Brasil, a phantom island said to lie in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland. Irish myths described it as cloaked in mist except for one day every seven years, when it became visible but still could not be reached.

 

Built on site, purpose-built bleachers will loom and sulk in the space. Catholicism and organised religion are an ever present line of research in Michaela Cullen’s work, and seating is considered further in this new work. In spaces where we are manipulated to be seated, seating is created.

 

Working closely with Cullen, Declan Colquitt’s soundtrack is a visceral navigation of 00’s Northern dance culture. Through the use of early camera phones that were popular at the time, and were also instrumental in the dissemination of the music via infrared and bluetooth technologies, the artist creates a lo-fi digital soundscape which pulls in and out of Cullen’s narrative.

 

These camera phones also remain the predominant visual tool throughout the rest of Colquitt’s work, realised in unconventionally printed photographs, collages and film stills that exploit the limitations of the medium, and magnify the ambiguity or camoflauge of pixelation. These works will address the dark-vitality, nihilism and social atomisation Colquitt see’s as inextricably wrapped up in the dance music of the time.

 

As part of the exhibition, the artists will release a two part publication which will be available in the gallery and Newbridge Books following the exhibition (rebecca tbc?). Although created separately, they will attempt to theoretically bridge gaps between works in the show through research, archiving and documentation.

This project is curated by Bloc Projects, Sheffield and Caustic Coastal, Manchester.

 

 

This project forms part of The Great Exhibition of the North. For more information and a full programme of events please visit their website here.

Bloc Billboard: Alexander Glass

06 July – 01 Sept

Bloc Projects are delighted to be working with artist Alexander Glass on a Bloc Billboard commission.

Alexander Glass is a sculptor an installation artist living and working in London. Glass’s work frames an investigation into the complicated relationship between desire and masculinity through the re-presentation of sites commonly associated with the potent male body. Contemporary culture’s progression towards a greater focus on the self-image is key to the way Glass considers the nature of surface within the qualities of the works he creates. Gyms, Locker rooms, swimming pools and luxury flats have featured in the uncanny environments that transpose materiality, staging spaces that allow narrative to emerge from experience.

 

 

More information can be found via the artist’s website

Salon 18 | Artist Talk: Jasleen Kaur

Thursday 14th June

6 – 7:30pm

Jasleen Kaur (b.1986) is an artist currently living and working in London. Brought up in a traditional Sikh household in Glasgow, her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines the hierarchy of histories and labour using a range of mediums and methods including sculpture, video, conversation and cooking.

Recent and ongoing commissions include The Goethe Institute, V&A Museum, Eastside Projects, MIMA, Glasgow Women’s Library, Baltic 39 Figure Three and Art on the Underground. She was awarded the Jerwood Makers Open 2015 and her work is part of the permanent collection of the Royal College of Art and Crafts Council.

www.jasleenkaur.co.uk 

Free, limited capacity, event registration essential: Eventbrite

As part of Bloc’s Artist Development Programme, there are a small number of free one-to-one artists crits/feedback sessions available with Jasleen Kaur, ahead of her talk on Thursday 14th June.

If you think a one-to-one crit/feedback session with Jasleen would be useful to you at this time, please send just a couple of lines detailing why the opportunity is relevant to your current practice to kerry@blocprojects.co.uk
 
Please note that with respect to our current funding commitments, portfolio crits as part of Bloc’s Artist Development Programme are only available to artists and creatives living or working in Sheffield.

Salon 18 forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

Bloc Projects’ actively encourages critical as well as creative engagement with our evolving Public Programme. For all programming enquiries, contact our Public Programmes Curator Kerry Campbell : kerry@blocprojects.co.uk

Sheffield Hallam University MA Degree Show

08 June – 22 June

Launch Friday 08 June, 6 – 8

We are delighted to be hosting the Sheffield Hallam University MA Degree show for the second year in a row. The exhibition is the perfect opportunity to see the exciting work currently being made within the University and to identify some of the most exciting emerging artists graduating from Sheffield Institute of Arts.

This exhibition forms part of a larger exhibition across multiple venues across campus.

Please visit: shu.ac.uk/sia for other venues

 

Salon 18 | Artist Talk: Yemi Awosile

Wednesday 23rd May

Offsite

DINA, 32A-34 Cambridge St, Sheffield, S1 4HP

6 – 7:30pm

Yemi Awosile is a designer living and working in London. Her work is informed by cultural insights expressed through textiles and printed matter. The broader scope of her practice bridges design and visual arts through social interventions and community projects.

Recent projects include artist in residence at Thornwood Care Home in Bexhill-on-Sea in collaboration with De La Warr Pavilion, as well as collaborations with Bernie Grant Centre, Tent Rotterdam, Tate, Contemporary And (C&) magazine, Design Museum, ICA, Crafts Council; British Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

She trained as a textile designer at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art. She is a textiles lecturer at Loughborough University and a visiting tutor at the University of the Arts, London.

www.yemiawosile.co.uk

Free, limited capacity, event registration essential: Eventbrite

 

 

Bloc Projects is proud to maintain a public programme that is free for everyone. However, visitors are encouraged to consider bringing along an item to donate to the local Foodbank. For the Spring/Summer season of our public programme we will proudly be collecting basic toiletries and food (packets, tinned or dried) for The S2 Foodbank. For a full list of suggested/much needed items please see: http://s2foodbank.org.uk/#help

 

Salon 18 forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

 

 

Bloc Projects’ actively encourages critical as well as creative engagement with our evolving Public Programme. For all programming enquiries, contact our Public Programmes Curator Kerry Campbell : kerry@blocprojects.co.uk