bloc projects


Ruth Levene and Ian Nesbitt – The Boundary

Thursday 07 July 2016

– Discussion – Thurs 14 July – 6pm –
– Exhibition continues to 6 August 2016 –

Join us for the preview of a new exhibition and billboard by Sheffield-based artists Ruth Levene and Ian Nesbitt, bringing together new video, photography, documentary materials and ephemera relating to their 67-mile walk following the Metropolitan District Boundary of Sheffield.

Taking 75 hours across 9 days, this journey and the artists’ subsequent research and practice charted a wide and timely exploration of issues relating to land use and the commons, heritage and sense of place.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events that open up new dialogues around the urban and rural, identifying how cities grow and expand and how this changes the very landscape we live in. These include an in-conversation event featuring the artists and landscape archaeologist Bob Johnston from the University of Sheffield, along with a talk in partnership with Preston-based curatorial programme In Certain Places, where the artists are currently in residence.

Working independently across film and video, sound, photography, cross-disciplinary research projects and socially engaged projects, Levene and Nesbitt have collaborated since 2013.

The Boundary Walk Project is supported by Arts Council England, Sheffield Town Trust, Yorkshire Visual Arts Network, a-n and In Certain Places (based at the University of Central Lancashire.)

The exhibition is the first of three projects involving artists based in Sheffield that take place at Bloc Projects throughout the Summer season.

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Ruth Levene’s practice reveals the infrastructure systems that we live by and how they shape the environment we live in. She is currently in residence with Pennine Water Group, Sheffield University and working on the participatory arts project A Field of Wheat with Anne-Marie Culhane. She has performed & exhibited at ICA (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), KIASMA (Helsinki) Northern Gallery for Contemporary (Sunderland) for AV Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts, MK Gallery (Milton Keynes) & Modern Art Oxford. She has been in residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, ACE Fellowship (Mexico) & Artsadmin 2020 (Croatia).

Ian Nesbitt’s practice is largely collaborative, focusing on exploring peripheral territories and working innovatively with marginal communities. He has been commissioned to deliver events and projects for Nottingham Contemporary, Eastside Projects (Birmingham), G39 (Cardiff), and Amorph Festival (Helsinki). His work has been screened at Oberhausen Film Festival, CCA Glasgow, CCA Moscow, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Liverpool Biennial, Glastonbury Festival and Berlin Prinzessengarten, and broadcast on BBC2, RTVE (Spain) and TG4 (Ireland). He is currently undertaking a commission at Primary in Nottingham.


Images: Courtesy of the artists.