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Past: Spring Term

The Local: Conversation, representation and collective organisation.

‘This was absolutely brilliant! Informative and fun, I belly laughed but it was also thought provoking. I’ve come away with lots of ideas.’

 

In light of the increasingly competitive, often polarizing ecology of contemporary art alongside national cuts to arts funding and rising higher education fees the first season of Salon 18 will place an emphasis on profiling innovative artists, thinkers, makers and academics whose often politicised work has defied these odds. The Spring Term of Salon 18 will promote a necessarily entrepreneurial approach, celebrating collective organisation and economic innovation. This season will also consider and deliberate the responsibility of artists to their immediate community and celebrate those who through their creativity have given dignity and exposure to underrepresented voices.

*Image: Rebecca Davies, ‘An Evening of Two Halves, May ’18. Image courtesy of Peter Martin

Culture Club: Lactofermenting workshop, hosted by Sean Roy Parker

Wednesday 14 March

6 – 8pm

Join us for a Lactofermenting workshop, hosted by artist Sean Roy Parker marking the launch of Bloc’s brand new Public Programme; ‘Salon 18’.

‘Eating hyper-processed foods leads to nutrient deficiency, physical lethargy and increased plastic waste. Fermenting foods reverses these effects and more! Cheap, easy and good for your gut, this DIY session will give you all the basic knowledge to get started.’

Sean Roy Parker (b. 1988, Kent) is a visual artist and social worker based in London. He studies human attitudes towards waste, material lifecycles and feelings towards the Anthropocene. Capitalising on surplus and antipathy, he distributes playful composites like chutneys, sculptures and pamphlets locally and globally through exchange. Parker is a current associate of School of the Damned and delivers collaborative workshops to fringe communities under PEFA Projects.

www.seanroyparker.com

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 Sean Roy Parker, ahead of his workshop on Weds 14th March.

If you think a one-to-one crit/feedback session with Sean 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.

Artists Talk: Liv Wynter

Wednesday 28th March

6 – 7:30pm

Liv Wynter (Surrey, 1992) is an artist, educator, activist and writer from South London. She graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2015 and has since become a notable voice within the political art scene. Wynter was Artist in Residence at Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the Education Programme for 2017-18, until she resigned to protest the invisible inequalities of the institution. She was also Artist Facilitator with Indigo Youth at Hackney Museum (2017 – 2018). Wynter recently led a group show at David Roberts Art Foundation (2017) and completed an ACE funded residency at The Royal Standard, Liverpool in 2016. She is a founding member of WHEREISANAMENDIETA and stands in solidarity with Sisters Uncut, London Anti Raids and other grassroots organisation fighting austerity and oppression.

www.livwynterartist.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 Liv Wynter, ahead of her talk on Weds 28th March.

If you think a one-to-one crit/feedback session with Liv 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.

Curators Talk: Sophie Chapman

Wednesday 4th April

6-7:30pm

Sophie Chapman is an artist & curator originally from Newcastle, currently based in London. In 2016 working for Create London, Sophie set up The White House a new artist residency and community space in Dagenham, she is currently Learning Curator for the Whitstable Biennale, Kent. Sophie shares a collaborative art practice with artist educator Kerri Jefferis. Often a recouping of staged encounters, interventions or events their work takes the form of props, drawings, performances, sound and video. They are currently exploring the relationship between the structures (social, spacial, locational, administrative) and languages (verbal, gestural, bodily) in prefigurative practices, for a new body of work. They also in a sick punk band called Molejoy. Sophie & Kerri are studio holders and coop members of Lewisham Arthouse. Their practice is foregrounded by their friendship.

www.sophiechapman.com

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 Sophie Chapman, ahead of her talk on Weds 4th April.

If you think a one-to-one crit/feedback session with Sophie 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.

Wednesday 16th May
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6 – 8:00pm
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Rebecca is an artist with a participatory practice that involves illustration, performance and event.
She has run outreach and participation projects with Turner Contemporary, South London Gallery and led the Whitechapel Community Workshops for over three years. Rebecca has collaborated with Eva Sajovic for 8 years in Elephant and Castle. They started The People’s Bureaua skills exchange in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, collaborating with organisations such as the Latin American Workers Association, LCC, Siobhan Davies Dance and Tate Modern.
The People’s Bureau was recently made an associate of Tate Exchange. Rebecca and Eva’s film Unearthing Elephant, made with writer Sarah Butler received the AHRC film award for Research in film.  Her project, The Oasis Social Club, was selected to represent Great Britain during the Mons European Capital of Culture 2015 and completed a tour of Stoke On Trent, Preston and Hull, funded by Art Council England.  Rebecca now lives in Stoke On Trent where she collaborates with artist Anna Francis and residents of Portland Street on The Portland Inn Project.

‘An evening of two halves’ : Rebecca will share her work in the first half of the evening, discussing the celebrations and challenges of working in community contexts. How we come together, and why it’s not always easy.

Then over a cold beer and large Wigan Salad, you’re invited to take part in a Worker’s Live Drawing. Part performance and part live drawing event, revellers will be catapulted into a temporary working men’s club where they will learn a whole array of non-typical drawing and recording techniques and are invited to be a part of the mise-en-scene..

www.rebeccadaviesartist.co.uk

Free, limited capacity, event registration essential: Eventbrite


Artists Talk: Yemi Awosile

Wednesday 23rd May

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