On Saturday 24th May I’m showing some videos at Black Dogs 10th Birthday Party. It’s at The New Bradford Playhouse from 8pm until late. It runs as part of the fantastic FREE city-wide festival Threadfest.
The party is an opportunity to bring together the numerous artists, musicians, performers and creatives that have been involved in the collective over the last decade.
There will be live music from Japan’s Nisennenmondai, Nottingham’s Rattle, Snack Family from London and Polymitas – a live film and improvised music collaboration from Berlin and Bradford. Further entertainment includes films, performances, games, music and installations; all devised in response to the question: ‘What’s Your Favourite Idea?’.
Over the summer this year I will be working with Pavilion and their Follies of Youth.
Pavilion is commissioning three artists – Ruth Lyons, Giles Bailey and Amelia Crouch – to respond to three landscapes in Yorkshire; Byram Park (nr. Knottingley), Stapleton Park (nr. Pontefract) and Whitley Beaumont (nr. Huddersfield). The landscapes, attributed to C18th designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, are in varying states of ruination, cultivation and industrialisation. The artist productions, titled Mapping Exercises I-III, will be produced within the landscapes throughout 2014 and exhibited at The Calder – Hepworth Wakefield in 2015.
The three artists are collaborating with The Follies of Youth, a collective of practitioners – specialising in art history, museum studies, design and fine art – who are considering the ‘lost garden’ as a site of political potential. In 2013, The Follies of Youth produced the performance Pinatopia & Mount Folly with artist Harold Offeh at Temple Newsam.
Seeking short, experimental artists’ film and video works by artists with a connection to Bradford. Selected works will be shown on the big screen in City Park as part of Bradford festival (13th-15th June 2014).
The call is for non-narrative based experimental works up to 5 minutes in duration. It is open to artists who live, work or study in Bradford or who have lived, worked or studied there in the past. Additionally for films and videos that were filmed in Bradford or that have a strong conceptual link to the city (wherever the artist is from).
Bearing in mind the context of the screening, preference will be given to works that are silent or that have an incidental soundtrack. Works must also be suitable for a family audience. Selected artists will receive a small screening fee, to be paid after the event.
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 30th April 2014.
- Your name and contact details
- What is your connection to Bradford?
- Links to up to 3 short film and video works that can be viewed online (e.g. vimeo, you tube, your website) or a link to download the files (e.g. Drop box, We Transfer etc)
- A brief description of each work (max. 100 words)
The works are being programmed by artist Amelia Crouch. Please contact email@example.com if you need any further information.
I am pleased to have been commissioned recently by Beam, Wakefield, to produce a new work for their ‘Virtual Orangery’ project. The work will be available to view online soon, but first it launches in the physical space of the real Orangery. Details below.
Starts: March 26 2014 6:30pm
Ends: March 26 2014 9:00pm
Where: the Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TG
You are warmly invited to a Reception to launch ‘The Virtual Orangery’ website and a series of new virtual commissions coinciding with the Wakefield Art Walk.
The new website includes a series of specially-commissioned online artworks in which artists have been asked to respond to the Grade II listed Orangery and its surroundings. Their work will be hosted online in a computer-generated model of the site.
The artworks include short videos by Maurice Carlin of the building and its grounds that have in turn elicited responses from the YouTube community; Giles Bailey has created a dystopian narrative of a lone protagonist in an unpopulated world; Amelia Crouch has explored language and spatial perception; and Juliet Davis and Amy Lawrence have filmed a set of site-responsive, spontaneously choreographed actions. To find out more about the artists and their work click here (PDF download).
The Reception includes short introductions to the work by Beam and the artists, as well as free refreshments.
The artists’ work will be projected throughout the Art Walk evening until 9pm.
There’s a few chances to see my work next week. First up my book launch for A Parlay at Leeds Art Gallery. A reminder that it’s on Wednesday 5th from 6.30 to 7.45pm…more details in a post below.
From 7th to 9th March it’s Leeds International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair at The Tetley. I will have several books and print works on sale plus have contributed to ‘The Imaginary Museum’ postcard exhibition. See the full programme (PDF) here: Leeds Artist Book Fair 2014
Finally on 7th March in Lancaster, my video ‘Double Over’ is being shown as part of Home Movies 7-9pm at the Assembly Rooms.
‘A Parlay’ is the outcome of a project exploring art, value and utility. Beginning with a single artwork – the sculpture ‘Atom Body Was Light’ (1964) by Liliane Lijn – artist Amelia Crouch held a series of conversations with individuals at Leeds Art Gallery. Content from the conversations has been selected, edited and manipulated to produce a new artists’ book. Limited edition, signed copies of ‘A Parlay’ will be available to purchase for £10 (cash or cheque).
6.30 pm: Book and accompanying prints, available to view and purchase.
7.00 pm: In Conversation: Artist Amelia Crouch and Curator Sarah Brown.
Please note that the launch coincides with Leeds Art Walk and the walk will be attending the launch at 7pm.
This project is kindly supported by Leeds Inspired.
The 17th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair is run by PAGES, an ongoing project of interrelated events establishing critical engagement with the medium of the artists’ book, encouraging production and awareness and establishing an arena for display and for exchange between audience and maker.
Alongside the fair there will be a series of installations and exhibitions on the themes of archive and office, stationary and document, marginalia and cataloguing, and accumulations and inventories. Plus discussions, lectures and forums.
I recently interviewed the artist Yvonne Carmichael for the new art blog Uncompromising Tang. The blog invites artists to interview an artist whom they know and these artists, in turn, interview one of their contacts. Using “a pay it forward model” of “contemporary arts criticism by artists for artists” the site is envisaged as “a tool for gathering together a global community of cultural producers.” The archive will grow over time as more artists pass it on.
Read my interview with Yvonne here.
Thursday 12 December, 7pm until late at Mexico, Leeds
I’ll be showing some of the videos I made in 2013 as part of the Christmas Scratch Night hosted by Hyde Park Picture House, Mexico and Pavilion. I have also contributed to the participatory game ‘FAKER’ devised by Black Dogs which will run throughout the evening and should be a lot of daft fun.
Proceedings include contributions by Sally Bagnall, Bare Plume and Illuminated Room, plus music, dancing and a Christmas quiz!Contact Pavilion for more info and to RSVP.