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Benjamin Orlow

Benjamin Orlow

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Abingdon Studios Project Space (ASPS)

Abingdon Studios presented an exhibition by Benjamin Orlow; the first in a series of presentations by artists delivered through Abingdon Studios’ Work/Leisure residency programme.

Bringing together new works, made whilst in residence at Abingdon Studios, Blackpool during March 2016 and recent works from the artist’s oeuvre, the exhibition continues Benjamin’s ongoing research into the body as a domestic animal.

The body as a domestic animal (ongoing since 2012) posits that ‘Leisure and self improvement are a new utopia; activities, destinations, travel and special objects are the means for achieving a happier life, being more relaxed, stress free and possibly even more productive as a result of all of this. Work and ordinary life can feel heavy but certain situations and methods exist to cancel the built up tensions and make us achieve more in life, profanely and spiritually’.

Throughout the project, Benjamin acts as an explorer, in this sought after leisure-realm, experiencing the activities and products that exist to obtain what is desired; health, improvement, new skills, new knowledge, vacation, relaxation etc.

video works can be viewed via the dedicated WORK/LEISURE website

Mark Page

Mark Page

Sodley-On-Sea

Abingdon Studios Project Space (ASPS) was pleased to have housed a new commissioned body of work by photographer Mark Page.

Sodley-On-Sea has featured as part of Enlighten festival of light in Manchester and also SPECTRA festival in Aberdeen. During its time in Blackpool the work was placed acrosss five cultural venues; Grundy Art Gallery, Central Library, Winter Gardens, Grand Theatre and Abingdon Studios and reached over 8000 visitors over the course of a week.

Sodley-On-Sea was made possible through Arts Council England and managed by Curated Place and produced by Garth Gratrix

Jayne Simpson & Claire Griffiths

In-Deference was a collaboration between studio artist Jayne Simpson and visual art photographer Claire Griffiths; exhibited in Jan 2016.

This is an ongoing project discovering re-developments and celebrating memories  in Blackpool.

This collaboration investigates time, space and place through a series of images created through new media and brings artistic disciplines together to explore and respond to a variety of sites in an ever changing landscape.

In-Difference highlights and reflects on a domestic and working history  imprinted on the memories of people and place and to some extent seeks to memorialise and catalogue these shifts and alterations in a contemporary context.

 

 

 

WORK/LEISURE Residency Programme

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Work/Leisure was a pilot programme of five residencies, inviting emerging and mid-career artists to work alongside the community of resident artists based at Abingdon Studios, Blackpool. These short term residencies were non-prescriptive and designed to enable artists to research and develop new work in the historically and culturally unique location of Blackpool.

5 artists residencies were granted and hosted by Abingdon Studios.

For further information about Work/Leisure can be found via the website

www.workleisure.org 

TestBed|ArtCOP21

Curated by Ann Carragher

As part of this years ArtCOP– A global festival of cultural activity on climate change.

In December 2016 TestBed presented an informal evening of art and critical discussion, premised on the theme of Art and Ecology, in a global and local context.
The event sought to become an impetus for recasting values, and encouraging future inquiry and discussion, where political, social, environmental and philosophical concerns are central to future practice and engagement with climate change.

 

 

 

Will Kendrick

WILL KENDRICK

YOUR LIFE IS YOURS TO CONSUME

Curated by Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects
Sept/Oct 15

Will Kendrick’s work speaks of ideas surrounding the blurring lines within our cultural methods of production and archiving. Kendrick’s wide ranging practice consistently references the collapse and parallels of time experienced in the age of the internet. The works’ diverse and eclectic appearance reflects the wide spectrum of human endeavour in our contemporary hyper-saturated, globally connected space.

The exhibition is brought to Abingdon Studios Project Space by Supercollider

For more about Will Kendrick

Grants for the Arts

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Abingdon Studios successfully received Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England for a period of 1 year.

2016 will focus on a range of activity to test bed ways which Abingdon develops in situ currently in Blackpool.

The funding will offer an employment opportunity for a residency coordinator as well as a series of commission and guest speaker funds to connect national artists with the working artists in the studio spaces.

It will also allow a focused period to explore Abingdon Studios governance structure in order to best position a sustainable contemporary space in the heart of Blackpool

One of the main aspects of the funding is to develop the WORK/LEISURE residency programme in partnership with Grundy Art Gallery

Tom Smith

Curated by UNIT Projects

Tom Smith was selected as Artist in Residence in Aug/Sep 2015 and sited at Abingdon Studios.

Smith’s practice looks at the loyalty of images to their subjects. The market, atemporality, and a desire for narrative contribute to his investigation of fidelity. Employing different techniques and strategies, television and cinema trivia are recurring subject matter; describing these peculiarities as screen bleed, he highlights the moments when images supplant the subjects they represent.

Smith developed a presentation of new works while undertaking the residency, under the title Stolen Tear.

Tom Smith (b1981, Peterborough).
Tom studied at the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins.
Exhibitions include, ‘Vulcan Point’, Embassy Gallery; ʻAdmitting The Flatsʼ, Open File, MK Gallery; ʻAmen Brotherʼ, Grand Union; and ʻBroken Replicaʼ, Stanley Picker Gallery.

Tom Smith’s website.

image courtesy of Tom Smith; Some Mistakes are Judged Differently to Others, 2015.

DESTROY BLACKPOOL

Curated by Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects
AUGUST 2015 

THERE IS GOING TO BE A SHOW; AN EXHIBITION ABOUT ART MAKING AND CONSUMPTION IN BLACKPOOL
WHICH MAY INDICATE A POSSIBLE DIRECTION FOR ITS FUTURE.

BRINGING TOGETHER LOCALLY BASED CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTISTS, THE AIM IS NOT TO CREATE AN
AUTHORITATIVE SURVEY OF ARTMAKING IN BLACKPOOL IN 2015, BUT RATHER TO CURATE AN EXHIBITION, OR
SITUATION, DESIGNED TO STIMULATE CONVERSATION AND RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT BLACKPOOL AS A
PLACE IN WHICH ARTISTS CHOOSE TO LIVE AND WORK.

sprclldrprjcts@gmail.com / www.supercolliderhq.org.uk / @sprclldrprjcts

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LeftCoast Directors Julia Turpin and Michael Trainor, ACE Chief Executive Darren Henley and Senior Relationship Manager Neil Harris at Destroy Blackpool curated by Tom Ireland of Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects.

 

 

Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Curated by UNIT Projects

Estate, a Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

JUL 16

UNIT presents a special one-off screening of Estate, a Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Estate, a Reverie tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in Hackney, London, and the Utopian promise of social housing it offered when it was built in the 1930s. Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical reenactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.

Praise for Estate, a Reverie ~

A spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity, Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community struggling to survive in a boarded-up London public housing project, long slated for demolition. Multi-layered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman’s film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness. – Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act Of Killing.