Six experimental projects developed by artists and museums new to working together.
David Bridges is a multi-disciplinary artist working in film, installation, photography, ceramics and sculpture. His work is strongly influenced by his experience of cinema and the ‘cinematic experience’ - he describes it as ‘like cinema’ and ‘not like cinema’. Bridges has developed an on-going examination of cinema’s codes and conventions, boundaries and limitations, pleasures and possibilities.
Centred on the theme of memory, Bridges’ work as a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs) at Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds, will comprise a series of porcelain sculptures illuminated from within, each a repository of thought, of a real memory. Described by the artist as ‘filmic sculpture’ the work will address experience, passion, love and fear, which is outside of material concern.
Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills charts the industrial history of the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. From manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, the museum’s collections document the industries that made the city world famous.
Whilst recording the sound of the corn mill at Armley Mills, artist David Bridges began to think about what lies behind the materiality of the mill and the machinery that fills its spaces. As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Bridges will create filmic sculpture reflecting upon the people who inhabited the mill space over the centuries.
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Hannah Leighton-Boyce completed her MA in Textiles (Fine Art) at Manchester School of Art in 2012. At the centre of her work is an enquiry into the way time and place are felt, experienced and constructed. Notions of presence, absence and liminality are central to both her working method, site based works and off-site responses.
As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Leighton-Boyce, whose works are often developed in response to or specific to a site, will be creating a response to the off-site collections store of the museum which is on the site of a factory that made woodworking tools and machinery for local trades and craftsmen. Her response aims to explore the nature of the archive and how materials, objects and places bear witness to time passing.
Touchstones is an arts and heritage centre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Comprising gallery space, museum, local studies centre and education services, it presents a changing programme of exhibitions and events.
As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce will develop a series of works in response to, and situated within, the off-site collections store which houses majority of the museum’s collections. She will also make an exhibition for Touchstones Rochdale.
Matthew Benington’s practice uses a corroborative, accrued collection of personal, biased, doubtlessly mythologised and historical ‘truths’. He operates within the field of disguise, turning recognisable subjects and objects unrecognisable through hyper detailed revelations.
Both Benington and his collaborator on this project, Richard Baines, address the mystery of objects and subjects, blurring distinctions of new and old, increasing curiosity by creating work that holds a tactile fascination for its audience. Both are storytellers whose output is cutting edge, whilst toying with the quirks of nostalgia through high quality craftsmanship.
Commissioned by Field Notes as beneficiaries of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Benington and Baines will create new work in response to the collections of Penryn Museum, Penryn, Cornwall.
The historic port of Penryn is one of the most ancient towns in Cornwall, pre-dating its near-neighbour Falmouth. Situated on the Penryn river and Fal estuary, the town was mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086 and has a rich and varied history.
Penryn Museum’s collection links to the industry of ancient ports. Its connotations of the foreign and the faraway, alongside the narrative of an old and close-knit Cornish community, led curatorial agency Field Notes to commission the artists Richard Baines and Matthew Benington as beneficiaries of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs). Baines and Benington will make new work in response to Penryn Museum’s collections.
Nancy J Clemance is a socially-engaged artist and performative curator. Her arts practice involves text, printing and performative work and has an inter-generational focus.
As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Clemance will spend six months researching Bridport Museum’s rope and net-focused Sanctuary Collection. She will initiate conversations with local community members about potential multiple or large scale ideas for rope and net-based fabrication, developing two options to be determined by the community.
Read Nancy Clemance's Bridport Knots project blog.
The Dorset market town of Bridport has its origins in Saxon times. The town has an 800-year history of rope and net making, with production continuing to the present day.
Bridport Museum’s yet-to-be-displayed rope and net-based Sanctuary Collection is rare in its comprehensive documentation of an industry. The collection will be the starting point for work by socially-engaged artist Nancy J Clemance. As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Clemance will research the objects and archive and initiate conversations with the community, leading to work that is meaningful to the community and to her own practice.
Richard Baines’ work takes inspiration from books and tribal objects found in museums. He creates re-imagined hand-made, hand-painted replicas as part of his deconstructed painting practice.
Both Baines and his collaborator on this project, Matthew Benington, address the mystery of objects and subjects, blurring distinctions of new and old, increasing curiosity by creating work that holds a tactile fascination for its audience. Both are storytellers whose output is cutting edge, whilst toying with the quirks of nostalgia through high quality craftsmanship.
Commissioned by Field Notes as beneficiaries of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Baines and Benington will create work in response to the collections of Penryn Museum, Penryn, Cornwall.
Tim Shore studied Graphic Design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic (1984) and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art (2002). He works with moving image, drawing, text, and installation.
Shore’s practice is concerned with the impact of technology on society and the individual. Recent work has explored the relationship of craft to the digital and examined the corporeal presence of the maker – evidenced in measurement, materiality, movement and form – and its incremental translation and replacement by the tool, machine and computer.
As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Shore is making an artists’ film installation for The Workhouse, Southwell.
Blind Spot is a short film that will be projected onto a screen in one of the small empty rooms of the Workhouse.
More details about Blind Spot coming soon.
The Workhouse, Southwell (National Trust) is the most complete workhouse in existence. Built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute, its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.
The rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates. They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women and children
The stories of those who lived and worked here in the 1840s help bring the building to life and prompt reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.
New Opportunities Award beneficiary Tim Shore is creating an artist's film installation with The Workhouse as part of New Expressions 3.
Tristram Aver is an artist and curator based in Nottingham, UK. Aver has been involved in activities ranging from album/single cover artwork for The Cooper Temple Clause breakthrough album 'Kick Up The Fire and Let The Flames Break Loose', to producing the visuals for BBC projects
As a beneficiary of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), Aver is developing new work And stand a ruin amid ruins (working title). The work will explore the collections, artworks, decorative arts and historic legacy of Newstead Abby, Nottinghamshire – the ancestral home of Romantic poet Lord Byron – through innovative painting. Using late eighteenth and early nineteenth century painting references of ‘Britishness’, the artist will use popular iconography to re-examine the British landscape and create an altered view of contemporary urban living.
Watch a video of Tristram Aver discussing his project on the Live Season 2015 page.
Founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century, Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire retains much of its medieval character. The house is perhaps best known as the ancestral home of Romantic poet, Lord Byron, and is home to the Byron Collection of objects, letters and manuscripts connected to the poet.
As beneficiaries of New Expressions’ New Opportunities Awards (NOAs), artist Tristram Aver and Newstead’s curator Haidi Jackson will undertake collaborative research, allowing Aver to create new work in response to the building, collection, the history of the Abbey and its former residents.