Ambiguous Implements

July 2017 - April 2018  Curating

Bringing together 17 practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, metalwork, and contemporary sculpture Ambiguous Implements is a touring exhibition that presents a playful collection of works, evocatively subverting, reframing and reconsidering the familiar items of our day to day domestic life. The exhibition and accompanying events programme seeks to bring new perspectives to bare on the everyday tools we use for eating, grooming and cleaning.

The exhibition opened at Roco Cooperative Sheffield on 6th July 2017 and toured to the different venues of B&B Project Space Folkestone (28th October-19th November), Vittoria Street Gallery, Birmingham City University (29th November - 18th December) and Touchstones Rochdale (May 2018). Two symposia accompany the exhibition programme Crafting the Contemporary at Folkestone Museum on Saturday 28th of October and Rethinking Domestic Design at The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University on Wednesday 29th November

The project has been developed in collaboration with the contemporary jeweller Rachael Colley and interdisciplinary artist Nuala Clooney. Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Studio Dust.

Dining Events

Current   Curating

In conjunction with the publication project FEAST a series of curated dining events have been developed, using the structure of a meal as a framework to engaging with different creative practices.

  • Going Public -
    A meal celebrating the opening of The Napoleone Collection at Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale. Throughout the evening food was eaten from crockery, cultery and servingware made by artists Edwina Ashton, Nuala Clooney, Rachael Colley, Matt Rowe, Heather &  Ivan Morison,  Marie Toseland and Jonathan Tratye. The table cloths were designed and printed by Daniel Fogarty and an audio accompaniment for the meal was recorded by Franziska Lantz. The menu’s and place settings were designed by Studio Dust.
  • Snafling - An evening of food and conversation developed with the artist Jonathan Trayte in response to his exhibition PolyCulture at The Tetley Leeds. The evening included readings by artists Kit Poulson, Niamh Riordan and writer Stephen Hepplestone.
  • The Devil’s Supper - an evening meal exploring the making and eating of food in the life and work of Anthony Burgess. The meal was devised in collaboration with Manchester chef Mary Ellen McTague. The artist Marie Toseland was commissioned to produce a new film work for the event and a series of readings were performed by Dr. Sam Ilingworth, Dr. Angelica Michelis and Susannah Worth alongside musical performances by the tenor Timothy Langston.
  • Kentucky Cuisine - an evening of food from the Deep South by street food chef Malachy O’Connor served in conjunction with film screenings by artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan

The Devil’s Supper - Anthony Burgess, autobiography and food.

March - May 2016  Curating

An exhibition at the Anthony Burgess Foundation Manchester. Bringing together writings, recipes, and interviews from the Foundation’s archive with a selection of cookery books and serving ware from Special Collections Manchester Metropolitan University the exhibition celebrated the food of Burgess’s north: the rich brown of strong tay, hot pot, and HP sauce. Funded by Arts Council England.

Pala

January 2014 - December 2015  Curating

A programme of film and video broadcasts exploring the notion of interruption within the everyday. Broadcasts were transmitted directly to an individual’s computer screen, visually interrupting the desktop. The broadcasts included both newly commissioned and existing artworks that resonated with the project theme of interruption. 

Cacotopia

May 2014  Curating

An exhibition and film programme exploring Burgess’s use of the term Cacotopia. Participating artists included Ulf Aminde, Aline Bouvy & John Gillis, Franziska Lantz, Jen Lui, Rebecca Lennon, Elisabeth Molin, Heather & Ivan Morison & David Wojtowycz. Developed with funding from Arts Council England.

59.14 N 3.34 W

April 2012  Curating

A performative event on The Brough of Birsay, a small tidal island off of the west coast of mainland Orkney. The event was devised following a curatorial residency at The Erland Williamson Art Fellowship supported by The Orkney Cultural Fund. Participating artists included Sovay Berriman, Franziska Lantz & Matt Rowe.

SEVEN SITES

August 2011 - August 2012  Curating

Working in collaboration with theatre practitioner Swen Steinhauser a series of performance and installation works were staged in different spaces across Manchester and Salford providing minor interruptions to the everyday contexts of each chosen site. The series was launched with a performance by Edwina Ashton and subsequently supported the development of new works by Franziska Lantz, Giles Bailey, Salford Lids, Sian Robinson Davies, Amy Feneck & Antonia Low, culminating in a work by Quarantine Theatre Company. The project was funded by Arts Council England and supported by Salford University. 

The Doers, The Drifters & The Dreamers

November 2010  Curating

A weekend festival of music, visual art and performance curated in response to Studs Terkel’s aural history project Working – People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The weekend included works by Ruth Beale, Cupola Bobber, Maurice Carlin, Sian Robinson Davies, Ruth Ewan, FORT, The Grubby Mitts, Claire Blundell Jones, Aiden Jolly, Juneau Projects, Peter Harrison, Phil Stanier, David Williams & UHC. The weekend was developed with funding from Arts Council England.