NEW WRITING WITH NEW CONTEMPORARIES

NEW CONTEMPORARIES WITH LEEDS ART GALLERY, SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, CORRIDOR 8 AND NICK THURSTON

Public Performances:

Leeds Art Gallery, Saturday 9th November 2019. Running order will be announced shortly. Book your tickets here

South London Gallery, Saturday 25th January 2020. Booking details and schedule to follow.

New Writing with New Contemporaries is developed in collaboration with Yorkshire-based artist Nick Thurston and art writing platform Corridor8. The programme forms part of New Contemporaries 70th anniversary celebrations with new innovative activity across the year.

From a shortlist generated by a prestigious group of nominators including Maria Fusco, Katrina Palmer, Bedwyr Williams and New Contemporaries alumni Harold Offeh and Heather Phillipson, six emerging artists from across the UK have been selected to participate in the programme.

The selected artists are: Jude Browning, Lucy Rose Cunningham,Freya Dooley, Malachy Harvey, Leo Hermitt and Ruby Lewis.

With writing central to the practice of each, the selected artists will receive mentoring sessions to develop new works which they will then showcase through public performances at New Contemporaries 2019 exhibition partner venues, Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery.”

(From New Contemporaries website) More info here.


WRITING PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH SAM HASLER

Current project, originating from Library Residency at g39, Cardiff in July 2019

We’ve been talking about writing a ‘novel’ together- or more accurately, a novelisation. Novelisations are films translated into novels. The book of the film, not the film of the book. They tend to be pulpy, hurriedly written and cheaply printed. There’s a lot of collectable novelisations of cult films. But there’s also one of ‘The Cable Guy’. Anything can be novelised if there's a demand for it.

We used the G39 Library to start- turning the space into a kind of writing studio, to write in a way that feels fast, intense and unnatural: in company, in conversation, editing and being edited. We are attempting to translate film into text, intentionally picking awkward material that does not translate simply. We’re currently working on a hybrid, fictionalised novelisation of Pere Portabella’s film ‘Cuadecuc, Vampir’ and the Lady Gaga documentary ‘5ft 2’ on Netflix.

On the 12th July we performed a reading-out-loud of these freshly written writes. The publication will be printed in the coming months.

More info

CUADECUC, GAGA

CURRENT


BILLBOARD COMMISSION: JASLEEN KAUR (CURATOR)

CURRENT

JASLEEN KAUR: WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY

BILLBOARD COMMISSION (curator) at Spit and Sawdust, Cardiff

14 March – 22 September 2019

In Women Hold Up Half The Sky, artist Jasleen Kaur explores postcolonial gender roles, using collage to doctor an archival image of a military gymnastics display by members of the 2nd Royal Battalion (Ludhiana Sikhs) in Waziristan. Tamed men precariously balance on each others necks, propped up by Kaur’s mother’s hand: a gesture towards her research into the invisibility of women’s voices and discovering non-masculine forms of resistance.

Much of Jasleen’s research draws upon feminist writing and the testimonies of lived experiences of women. As part of her project, she has selected a reading list of key books and reference texts which have informed her project and will be available to read at Spit & Sawdust for the duration of the commission.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky by Jasleen Kaur will run from 14 March – 22 September 2019. The Billboard Commission is sited in the outdoor yard space of Spit & Sawdust and provides a large-scale, site-specific platform for artists to develop new work within this multi-aspect venue.

The Billboard Commission is curated by Freya Dooley and supported by The Arts Council of Wales.


YELLOW BACK BOOKS

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YELLOW BACK BOOKS is a collaborative project- currently formed of Clare Charles, Freya Dooley, Louise Hobson and Becca Thomas- around artist books, book shops and experimental writing. Forthcoming events and reading groups will be announced in 2019.

www.yellowbackbooks.org