Category: Liverpool

(Dis)ordering the City

(Dis)ordering the City: Buildings, Bodies and Urban Space

Emily Speed in conversation with Duncan Light

As part of the Practising Place programme, In Certain Places is proud to present an evening with artist Emily Speed in conversation with human geographer Dr Duncan Light, hosted by the Bluecoat.

Panoply

The event will focus on the making and reshaping of urban space. In particular, it will explore the relationship between official urban planning processes and the subversion of city spaces by the people who use them. Drawing upon their own creative and academic research, Speed and Light

will examine the ways in which urban spaces are performed, and how certain practices – such as walking, urban exploration and the creation of ‘desire lines’ – might be viewed as tactics for ‘disordering’ the city.

Dr Duncan Light is senior lecturer in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University. A human geographer by background, he worked for 20 years in Liverpool before moving to Bournemouth. He has research interests in urban landscapes, particularly in Romania (a country he has visited regularly for more than 20 years). In particular, his research has explored the efforts to remake the ‘official public landscape’ created by Romania’s communist regime in the post-communist period. He has published papers on these issues in a range of journals and has also contributed chapters to a number of recent edited volumes about post-communist change.

Practising Place is a programme of public conversations, designed to examine the relationship between art practice and place. Each event is hosted at a different venue and explores a specific aspect of place by bringing artists together with people from different backgrounds, who share a common area of interest.

Practising Place forms part of the In Certain Places project, which is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at the University of Central Lancashire, and is funded by the Arts Council of England.

(Image: Detail from ‘Panoply’ by Emily Speed – a commissioned work, made for the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of the TOPOPHOBIA exhibition. Photo by Mark Reeves.)

Sfogliatelle – a print

My new print (made with amazing printmaker Emma Gregory) Sfogliatelle is currently on sale at the Bluecoat to help raise money for the Print Studios.  Each print is £120 (unframed) and they are available to purchase from Tickets & Information in the hub.

Sfogliatelle

Sfogliatelle by Emily Speed, Ten-layer Screen Print, 2013, Limited Edition of 50

About the work:

Sfogliatelle (a type of Italian pastry and meaning ‘many leaves/layers’) continues to explore a sculptural work Facades/Flats that Emily Speed made in Rome in 2012. Façades/Flats looked at the layers of theatrical façades that exist within a city, especially those whose bricks, design or size communicate power and clearly signify exclusion. Speed is also interested in the ever-changing nature of cities and how quickly buildings appear and disappear. In the print, several layers do not really exist; they are made using only negative space and hopefully create a slippery space that one can never be totally certain about.

www.emilyspeed.co.uk

http://liverpoolprintmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

Blue Room

I wanted to share this amazing work by Jo, a member of Blue Room, an arts service for people with learning difficulties that runs three days a week at the Bluecoat. I visited them while Topophobia was on, and they came into the gallery a couple of times to see me performing inside my work.

They responded to my work by making small environments in boxes and, in the case of Jo, making a full-body costume. There are even small holes in the headpiece where her hair can come through. Amazing!

SPECTRUM

Also this Thursday – SPECTRUM opens at Wolstenholme Creative Space and my Portable Reading Room will get an outing.

Thursday 10 May, from 6pm

Gallery Opening Hours Fri – Sun, 12-4pm

ADMISSION FREE

WCS Presents | As part of Liverpool Art Month WCS Presents SPECTRUM: 15 solo exhibitions, with 5 Liverpool based Artists, Duos and Collectives from various stages of their careers, exhibiting each week.

A hugely eclectic, unique and exciting roster has been formed that will exhibit work that together spans the myriad of practice, process, medium and concept that makes up the landscape of creative practitioners in a ‘post-08′ Liverpool.

Noisy, political, personal, humorous, intelligent and determined – a reflection of the city’s current creative community.

Artists

Adriana Galuppo | Dan Simpkins + Penny Whitehead | Emily Speed | Jason Haynes | Julieann O’Malley | Jo Hicks | Kevin Hunt | Mike Aitken | Nicki McCubbing | Penny Davenport | Rhonda Davies | Ria Fell | Roly Carline | Tomo | Tony Knox

Download SPECTRUM PDF

Nothing is Finished, Nothing is Perfect, Nothing Lasts

After a lot of problem solving (budget + huge wall + fabrication + safety etc = this), I spent a really fun couple of days in March planning and making the work with Philip Hutfield from McD Marketing Ltd and Corian® using Cutting Edge plc’s amazing workshop for fabrication.

It’s made using Corian®, the same material the wall is clad in. We baked the material in a sheet 2.5 metres long (big oven) and used a mould to create the soft loop shape while the Corian® was still pliable. The work was fixed to the wall using silicone – in the same way that windows are fixed into skyscrapers. Some images to give you an idea before I get chance to document the work properly.

A huge thanks to Phil for all his hard work on the project. It will be up at Open Eye Gallery until September 2nd, unless the silicone is so strong it has to stay permanently! The work is part of the external wall, so can be seen outside of gallery opening hours, although the exhibitions inside are well worth a visit.

CUTTING EDGE ///  CORIAN® /// OPEN EYE GALLERY

Panoply schedule & review

Denis Joe has written a review of the exhibition on Manchester Salon.

A few dates if you’d like to catch me performing in Panoply before the exhibition closes on 22nd April. I shall also be doing an informal Walk & Talk event at the Bluecoat on Thursday, you can reserve a free place on their website here if you’d like to attend.

Performance schedule:

Easter Monday: 2-4pm

Thursday 12th April 2-4pm followed by Walk & Talk: 6 -7.30 pm

Saturday 14th: 12 – 2pm

Monday 16th: 11am – 1pm

Saturday 21st: 2-4pm

Sunday 22nd: 3-6pm

(I may appear at additional times, but these are guaranteed).

 

Panoply

Some images of my new work, Panoply, at the Bluecoat as part of Topophobia. I’ll be inside the work next on Saturday from 12 – 2pm and will post a schedule of future performances here very soon..

All images courtesy of Anne Eggebert.

Panoply, 2012
Space for a body: scaffold and painted wood.
20ft x 3ft x 8ft

[A panoply is a complete suit of armour or a complete set of diverse components."panoply" refers to the full armour of a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the shield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, together with the sword and lance.] Source

Panoply is a kind of hiding place made high above the normal passageways of the gallery, shielding me from the other inhabitants, like armour for my body. Fractured glimpses of my body are visible as I move around the space. This narrow corridor is like a wooden cloak or carapace, but the privacy it affords also turns into a trap; a claustrophobic space I can’t leave without being seen.

Manchester Contemporary

From 28th – 31st October I will be showing ‘Temporary Measure’ with Axis at The Manchester Contemporary art fair.

http://www.themanchestercontemporary.co.uk/

Before that, Cardboard Folly will be on display at the Bluecoat from 21st October, so this week will be mainly getting work printed and collating copies. There is so much to do but I have some fantastic artists involved and the work that has already arrived is really great.

The artists involved are:

Jo Ball | Lucy Brown | Nick Cass | Damian Cruikshank | Birgit Deubner | Sarra Facey | Rebecca Foster | Emma Gregory | Kevin Hunt | Nathan Jones | Tabitha Moses | Gordon Shrigley | Emily Speed | Frances Stacey | Kirsty Tinkler | Andrew Warstat | Sinta Werner | Rich White.

image: Rebecca Foster’s contribution to Cardboard Folly.

On top of that workload, my twin sister is opening a new business, Recrafted, consisting of workshops and a shop selling handmade British craft. It’s already looking amazing, but I have more painting and hand-painted signs to create before the opening on the 15th October. She’s very talented and I’m very pleased she is taking such a big leap to do this. Cupcakes over the opening weekend, so if you’re in the area come and say hi!