On Sunday 7th April, four acrobats will perform for around one hour in Castlefield Gallery, as an extension or further exploration of the film work in the exhibition. The exercises they perform will be a repetition of certain structures, because they cannot hold the shape for long, it will have to be built over and over again.
Visitors are welcome to drop in and out of the performance – expect weary acrobats by the end! More information about the event/location etc HERE
The exhibition with Hayley Newman has been reviewed in the April edition of Art Monthly by Martin Herbert.
A short excerpt of ‘Build-Up’ on Vimeo below (url link HERE.) Not sure it really works too well as documentation – the layers and the way the bodies interact with them gets lost somehow, but perhaps it gives an idea…
The exhibition with Hayley Newman is open and will be in until 7th April. There’s a couple of events coming up at Castlefield Gallery…
23rd March at 3.30pm – A panel discussion with Hayley Newman, curator Bridget Crone and moi.
7th March – Build-Up: A practice at 3.30pm. Four acrobats will perform a series of construction exercises inside the gallery.
Tracey Warr has written a really wonderful essay to accompany the exhibition: PDF Here.
The next exhibition I will be showing in is ‘Head to Head’, a two-person show with Hayley Newman at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
Opening is Thursday 28th February. More information HERE.
Plymouth Arts Centre
Thursday 24 January 2013, 6 – 7.30pm
In her talk for PAC Home Emily Speed will discuss her career so far including the hows and whys around residencies, awards and extending her practice to include art writing. Emily is also willing to have one to one sessions with PAC Home members during her visit to Plymouth. To arrange a one to one please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free for PAC Home members, £3 for non-members. Book in advance by calling the Plymouth Arts Centre box office 01752 206114.
Chris Sharratt recently visited me in my studio for Axis to have a chat about the upcoming Northern Art Prize, you can read that here
The Northern Art Prize team also asked me some questions for their blog too: Here
Saturday 20 October 2012
1pm-5.30pm & film screening at 7.30pm
Contemporary artists in conversation about the importance of place and landscape: Heather and Ivan Morison, Emily Speed, HAT Projects architects, Steve Messam. Also featuring the work of Antonia Dewhurst and a screening of Sophie Fiennes’ film about Anselm Kiefer ‘Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow’.
Day ticket: £20 (student £15), includes film screening.
For booking see Sidney Nolan Trust website
I’m leaving for Rome today to install new work for Oredaria Gallery. It will be part of the exhibition ‘Subjective Involvement in Physical Spatial Entities’ with Aeneas Wilder and Esther Stocker. The work is based around façades and here is one of the drawings to give you a taste.
I left Linz last week, after a great six weeks in the studio at the Salzamt. For the final exhibition ‘Expand, Explore, Expose’ I made a cake. This cake (a battenberg) was also a copy of the wooden model made for Hitler by Albert Speer, of the new Führermuseum (a place for the art collection mainly plundered by the Nazis). The original photograph shown here is of the new plan for Linz, part of Hitler’s new masterplan-cities for Germany.
I was interested in how the architectural model can be a very powerful object, in that they contain a lot of potential and the transformation of scale allows people to imagine themselves into this other reality very easily.
Happily the audience were eager to destroy this model of a narrowly-escaped plan and it disappeared within an hour.
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!