Friday, 16 July 2010

SCION : Contemporary Art at Barrington Court

Details on the latest viewing of Clout are below, curated the excellent Beacon and located in one of the first ever National Trust stately homes that is anything but a typical National trust experience. So come along and see if you fancy a summer day out in the west country.

SCION :::::::::::: Contemporary Art at Barrington Court

Barrington Court, Nr Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ



July’s Artwork of the Month will be ‘Clout’ 2003-2006 by Manchester based artist Andrew Bracey. ‘Clout’ is a collection of miniature paintings, each painted onto the heads of roofing nails. Consisting of a vast range of images culled from the internet, holiday snaps and newspapers. The collection consists of over 5000 paintings a selection of these paintings will be discreetly displayed on the walls of the rooms and corridors of Barrington Court. As you walk around expect to encounter these paintings in unexpected places and spaces.

Andrew Bracey will be talking about ‘Clout’ on Tuesday 27 July 1.30pm

SCION is the title of a series of activities developed by Beacon and the National Trust that will deliver a programme of contemporary art at Barrington Court over the course of sixteen months culminating in a major exhibition in 2011. Beacon Art Project is based in Lincolnshire and commissions and presents artwork by national and international artists within unusual, non-gallery settings, emphasising the importance of the context in which we experience art.

SCION has been made possible with financial support from: Arts Council England, National Trust, Somerset County Council and South Somerset District Council


Nicola Streeten
Project Director
Beacon Art Project Ltd
07903 474 006 / 01522 810559

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Notes to Editors

This project is supported by Trust New Art, a programme to connect more people to National Trust places through contemporary art and craft. The National Trust is working in partnership with Arts Council England.

Arts Council England and the National Trust believe that placing high-quality and innovative contemporary art within historic settings can inspire artists and audiences and encourage new ways of looking at the work and the world.

As the partnership develops, a wide programme of events, projects and products will be developed to make contemporary arts and crafts an integral part of the National Trust's daily offer to visitors, building new audiences and providing career opportunities to both emerging and established artists.

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About Beacon Art Project

Beacon is a UK based not for profit visual art organisation with charitable status established in 2004 by John Plowman and Nicola Streeten and is based in Lincolnshire, a county in the East Midlands UK. Beacon’s innovative approach to curating and commissioning has been to focus on creating relationships between audience, artist and institution that do not privilege the ‘art object’ per se. That is, creating an indeterminate and non-hierarchical space which enables a fluidity and convergence between audience, artist and institution.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Unrealised Potential

I have a proposal for a silly show in the exhibition Unrealised Potential at Cornerhouse, Manchester opening on friday. You can buy the rights to curate the exhibition should you desire, pop along to the gallery or to this weblink for info on how to do it.
May the force....

Details below

Unrealised Potential From Sat 17 July to Sun 12 September CORNERHOUSE 70 Oxford Street Manchester M1 5NH

Artists include Mike Chavez-Dawson, Sam Ely & Lynn Harris, Gavin Wade, Brian Reed, Len Horsey, RELAX.

Unrealised Potential is the incorporation of Mike Chavez-Dawson's Potential Hits 2005 into a volume of Unrealised Projects, further developing the creative potential of the unrealised in the artist's practice and for an audience's engagement with the work.

Unrealised Potential is an art project as exhibition which will allow gallery-goers the opportunity to become producers themselves by purchasing the right to realise a leading artist's dream project. For this multi-part exhibition artist/curator Mike Chavez-Dawson re-visits his original project Potential Hits, 2005, and working in collaboration with Sam Ely and Lynn Harris combines it with ongoing work Unrealised Projects to form Volume 6: Unrealised Potential.

All volumes of Unrealised Projects will be on display in the gallery, alongside the first comprehensive display of Strategic Questions 2002-2010 curated by Gavin Wade, with a new commission from RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co) in response to the question What is Wealth? Plus Len Horsey & Brian Reed (who interpret Liam Gillick's Palanta De Anodizado).

The show also includes a number of invited contributions from over seventy other artists, including Richard Wilson, Tom Morton, Cecilia Wee, David Shrigley, Simon Patterson, and many more.