Tuesday, 26 July 2011

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

All this week I have been in a rather mini residency at The Burlington Fine Arts Club with 4 artists from the Royal Standard in Liverpool; Frances Disley, Dave Evans, Kevin Hunt and Emily Speed. We have been doing a variety of activities|: watching The Shining, trying to hula hoop, playing table tennis and backgammon, talking, eating, drinking (very little alcohol), listening to music, reading and above all making art. My efforts so far on day 4 are displayed above with Dave Evans in the background. You can see a visual diary of what we have been up to here http://allworkandnoplaymakesjackadullboyblog.blogspot.com/. There is more about the Burlington here http://theburlingtonfineartsclub.wordpress.com/ and the facebook event page is here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183337945063092

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy
All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy

Without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.

How could anyone be bored at The Burlington Fine Arts Club?

For one week five artists will come together to work, play, read, talk, eat, write, make, crit, plan, faff, drink, dream, listen and try not to be bored. They will be following the tradition of the original Burlington Fine Arts Club and eminent members Luytens, Rossetti, Ruskin and Whistler. None of the contemporary artists know what will happen in the week long residency.

In the spirit of collaboration and making connections that the Burlington encourages Manchester based artist Andrew Bracey has invited four artists - Frances Disley, Dave Evans, Kevin Hunt and Emily Speed - from The Royal Standard studios in Liverpool to spend the week with him at the club. There are no rules and no outcomes anticipated. A clean slate has been wiped. They must all remember that no work and all play can also make Jack a dull boy.

Visitors are welcome to come and see what the artists are doing at The Burlington Fine Arts Club during the residency, except Monday 25th July. Please also attend the private view on Thursday 28th July 6-8pm to see what the artists have come up with.

Residency period is 22-28 July, 2011.
Residency Exhibition open until 30th July.
Open 3-8pm every day except Monday.
Private view 6-8pm on Thursday 28th July. Bring your own bottle.
Burlington Fine Arts Club, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN.
www.Burlingtonfineartsclub​.wordpress.com for more info

More about the artists

Andrew Bracey makes paintings, but not always with paint and rarely on canvas. Solo exhibitions include Manchester Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Transition Gallery, London and firstsite, Colchester. He curated UnSpooling: artists & cinema at Cornerhouse, Manchester with Dave Griffiths in 2010. He is based in Suite Studio Group in Salford and is Senior Lecturer in fine art at The University of Lincoln.

Frances Disley works with printmaking, drawing and sculpture. She creates work that challenges the media’s current negative representation of teenagers. Transforming society’s wastelands into magical landscapes Frances seeks to emphasise the exciting yet terrifying transition from childhood to adulthood.

Dave Evans works with printmaking, sculpture and multimedia to explore how and why we speculate about the future. He ties, balances and hangs fragile materials that emphasise the constructed nature of past and future history. His influences include 70's sci-fi movies, the work of Issac Asimov, and the writing of Frederic Jameson.

Kevin Hunt is an artist, curator and writer. He constructs sculpture utilising the redundant. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation of new work at Art Brussels, Belgium with Stephane Simoens Gallery, No Noise at The Agency, Deptford, London, NO SOUL FOR SALE at Tate Modern, London and Rendez-Vous 09, at the Institut d’art Contemporain, during the 10th Biennale de Lyon 2009.

Emily Speed works in sculpture, installation, drawing, and photography exploring the temporary and the transient through reference to architecture and the body. She currently has a solo exhibition 'MAKE SHIFT' at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until September 18th.

About The Burlington Fine Arts Club

Originally The Burlington Fine Arts Club was a London gentlemen’s club, established in 1866. The club had its roots in the informal Fine Arts Club, a gathering of amateur art enthusiasts that aimed to combine their specific interest with the atmosphere of a typical gentlemen’s club. The club also doubled up as a regular exhibition venue.
In 2011 the Burlington Fine Arts Club will be resurrected for a limited 4-week period, existing as pop up social space running parallel with the events of the Manchester International Festival. Following the original premise, the Burlington will give local creatives a space to exhibit, establish networks, discuss ideas and an opportunity to engage in Manchester’s grass routes contemporary art scene. Like all good gentlemen clubs The Burlington 2011 will also provide a space to relax, meet and have a stiff drink.
The Burlington 2011 is a project devised and directed by Liz Murphy and Anna Stogdon.

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