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Artist Talk with Hayley Newman and New Work from Sapphire Goss

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This is an event of talks and new work to share and celebrate the artists Hayley Newman and Sapphire Goss offering an insight into their practice and research during their time as resident artists as part of Tracing the Pathway's project Groundwork. It will act as an exchange

Join us for an informal and friendly evening,through which Hayley will share stories of her time on Milton Keynes' Redways and Spaphire Goss will showcase brand new video artwork(s).

Hayley will reflect upon how her residency considers the different kinds of shared space the Redways offer residents of Milton Keynes, in comparison to road space. She will consider how they present an alternative future to one dominated by road systems and air pollution. As Hayley believes the peripheral Redway paths are significant sites to consider in moving towards a low carbon world, transforming Milton Keynes into a city visibly populated by people, dogs, birds, spiders, plants and communities rather than cars.

Sapphire Goss will be show working responding to the location and context of creating art in Milton Keynes and to its cultural heritage.

Hayley Newman

Hayley Newman is an artist with a passion for humour, subjectivity, documentary practices and fiction. She creates performances, interventions, music and texts and has made work in nightclubs, shops, on trains and marches as well as for the concert hall or gallery. Growing up on the Buckinghamshire border, she spent many Saturdays in her teens hanging out in Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. She completed an art foundation course at Mander College in Bedford in 1989, before doing a degree in Fine Art at Middlesex University. She went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL; the Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste, Hamburg and the University of Leeds.

She is a writer and performer and much of her work is made in response to site. This includes her 2004 work MKVH (Milton Keynes Vertical Horizontal), commissioned by MK Gallery. The work involved driving a coach of volunteers around the MK road grid until their coach ran out of diesel. The social sculpture lasted for 39 hours and was her first work about oil and our dependency on fossil fuels. It has since been her dream to make a work on the MK Redway.

In 2011 she declared herself self-appointed artist-in-residence in the City of London and wrote the novella Common, drawing together the social, economic and ecological crises. She often works in collaboration, most recently with eco-electro girl-band The Gluts who took their musical Café Carbon to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, and art/activist group Liberate Tate. Newman lives and works in London and is represented by Matt’s Gallery. She is Reader of Fine Art and tutor on the doctoral programme at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Between 5th-13th May 2017 Hayley will be artist-in-residence at Milton Keynes Arts Centre as part of artistic collective Tracing the Pathway's performance and research project Groundwork.

Sapphire Goss

Sapphire Goss is a video artist who creates collaged landscapes from elements of traditional footage, archive or video snapshots. Textures and surface, movement and shape, and unusual patterns with light and colour create abstract compositions, a moving collage. She uses experimental analogue techniques such as printing each frame and reanimating to create works that have a physically tangible, textural quality. She has created a variety of films for exhibition, live events and for commercial commissions. With a background studying documentary and visual anthropology she uses observation, interviews and process to investigate ideas of place, culture and memory. As she grew up in Milton Keynes she is keen to use personal memories, family history and local knowledge to explore the area as a palimpsest of different narratives, from the utopianism of its construction to the fragments of lives that are lived within.

During May 2017 Sapphire will be artist-in-resident as in Tracing the Pathway's performance and research project Groundwork.

Groundwork

Groundwork is multifaceted. It is grassroots, organic and responsive, and therefore since its inception in 2015, it has operated as an umbrella project title for a variety of activities; curating unique artworks; supporting the professional development of local artists; providing a platform for internationally renowned artists to make deep, long-lasting and meaningful connections with the town.

Groundwork is unique to Milton Keynes for its focus on performance, site-specific and interdisciplinary work. It is also the only long-term, artist-led, self-organised project of its kind for/within the area which celebrates and debates the cultural heritage and identity of the town. As such Groundwork forefronts the original ethos of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation to champion artists as playing a vital role in community building.

The project has been developed by artist collective Tracing the Pathway in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre, with support by funding from Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Arts Council England.

Image Credit: Phil Smith with Tracing the Pathway, Groundwork (2015)

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