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Formation Cycling Session
Sat 13 May 2017, 14:30 – 16:30 BST
All ages and abilities are welcome to join Hayley Newman for an active exercise of thinking about the Redways through movement and collaborative modes of working with bikes. Please bring your own bikes, or hire a Santander Cycle as we will be making a formation work together.
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.
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.