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Moving Forward and Staying the Same: Artist Led Evolutions


Saturday, 24 January 2015 from 10:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Moving Forward and Staying the Same: Artist Led Evolutions

24th Jan 2015, 11am - 5pm

OSR Project Space, West Coker, Somerset

Free, travel bursaries available*

2014 has seen Alias go through a review process, looking at internal structuring, organisation focus, and relevance. Moving Forward and Staying the Same: Artist Led Evolutions will share our findings and look at ideas related to review processes, their benefits and challenges, and how independent activity positions itself in relation to the wider art world, public presentation and local community. We hope that you will be able to join us.

The event will host two discussion sessions in which invited speakers and Alias Contacts will respond to the following questions,

  • 'How can the artist-led project or the independent practitioner go through and gain the benefits of a review process when on small/no budget'.
  • ‘How does artist-led and independent practitioner activity acknowledge its impact upon, and responsibility within, the wider visual arts sector and the wider cultural context in which it works, and what does it do with this information?’ 

Areas that will be considered during the day will include the different faces of change, participation, publicly-sited work, audiences, budgets, and the merging lines of personal and project development.

As part of its review process Alias invited groups who had worked with the organisation in the past, such as VASW, Artquest, Hand in Glove (Bristol), Karst (Plymouth) and Stair Slide Space (Portsmouth), to act as commentators and observers of the review. In addition Exeter based artist Nick Davies was commissioned, following an open call, to observe and respond to the review process though the creation of a new artwork. Nick will lead on an activity on the day which will employ some of his findings and observations, to engage participants in their own contemplations of review.

Nick's new artwork, Blue Sky/Brown Mud, the outcome of his commission process, will be launched in January as part of a fundraising campaign to take Alias into the next phase of its development, to ensure its continued efficiency in supporting, promoting and encouraging artist-led and independent practice.


Moving Forward and Staying the Same: Artist Led Evolutions invited speakers,

  • Dave Beech, artist, writer and curator based in Ashburton, Devon. Dave is a member of the art collective Freee and a senior lecturer in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. He has written widely on the politics of art and contributed to debates on participation and art’s publics in books such as In Search of Art’s New Publics and The Pedagogical Turn, as well as being a founding editor of the journal Art and the Public Sphere (Intellect Publishing, from 2011). 
  • Bryony Gillard, artist and curator based between Bristol and the Netherlands. Bryony's projects have included being co-founder of Come to Ours programme of independent activity running alongside the British Art Show 7 in Plymouth (2011), and co-director of Detroit project space in Bristol (2013-2014). Bryony is currently studying for the International Master of Fine Art at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem.
  • Mark Gubb, artist based in Cardiff. Mark is exhibited widely in group and solo shows internationally, permanent public works include commissions for Grizedale Arts, Nottingham Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth) and The Welsh Assembly Government. His collaborative projects have included Nowhere Bar, and Everyone Knows This is Nowhere, both with artist Gordon Dalton. 
  • Toby Huddlestone, artist and curator based in Bristol. Toby was recipient of the Curatorial Bursary at Crate, Margate (2011-2012) where he produced the Exhibition as Medium programme. He was co-director of Plan9, Bristol (2005-2009), and is currently coordinating Collaborative Research Group, an alternative education programme he initiated, which is placed within both the art-world and academia, through University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury. He has also curated numerous curatorial projects both nationally and internationally since 2005.

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*Travel Bursaries
Alias has allocated £200 toward a travel bursary budget, which will operate on a first come first served basis. In some cases only a portion of travel costs will be awarded as a bursary to ensure as many people can benefit as possible.

In the interests of the environment and financial efficiency car sharing is encouraged. On booking your ticket for the event please state whether you need or can offer a lift (including how many seats) and we will match you up with someone. If there is no lift available then please take cheapest public transport options.

Travel bursaries can be applied for by emailing detailing the cost and means of travel and the start destination. In instances of car sharing only the driver will be awarded a bursary. Drivers please state the fuel cost of your journey and detail how many passengers you will be offering a lift.

Bursaries reimbursement will be given by bank transfer as soon as possible after the event. If you have been awarded a bursary please bring evidence of your spend with you, i.e. a fuel receipt or a ticket for public transport. 

OSR Project Space in West Coker is the home of OSR Projects. The work of OSR Projects starts conversations with the artists and communities it works with. Started in 2011 by artist Simon Lee Dicker and graphic designer Chantelle Henocq.

Alias was launched in 1999 to support artist-led activities in the Arts Council England South West region. Since that time Alias has continued to deliver advice and guidance across the region, and to encourage a diverse and challenging artist-led culture.

Do you have questions about Moving Forward and Staying the Same: Artist Led Evolutions? Contact Alias

When & Where

OSR Project Space
Chuch Street
BA22 9BD West Coker
United Kingdom

Saturday, 24 January 2015 from 10:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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