OutsiderXchangeS Artist Workshop 3

Workshop 3 of OutsiderXchanges
Barry is writing into the shapes he draws (, street lights and houses) to create new layouts.
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Lesley is creating some layered 3d drawings by drawing each bit separately then cutting them out and composing them.
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Horace is working on his interview technique by filming himself chatting with people about their school days.
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Sarah is working on experiments and designs for a textile sculpture.
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David is using his photos of skies as a starting point for some abstract and fantastical multimedia landscapes.
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Want to join our artists? Want to be involved in a collaborative process? Want to be involved in a ground breaking project? An artist based in Manchester and Newcastle areas and want a free art studio space for 5 months? Find out how you can be involved by visiting: Artist Submission.

The deadline is 8th January.

OutsiderXchangeS Artist Workshop 2

The second week of the OutsiderXchangeS project and our artists: Lesley, Sarah, Barry, David and Horace continued to experiment with their artistic explorations which included the local community, superheroes, space exploration, Bronte country and stories.

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Horace experimenting with paper cutting.

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David exploring with pastels and space.

 

 

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Sarah experimenting with pencil and Bronte country.

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Lesley exploring pencil and pen drawing using superheroes and figurines as inspiration. 

 

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Barry exploring text art and a story about working with old Coronation Street stars and a trip to Wales.

Want to join our artists? Want to be involved in a collaborative process? Want to be involved in a ground breaking project? An artist based in Manchester and Newcastle areas and want a free art studio space for 5 months? Find out how you can be involved by visiting: Artist Submission.

The deadline is 8th January.

ARTIST CALLOUT: OUTSIDERXCHANGES MANCHESTER / NEWCASTLE GATESHEAD

Venture Arts are seeking expressions of interest from visual artists who would like to be considered to engage with the OutsiderXchangeS project.

OutsiderXchangeS is an exciting, experimental, collaborative visual arts project that will bring together learning disabled and non-learning disabled artists to develop shared ideas and new contemporary work.

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Venture Arts is working in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) to deliver OutsiderXchanges.

Lead organisation Venture Arts are now seeking expressions of interest from visual artists who would like to be considered to engage with the OutsiderXchangeS project.

OutsiderXchangeS came about to develop the talents and profile of learning-disabled artists and also to investigate the potential to make new, interesting, challenging work through visual artist ideas exchange and real collaboration.

Venture Arts are looking for 5 artists to work alongside 5 learning disabled artists to develop ideas, share practice and, through collaboration, develop contemporary art. The partnership is particularly keen that this initiative creates an opportunity for both learning disabled and non-learning disabled artists to share an interactive workspace, for their own work and the potential for collaborations.

Acclaimed disability artist Tanya Raabe-Webber will work with all the artists involved focusing on assisting in the collaborative process with all artists, as well as developing her own work throughout the project. The intention of the project is that the work will be shown on a number of platforms so we are particularly interested in hearing from artists who use a range of media in their work.

All successful artists will receive £1000 artist bursary and given a free studio space for five months (February – July 2016) coming together for 1-2 day(s) per week to share their studio with a learning disabled artist involved in the project. The bursary is intended for artists to use in the production of their own work.

The project and art created will be showcased by Venture Arts, Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, following the residencies in Autumn 2016.

WHAT VENTURE ARTS ARE LOOKING FOR:

The work will be made in Manchester and in Newcastle Gateshead so we are looking for 4 Manchester based artists and 1 Newcastle Gateshead based artist. Manchester based artists will work from a central studio location in Manchester and the Newcastle Gateshead based artist will be at BALTIC 39, Newcastle.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Please e-mail your expression of interest to amanda@venturearts.org

Deadline: 08 January 2016 Interviews: W.C. 18 January 2016

Please include the following in your expression of interest:

  • Brief outline stating your interest in being involved in this artist exchange.
  • Brief outline of initial ideas of how you would interpret and approach the project.
  • Examples of recent work/links to websites containing examples of previous work
  • Your CV

FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact Amanda Sutton for any further inquiries you have regarding the project or the application process.

E-mail amanda@venturearts.org

Tel: 0161 232 1223
Venture Arts
43 Old Birley Street
Manchester, M15 5RF

* In the interest of better communication, the partnership led by Venture Arts, with Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead would like to further clarify the OutsiderXchangeS project.

The partnership planned this project to be a professional development opportunity for both learning disabled and non-learning disabled artists.

For learning disabled artists this is an opportunity to work alongside other artists, one or two days per week when they will use the shared studio as a drop in studio. Learning disabled artists will not be based there at other times. For other artists, this will be an opportunity to interact with learning disabled artists. The open call is intended to attract artists who want to learn from learning disabled artists and the exciting field of learning disability visual art practice.

The selected artists will have their own free studio space for 5 months, which will be adjacent to or adjoining the shared studio space. The studios will be at Baltic 39, Newcastle and project spaces run by Castlefield Gallery in Manchester. Artists will not be expected to lead or run workshops, or support learning disabled artists. That is the expertise and responsibility of Venture Arts. The idea is to create a platform for collaboration to take place between artists. We envisage that all artists involved in the project will be inspired by each others practice in creating work. The £1,000 bursary is to support artists in their own practice.

The partnership is led by Venture Arts, who has been working in visual arts with learning disabled people since 1985. Venture Arts is a small charitable organisation that works from Manchester with learning disabled artists.

Venture Arts has selected 5 learning disabled artists to work in the shared studio space, once or twice a week. They will be accompanied by lead project artist Tanya Raabe-Webber and experienced artist mentors. This project aims develop the work of talented learning disabled artists, through giving them the opportunity to work in a professional artist space alongside other artists. *

Venture Arts is charitable Community Benefit society (No. 28604R) working in visual arts with learning disabled people since 1985. Our vision is for learning disabled people to be valuable contributors to our culture as artists, workers, participants and audiences. Venture Arts is a visual arts organisation that develops the creative talents and career opportunities of learning disabled people. Web address: www.venturearts.org

Castlefield Gallery (CG) Founded in 1984, CG is one of Northern England’s most active and successful organisations/agencies for developing emerging contemporary artists and practice. Its ambitious curated exhibitions programme responds to national and international trends, promoting artists at key stages of their careers, including subsequent Turner Prize nominees/winners and exhibitors at international festivals. Central to CG’s activities is an artist development programme including the CG Associates members scheme and the recently launched New Art Spaces. CG’s vision is for the North to be where artists can develop work of international standing. Its mission is to nurture talent, explore cultural trends and deepen audience’s relationship to contemporary art. Web address: www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk

BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England and has welcomed over 6 million visitors since opening to the public in July 2002. BALTIC presents a distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation and commissioning of contemporary visual art. Housed in a landmark ex-industrial building, BALTIC consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution. Web address: www.balticmill.com | www.baltic39.com
The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) represents and supports a diverse and vibrant visual arts ecology, embracing a broad range of artistic and curatorial practice across the nine English regions. CVAN’s ultimate goal is to nurture contemporary visual artists and organisations in order to produce internationally regarded, critically engaged work that is valued by our society. Web address: www.cvan.org.uk

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OutsiderXchanges Artists 1st Workshop

OutsiderXchanges Artists 1st Workshop

On Wednesday 18 November the Outsiderxchanges artists came together for the first time with acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber  and our lead art tutor James Pollitt.

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The first strand of workshops are sessions where artists based at Venture Arts get a chance to explore and share their artistic skills and interests. These sessions will take place every Wednesday up till the end of January. At which point the artists will be joined by an equal amount of non-learning disabled artists who will be recruited in the mean time.

Our Venture Arts artists are as follows: Leslie, David, Sarah, Horace and Barry. All of these artists are very accomplished artists, all with different styles and who use different types of media in their work. We will be previewing a selection of the artwork of each artist throughout the OutsiderXchanges project.

For our first session we decided to try out a portrait exercise. Using an overhead projector, sharpies and acetate paper and frames. Each of the artists – and myself (although my attempt wasn’t very good – I’m not an artist) paired up and drew a pen portrait on the acetate of our partners. Some of the work produced – even in this simple exercise was great – except mine of course.

During the afternoon session the artists decided to take the portraits a step further. Projecting the acetate onto paper, tracing the portrait onto this paper and then an afternoon of experimentation took place. Tanya and James as our art leaders encouraged all of the artists to experiment with media they perhaps don’t normally experiment with.

Of course one of the main advantages of having a studio space is our artists can experiment and focus fully on just expressing themselves with their art. Allowing the creative energy and thoughts come out through their work. Something that may not always be possible in a normal workshop or at home but in this space allows them that freedom.

Outsiderxchanges workshops will continue on Wednesday’s right up to the end of January. Tanya will attend about half of those sessions and James will be attending all of them.

By the end of the day all of the artists and Tanya, James and I were full of enthusiasm for what is to come and the collaborations and work already produced and experimented with during this first session.

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Venture Arts Artists Meet

On the 15 October we brought together Tanya Raabe-Webber  and the five artists based at Venture Arts who will be working on the OutsidersXchanges project.

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We were really happy to have family and support workers attend this first meeting as well. Amanda from Venture Arts explained how the project will work and how important the project is as well.

We discussed what types of art everyone was interested in, good at and wanted to experiment more with. We introduced everyone working on the project including James, Kate, Glen and Amanda and explained what role we would be playing during the project.

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We then went to explore our temporary studio space where the artists will run a series of workshops exploring different media and techniques. These workshop sessions will take place during November, December and January in the lead up to them being joined by five artists without a learning disability. Who will then collaborate over five months to produce a piece of work together.

These later sessions will take place in an exciting studio space we will announce in the New Year, but the sessions from November till January will take place in the Yard Theatre, Hulme.

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Coming up soon… A call-out to artists, our 1st official presses release and more blogs from the artists and myself.

Glen

28 October 2016