ONLINE EOP Meets The Auxiliary
Wednesday, 28 February 2024
1 – 2pm
Join Eastside Projects’ Artist Maker Ruth Claxton for a lunchtime chat with Liam Slevin and Will Hughes from The Auxiliary and Middlesborough Art Week. This is a chance to hear more about what’s happening in the North East, to learn how they have set up these artist-led initiatives, and find out who they work with, and how they programme.
This chat is part of a new series of monthly online events which aim to bring EOP members up close with the people who are running galleries and projects across the UK, creating informal opportunities to meet curators and programmers and find out how different organisations work with artists.
About Our Guests
The Auxiliary Project Space is an artist-led National Portfolio Organisation. Based in a 11,000 sq ft warehouse including artist studios, exhibition and workshop space, it emphasises artistic development, large scale exhibitions and community participation. The Auxiliary will undergo a major refurbishment in April 2024, thanks to the DCMS Cultural Development Fund.
Middlesbrough Art Week was born in 2017, formerly known as Middlesbrough Art Weekender, MAW is the result of too much coffee and late night conversation. It’s grown to become the largest annual contemporary arts festival in the North East, an event that champions Middlesbrough’s heritage, industrial past and creative scene, transforming the town centre into a creative hub. Middlesbrough is the creative gem of the North East, and MAW shouts about this with a town takeover every year.
Over the years we’ve invited artists to make the Transporter Bridge sing, installed a giant drawing ball at Middlesbrough Town Hall, and brought a dystopian model village to Centre Square, turned Church House into a beating heart and an old bank into an art gallery.
Liam Slevin is the artistic director of Middlesbrough Art Week. After graduating with a Fine Art degree from Limerick University in 2007, Liam opened his first gallery, theSPACE, in Cork city. In 2009 he opened TACTIC gallery, the first curator led gallery space in Ireland outside Dublin. In 2011 he moved to Berlin and ran several pop up spaces including Klo, and worked with groups such as Salon Bruit and NK Studios. He has taken part in residencies in Iceland, Detroit and Berlin. He moved to Tees Valley in 2016. Liam devises and manages the artistic programme of the The Auxiliary and the Middlesbrough Art Week.
Will Hughes is a freelance project manager at the Auxiliary and a multi-disciplinary artist based in Teesside. Their work is conceptually driven by their lived experiences as a queer, non-binary person in the UK, mixing pop culture references with material language to construct moments. They wish to seduce the viewer through often using repetitive mechanical movement, glossy/shiny surfaces and the lens of glamour as a means of storytelling.