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There Is No Script For This

Thursday, 2 August 2018
6 – 8.30 pm

Have you ever wondered how other people have developed their careers, what they did when they left art school, and how they managed to build momentum? There Is No Script For This asks artists and arts professionals to reveal their secretes and show us the behind the scenes workings of their career development.

This fast paced event is a great opportunity to hear about different people’s journeys and ask the kind of questions you never usually can. Each speaker will give a quick fire five minute talk about how their practice developed before we open the conversation and take all your burning questions.

With contributions from; Chloe Ashley (Artist), Emalee Beddoes-Davis (Curator, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery), Ruth Claxton (Artist, Associate Director of Eastside Projects, Creative Director of STEAMhouse), Freya Dooley (Artist), Seán Elder (Associate Curator at Grand Union), Anna Horton Cremin (Artist), Sarah Jerrard-Dinn (Artist, Curator, Coventry Biennial), Zoe Sawyer (Offsite Curator at Eastside Projects, Co-Director of M-E-X-I-C-O), Amahra Spence (Artist, MAIA Creatives), Sarah Taylor Silverwood (Artist), Emily Warner (Artist), Kaye Winwood (Artist, Producer at Ikon Gallery).

Chloe Ashley investigates the medium of analogue photography through sculpture, installation and text. She is particularly interested in photography’s process, materiality and history, to question and distort the photographic medium. Recent projects include: ‘Master Class 2018’, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2018), ‘Spelunking with Open School East’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2017) ‘The Building as Material’, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2016), ‘ESP Production Residency I’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016).

Emalee Beddoes-Davis is curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Her interests include reception histories, transhistorical curating and concepts of Britishness. She also curates annual Worcester-based exhibitions for Division of Labour gallery revivifying themes of modernist art through contemporary practice.

Ruth Claxton is an artist and Associate Director of Eastside Projects and Creative Director of STEAMhouse. She makes many things, from sculpture and large scale installations to makerspaces, artist-led organisations and artmaps.

Freya Dooley is an artist working with writing, moving image, sound and performance. Her practice combines literary and pop culture references to create fragmented monologues, dialogues, soundtracks and auto/biographical semi-fictions. She was recently awarded a Jerwood Visual Arts Bursary and is a member of Syllabus III, delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, Invia, S1 Artspace and New Contemporaries. Forthcoming solo projects include Somewhere in the crowd there’s you (working title), ESP Members Show, a solo exhibition at Eastside Projects, 2019.

Seán Elder is a Birmingham-based Curator from the Highlands of Scotland. They currently Associate Curator at Grand Union and their research seeks to situate the Curatorial as a site for potential development and mobilisation in relation to Queer and Other’d art practices. They completed an MLitt in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and have since produced and written for LUX Scotland, Cooper Gallery, and The Baltic Triennial.

Zoë Sawyer is the Offsite Curator at Eastside Projects, alongside working on commissions, solo and large-scale group exhibitions, with prominent artists such as Rehana Zaman, Lubaina Himid, and Simeon Barclay, Zoë has over ten years’ experience working within both small and large-scale organisations. Independently, she initiated theartmarket & Kunstfreund gallery (Leeds, 2006-2012) and is co-founder and director of practitioner-led collective Mexico, who have produced projects at Focal Point Gallery (2015), The Harris Museum (2015), Eastside Projects (2014) and Two Queens (2013).

Amahra Spenceis a multidisciplinary artist and producer. Through her work, she explores the ways creative practices can produce things that fulfil a service role; that have public functions beyond art and aesthetics. In 2013, Amahra established MAIA, a production and development company building infrastructure, relationships and platforms to support sustainable creativity in cities.

Sarah Taylor Sliverwood is a visual artist with a practice rooted in drawing and language, used as material to produce publications, animations and installation works. Recent projects include New Art Gallery Walsall (solo show, forthcoming, 2019), Multistory (2018 commission), Longbridge Public Art Project (2016) the British Consulate in Chicago, USA (2014) and The University of Birmingham (2013). She is a Board Director for DACS (2014-present) and the Whitworth Wallis Trust (2017- present), and has a studio at Grand Union.

Emily Warner devises project-work with a commitment to process and collaboration. Taking a research-based approach to making, she draws on movement techniques, performative interventions and intersperses these actions with documentation processes, text and mark-making. She was a Fierce Festival bursary recipient in 2017, and has made and shown work at Birmingham Open Media, Savorr Norwich, and Salzamt Linz, Austria. Alongside Claire Hickey she co-devised Make/Shift/Space, an ACE-funded project which presented art-making in public sites around Birmingham in 2016.

Kaye Winwood is a visual artist specialising in visual art, food, moving image and performance. She has been a Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham since 2016 and works at Ikon Gallery as a Producer. Her current work focusses on a body of research considering food and sensuality – in particular women and pleasure. Iterations of the project will appear at Grand Union Gallery working towards a public presentation 2019-20.