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Talking Making

Wednesday, 7 February 2024
6.30 – 8pm

Join us for a conversation with artist Alice Channer in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse.

Building from a simple invitation to think through what making means to her, Alice will talk about embedding in materials and processes, the awkwardness of making, and how complicated and contradictory it is to think through what an ecological practice might look like in a time of end stage capitalism.

This is the first of a series of events with leading artists, designers and makers held in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse and has been developed through a collaboration with Eastside Projects. The programme aims to open out new thinking and develop collective conversations around approaches to making.

About Alice

Alice Channer is an artist working with sculpture. Her forms and materials are found in the social and sensual worlds of industrial and natural processes. Over long periods of time, she immerses herself in organic and synthetic materials and production processes to find forms within them that she develops as sculpture. Her method is both experimental and precise, collaborating with people, machines, and materials to bring multiple bodies and voices into her polyphonic works.

Alice lives and works in the edges of London.

Solo institutional exhibitions include Heavy Metals / Silk Cut across Kunstmuseum and Kunsthalle Appenzell, CH (2023), R o c k f a l l at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, US, touring with Public Art Fund to City Hall Park, New York (both 2015); Pool at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, DE (2014); Invertebrates at Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (2013); Soft Shell at Kunstverein Freiburg, DE (2013); and Out of Body at South London Gallery, UK (2012).

Commissions for sculptures in public space include Rockpool for High Desert Test Sites in the Mojave Desert, CA, USA (2022); Nanowires for the Engineering Department of the University of the West of England, UK (2021); and Lethality and Vulnerability for Artangel at Orford Ness, Suffolk, UK (2021).
Her work has been presented as part of the Liverpool Biennale, UK (2021), the 55th Venice Biennale, IT (2013) and Glasgow International, UK (2010).

She has participated in numerous international institutional group exhibitions including; Milton Keynes Gallery, UK (2023); Kunsthalle Hamburg, DE (2022/23); the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2022); at Marta Herford, DE (2021); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2021); Tate Britain, UK; Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, IT; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK and Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, USA (all 2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2017/18); MO.CO. Montpellier, FR; Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK; and Museum Morsbroich, DE (all 2018); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, Aspen Art Museum, USA and Kunsthaus Hamburg, DE (all 2017); Museum Kurhaus Kleve, DE (2016); Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, LB; Public Art Fund, New York, US and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (all 2015); Fridericianum, Kassel, DE (2014); Künstlerhaus Graz, AT (2014); and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and Tate Britain, London, UK (both 2012).

Since 2016 she has been visiting Birmingham regularly to work with a range of local manufacturers, including Salt & Sadlers jig makers in Digbeth.