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Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown
Powys SY16 2NZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 625041
Fax: +44 (0) 1686 623633
Email: desk@orieldavies.org
Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Free Admission

Art as Research Seminar

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Nicky Coutts, Canal Opera, 2016

Seven international artists reflect on the nature of progress, decline, globalization and time. Using Wales' Canal network as a starting point, where they have all been resident artists on a three-year artist residency programme with partners Glandwr Cymru, Canal & River Trust, Arts Council of Wales and Addo, they consider the process of making and thinking as an artist while responding to a particular site or situation.

Artists will discuss the challenges of communicating visual arts research work to a wider audience. Unpicking the relationship between outcomes and expectations and how this affects artistic practice.

The day will include presentations from Alec Shepley and exhibiting artists Mo Abd-Ulla, Nicky Coutts, Andrew Dodds, Mair Hughes, Alan Goulbourne and Dan Rees.

10:30-10.45 Coffee & Introductions

10:45-11:15 Artist Research - Addo

11:15 -12:45 Navigations Artists Presentations

12:45 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:00 Alec Shepley - Research as Practice

14:00-14:30 Group Discussion

14:30 – 15:00 Panel Questions & Conclusions

15:00 to 16:00 Book Launch

Find out more about the exhibition, Navigations - Art as Resaerch | 20 May to 19 July 2017

Curated by Addo and Oriel Davies. Navigations - Art as Research is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Tickets and Booking

Thursday 29 June | 10.30am - 4pm | £20, includes buffet lunch
01686 625041 | desk@orieldavies.org

About the Speakers

Alec Shepley Alec is Head of the School of Creative Arts and Professor of Contemporary Art Practice at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Prior to his appointment at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in March 2016 he was Head of Lincoln School of Art & Design at the University of Lincoln.

Alec has participated in national and international artistic research seminars and conferences over several years and his research has attracted funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Council, the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales. His work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, with examples held in a number of public and private collections in North America, Europe and Asia.

Through extending the language of painting and sculpture his works become more a means of encounter rather than an end in themselves, providing a document of art as social engagement. Through intertwining reality and fiction he produces ‘improvised + immersive sites’.

Sarah Pace & Tracy Simpson, Addo Sarah & Tracy are co-Directors of Addo, a not-for-profit curatorial arts company which they established in 2011. Addo was selected as the Curator for the three–year Glandwr Cymru and Arts Council of Wales artist in residency programme. They also curated the Navigations – Art as Research exhibition alongside Oriel Davies. Research is of particular interest to Addo. They have been involved in many residency and research programmes including work in Pontypool, Swansea and Corwen. Tracy Simpson is based within the Research Centre at the School of Creative Arts within Glyndwr University. 

Mo Abd-Ulla was born in Iraq and is now based in the Netherlands. Works range from intervention, installation art, video, performance, text, sculpture and drawings; as “a sort of discursive argument.” From the beginning of his career he adopted a way of working that tends to reject conclusions, rather articulates his intention. He has put the idea of rehearsal at the heart of his practice. He was awarded MFA Fine Art, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo; MArch Architectural Design, The Bartlett, University College London, London; MA Interior and Special Design, Chelsea College, University of the Arts London; BA Fashion design, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; BA Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad, Baghdad. His works have been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions. He has undertaken residency programmes across the world, and delivered presentations and lectures at art institutes and venues.

Nicky Coutts has a PhD in Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London and MA in Fine Art (Alternative Media), Chelsea College of Art. She is currently a tutor in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London having also been an Associate Lecturer, MA Photography, LCC, University of the Arts, London for many years. She was a Commissioning Editor for both Coil and Make magazines. She has undertaken many residencies, including for the National Trust for Scotland, and been commissioned to undertake public art projects in Japan and Germany. She is represented by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London.

Andrew Dodds is a Belfast-born artist based in London. Dodds's work has been exhibited and commissioned widely at major public galleries, university and independent spaces, and sites beyond the gallery. Notable exhibitions and events include the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Natural History Museum, London; CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Barbican Centre, London; The Architecture Centre, Bristol; Grizedale, Cumbria; Gallery 400, Chicago; Azad Gallery, Tehran; and TULCA, Galway Museum, Ireland.

Mair Hughes is a visual artist from Wales, currently based in Gloucestershire. In 2007, she completed a Masters in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she was awarded the Barnes-Graham Travel Award by the Royal Scottish Academy, and travelled to Turin to investigate the legacy of Arte Povera. From 2008 to 2010 Mair exhibited widely in Glasgow including the Project Room, SWG3 Gallery and the exhibition ‘Rough Luxe’ for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art Fringe Programme. Whilst in Glasgow she was a member of Glasgow Independent Studios, and a committee member at Glasgow Project Room Gallery.

Alan Goulbourne is based in Cardiff and has a BA and MFA, both in Fine Art from Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC). His practice is based around commissions, exhibitions and residencies. He is represented by Virginie Louvet in Paris.

Dan Rees is originally from Swansea but now divides his time between studios in London and Berlin. He has a BA from Camberwell College of Arts, London Institute and an MA from Straatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main.