Rural Art Space

April 17, 2007

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP SESSIONS

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Wed 17 Jan 2007 from 14.15 to 16.15
Workshop Venues: Belmont Arts Centre, Shrewsbury Museum, Old Music Hall

We are expecting approximately 50 – 60 delegates in total, mainly from local and regional arts organisations, free lanced artists and curators, and BA/MA and PhD students.
We invited three practitioners for each of the five workshops to present their practice in an informal setting and to speak about their work in regards to the overall issue of the workshop. Each presentation should be 15 minutes long to give enough time for feedback and discussion.The sessions are informal and open to questions and group debate. Each workshop will be lead by one of the presenters.

The focus of the day are the different notions of space in regards to curatorial and art practice in a rural context. The workshops are not meant to be conclusive, but to result in a brief presentation for the final plenum that concludes the important aspects discussed during the session. One of the intentions of the day is to set some conceptual and practical guidelines for further Rurality Commissions in Shropshire, and the results from each workshop could outline potentials and dangers.

Workshop Session 1: Curatorial strategies that operate within and across rural spaces
- What and where is the curated space?
- Who is visiting/participating in the space? Questions of publicity and access.
- The relationship between gallery based work and public commissions.
- Does the curatorial programme feed into wider regeneration policies?
- Any important differences to curation in an urban setting?
- Notions of networks and cross-overs between local, national and international settings.
- Etc.

With presentations by
Mark Segal, Director Artsway, New Forest
Martin Barlow, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales
Gavin Wade, Artist Curator, Research Fellow in Curating at the University of Central England

Workshop Session 2: New Media as a trans-spatial tool for the rural environment
- Which social and physical spaces are being addressed in your work/project?
- How does the use of new media operate as a tool in regards to that?
- What is the space that is generated through the use of new media?
- Issues of existing and required infrastructure for the rural environment?
- Does perception of the media vary from rural to urban audiences/participants?
- Etc.

With presentations by
Mike Pearson, Performance Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Sue Gainsborough, Director Thomas Adams Media College, Wem
Wapke Feenstra, artist, Rotterdam

Workshop Session 3: Cultural Production vs Arts and Crafts vs Creative Industries
- Do we need a distinction between the three areas?
- Where are cross-over spaces and what’s their role/importance?
- The promotion of “Creative Industries” as a tool for so called culture led regeneration.
- Economic values and questions of trade and exchange.
- Etc.

With presentations by
Amanda Farr, Director Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys
Trudi Graham, Qube Gallery, Oswestry, host of Notion Nanny
Amy Plant, artist, Multi Stop Shop

Workshop Session 4: The rural as a source for contextual art practice
Why working with the rural?
References from art/history? The rural as retreat, motive, backdrop, exotic other?
Links between project that deal with the rural and those sited in urban settings.
Autobiographical aspects?
Who is the commissioner and curatorial or political agendas behind? Etc.

With presentations by
Richard Walker, artist, lecturer University of Staffordshire
Matthew Cornford, artist and member of Cornford and Cross, Lecturer in Fine Art University of Wolverhampton
Torange Khonsari, architect and member of public works, currently in residency at Wysing Arts

Workshop Session 5: Art, Ecology and the landscape
Issues of scale in regards to the landscape and social interaction within it.
What is the political space of such projects? Activism, rural regeneration, green policies?
Short term intervention versus and/or long term sustainability.
Collaborations with other agencies/initiatives ?
The role of the local scale in regards to the national and international?
Etc.

With presentations by
Tim Collins, artist and Associate Dean, School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton
David Haley, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
The Cloud Gallery, Shropshire artist collective

FILM PROGRAMME DURING WHY WE LEFT THE VILLAGE AND CAME BACK

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A selection of artits films and videos from the Bibliobox were shown everyday at the Old Market Hall Cinema in Shrewsbury, from 10.00 to 14.00.

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DISPLAYS DURING WHY WE LEFT THE VILLAGE AND CAME BACK

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We selected the three village projects by the three myvillages.org members Kathrin Böhm, Antje Schiffers and Wapke Feenstra to showcase in the three exhibition spaces associated with the mediamaker arts programme:
Belmont Art Centre
Music Hall Gallery
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

myvillages.org is an international artist initiative set up by Kathrin Böhm (Ger/UK), Wapke Feenstra (NL) and Antje Schiffers(Ger). It is an informal framework for ideas and new art projects that address the rural environment as a space for contemporary cultural production and debate.

Their individual practices are involved with site-specific and participatory art forms, and they often use local narratives, facts and resources as the starting point for their work. Their common interest in the rural also comes from the fact, that they all grew up in very small villages, which they left at start of adult life. The exhibition displays at Belmont, Music Hall and Shrewsbury Museum all show projects that have been developed and realised in their home villages and are part of the ourvillages series.

PRESENTATION BY KATHRIN BÖHM

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Kathrin Böhm is a member of myvillages.org and public works, and currently AHRC Research Fellow at the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton
ART AS SPACE VERSUS SPACES FOR ART
A new typology art space for the rural

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One of the ideas we had, when Antje, Wapke and myself started the artist initiative myvillages.org, was to run an arts project in the very villages where we came from. To start with we visited each other’s village. We walked around, had a chat with some of the villagers we met in the street and went to the local pub. Wapke always describes this as our first visit to a new art space. Even though the villages were extremely familiar to us, our new art outlook transformed them form the place where we have childhood memories and where we still visit our family, to a new place for our art practice.

The title for the symposium today is Rural Art Space, a rather dry title, but in my opinion a very pointed one. Within the current context of regional development and rural regeneration we need a discussion and debate about what rural culture is, and how contemporary art practice can engage with rural issues and places. The question of space becomes relevant, because art practice will take place and require space somewhere. Art projects might use and appropriate existing spaces and they will generate new ones. When it comes to cities, we have a clearer idea of the art spaces in existence and use. For the rural environment the first quick assumption is that there are less art spaces, and those that exist are smaller, more widespread, and less significant.

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MAPPING SESSION DURING THE SYMPOSIUM

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myvillages.org invited all delegates to sketch their Rural Art Space.
Find below all the mappings from the day.

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KATHRIN’S HOEFER GOODS AT SHREWSBURY MUSEUM

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Kathrin is also part of the art and architecture collective public works who work with informal everyday structures and they produce physical and conceptual structures that support and initiate those networks. In 2004 they realised a project called Park Products for the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London, which established a new social space for the Park based on the principles of a local informal economy.

For Höfer Goods Kathrin used a similar idea, and she invited the woman from her home village Höfen, to develop new product ideas that would make use of the resources available in the village, including narratives, materials and skills. Höfer Goods is a long-term project to produce new items and objects over the coming years, which will be launched annually as part of the village fete.
The project went public in October 2006 together with an exhibition containing almost 200 photographs collected from all the households which showed village life throughout the last 100 years.

The display here shows the first two Höfer Goods amongst selected objects from the museum collection.

ANTJE’S INSTALLATION AT THE MUSIC HALL

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The art work in this gallery is by Antje Schiffers, who started her project I like being a farmer and want to stay one in 2002 by revisiting her home village Heiligendorf. Antje’s work often uses simple exchange rules to gather cultural information and production.

For I like being a farmer and want to stay one Antje asked the nine remaining farmers in her village to make a video about themselves. What does it mean to be a farmer today? What is the image they have of themselves? Which ideas do they want to tell and share?
In return Antje offered to paint each farmer’s farm in oil, and would spend a week on the farm to produce the painting.

The display shows one of the videos and a photograph of one of the paintings in the farmhouse’s corridor. The quotes on the walls are from other videos.

Antje will continue the project throughout 2007/08 and if you know a farmer in Shropshire who might be interested in getting involved, please let us know!

WAPKE’S BIBLIOBOX AT BELMONT ART CENTRE

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Collections:

What does Shropshire sound like?

Wapke Feenstra has set up the Bibliobox for myvillages.org.
She’s generally interested in collections, either of images, items, spaces, routes, narratives etc. She is using websites, the book format or physical containers to facilitate her different collections. Wapke doesn’t see her collections as archives to be locked away, but as a living archive that grows by being used and offers a new meeting space for showing and discussing ideas.

The Bibliobox is both, a website and a travelling box, and both contain collected documents from other artists and their projects in rural areas. Wapke has selected some sound based pieces from the BBBox, a poetry based piece she did in regards to her home village, a music collection by Georgina Starr and a text based piece that describes the atmosphere of a country house in Denmark. Wapke is also starting a new collection, by asking:
What does Shropshire sound like?

Please feel free to add your sounds, ideas and comments to the installation!

April 16, 2007

Rural Art Space Symposium/Programme

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The one day symposium was part of Why We Left The Village and Came Back and took place on Wednesday 17 Jan 2007, 10.00 to 17.00 at the Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK

Symposium Programme

09.30 to 10.00
Registration, Old Market Hall

10.00 to 10.15
Welcome and Introduction by Adrian Plant, Exhibitions Officer and Mary White Director Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

10.15 to 10.45
Introduction to Cultural Regeneration
With Clare Cumberlidge, Director of General Public Agency
Thurrock: A Visionary Brief for the Thames Gateway

10.45 to 11.00
Mapping your Rural Art Space with the whole audience and myvillages.org

11.00 to 12.15
Kathrin Böhm, Artist and member of myvillages.org and public works, currently AHRC Research
Fellow at the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton
Art as Space vs Spaces for Art

Adam Sutherland, Director Grizedale Arts, Cumbria
Curating Networks of Activities

12.15 to 13.00
Antje Schiffers and Wapke Feenstra, Artitsts and member myvillages.org
Roamning the Rural: The Bibliobox Tour through Shropshire

13.00 to 14.00
Lunch in the Music Hall/Clive Suite

14.00 to 14.15
Introduction of the 5 workshops sessions for the afternoon

14.15 to 16.00

Workshop Session 1 at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Curatorial strategies that operate within and across rural spaces, with presentations by
Mark Segal, Director Artsway, New Forest
Martin Barlow, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Wales
Gavin Wade, Artist Curator, Research Fellow in Curating at the University of Central England

Workshop Session 2 at Belmont Arts Centre
New Media as a trans-spatial tool for the rural environment, with presentations by
Mike Pearson, Performance Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Sue Gainsborough, Director Thomas Adams Media College, Wem
Wapke Feenstra, artist, Rotterdam

Workshop Session 3 at Music Hall / Darwin Suite 2
Cultural Production vs Arts and Crafts vs Creative Industries, with presentations by
Amanda Farr, Director Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys
Trudi Graham, Qube Gallery, Oswestry, host of Notion Nanny
Amy Plant, artist, Multi Stop Shop

Workshop Session 4 at Music Hall / Clive Suite
The rural as a source for contextual art practice, with presentations by
Richard Walker, artist, lecturer University of Staffordshire
Matthew Cornford, artist and member of Cornford and Cross, Lecturer in Fine Art University of Wolverhampton
Torange Khonsari, architect and member of public works, currently in residency at Wysing Arts

Workshop Session 5 at Music Hall / Darwin Suite 1
Art, Ecology and the landscape, with presentations by
Tim Collins, artist and Associate Dean, School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton
David Haley, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University
The Cloud Gallery, Shropshire artist collective

16.00 to 17.00
Plenary Session and Feedback from Workshops

Why We Left The Village And Came Back Info

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Why We Left The Village And Came Back was a two months programme of displays, films, events and a public symposium curated by myvillages.org in collaboration with Adrian Plant from Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

17th November 2006 to 20th January 2007

Why We Left the Village and Came Back is an exhibition and events programme investigating the relationship between the rural environment and contemporary arts practice.

mediamaker, Shropshire’s innovative media arts partnership, has invited the artist collective myvillages.org. to devise this programme as the first stage of a major commission for Shrewsbury and Shropshire. Over two months, the project will explore the countryside as a place for art production, a socio-cultural space and a space for critical reflection.

THE LAUNCH
Thursday 23rd November, 7pm: Old Market Hall Film & Digital Media Centre

DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITION
17th November to 20th January: Belmont Arts Centre; Music Hall Gallery; Old Market Hall Film & Digital Media Centre; Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Wapke Feenstra’s BBBox at Belmont
Antje Schiffers’ installation at The Music Hall Gallery
Kathrin Böhm’s Höfer Goods at Shrewsbury Museum

PUBLIC FILM PROGRAMME

BIBLIOBOX TOUR SHROPSHIRE

THE SYMPOSIUM
Rural Art Space: Innovative art practices in the rural environment
Wednesday 17th January, 10am  to 5.30pm; The Old Market Hall and
The Music Hall; registered guests and pre-booked ticket holders only
The Symposium is open to art practitioners, curators, students, arts administrators and decision-makers in the region. It will start by looking at current culture-led rural regeneration initiatives and will examine critically the role of the arts within them. The afternoon will feature a series of workshops focusing on case studies and exploring various specific issues around the curation and production of art in the rural environment.

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