Rural Art Space

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

11.00 to 12.15
Kathrin Böhm, Artist and member of 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
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 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 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.

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

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



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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