Rural Art Space

May 28, 2007


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Short CVs speakers and presenters
(in alphabetical order)

Martin Barlow

Martin Barlow is Director of Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno. After studying at the London School of Economics and then the School of Oriental and African Studies he spent periods in France and Japan before returning to the UK and working in manufacturing industry for nearly a decade. A temporary secondment to Tate Gallery Liverpool at the time of its opening in 1988 resulted in a move into the visual arts. Several temporary positions in smaller galleries in north Wales led eventually to the post of Exhibitions Officer at Wrexham Arts Centre and, from 1997, Director of Oriel Mostyn Gallery, with eighteen months in between spent managing a photolibrary. He has contributed to numerous books, journals and exhibition catalogues, and is particularly interested in issues of cultural identity within an international artistic context. From Lagos to Llandudno in the current issue of the engage journal discusses Oriel Mostyn’s record of showing artists from Africa and Latin American in an exhibitions programme based on a strong awareness of the Gallery’s cultural and geographical location. He has travelled extensively and his photographs are widely published in books, magazines and elsewhere. He was born in St Asaph, Denbighshire, and now lives in nearby Cefn Meiriadog.

Kathrin Böhm

Kathrin is founding member of the art/architecture collective public works (see also Torange Khonsari) and of the artist initiative
Trained as a painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, and an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, she is now mainly working in collaborative practice in the public realm and in public settings. Kathrin is currently an AHRC Research Fellow at the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton.
Recent and current projects include Höfer Waren a 10 year local product design project in her home village Höfen, Germany (as part of ourvillage,, British Art Show 06 Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition and Park Products for Serpentine Gallery and (together with public works).

Tim Collins

Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Enterprise
School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Distinguished Research Fellow, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University
BFA., University of Rhode Island
MFA San Francisco Art Institute
PhD Candidate University of Plymouth

Tim was employed in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University from 1997-2005, working with his partner Reiko Goto, Tim directed 3Rivers – 2nd Nature, a five year project with primary funding from the Heinz Endowments and the Warhol Foundation. They managed a team of artists, scientists, designers and students working together on issues of public space and ecology along the post-industrial waterfronts of Allegheny County, PA. In fall 2005 they organized an initiated a series of public programs, a conference and an exhibition Groundworks (curated by Grant Kester) that examined international approaches to art, ecology and planning. Tim co-directed the Nine Mile Run project (with Reiko, Bob Bingham and John Stephen) from 1997-2000. Projects currently under development with Reiko Goto include; The Secret Life of Trees a biogenic interface for British cities and conurbations and focal point design projects in Israel and Germany. Previous work with Reiko include; Watermark at the Ludwig-Forum Museum in Aachen Germany and, A Liquid Evaluation of the Brooklyn Waterfront for Creative Time, N.Y.

2006 Collins, T., (2006) “Art Nature and Aesthetics in the Post Industrial Public Realm” in “Healing Nature, Repairing Relationships: Restoring Ecological Spaces and Consciousness”, Editor Robert France, MIT Press, Boston MA.
2005 Collins, T., Goto, R., (2005) “An Ecological Context” in “New Practices/New Pedagogies: Emerging Contexts, Practices and Pedagogies in Europe and North America” Editor, Malcolm Miles. Swets and Zeitlinger, Lisse, Netherlands
2004 Collins, T., (2004) “aesthetic diversity” in “Herman Prigann’s Ecological Aesthetics: Theoretical Practice of Artistic Environmental Design,” ed., Strelow, Heike, Berkhäuser Verlag, AG, Berlin, Germany.

Matthew Cornford

Since graduating in 1991, he has collaborated with David Cross on a critical fine art practice. Cornford & Cross have been included in exhibitions at the ICA, Photographers Gallery and South London Gallery and have exhibited extensively in England also Italy, Norway, Serbia, Sweden and on the East and West coasts of the United States. They carried out an Arts Council residency at the London School of Economics, in 2000; and a British Council residency at Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou, China, in 2004. Their most recent solo exhibition opened at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland in December 2005 and is touring to Aspex’s Gallery Portsmouth in February and The Exchange Gallery, Penzance in November 2007.

Clare Cumberlidge

Clare Cumberlidge is director of creative consultancy General Public Agency, founded on May Day 2003 with co-director Lucy Musgrave. GPA has an interdisciplinary team and works across sectors bringing innovative solutions to issues within the public realm. Before co-founding GPA Clare Cumberlidge was one of the UK’s leading independent curators specializing in developing new spaces for artistic practice and supporting socially engaged practice. Over the past 15 years she has developed pioneering approaches to collaborative and cross disciplinary work. Her clients included The British Council, The Science Museum, The Poetry Society, The Architecture Foundation, Arts Council England, Institute of International Visual Arts, NESTA, Wellcome Trust and North Kensington Amenity Trust. Artists she has commissioned include Gillian Wearing, Tim Head, Nils Norman, Jordan Baseman, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, Tacita Dean, Brian Catling, Peter Fend, Bridget Smith, Kathrin Böhm, and Adam Chodzko. She serves as an advisory member of the RSA Arts Panel and lectures widely nationally and internationally.

Amanda Farr

I have been working as a gallery professional since 1990. I originally trained in fine art at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford during the 1970s. After raising a family I undertook a PGCE in Art & Design and an MA in Museum Studies, University of Leicester in the late 1980s. I then worked at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Leicester for nearly two years before moving to the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, where I worked in exhibition organisation for over four years. From 1996-98 I was Gallery Curator at the Beverley Art Gallery, East Yorkshire and in 1998 I became Director of Oriel Davies in Newtown, Powys, where I am still based.

Oriel Davies is a key visual arts venue in Wales. We are the main contemporary art gallery for the Welsh Border region, and have a strong reputation throughout the UK and beyond. The Gallery originated in 1982 under the name of Oriel 31 and since this time has provided a programme of innovative visual art exhibitions and extensive art education programmes. We are an independent organisation and a registered charity with a Board of Trustees. Oriel Davies is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council. Last financial year our visitor figures exceeded 66,000.

Wapke Feenstra

Wapke Feenstra (1959 Wjelsryp, Hennaarderadeel) ; studied art at the Jan van Eyckacademie in Maastricht (postgraduate 1991) and works since 1992 as an artist in Rotterdam. Recent outdoor projects are Bathers in Amsterdam (2003) and Bathers in Munich (2005). Recent white cube shows i.e.: Klein Art Works Chicago IL (USA) 2004, Museum of Contemporary Art Heerlen (NL) 2003 & Rotterdam (NL). Cityscapes can be seen i.e. on the internet , ongoing story collection in Dordrecht (NL) 1999-2009, ,
Arnhem (NL) see the city by following the dog routes 2001, , the cyclic time in a neighbourhood in Tilburg (NL) will be shown in pictures and trees 2005-2010. The works are intended to provoke the viewers’ associations, and are rarely clear-cut. Many of her works comprise part of a presumed larger whole, but you will never see it all at once. The works are making you aware that the perception is a local and subjective moment, cut out by time and space, but never isolated from culture.

Sue Gainsborough

Sue Gainsborough is the Director of Media Arts at Thomas Adams School and Media Arts College, managing a specialist programme that delivers across North Shropshire and beyond. Sue has over 20 years experience of arts development and of working on transdisciplinary projects, initially as a practitioner and more recently, as a manager and project champion. Over the past 14 years, Sue has chosen to live and work in rural environments and has a long standing interest in contemporary visual arts practice with particular emphasis on digital media and moving image work.

Trudi Graham

Trudi Graham is Chief Executive of Qube.
Qube is a fully-accessible creative centre which acts as a forum for ideas, a place to involve everyone, an exhibition space for new work, a gallery for emerging and established artists and a link to other centres of arts learning and practice.

Qube is the first Arts and Health focused centre in the West Midlands, challenging attitudes and involving new audiences. Qube Arts is a model for research into health and social issues.

The building was formerly the Queens Hotel and opened as Qube in August 2002 following extensive refurbishment. It is a light, contemporary space embodying inclusion and access. People see, and interact with, new experiences.

David Haley FRSA

Ecological artist, David Haley is a Research Fellow in MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a founding member of SEA: Social and Environmental Arts Research Centre, A&E: Art & Ecology Research Group and he leads the MA Art As Environment programme. Haley is an active member of the Public Art & Urban Design Observatory, the eco-arts network,, ACN (Art, Culture, Nature) and a Trustee of Helix Arts, the Mersey Basin Trust and Director of Harrison Studio & Associates (Britain) Ltd. He is, also, a Fellow of the RSA and member of the AHRC Peer Review College. He sits on the Arts Council England/RSA Arts & Ecology Think Tank and the Advisory Board of the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management’s Arts and Environment Programme. In addition to ecological arts commissions, Haley contributes regularly to international journals, publications and conferences. His long-term ecological arts programme for Shrewsbury Museum and Gallery considers creative opportunities for the future of people living with climate change and the River Severn. Current projects include Rivers from the Future that critiques the aesthetic and ethical values of the ‘new suburbia’ over freshwater, A Walk On The Wild Side, commissioned by Urbis to perform a series of community Wild Walks for the Wild Futures exhibition and website in Summer 2007 and Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom with Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison to determine how we might ‘withdraw gracefully’ as the sea levels rise.

Torange Khonsari

Torange is Director and founding member of public works, an art/architecture collective consisting of Architects Torange Khonsari, Andreas Lang and artist Kathrin Böhm and partners who have been collaborating in different constellations since 1998.
The team is specialised in participation and design projects for public spaces and institutions. Recent and current projects include Clients in the UK include Camden Council, Siemens Corporate Communications, Peabody Trust, Serpentine Gallery, Sleaford City Council, Gasworks Gallery and Thurrock Council.
public works’ conceptual interest lies in the relationship between institutions who offer and govern public space, and the users of those spaces. Our contribution as artists/architects is to propose and implement communication structures and physical structures that support and make use of the existing local networks and resources, and at the same time offer, propose and stimulate new activities and ways of exchange.

Recent and current project include British Art Show 06;Platforms, a community design project for Braithwaite House London, Park Products for the Serpentine Gallery London, Picture Highhouse, Access and Audience development Study, Purfleet, Thurrock Council, lay-out II, Consultation and Design Project, Gasworks Gallery, London.
Torange is currently artist in residence at Wysing Arts in Cambridgeshire.

Mike Pearson

Mike Pearson is Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He was a member of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1973-80) and Brith Gof (1981-97). Since 1997 he has created solo performances, and larger works in collaboration with Mike Brookes. He is co-author with Michael Shanks of ’Theatre/Archaeology’ (2001, Routledge); his monograph ‘In Comes I: Performance, Memory and Landscape’ is published in Janary 2007 by the University of Exeter Press. In late 2006 he received a twelve month research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to create three soundworks for an agricultual landscape in North Lincolnshire.

Amy Plant

London based artist, Amy Plant initiates projects in which sensitivity to context and collaboration with communities are key, investigating the nature of ‘public’ spaces and how art can function within them. Her works are invented through dialogue and research and aim to create new democratic spaces in which grass roots cultural productions, diversities, common ground and desires for the future are revealed with equal value, giving rise to new as well as existing ideas and actions. The concept of public space is expanded to include various media including magazines and television programs, as well as new physical structures, such as mobile shops and sound systems – open containers that are given meaning and magic by those who get involved. Past projects have included Contact for the North London Link project – Camden Arts Centre, Valley Vibes, London (in collaboration with Jeanne van Heeswijk) and Laburnum Pilot – a street magazine, at The Drawing Room (in collaboration with Ella Gibbs).

Amy was the 2004 Artist in Residence at the Manukau School of Visual Arts, Auckland, New Zealand. She spent eight weeks working with community activists and students, producing a television program to be broadcast on Triangle TV. At the village convention Amy will talk about her Multi Stop Shop project which traveled and traded throughout the rural areas of County Fingal, Ireland during the summer of 2003.

Adrian Plant

Adrian studied Art, Photography and Film at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art (1978-81). After working for museums and galleries across the UK, he joined Tate Liverpool (1989-99) as Outreach Curator to develop projects supporting the gallery’s exhibitions and commissions, such as working with Antony Gormley and a local community to create Field for the British Isles. During this time he completed an MA in Contemporary Art at the University of Liverpool (1995-1998).

In mid-2000 Adrian was appointed the first Exhibitions Officer for Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, developing a curatorial policy to engage new audiences in ‘… exploring history and locality through the work of contemporary artists.

Since mid-2005 Adrian has also become responsible for curating the work of new media artists at the new Old Market Hall Film and Digital Media Centre, and for developing mediamaker, a new contemporary art network of venues across Shrewsbury.

Adrian is a Trustee of Oriel Davis Gallery, Newtown, Powys (2002-present), and Co-Director of “Spotlight”, a showcase, training and support project for young and emerging musicians in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire (2004-present).

Antje Schiffers

“I was born in Heiligendorf, a village in northern Germany. I studied linguistics, literature and art and live in Berlin.
Much of my work deals with travelling: drawing a register of flowers in a remote mexican village, like an old-fashioned expedition botanist would have done. Doing paintings for food and accomodation in Italy and in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirgistan and Uzbekistan. Travelling through eastern europe as correspondent and ambassador of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig. I also worked as a company artist in the tyre industry and did barter trade with farmers in northern Germany. To tell about my experiences I do lectures, exhibitions, newspapers and books. One of my favourite sentences: They rode along, at once carefree and alert, like recently released thieves in the darkness, like young thieves in a luminous fruit orchard, wearing light jackets and having ten thousand worlds to choose from. (Cormick Mc Carthy, All the pretty horses).”

A solo exhibition will take place in Secession, Vienna, in July 2007.

Mark Segal

1999 – Present Director ArtSway Trust Limited
Hampshire, SO41 6BA
1995 – 3.1999 Exhibition Officer (p/t) South Hill Park Arts Centre
Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 7PA
1994 – 1997 Director The Cut Gallery, London SE1 8LW
1991 – 1992 Art Assistant Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, E. Sussex

Qualifications and training
1990 – 1991 Essex University, MA Museum & Gallery Studies
1986 – 1989 West Surrey College of Art & Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Adam Sutherland

Currently director of Grizedale Arts, Cumbria.

Previous employment
Director gallery and commissioning agency – Scottish Highlands
Freelance artist and educator, multiple residencies, teaching and projects
Director NLM – environmental improvement/arts project in London

Major projects and exhibitions
‘Roadshow’ an on the road programme of contemporary art and artists
‘Romantic Detachment’ PS1 New York, large scale residency and commissioned work programme
’7 Samurai’ residency programme in rural Japan and Tokyo

Selected writing 2006
It’s a Wonderful Life’ – essay on Bedwyr Williams, Oriel Mostyn
Rock a Bye Baby on a Dixie Melody – essay Juneau/projects, Showroom
‘The Captain is Dead, But That’s Ok’ – essay on Olaf Breuning – Chapter Arts

Gallery redevelopment, Lottery project –
Buildings and farm development – Grizedale Arts

Gavind Wade

Gavin Wade is an artist-curator, serial collaborator and Research Fellow in Curating at the University of Central England based in Birmingham. His practice combines a number of strategies from developing structures within exhibitions supporting the work of others to a broader enquiry into utopian sites of/for art, resulting in projects merging
fiction, public space and whatever else feels urgent at the time. Recent projects include: Public Structures, Guang Zhou Triennial, China (2005); Support Structure Phase 1-6, with architect Celine Condorelli, various locations (2003-2006); Strategic Questions (2002-200?) an ongoing series of 40 questions/projects in 40 publications; ArtSheffield05:
Spectator T, a cross city project with Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum (2005); Kiosk3: Merz Kiosk (mit Simon & Tom Bloor) Merz, Magazin4, Bregenz, Austria (2006) and Thin Cities, Piccadilly Line Centenary Exhibition, Platform for Art, London Underground (Dec 2006-7).

Richard T. Walker

Shropshire, UK, 1977, lives and works in London
MA Fine Art – Goldsmiths College (2003 – 2005)
Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art – Goldsmiths College (2002 – 2003)
MA Fine Art at Staffordshire University (2001- 2002) – completed one of two years
BA Fine Art – Bath Spa University C ollege (1996 – 1999)

Solo Shows
every note that I play gets me two chords closer to you (performance) Galeria dels Angels, Barcelona
I’ll be lost when I find you, Galeria Dels Angels, Barcelona

Selected Group shows
Spool 2, Consortium, Amsterdam
Cold Cold Heart, Summerset House, in association with The White Space 37 Where They Shall Dance, FACT, Liverpool;
Don Quijote, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holland;
Collapse,  An Impakt Event, Utrecht, Holland;
Disconnect, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London;
All personal, VTO Gallery, London;
Transart 05 festival, Bolzano, Italy;
Video Mix, La Casa Encendida, Madrid;
First Sight  inconcepibile e reale Villa Serena, Bologna;
Places I’ve Been, curated by Hans Op De Beeck, Consortium, Amsterdam;

La Vangardia (Spain) – October 2006
Flash Art – Summer 2006
Tema Celeste – Italy (November 2005)
Flash Art (Italian edition – august/September 2005)
Art Review 25 (July 2005)
Guestroom (2004)

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