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Haptic-Tacit Exhibitors

Following on from the last blog Haptic-Tacit.

I talked about who was involved in these two exhibitions, how we came together as a group and why we are doing this. 

In October 2016 we will be showing at the Leyden Gallery in London E1

In January we are moving out of London to Oxford

Each one of us has invited our Buddy or Mentor from the
hothouse3 programme to join us.

The line up looks something like this: 

Kim Norton
Laura Ellen Bacon

Jane Cairnes
Annie Turner

Laura Grain
Shelly Goldsmith

Tomas Appleton
Giles Macdonald

Grant Aston
Bonnie Kemske

During Hothouse we were each given a buddy where 10 hours contact time 
was allotted. The role of the buddy was someone who was working in a similar way and could be a support throughout the six months. 

The role of the mentor was someone who may be working in a similar way or in my case I wanted to gain more knowledge about arts commissioning and working outside the gallery context so I was paired up with Francis Lord a curator and arts consultant. 

Both of these professional links and contacts were hand picked for each one of us. 
From my personal experience both pairings were really well considered and perfectly matched.

This part of the programme set you up with a mini network and some cases new friendships and peer groups. 

That's one of the reasons we wanted to include the Buddies and Mentors. In some cases parallels will be drawn between the two practices this can be through material, through working methods or through thinking approach and concept. 

Again in my case working with Laura the similarities firstly begin with space and scale. 
Although we work in very different materials I think we are going to look at weight and density or the illusion of these two words and how that differs between willow and clay. 

We have a group meeting in the next few weeks and our press release will also be ready to begin spreading the word. We are also in the process of discussing a networking event during one or both of these exhibitions for past and present hothouse participants.


Haptic:  Relating to the sense of touch, in particular relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch and proprioception

Tacit: Understood or implied without being stated

These two key words are for the title of two group exhibitions involving 
Myself, Jane Cairns, Thomas Appleton, Laura Grain and Grant Aston. 

 Together we are working towards two exhibitions starting in 2016 following through to 2017.

 We all met on the Crafts Council development programme Hothouse in 2013.

This programme has given us a strong peer group connection that has continued to flourish long after we finished.
 Our motivation behind this initial idea is to be able to make work that we wouldn't normally have the opportunity to explore and to be able to work on our own terms.

During these two events we are planning some networking events and possibly a Q&A

More to follow in the next few weeks. 

Crafts Council Hothouse interview invite.

I've been invited for an interview at the Crafts Council for the Hothouse Programme in two weeks time. 

6-8 examples of work are required at the interview in order to take a closer look and gain an understanding of both the maker and the work, because of the nature of my working practise a collection of models and test pieces sketchbooks and photographic material will be taken to outline process, development and thinking involved throughout lengthy large scale projects.