Old Fire Station Oxford

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 http://leydengallery.com

In January we are moving out of London to Oxford http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/gallery/

Each one of us has invited our Buddy or Mentor from the http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk
hothouse3 programme to join us.

The line up looks something like this: 

Kim Norton http://www.kimnorton.co.uk
Laura Ellen Bacon http://lauraellenbacon.com

Jane Cairnes http://www.janecairns.co.uk
Annie Turner http://www.galeriebesson.co.uk/turner.html

Laura Grain http://www.lauragrain.com
Shelly Goldsmith http://shellygoldsmith.com

Tomas Appleton http://www.thosworks.com
Giles Macdonald http://www.gilesmacdonald.com

Grant Aston http://www.grantaston.com/#0
Bonnie Kemske http://www.bonniekemske.com

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.