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BEAR & RAGGED STAFF: IDEAS OF THE RURAL

by Annabel Clarke

Following an exhibition of the same name at Meter Room Project Space as a part of Coventry Biennial 2017, Bear & Ragged Staff: Ideas of the Rural brings together a group of artists based in or with deep connections to rural Warwickshire to reflect upon, and respond to, the impact Conceptual Art has had on the area since Art & Language formed and based their collective practice in the county in the late 60s and 70s.

Between 2018 and 2021 artists Faye Claridge, Rory Beard, Helen Nelson and others, will spend time together publicly researching, testing ideas and making new works which may be exhibited as a part of Coventry Biennial 2021 in the UK City of Culture year.

We recognise the value of working closely with artists over long periods of time, allowing them to develop their practices without the pressures of looming deadlines and with the understanding that for many artists, duration and process are fundamental parts of how they make work. This first, four day group residency, generously funded through Warwick District Councils Arts Service Strategic Funds, will involve the artists and art writer Anneka French working together to respond to Art & Language’s 1965 work Untitled Painting, now housed in the Tate’s Collection.

We would like to invite you to join us at the following events:

POTLUCK BREAKFAST & INTRODUCTIONS 
Wednesday 14 November 2018, 10-11.30am. Free.
Join artists Faye Claridge, Rory Beard, Helen Nelson and members of the Coventry Biennial team for a brief introduction to Art & Language’s Untitled Painting and an overview of the residency. Please bring a food item to share with the other attendees.

OPEN STUDIO
Thursday 15 November 2018, 12-5pm. Free.
Drop in and chat to the three artists and members of the Coventry Biennial team for an insight into the work that is being developed during this residency and to discuss how it might continue to evolve afterwards.

BEAR & RAGGED STAFF SEMINAR & WORKSHOP
Saturday 17 November 2018, 12pm-3pm. £10 (includes refreshments).
Ryan Hughes, founder and artistic director of Coventry Biennial will lead a seminar and workshop exploring the role that critical thinking has played in artistic practices which take place away from cities. Starting with Art & Language and then looking at a variety of more recent case studies this event will encourage participants to make new work within rural contexts.
Booking via Eventbrite here.

 

Image – Title: Jephson Gardens. Credit: Antonio Roberts. Licence: Attribution-ShareAlike. 

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