FLUX – The Symposium
10th June 2017 5pm-9pm
In response to the challenges that artists, curators, and galleries face today, Room7 are excited to present an evening of talks and discussions on the contemporary arts of the West Midlands. During the symposium we will examine wider topics such as the relevance of contemporary art in society,
and a consideration of the status of contemporary art and artists post ‘Brexit.’
The programme includes talks by Director of New Art West Midlands Craig Ashley and Kim McAleese, Programme Director at Grand Union, a practice workshop where the audience are encouraged to respond to the artworks on display, and a roundtable conversation with the four artists featured in the show, FLUX, James Lomax, Zoe Robertson, Intervention Architecture, and Mark Houghton.
Tea, coffee and a glass of wine is included in the entrance fee, light refreshments will also be available
Tickets £5/, £3 concessions.
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Room7 Symposium Programme:
5:00pm – Welcome
5:15pm – Drawing workshop in Gallery
5:50pm – Coffee Break
6:00pm – ‘The Contemporary Art Scene Post Brexit’ – a conversation with Cheryl Jones (Grand Union) and Craig Ashley (New Art West Midlands)
6:45pm – Break
7:15pm – Exhibition Tour, led by curators and artists
7:30pm – Artist in Conversation: An open-panel with Intervention Architecture, James Lomax, Mark Houghton, and Zoe Robertson.
8:00pm – Drinks
9:00pm – Close
ROOM7 PRESENTS THEIR FIRST EXHIBITION IN COLLABORATION WITH GRAND UNION AND CENTRALA ART GALLERIES, OPENING FRIDAY 2 JUNE
- 4 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS
- AN EXHIBITION OF NEW ARTWORKS REPRESENTING ARTISTS FROM THE WEST MIDLANDS
- ONE-OFF PERFORMANCE WITH MUSIC AND DANCERS WILL TAKE PLACE ON OPENING NIGHT, 2 JUNE
Newly formed collective of curators ROOM7 presents ‘FLUX’, an exhibition of contemporary art in collaboration with Grand Union and Centrala Art Galleries. The collective is made up of 7 curators from different backgrounds brought together by their studies at the University of Birmingham.
The exhibition is formed by the work of four carefully selected artists based in the West Midlands; Mark Houghton, James Lomax, Anna Parker and Zoe Robertson.
All of the artists have made new artwork for the show, responding to the gallery space and its architecture.
Mark Houghton is exhibiting new artworks of monumental size, as well as existing works which combine sculpture and painting in reaction to the space of the gallery.
Artist James Lomax has created ‘site-reactive’ sculptures which extend from floor to ceiling, in reaction to the architecture and the history of the gallery space.
‘Intervention Architecture’ has created an installation space that can be entered by visitors. It will be blacked-out, and they invite the viewer to experience and explore various domestic objects through touch.
Jeweller Zoe Robertson has created a piece of work that can be touched, worn and interacted with. For the opening night she has invited two dance artists, Natalie Garrett Brown and Polly Hudson, and Sellotape Cinema (Stephen Snell and Steven Chamberlain) to deliver an improvised, site-specific and collaborative performance with the artworks.
The exhibition will launch on Digbeth First Friday, a micro art festival in Digbeth, on Friday 2 June at 6pm.
Opening night performance by Zoe Robertson: 2 June 2016
Friday 2 June to 10 June 2017
Centrala Art Gallery: Art Loft
Unit 4 Minerva Works
158 Fazeley Street
B5 5RT Birmingham
ROOM7 is a curatorial collective; 7 curators from different backgrounds brought together by their studies at the University of Birmingham. With a focus on multidisciplinary practices, they work to explore the limits of the gallery space, and the boundaries between different art disciplines. They promote and support artists in the production of new work, as they develop their practice. www.room7curating.wixsite.com
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