Artists and Curators Talking

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Axis and a-n present a new programme of dynamic, practice-led discussions on hospitality, space and contemporary art making, researched and directed by artist, curator and writer Sonya Dyer.

Grace Ayson
Grace Ayson
Constructed space, 2010

‘Artists and Curators Talking’ – a series of four practice-led discussions taking place across England and Wales from Autumn 2010 to Spring 2011 – aims to highlight diverse, but interlinked, approaches and philosophies in contemporary practice, centred around four key themes: Neighbourhoods and Neighbourliness, Hospitality, Liminal Space and Structure and Space.

Sonya Dyer sets out her thinking for the programme
Interlinked? Well, ‘neighbourliness’ requires an engagement with the idea of ‘hospitality’ – even if it is to reject it. In traditional hip-hop terms the ‘hood’ (or the cockney ‘Manor’) denotes a space for ‘insiders’ – you either belong or you don’t. Its basis is specificity. You can wear the clothes and try to walk the walk but the ‘real’ thing is supposedly identifiable (as is the simulacrum in the case of the fictional Ali G.). But where we belong, and who our neighbours are is no longer so clear cut…
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Artists and Curators Talking events

Neighbourhoods and Neighbourliness’, 18 November 2010, Turner Contemporary, Margate

Read Sonia Dyer’s report from this event

‘Liminal Space’, 19 January 2011, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
‘Hospitality’, 16 February 2011, East Street Arts: Union 105, 105 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3HY

‘Structure and Space’, 9 March 2011, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire More details

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