M I L K, Seize Projects, Pester & Rossi, McGilvary/White
Discussion Chaired by Lloyd & Wilson
This event explored means, mediums and modes of artistic collaboration. Artists discussed collaborative efforts, successful and not. What went right, what went wrong and the joys of a shared creative process.
Programmed with M I L K alongside their exhibition This Is It, Isn’t It? the event was the first of 3 exhibitions curated as part of their takeover at Workplace Gateshead. This Is It, Isn’t It? Explores ideas of self-doubt, self-awareness and self-reflexivity as a core of artistic practice.
M I L K was joined by Pester and Rossi, Seize Projects and McGilvary/White, and a discussion was chaired by Lloyd & Wilson.
M I L K
M I L K are an artist-led collective based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Formed in 2015, M I L K aim to provide a platform for emerging artists to exhibit. As practicing artists themselves, M I L K members perceived a lack of opportunities and recognised exhibition spaces in Newcastle for early career and emerging artists. M I L K seeks to address this discord with a varied programme of exhibitions and events focused on supporting early career artists both regionally and nationally.
Pester & Rossi
Ruby Pester (b. 1986) and Nadia Rossi (b. 1985) have been working together since graduating from Fine Art and Time Based Art in 2008 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Pester and Rossi currently live and work in Glasgow, with a studio at the Kinning Park Complex, and are part of the artist group Fallopé & the Tubes.
Collaborating, they make work that spans sculpture, performance and installation using a wide variety of media. Immersive performances and social experiments take root in DIY culture with ideas relating to childhood nostalgia, public ceremony and a celebration of the home-made. Often using imagery and props relating to the body, along with its physical and metaphorical associations, they provide a sense of familiarity for the audience, all the while generating irony and humour. They are showing Bodyssey Odyssey at Baltic39 until 11 December.
SEIZE Projects is an organisation run by a core team of 5 artists, which coordinates an itinerant programme of events and exhibitions that seek to address ideas and generate discourse relevant to contemporary art and artists today. Often critical or tongue-in-cheek, projects range from showcases of member’s own creative practices, to large scale open calls and shows that contain a mix of invited artists; providing opportunities for emerging artists to exhibit alongside more established voices.
Their exhibitions are often driven by issues that emerge in the studio, and can therefore be seen to function as responses to questions that many face daily when tasked with creating art objects.
McGilvary/White (b. 1992) are a collaboration based in the UK. They met at Central Saint Martins whilst completing their BA in Fine Art. Recent Shows include: paM Invites, The Drawing Room, London; Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery, VITRINE, London; Bought Objects, Voidoid Archive, Glasgow; I am NOT Tino Sehgal, Nahmad Projects, London; Outpost Members Show 2016 (Selected by Lynda Morris and Chris Rawcliffe), Outpost, Norwich (all 2016).
Lloyd & Wilson
Working together since 2012 artists Toby Lloyd and Andrew Wilson build environments which invite people to communicate and collaborate with one another. Often borrowing the furniture of the Public House these installations encourage hospitality to open-up shared and conflicting experiences of everyday life.
Studio holders at The NewBridge Project, Lloyd & Wilson are currently undertaking a long-term live-work residency in South Leeds with East Street Arts.
This event programmed as part of Practice Makes Practice, an artist development programme run by artists for artists. Practice makes Practice focuses on developing artistic talent and equipping artists with the necessary skills to manage their practice, bridging the gap between art school, studio practice, the gallery and beyond.