• 24-11-2017
  • Thompson & Craighead group exhibition "Slow Violence`'

  • 29 November 2017- 20 January 2018, Art and Design Gallery, Hatfield.

    Slow Violence is a group exhibition that reconsiders the prevalent threat of climate change.
    UHArts welcomes Ackroyd & Harvey, Adam Chodzko, Emma Critchley, Ellie Harrison, Tom James, Katie Paterson, Michael Pinsky and Thomson & Craighead, for an exhibition which invites us to reconsider the prevalent and far-reaching threat of climate change.

    Working across film, photography, print and installation, the contributing artists challenge us to rethink the prevailing climate change iconography. Rejecting melting ice caps and desertification, their visual interpretations draw attention to what is happening closer to home, within our own local environments.
    Presented in collaboration with the School of Creative Arts across an exhibition, symposium and other events, Slow Violence takes its name and impetus from Rob Nixon’s seminal book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor’ (2013). Nixon suggests we reject the idea of violence as explosive or sensational, and instead 'engage a different kind of violence that is neither spectacular nor instantaneous, but rather incremental and accretive'. Slow Violence acknowledges that the violence of climate change can often be localized, extended, durational, unrecognised, even invisible.

    The Slow Violence exhibition, symposium and events have been developed collaboratively by UHArts and the Contemporary Arts Practice Group, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire.
    For more information visit http://www.uharts.co.uk/whats-on/2017-autumn-and-winter/slow-violence

  • 23-11-2017
  • Simon Knight launched new website “Smell Records”

  • Simon Knight has launched new website called Smell Records www.smellrecords.com

    Smell Records is the world’s first and only smell record label. Each record released by Smell Records is scented with an aroma, which is also embodied in the musical composition or lyrics of the track on it. When sitting next to their record player, playing a 'Smell Record', a listener also becomes a 'smeller'. For example, as the lyrics of a song about coffee are sung, the aroma of coffee is released. Pigment is also added to match the colour of the records to the colour associated with that smell.

    Simon Knight hosted a "Smell on the Radio" 2hr special on Radio Rixdorf on 27 October 2017 http://www.sameheads.com/radio-rixdorf

  • 23-11-2017
  • Nathaniel Mann selected for residency programme in Brazil.

  • British Council has announced that Nathaniel Mann is one of three artists selected for the first Musicians in Residence, Brazil programme with PRS Foundation. Nathaniel and two others selected Phantom Chips and Lady Vendredi will each travel to different parts of Brazil for up to six weeks to explore creative opportunities, engage with the local community and create new music.

    "A fabulous way to understand another part of the world is through its music," explains Cathy Graham, Director Music at the British Council, "and Brazil offers up a wonderful variety for us to discover through our musicians in residence. From the rich and lively carnival heritage of Recife to the underground experimental scene of Rio de Janeiro to the music of the Xingu indigenous communities, there will be so much to enjoy over the next few months. In turn, each resident will take their own brand of UK music to South America so there are sure to be some fascinating collaborations.”

    Nathaniel will stay in Mato Grosso where he will work with the Mato Grosso State Orchestra, the Instituto Homem Brasileiro (Institute for the Brazilian Man) and the Wauja Tribe – an indigenous tribe of Xingu, for whom music plays an integral part of society and culture.

    For more information please visit http://music.britishcouncil.org/projects/musicians-in-residence-brazil/m...

  • 22-11-2017
  • Gregory Batsleer at Festival Voices: Session Ugly Duck

  • Festival Voices: Session Ugly Duck, London 25th November, 19.30pm.

    Gregory Batsleer has recently co-founded vocal ensemble called Festival Voices, which has been set up to explore new ways of interpreting the great art of choral music and actively challenge some of the pre-existing perceptions as to what a choral concert is.

    Ugly Duck is an evening of collaborative choral music from Festival Voices, featuring works by Arvo Pärt, Frank Martin and Henry Purcell.

    Pärt’s Magnificat and The Woman with the Alabaster Box are illuminated by bespoke lighting design, transforming aural colours into stunning visuals.
    Martin’s Five Songs of Ariel are embodied by Paris-based mime artist Jason Ribes, who transforms the role of Shakespeare’s supernatural spirit into something rich and strange.
    Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is rescored with electronic music by producer and DJ Nico Bentley and the Pencil Collective.
    Please check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgD9dwGokiU.
    Visit website for further info www.festivalvoices.com

  • 21-11-2017
  • Sara Radstone: More Than Words

  • 17 November-10 June 2018, York Museums Trust.

    The Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) presents a moving retrospective exhibition of work by British artist Sara Radstone. It features 50 works which looks at how her work has changed and developed over the course of a career spanning nearly 40 years.
    Designed by Martin Smith, the exhibition follows the quiet progression of Sara’s life in ceramics beginning with early works created as she sought to reinterpret the vessel form. Following her struggles and successes with the material, the exhibition tracks the evolution of Sara’s ideas as she moved from vessels to freestanding sculptures, wall-based multiples and installations.
    Radstone’s work has been shown all over the world and constantly tests and challenges many of the preconceptions of what ceramic art should be. The exhibition will also include new work created by Radstone especially for the show.
    For more information visit https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/sara-radstone-more-than-words/