Grand Union is an artist-led initiative that supports the development of artists and curators and aims to establish and nurture dialogue between contemporary visual artists, and local, national and international art organisations.
Established by a group of artists and curators in Birmingham, UK, Grand Union is a unique project that houses eight purpose built studios and a project space. The project space provides a platform for a diverse and exciting programme of events and exhibitions while the studios provide a professional and secure working environment.
Gallery, Artist studio or collective
Thursday to Saturday, 12–5pm during exhibition opening hours.
BETWEEN LAW AND FEELING: AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION AND SCREENING WITH FAY NICOLSON AND ANNIE DAVEY
- 30 July 2015 6:30-8pm *on now
Fay Nicolson invites fellow artist Annie Davey to share and discuss their research around models of learning; touching on the past, present and future of art schools and the ‘spaces’ for making, experiencing and thinking that they establish within society. Both artists have researched into histories of art institutions (including the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, The A Course and the Vasarely Foundation). Through sharing diverse ideas, images and clips the artists will chart out different ways that art education informs and infiltrates their practices. They will explore their attraction to past models; whether historical approaches can avoid nostalgia, and how research can be used as material to be manipulated in the present and future.
Fay Nicolson is an artist who explores the threshold of images through making, transformation and repetition. The practice and politics of embodied or materials-based learning, and how this is documented through objects, images and text are guiding Fay’s current research.
Annie Davey is an artist and lecturer presently teaching on the MA Art and Design in Education programme at the UCL Institute of Education, where she is undertaking her PHD. Annie’s research looks at the mobilisation of a radical art school in contemporary formations of art education, from the neoliberal university to the alternative art school.
OVER AND OVER PURE FORM: A PERFORMATIVE READING
- 7 August 2015 7-7:30pm
Fay Nicolson ends her solo exhibition OVER AND OVER PURE FORM with a reading of fragments from her on-going text of the same name. This playful text outlines short scenarios and abstract sketches on ‘aesthetic understanding’. This text uses the exercise and instruction to frame the relationship between the reader and listener or teacher and student, addressing themes such as learning, repetition, power, action, sense and nonsense. The text draws from educational models and lived experiences; exaggerating pedagogic ideas to bring out their poetics, politics, masochism and humour.
The reading will begin at promptly at 7, please arrive in time for the beginning of the performance.
This event is part of Digbeth First Friday.