The Thread at Bilborough Library

On the morning of March 22 myself and Saima Kaur went out to Bilborough Library to present copies of a booklet featuring images from the workshops and the text written out of notes, artworks and conversations gathered during the four sessions in February to the staff and participants. A panel was installed in the library to display pictures … Continue reading

The Thread

The Thread, as its title suggests, is a text woven together, produced as a response to the Write Here workshops held at Nottingham Contemporary and Bilborough Library & Community Centre during February 2011. Its form echoes that of the exhibitions by Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier from which we took our inspiration. Where those artists … Continue reading

Wendy Houstoun: 50 Acts

The last time I saw Wendy Houstoun was in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary about a year ago, when she performed the rather wonderful Keep Dancing, a piece in which her solo performance merged with narration, film and other media in a way that both extended our sense of scale (this one woman performing alone on a vast stage … Continue reading

March Workshops (Overview)

All workshops will be taking place in the Meeting Room  at Nottingham Contemporary from 5 – 7pm on the first four Thursdays in March. More infomation is available at the website, though these sessions are now fully booked. However, I’ll be in the Study from 3 – 5pm (ahead of the workshops) on all the … Continue reading

Final Workshop For February

This week saw the final session in the first series of workshops, bringing the sessions full circle with a return visit by the group to Nottingham Contemporary after an introductory session at the beginning of the month and two sessions at Bilborough Library and Community Centre making our own responses to Jack Goldstein’s Text Totems … Continue reading

Sylvia Plath

On February 11 1963, exactly 48 years ago today, the American poet Sylvia Plath took her own life at a flat on Fitzroy Road in London where W.B. Yeats had once lived, following her separation from Ted Hughes, a spectacularly harsh winter and the return of the depressive illness that had periodically affected her throughout … Continue reading

Second Workshop: Text Totems

The second workshop in our first series – working with a group from Bilborough Community Centre alongside Nottingham Contemporary associate artist Jo Dacombe – took place today, but this time, instead of taxis bringing the group to Weekday Cross, it was our turn to gather materials and head to Bilborough, where we’d be picking up … Continue reading

Translation as Appropriation?

Artist Henrietta Simson presented a talk yesterday evening on the subject of appropriation in her own work, a theme highly relevant to both Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier, who often create new works from re-photographing, manipulating and referencing existing material. Collier’s Woman With A Camera consists of frames from the 1978 film Eyes of Laura Mars, … Continue reading

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

Back at The Space again this evening for a screening of Eyes of Laura Mars, a 1978 thriller directed by Irvin Kirschner from a treatment by John Carpenter, and starring Faye Dunaway as Laura Mars, a successful New York photographer who finds herself mysteriously connected to a serial killer, whose murders she witneses psychically, as though … Continue reading

New Month, First Workshop

As part of the Write Here residency, two series of workshops will be running, one in February, the other in March. The March workshops (running in the Study Room on the first four Thursdays of the exhibition’s final month, from 3 – 24 March,  5 – 7pm) are open to bookings through the gallery (contact Saima … Continue reading