Groundwork, Residencies 2017

Hayley Newman in Residence 5-13 May 2017
Life on the Redways: In-situ Performance Skills 

Formation Cycling Session
13 May 2017, 2.30-4.30pm
Free and Open to All (bring your own bike)

Artists Talk and New Work from Sapphire Goss
Artist Sharing 13 May 2017, 6.30-8.30pm

Laura Cooper in Residence 19-27 May 2017
Softening the Grid
27 May 2017, 11am-4pm
Click to book: Ticketed Event £8.00

Open-Studio Celebration with New Work by Sapphire Goss
Artist Sharing 27 May 2017, 6.30-8.30pm


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Groundwork returns to Milton Keynes Arts Centre this May with a programme of residencies, workshops, talks and sharing, developing art and performance specifically for and about Milton Keynes. Artist-run collective Tracing the Pathway will be based in the Arts Centre's gallery from 5th May – 10th June, joined by internationally acclaimed artists Hayley Newman, Laura Cooper, and Milton Keynes born Sapphire Goss. All artists will spend their time exploring the town, using the Arts Centre's gallery as an open-studio, which visitors are welcome to enter and engage with throughout Milton Keynes Arts Centre's opening hours.

Hayley Newman is an artist with a passion for humour, subjectivity, documentary practices and fiction. She creates performances, interventions, music and texts and has made work in nightclubs, shops, on trains and marches as well as for the concert hall or gallery. Growing up on the Buckinghamshire border, she spent many Saturdays in her teens hanging out in Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. She completed an art foundation course at Mander College in Bedford in 1989, before doing a degree in Fine Art at Middlesex University. She went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL; the Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste, Hamburg and the University of Leeds.

She is a writer and performer and much of her work is made in response to site. This includes her 2004 work MKVH (Milton Keynes Vertical Horizontal), commissioned by MK Gallery. The work involved driving a coach of volunteers around the MK road grid until their coach ran out of diesel. The social sculpture lasted for 39 hours and was her first work about oil and our dependency on fossil fuels. It has since been her dream to make a work on the MK Redway.

In 2011 she declared herself self-appointed artist-in-residence in the City of London and wrote the novella Common, drawing together the social, economic and ecological crises. She often works in collaboration, most recently with eco-electro girl-band The Gluts who took their musical Café Carbon to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, and art/activist group Liberate Tate. Newman lives and works in London and is represented by Matt’s Gallery. She is Reader of Fine Art and tutor on the doctoral programme at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Laura Cooper (b. 1983) is a British artist living and working between the UK and New York City, US. Her work explores how people relate to place and each other. Her work is performative in nature and results in installations combining live performance, video, objects and drawings. Solo exhibitions and projects include Silence of the Valkyries—online at PRAKSIS Oslo, Nomadic Glow at Centro ADM Mexico City Soft Revolutions at Space In Between Gallery London. She was awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance for her project at LAM 360° the 3rd Land Art Mongolia Biennale, in Mongolia 2014. From 2014-16 she co-directed the artist run project space Global Committee in Brooklyn NY. She received her MFA in Fine Art Media at The Slade School of Fine Art London [2012] and BFA from Glasgow School of Art [2006].

Sapphire Goss is a video artist who creates collaged landscapes from elements of traditional footage, archive or video snapshots. Textures and surface, movement and shape, and unusual patterns with light and colour create abstract compositions, a moving collage. She uses experimental analogue techniques such as printing each frame and reanimating to create works that have a physically tangible, textural quality. She has created a variety of films for exhibition, live events and for commercial commissions. With a background studying documentary and visual anthropology she uses observation, interviews and process to investigate ideas of place, culture and memory. As she grew up in Milton Keynes she is keen to use personal memories, family history and local knowledge to explore the area as a palimpsest of different narratives, from the utopianism of its construction to the fragments of lives that are lived within.

Tracing the Pathwayis an artist-led collective that explore the relationships the form between body, site and encounter. As artists, curators, and researchers, they produce site or situation-specific interdisciplinary artworks. Their work develops microcosmic worlds as catalysts for exploration and exchange with different communities. Their processes are soft, processual and organic, developing a practice that is always open-ended and subject to change. At the heart of their approach lies a curiosity to explore the environments different communities inhabit and a desire to investigate the ways in which people share their personal experiences of a place, exchange stories, gift traces and represent the past to create new pathways into the future.

The collective comprises three individual artists: Cara Davies, Mads Floor Andersen and Ashleigh Griffith. In collaboration they have presented performances, installations, workshops and talks worldwide, and produce and curate performance residencies and festivals; run professional development and educational activities in the UK and Europe.

Cara and Ashleigh grew up in Milton Keynes and are vitally passionate about championing cohesive creative communities in the town.

Hayley Newman in Residence 5-13 May 2017

 

Hayley Newman will spend her time during her Groundwork residency exploring the Milton Keynes cycle and pedestrian network - the Redway -- by bike and on foot. Having conversations with the people she meets and enjoying the bonhomie of walking, cycling and talking, she will collect and imagine stories and images to create a picture of life around the paths and cycle-routes that make up this network. The Redway was built during the early development of Milton Keynes and represents a different kind of shared space to road space. It presents an alternative future to one dominated by road systems and air pollution. The peripheral Redway paths are significant sites to consider in moving towards a low carbon world, transforming Milton Keynes into a city visibly populated by people, dogs, birds, spiders, plants and communities rather than cars.


Life on the Redways: In-situ Performance Skills 
13 May 2017, 10am-1pm
Click to book: Ticketed Event for those aged 16+ £8.00 

 

Hayley Newman will lead a three workshop for artists interested in site-responsive modes of performance making. The workshop will take the form of a walk, discussion and some practical exercises that will take place on Milton Keynes’ Redways. Together we will explore creative approaches to making site-specific work, including subjective processes of documenting, fictioning, drawing and using embodied experience to gather and process information. We will reflect on how the local connects to the global when considering the notion of place and the specifics of the workshops location.

The Redways will be the site at which we practically develop performances, stories and ideas in situ, and as such we advise participants bring suitable footwear and clothing for working outdoors in all weathers.

 

 

Formation Cycling Session
13 May 2017, 2.30-4.30pm
Free and Open to All (bring your own bike)

 

All ages and abilities are welcome to join us for an active exercise of thinking about the Redways through movement and collaborative modes of working with bikes.

Please bring your own bikes, or hire a Santander Cycle as we will be making a formation work together.

 

Artists Talk and New Work from Sapphire Goss
Artist Sharing 13 May 2017, 6.30-8.30pm

 

Join us for some drinks and snacks to celebrate the end of Hayley Newman's residency for Groundwork, a performance and research project by Tracing the Pathway. Throughout her residency, Hayley will be considering the different kinds of shared space the Redways offer residents of Milton Keynes in comparison to the more frequently occupied road space. She will consider how cycle paths present an alternative future to one dominated by road systems and air pollution. Hayley believes the peripheral Redway paths are significant sites to consider in a move towards a low carbon world, transforming Milton Keynes into a city visibly populated by people, dogs, birds, spiders, plants and communities rather than cars. During this evening event Hayley will share stories, memories and anecdotes from of her time on Milton Keynes' Redways.

In addition MK-born Sapphire Goss, will be showcase work which responds to Hayley’s findings and to her own knowledge of Milton Keynes’ landscapes, cultural heritage and identity. Sapphire will be a Groundwork resident throughout the month of May and showcase more work on Saturday 27th May 2017 (please see https:// www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-studio-celebration-with-laura-cooper-and-new-work-by- sapphire-goss-tickets-33923187166 for further information).

 

Laura Cooper in Residence 19-27 May 2017

 

Laura Cooper plans to approach MK’s famous grid structure by imaginatively considering how other inhabitants may react to the space, for example horses who think in curves, or how Druids might have taken pleasure in the angle of the sun rise. In doing so she will creatively conjure ways to ‘soften the grid’ through inhabiting and softly, poetically, reclaiming public spaces across MKs estates.


Softening the Grid
27 May 2017, 11am-4pm 
Click to book: Ticketed Event £8.00

 

The measure and meter of Milton Keynes’ unique layout offers an interesting physical parameter for exploration. Through this workshop, participants will investigate how the grid envelops and holds its inhabitants—human and non-human— both physically and psychologically. Guided by a series of encounters, intersections, entanglements that counter and yet celebrate what the grid contains, participants will take part in actions and processes that ‘soften the grid’. Together we will explore how to perfomatively re-imagine the town by inhabiting the grid through the guise of other species, considering how prey and predator animals respond to the grid and the division of space in this unique town. By embodying the senses of other beings, or species, the workshop hopes to stimulate consideration of the way the structure of the grid, and it’s dizzying roundabouts, affects residents’ sense of rhythm, space and containment and therefore provide a way for all residents and visitors alike to relate to the space afresh.

 

 

Open-Studio Celebration with New Work by Sapphire Goss
Artist Sharing 27 May 2017, 6.30-8.30pm

 

Tracing the Pathway host a celebratory evening at the end of Laura’s residency period. The evening is as an opportunity to encounter some of Laura’s emerging ideas for a new artwork for and about Milton Keynes. Throughout her residency Laura will be considering how the structural landscape of Milton Keynes is navigated and perceived by its human and non-human inhabitants, considering how one may softening the rigid grid lines and concrete architecture, as such discussions will evolve to ask what is constrained by and how is one affected by MK’s grid. There will be a Q&A, drinks, snacks and also be a showing of new work in response to Laura’s residency from Groundwork resident Sapphire Goss.