|[D I S C U R S I V E  S P A C E S ]| Residency project 

The [ Discursive spaces ] residency project is an annual 6 month program of mentoring and engagement between the physical and philosophical spaces in which our local communities are creating and therefore contributing to its ever expanding [ spaces within spaces ] in our city.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the group show is postponed but artists will continue to deliver outcomes adapted to the circumstances*

|[ H E T E R O T O P I A S ]|01/01 - 01/08 | 2020

Five West Midlands based artists have been chosen for a paid residency to produce a solo show in response to community engagement and research of ‘Heterotopia’s’. Each artist will undertake a one month residency in our gallery and studio spaces, where the research will inform an artistic outcome in the form of a solo exhibition at the end of the month. The process, research and outcomes will be presented as an academic publication – in collaboration with writer in residence Nathaniel Grant - that encapsulates all five artist’s journey investigating the spaces and engaging in community discourse regarding the historical, cultural and political context of the spaces in the city.

Each artist will engage with a local space and its frequent inhabitants or lack thereof. These heterotopias or non-spaces will inform the research and the output of the final works. This can take shape in any form the artist wishes, through artistic interpretation in any medium, discussion groups, interviews, workshops or documentation etc. 

Seven other artists have been invited to contribute to the publication and a final group show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to present a narrative between 'the in-between' and what that means in our current climate.  

| THE [ S P A C E S ] IN-BETWEEN |

Wolverhampton Art Gallery show | 8th June - 21st June 2020

Closing evening and publication launch | 19th June 6pm-8pm

[ T H E   A R T I S T S ]

Click an artists image to view their residency 

Multidisciplinary artists in the fields of moving image, engineering, installation, performance, sound sculpture, community engagement, activism, research, philosophy, religion, writing, graphics, photography and textiles, working together to explore the psycho-geographic sites of the city and the traces left by its community.

Nathaniel Grant - Writer in residence

Jayne Murray - January residency

Thomas J Brown - February residency

David Checkley - March residency

Remi Andrews - April residency

Sahjan Kooner - May residency

Documentation Apex Pro Media | Archived RJB Digital Archive

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|[ H E T E R O T O P I A S ]|01/01 - 01/08 | 2020

The term describes cultural, institutional and discursive spaces that are ‘other’. Heterotopias are worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting that which is outside. Examples include; ships, cemeteries, bars, prisons, public gardens, fairs, public baths, asylums, churches and also more recently Baudrillard would present digital spheres and genders as heterotopias. Museums and art galleries also present us with heterotopias of time, displaced and fragmented, showcasing objects from different eras and cultures. Heterotopias of ritual are spaces such as a prisons or hospitals where they are isolated and penetrable but not freely accessible. Then there are heterotopias of illusion that expose that which is not within it or a heterotopia of compensation. We want to invite artists to respond to these spaces which exist all around us and are formed by our social structure, informed by our meeting with them or through the hauntology of space; our denial or forgetting of them. How does our city engage with space and how do these heterotopias invite or exclude our communities living and working here? Wolverhampton City centre has over 100 empty shops on the high street and a large percent of our public cultural buildings are owned by the council. We also have a high rate of migrants and refugees that live in this city.


How might we reconsider our interaction and creation of space and what is our responsibility to it?

Address:

21 Clifton Street

Chapel Ash

Wolverhampton WV3 0TZ

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