GROUND 4 Extra
Residency: 14 to 20 August
Exhibition throughout September
Leading up to this year's GROUND 4 exhibition and C-Art 2017, five visiting artists will be taking part in a site-specific residency here at FAC and Florence Mine.
The artists - Bethany Cassidy, Catherine Hawkins, Jackie Haynes, Phoebe Myers and Jayne Seddon - will present their own individual/collective approaches to the Ground 4 Extra Residency working across the site and in a range of media, including sculpture and performance.
The work will range from research and development to finished pieces and written work and you will have the chance to meet the artists during the residency, from 14 to 20 August. The work will be on show in the Gallery until Friday 1 September.
Phoebe Myers graduated with BA Interactive Arts in 2011, and MA Visual Culture in 2013 at Manchester School of Art. Since then most of her creative work has been collaborative and communal, either with Collective North, or in public settings. Phoebe works in a variety of media, but a common thread is experimentation with materials and physical components in response to either the physical environment she is working in, or the spirit of the times she is living in.
For GROUND 4 Extra Phoebe writes:
Since my first visit to Florence Mine, my interest has been in exploring the idea that when standing on the surface it is difficult to comprehend the scale of the underground landscape of the mine. I'm working on some pieces which look at the relationship between the vastness of the sky above us, and the equivalent, but unseen, scale of the underground environment.
Bethany first visited Florence Mine and Arts Centre on a very wet weekend in January, and was astonished by this strange red space. She documented the colours and textures around the site, and brought ‘rave props’ with her which she used inside the mines. In August, Bethany hopes to spend longer inside the darker, more cavernous mine spaces, and bring music and projection to the mix.
Included in GROUND 4 Extra will be The Carbon Landscapes Art Project is a new dance, movement and visual art collaboration by artists, Catherine Hawkins and Jayne Seddon. After more than a decade of developing a multidisciplinary approach to arts practice in the environment, this new project will the allow two artists to do this at home, in the carbon landscape of the North West, that is the material for their practice.
They began sharing process and exploring public, gallery based movement and mark making during the 2014-15 (Gfta funded) Moving Marks project, at Neo Gallery, Bolton. They will work on site at Florence Arts Centre to research and develop this process-based work, using the red iron ore as material for new drawings and site-responsive performance work. This work will continue into September at Florence Mine subject to funding application outcomes.
Catherine Hawkins is a dance artist, with over twenty years experience of developing dance in community, health and performance; embracing new approaches to collaborative, inclusive creativity with diverse participants. She practices improvisation and Somatic and environmental movement, and has trained internationally. Find out more at www.movingmarks.co.uk
In recent years, supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, Hawkins has attended Helen Poynor’s, Walk of Life training programme in non-stylised and environmental movement in the South West of England. The clays and mudstones of the Jurassic coast, where Walk of Life workshops take place, inspired mark-making on paper and fabrics as part of movement work.
Back in the North West, she began to explore ways to support the continuation of this process based work and the creation of sharing and participatory opportunities, in new environmental art on Pennington Flash Country Park and in galleries in the North West. In 2014 she received funding from Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, Small Things Dance Collective and Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust for the Moving Marks Project.
Jayne Seddon is a conceptual visual artist whose work connects art with ecology and Social Sculpture, through the forms of walking, performance; and drawing - in its widest context.
Since studying MA Art As Environment at Manchester School Of Art (2013), she has delivered site-responsive, public art events and interventions in both rural and urban green spaces. Her practice focuses upon the use of public space, conservation, and public health. Research methods involve exploring new ways to shift the aesthetic of place - in order to connect people with green spaces through socially engaged and collaborative processes. This usually begins with a walk. She is currently Artist in Residence at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Primary, where she’s developing creative, ecocentric outdoor play spaces. Find out more at www.jayneseddonart.com