Confirmation has today been received concerning the year of finding spaces in the city for art's projects for march and may.
The First is the 'Play' exhibition at AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Which will be a five person show (Anna Francis, Katie Shipley, Karen Boulton, Sam Knight and David Bethell). Which opens on March 21st and runs til all fools day. More details to follow.
The second great piece of news is that a residency has been secured for May, at The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home. This is an exciting chance to carry out a research project and spend time in the institute, based in Liverpool, where a certain level of resisitance to Liverpool's capital of culture status is expected. Part of the Institute's manifesto is as follows
"We have decided to organize a programme of events in our council house for the duration of Liverpool 08. We have decided to voice our discontent. We have decided to ask questions around art and culture, money and capitalism, private and public, familial and civic life. We have decided to disobey." http://www.twoaddthree.org/
The residency will be an opportunity to spend time within the capital of culture, within an art space which is operating outside of the capital of culture. It is a chance to carry out an investigation into how creative people in the city are reacting to the status, as well as gather first hand experiences from the cities users. More later...