SWAP Editions - Editions No. 1 AD HOC - Launch 31st March 2017 by Naomi Harwin

SWAP Editions Launch AD HOC Edition 1 at Castor on 31st March 6-8pm.

Edition No.1: AD HOC presents the works of Katriona Beales / Rachael Champion / Frances Disley / Jenny Dunseath / Richard Gasper / Bob Gelsthorpe / Naomi Harwin / Bruce Ingram / Joanne Lee / Sarah Pickering / Mark Scott-Wood / Duncan Wooldridge

The inaugural edition of SWAP brings together 12 artists from around the UK who have each been invited to make a small work as an edition of 18. The individual editions are published into 18 sets, one set is showcased as an exhibition and in exchange for participating each artist receives back a complete set of works. Titled AD HOC as both a celebration to the imperative act of making art and a nod to an alternative reaction to the dominance of the art market machine. SWAP Editions puts all emphasis of value within the collective artworks rather than their potential monetary value.

Please join us for the preview of AD HOC marking the launch of SWAP Editions at CASTOR Projects from 6-8pm on 31st March 2017.

CASTOR Projects Enclave 8, 50 Resolution Way, London, SE8 4AL www.castorprojects.co.uk

SWAP Editions and associated artworks are not for sale - but a limited number are available to swap.

Further info visit www.SWAParteditions.com

Axisweb Artist of the Month, March 2017 by Naomi Harwin

My practice..." continually shifts between states of making and unmaking. I am specifically interested in how we assess, organise, and endeavour to understand visual information, considering how we engage with and encounter forms, objects and shapes in relation to spatiality."

Axisweb Artist of the Month for March 2017 is Naomi Harwin, read the full interview here: https://www.axisweb.org/artist-of-the…/…/march-naomi-harwin/

Upcoming exhibition - in between things - 17-19 November, Norwich. by Naomi Harwin

In between things  

Michaela D'Agati and Naomi Harwin

Nunnsyard gallery

17th November - 19th November

PV 17th November

An investigative exhibition examining the shared dialogues and playful methodical approaches towards rationalizing and engaging with forms, objects, and shapes in relation to spatiality.

Drawing awareness towards a constant exchange of interactions, relations and interchangeable states of object-hood, the works are haptic and spatial things that acknowledge and negotiate their surrounding structures and the significance of the spaces between. 

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New Studio by Naomi Harwin

In April I secured a studio at Wysing Arts Centre which is located in Bourn just outside of Cambridge.  The centre has ten buildings including studios, live-work space, specialist new media facilities, a large gallery, education facilities and a 17th century farmhouse used as accommodation for residencies and retreats.

Wysing aims to provide alternative environments and structures for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production.   

My studio is located in Wysing's Strawbale block of studios.  Link: http://www.wysingartscentre.org/

Solo Exhibition by Naomi Harwin

My Solo exhibition 'O' opens on the 16th January 2015 running to the 24th at Airspace Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent

Read a little about the forthcoming show on Airspace Gallery's website:http://www.airspacegallery.org/index.php/projects/o_naomi_harwin

November’s activities – Airspace Gallery Graduate Residency by Naomi Harwin

My residency at Airspace Gallery is moving into its fifth month and getting ever closer to my Solo show which will be held on the 16th – 24th January 2015.

Trip to London

In November I spent a few days in London, during this time I was able to catch up with friends and visit a few exhibitions. I had been searching time to go and see the Anselm Kiefer show at the Royal Academy.  I was so pleased I could catch the exhibition; it was great to see so many works I had studied in books, and get to engage with the works on a much more personal level.  Although the exhibition had a great range of his painted works I felt a real lack of his sculptures and the paintings did not really give you an idea of the scale of his work.  However, this was seen in the Imagine program on the BBC that aired a day or so after my visit.  The program explored all three of his studios in France and Germany and made evident Kiefer’s process and the extent of scale in his work that was lacking at the RA. Anselm Kiefer is an artist I have spent a lot of time researching, I was drawn to his process of working and use of materials.  These processes are less relevant to my current work as it has progressed and developed into a much cleaner and precise format but Kiefer is still an artist I love to explore.

While in London I also attended a show at CHELSEA space, a friend on the MA Curating & Collections course at Chelsea College of Arts, with his peers had put together a series of works from various collections in response to the main show, Bob Cobbing: Bill Jubobe.   The opening was very busy and it was great to meet some new people.

Crowdfunding Launch

As mentioned in a previous post, I have been working on ways to fund my solo show.  I decided that the best route for my circumstances was to set up a crowd funding campaign.  I put together a video with a collection of photos and videos of current and previous work to illustrate my practice and communicate the aims behind my campaign.  It was a good process to go through albeit a little daunting, as I was unsure on how successful my campaign might be.

I launched the campaign at the end of November on the platform Indiegogo.  My goal is to raise £500.  So far the campaign has done well and I am so pleased and thankful for the support people have shown.  All the contributions make a difference, making it possible to make the works I envisioned.  I hope the show will give evidence to this fact.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solo-show-airspace-graduate-residency

Establishing the solo exhibition

Working towards my show I have established a number of ideas and works I wish to create.  This was further considered when writing my exhibition proposal.  My aim for the exhibition is to showcase the works I have made over the 6-month residency. The time has given me the opportunity to develop my practice while the exhibition itself has allowed me to be more ambitious with the works, giving me greater freedom to develop all aspects of the exhibition.

I plan to install a number of sculptural and wall based works. Each piece to be exhibited is made through a process of studying, extracting and deconstructing a selection of very small plasticine forms. Through this process-based practice, each sculpture, drawing and print reveals a snippet of information about the original object. The work functions best as a series of elements and collections, the dialogue amongst the works allows connections to be made, generating an understanding and awareness in the viewer of the original object and their relation to it. One of the main sculptural works focuses on the process of deconstruction, separating an image into layers of information, which then allows the possibility to construct new arrangements.

While I am very much in the process of making I am finding it hard to think about the other aspects of my practice, such as contextualizing it and pushing and developing the ideas.  I think this is understandable given the stage I am at with regards to the residency and the forth-coming show.  But in some ways I wish I were more able to consider these things, as I’m sure this would strengthen the work.  One other concern I have is maintaining and ensuring the quality of the work is high while I push to produce quite a number of works.  I hope that the works do not suffer because of my ambition to create all of these works.

I think this experience is really pushing me, the residency allows me to see how much I can really achieve and tests my dedication to my practice. When I’m not at work I am spending all of my time in the studio, often working late into the evening. This way of working is not something I can maintain on a regular basis but as I am working up to my solo show I wish to put as much of my time into the works as I can.  When the show is up I will know I did the best I could.

If you want to see what has been happening in the studio check out my Tumblr blog here:  www.naomiharwin.tumblr.com

 

View updates on mu a-n blog : https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/graduate-residency-at-airspace-gallery

 

Solo Show Crowdfunding Campaign Launch by Naomi Harwin

Help fund my first Solo Exhibition. Graduate Residency artist at Airspace Gallery in Stoke-On-Trent.

Today I have launched my crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo to raise funds to support the production of work and cost of materials and advertising for my first solo show.

Check out the campaign here and share.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solo-show-airspace-graduate-residency/x/9107896

Naomi Harwin

Graduate Residency update, Airspace Gallery by Naomi Harwin

In the window

As part of the Graduate Residency Alice and myself had the opportunity to put together an interim exhibition in Airspace’s window space.  This allowing us to pilot some initial ideas and works, while also letting the people of Stoke-On-Trent know what kind of work the graduate residents are making.  Giving a taster of what is to come from our solo exhibitions.

We had one day set aside to install the work.   As part of the process we had already written proposals for the show, so we had a good idea of how the work would look and be placed within the window.  But of course these things can always change when the work is physical in the space.

Working with the confines of the window, Alice, Glen and myself installed the work in stages, bringing in our most prominent pieces first to gage the initial positioning.  For my work this meant bringing in the painted boards.  Once these were in place I could play with the set up of the painting and print to ensure an engaging dialogue amongst the works.  Throughout the install we continued to consider how our pieces worked alongside each other, to ensure that the entire window was balanced.

Although the install took most of the day the process was much quicker than I had expected.  I am used to trying our numerous arrangements and positions until I have found the one that works best with the space.  Currently my practice works in collections of pieces that form a dialogue about an object and so the engagement between the works is an important part to be considered during the set up.  However, this time perhaps due to the limits of the space or the feedback and dialogue with Alice and Glen, I didn’t have to try out lots of arrangements.  First the boards were positioned; this determined the paintings location, which in turn decided where the print would sit; each step determining the next action.

It was great to work through a process that didn’t feel familiar, allowing new methods into my practice.

Events and activities 

As well as putting together the window show, over the last few weeks there have been some fantastic openings and events.

Artist and the City

Artist and the City had it opening event. The collaborative exhibition between Airspace Gallery and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery aimed to explore the situation for artist in Stoke-On-Trent, it’s past and present.  The exhibitions starting point focused on the work of four artists, George Cartlidge, John Currie, Grete Marks and Terry Shave and their close connection to the area.  Four contemporary artists with connections to Stoke-On-Trent were then paired with one of the initial artists from Stoke’s ‘history’ and commissioned to respond with new artworks.  On display alongside the selected works from the Museum’s collection these new artwork were marriage well with those of the older artists.  At times it wasn’t immediately obvious that some works were two separate artists from two different times.

The exhibition then continued at Airspace Gallery where the four contemporary artists created works that imagined what the city might look like in the future.  The ‘Artcity’ a site for artistic endeavors, where artist can live, work and prosper.  These artists included David Bethell, Adam James, Carla Wright and Sophie Bard. The show continues till 13th December 2014.

KULES Ex-factory

As part of a newly commissioned residency programme ‘KULES’, for the past few months five artist have been living, working and teaching in the area while in residence in a disused 3000 square metre site, an old Olympus Engineering building on college road.  At the being of November was the opening event of their exhibition.  The works took advantage of the space of the building and utilized the many rooms of varying sizes and aesthetic.   When entering the building the first work you were immersed in was Leslie Deere’s Laserdome sound piece on the ground floor.  The space dark and filled with pillars and fluctuating sound, I found myself absorbed in the environment.  It felt as though time had slowed and I was able to move through the space.  I could spend a lot of time with this piece.  Towards the end of the space in an area out of the dark were works by Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson.

Moving upstairs, within the large space were a selection of works by Doyle and Mallinson, Chloe Cooper, and the two micro residency artists Sarah Thorley and Corey Whyte.  Chloe’s works seen within the space acts as props for her video narrative.  These props positioned throughout the building allow the viewer to engage and connect with the space and the story that unravels in her video work.  Exploring the rooms to follow you find the work of Leigh Clarke, a series of hanging screenprints on book blinding paper, a selection of paintings and a number of the original busts.  The work using images of a defaced mass manufacture chalkware Syrian bust.

The works were exciting and engaging and demonstrated what can be done with disused building such as Olympus.  The event included music by a live band as well as a performance by Leigh Clarke.  The event then continued at Airspace gallery.

Hush Hush

I also recently attended one of B-arts Hush Hush cinema events with the appetite volunteers.  We were invited to dress up as either punk or disco and found ourselves in different scenarios, in one room was an audition for a punk band in another was a disco dancing class, another was bingo for the elderly and the last was a telekinesis meeting, each giving a clue to the film.  We were immersed in the scenarios and after a number of situations played out we were then invited to take out seats for the film.  As it played out we could see where our clue had come from.  The film was ‘Whatever happened to Harold Smith’, great film and a dynamic event.

Problem solving

As I begin to consider my solo exhibition I have been looking into different ways of funding the production of work.  I have learnt a lot from researching into the different forms of funding and the time it take to organize. Some of these things would have more helpful at the start of the residency, allowing sufficient time, but I am learning from these mistakes and observations, which will help me in future projects.

But, I have got some exciting ideas for works, it is just a matter of finding the time and funds to make as much of the work as I can.  I hope to make my solo show a fantastic exhibition.

To see the developments of my studio work head to my tumblr blog at : www.naomiharwin.tumblr.com

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A busy Second Month at Airspace Gallery by Naomi Harwin

I have now spent just over two months here in Stoke-On-Trent as part of my Graduate Residency.  And again my weeks have been filled with exciting activities along side my own developments in the studio. Here is what I have been up to over the past month, apologies for the length.

In the studio

Spending the majority of my time in the studio, the work seems to be progressing in an interesting direction with some exciting potential. I have numerous ideas on the go and quite a few I am hoping to soon materialize.

I have found that making work on this residency at Airspace, my process feels much freer, being the most enjoyable experience of making work I have found so far.  This I would assume comes partly from the new found freedom having left education, where deadlines can sometimes halt or get in the way of the works natural flow.  And this flow is something I have definitely felt over the past few months.  The process of making has felt much more fluid and engaging.

While the studio space itself has allowed me to consider creating much larger works, through this the pieces are becoming more spatial. Now the studio is starting to get busier as the works are increasing in size and quantity.

Studio documentation – www.naomiharwin.tumblr.com

Beneath the pavement

At the end of September I attended an event that was held to present the proposals and ideas generated as part of the Beneath the Pavement programme.Appetite and the City Centre Partnership commissioned Airspace Gallery to design a programme that worked with artists to find spaces and opportunities in the city centre for creative practitioners. They also aimed to identifying gaps in the city, considering how it might work differently and the opportunities available.

The presentation took place in three locations; the event started out in the town hall in a space I would assume is used as a courtroom. Here we were given an overview of the ideas behind the programme and the significance of its potential.  The importance and value of artists within society was discussed, highlighting the different ways artists can engage with and help regenerate communities not limited to site-specific commissioned sculptures.

From here we moved on to a green space. Along the walk we shared Chumbrellas, one of the ideas generated as part of Beneath the Pavement. The Chumbrella offers temporary shared shelter, encouraging a small act of kindness and social engagement with strangers.

At the green space we were presented with some of the proposals, amongst a herb garden.  We explored the ideas and discussed them with the artists.  Before moving on to the next location we were able to take away a herb from the bed, mine was an apple mint plant, which is now thriving on my window sill.

The final location was a café space where we were presented with the remaining proposals.  Here we were able to discuss the ideas and potential for such projects.  The whole event highlighted how Stoke-On-Trent can prevent losing its identity and build a thriving city through the assistance of artists.  The Beneath the Pavements proposals were generated in a very short space of time, but the programme illuminated the potential should significant time and money be invested into the city’s development.

Artcity

On the same day as Beneath the Pavement a launch took place for Artcity a programme developed by a consortium of Stoke-on-Trent arts organisations, funded by Esmée Fairbain Foundation.  Artcity is a five-year project, which aims to turn vacant buildings and disused spaces in the city into temporary theatres, galleries, studios and cinemas.  The launch was held at B-arts’ new building on Hartshill road and included a large scope of works; sound pieces, performances, paintings, photography, sculptures, installations and spoken word.  The event had a great sense of energy and excitement for what is to come.  The atmosphere was really encouraging and emphasized the feeling that Stoke-On-Trent is developing a significant arts culture.

A trip to Manchester

While I am living in Stoke-On-Trent this time here offers me the opportunity to visit the cities in the area, which I have yet to explore.  I became aware that Manchester was holding its art fair, The Manchester Contemporary and this seemed the perfect time to visit the city.  With around 18 galleries showing, the art fair was reasonable small but had a great selection of emerging artist.  It was an excellent chance to find new galleries located within the area as well as across the UK.  It was also nice to see familiar works, those of Jost Münster and Jo Addison represented by Tinype Gallery, London.

For the rest of the day both Alice and myself were then able to explore the city and visit the Manchester Art Gallery.  It was clear that there was a lot to explore and discover and a day trip would not cover it.  But we were able to get a feel of the place and I will be sure to take another trip to the city.

In the window interim show preparations

As part of the residency we get the chance to put together a small show with the works with have developed so far.  This interim show is presented in Airspace’s Window space, and aims to allow people to get a taster of the kind of works being produced in studio 1 as well as offering us the opportunity to test out our ideas.

Due to the time scale between the exhibition turn around in the gallery, the window space is only available for a short time and so both Alice and myself are exhibiting together.   While considering the works we will show, we have also been thinking about how our works might come together.  Working in a shared studio, it has come to light that although our practices are quite different, visually our work shares a number of qualities, both incorporate a quality of drawing and the repetitive use of shapes and images, while there is a certain quietness and subtlety which comes through the muted colours and limited pallet.  There is also a spatial element that is developing in both practices.

We were able to test out some ideas for the window when we went to visit theKules residency at Olympus engineering. The project includes the artists; Leigh Clarke, Chloe Cooper, Leslie Deere and Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson.  The huge warehouse space offered the opportunity to test large works.  The Kules residency will culminate in an exhibition at Olympus, I am really looking forward to this exhibition, on from 8th-29th November.

A trip to Frieze and SUNDAY

Alice, myself and Kornelia a studio artist at Airspace were nominated by the gallery to take part in Turning Point West Midland’s trip to Frieze art fair. Turning Point a network for the visual arts in the West Midlands organized our trip to London where we met other artists and explored both SUNDAY Art Fair and Frieze.  And as part of our trip the Contemporary Arts Society also gave us a tour of both fairs. As I have been to Frieze once before and was an intern for SUNDAY Art Fair last year I was familiar with both fairs, however, the tours offered a much more insightfully experience.  At SUNDAY, Rob Tufnell one of its organizer spoke to us about the origins of the fair and its aims, as well as his own gallery and the artist he was currently showing.  A few other gallery directors spoke to us about the artists they were showing.   It was extremely fascinating to hear how the galleries spoke about and represented each artist.

At Frieze Art Fair our tour included visiting a selection of the stalls and listening to the directors speak about their artists.  Some spoke at length, describing in detail the artist ideas and works, while other spoke more briefly, selecting a key area of the artist’s interests. After our tour we were free to roam the fair, which I felt, was much needed after the group tours.  Walking through the stalls I could explore the works that caught my eye. As always there was a lot to see and a great buzzy about the place, with performances happening throughout the day.  The trip with Turning point was a great opportunity to explore both fairs in London.

Soup Kitchen

More recently I attended one of Airspace Gallery’s Artist Soup Kitchen events.  Susan Jones, who was until recently the Director of a-n came and spoke to a small group of us about the importance of artist-led activities, the value of artist within communities and paying artists.  Throughout the talk we were able to write our thoughts and highlight points discussed on the tablecloth.  These contributions will come together in a book along with the soup recipes. After Susan highlighted on some extremely thought provoking points, we were then served a delicious soup made by Anna Francis. The talk then continued and others began to contribute to the discussion.  It was great to hear what the other artist had to say on the topic and some point really stuck with me, making me rethink a few things.  I felt I was not able to contribute as much as the others, having just graduated and only just beginning to find my feet as an artist, but it was great to hear the experiences of the other artists.  The Soup Kitchen was great format for discussion and the soup was excellent!

So these are some of the things I have been getting up to on my residency at Airspace Gallery this month.  Check my blog at : naomiharwin.tumblr.com if you would like to see my studio work.

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In the Window: Parts and Wholes by Naomi Harwin

My interim exhibition is now on at Airspace Gallery in the window space. The show includes a selection of works made so far on my Graduate Residency here at Airspace, giving a taster of the works to come. The show is on from 20th – 29th October 2014 so if you are in the area please do come and take a look.

In the window: ‘Parts and Wholes’, Naomi Harwin 

Airspace Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 4HL


Graduate Residency - Month One by Naomi Harwin

At the end of August I moved to Stoke-On-Trent to begin a Graduate Residency at Airspace Gallery. It has now been just over a month since I arrived.

‘Airspace Gallery is a collaborative, artist led project in Stoke-on-Trent, providing professional development opportunities, studio and exhibiting space and support for artists. Through a dynamic and evolving programme of exhibitions, events and activities Airspace Gallery brings critical, high quality contemporary art to the region and provides opportunities for a broad range of artists.’

The Graduate Residency offers myself and my fellow resident; Alice Walter a 6-month period of self directed work. We are provided with a free studio space, regular support meetings and mentoring sessions with Gallery directorate and artist professionals. We also have the chance to exhibit our work in an interim window show and then a solo exhibition at the end of January.

Having just graduated it is thrilling to be able take part in the programme such as this. Allowing me to focus and continue my practice while providing valuable experiences along the way.

A little bit about my practice

My work is based around a desire to explore and understand the relationship between one’s self, the objects that surround us and the environments we occupy. Most recently, I have been focusing particularly on the processing of visual stimuli, striking up a dialogue between a form and its represented image.

Through playing with materials and employing aesthetic qualities that I find myself drawn to, the attention of my studies has become the forms of my own construction. Through the use of processes associated with mapping I am able to both generate and assess the forms.

Exploring the surfaces by extracting, studying and documenting, traceries act as records of my findings, while also taking on a life of their own. Generating a body of works the display often become integral to the dynamic and engaging experience of the facets and features of these objects.

The Move

While I originally come from Cambridgeshire, I spent the past three years at Norwich University of the Arts where I pursued a BA in Fine Art. And so Stoke-On-Trent and the surrounding areas are places I have never visited before. And yet if I’m honest I don’t think I really gave much thought to the idea of moving to a new and unfamiliar place, where I didn’t know anyone; this was probably to my benefit. All I anticipated was for it to be an exciting and challenging experience.

My first week was quite difficult, feeling every much isolated, not really knowing where to begin. Having to find a part time job and settle into the area, it was hard to focus and make a start on any work. But this soon subsided as I started to explore my surroundings. Once things were more in place it became much easier to spend time in the studio.

Events and activities

Within this first month I was welcomed by a number of events and activities. For example Appetite an organisation that ‘aims to get more people in Stoke-On-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts’, held their Big Feats Weekend, which involved a great selection of street entertainment and performances. I was able to meet the team and get involved with their events.

 

While Campbell Works, a London based curational partnership that were selected as part of an open call curation project, have been exploring Airspace; the gallery, studios and studio members, the Airspace building, it’s structure and it’s locality. The result of their investigations culminated in an installation ‘Coming Up For Air’ made of materials sourced from the building and the local area. Drawing on their interactions with the place a functioning heating system wraps itself around found objects and flows through the space of the gallery filling it with warmth. The exhibition is a playful investigation into Airspace. The show opened on 12th September and continues until 18th October at Airspace Gallery.

More recently I got in contact with B-arts a group of artists and producers based in North Staffordshire, who have been working together for the past 29 years, co-creating works with communities. They aim to bring the arts to the people by working in outdoor spaces and nontraditional venues, such as parks, city streets, village halls and beaches. I visited their new building in Stoke and was given a tour of the vast spaces and rooms within it. I was told of their plans to create a bakery, a cafe and a co-work space as part of Artcity, a 5-year program. Artcity aims to allow artists to use empty spaces around Stoke-On-Trent to create site-specific events and performances. As they had the launch event for Artcity coming up the following week I got involved, helping out prepare the space for the event.

My first month in Stoke-On-Trent as part of my Graduate Residency has been a busy one, settling into the area, getting involved in the events and beginning my own work which I haven’t included here, those developments I am documenting visually on my tumblr www.naomiharwin.tumblr.com. With more exhibitions and events coming up I will continue to document my experience as I work through my residency here at Airspace Gallery. Please support my residency by checking out the screen prints I have on sale on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NaomiHarwinPrints or if you would like to see some more of my work please visit my website at www.naomiharwin.com or view my tumblr blog at www.naomiharwin.tumblr.com.

Naomi Harwin

View my a.n. blog here https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/graduate-residency-at-airspace-gallery

Graduate Residency at Airspace Gallery by Naomi Harwin

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to taken part in Airspace Gallery's Graduate Residency Program.  So for the next 6 months (August 14 - January 15) I will be living and working  in Stoke-On-Trent.  The program provides a free studio space, regular support meetings and mentoring sessions with Gallery directorate and artist professionals. I will also have the chance to exhibit my work in an interim window show and then a solo exhibition at the end of January.