Annually the UNITe studio community fosters and supports artists at any career stage. It is a space for artistic practice and its associated research, testing, wrong turns, collaborations, serendipity and discovery. This year fifteen artists were selected from an open call in Wales and the rest of Britain. We were also pleased to extend the offer to artists in Indonesia with support of British Council.
For the artists this is an intense period of supported work and they are asked to shape the peer directed programme, as well as benefit from it. In addition to feedback from the studio community and g39’s audiences we have invited a number of guest contributors to lead studio crits and debates, and discuss criticality. We’re particularly interested in how artists in a studio community can support one another in rigorous critical ways, and will be exploring a range of methods for critiquing artworks constructively in a studio setting to generate stronger, more rigorous approaches.
For the public, the space will be open as usual while events evolve and develop from the artists involved in the programme. They are also invited to attend a series of free public talks from several visiting speakers including Eddie Peake, Helen Nisbet, White Pube, Rory Macbeth and Matthew De Pulford as well as a live broadcast on Resonance FM of The Gleaning, the second in a series of events and artistic responses to James Richard’s Cymru yn Fenis ! Wales in Venice representation at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Bad Vibes Club, an artistic research project by Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau working with Sophie Mallett, will look at the act of gleaning as an artistic practice – whether picking out snippets from hours of online videos, or concentrated research into specific archives.
By bringing together g39’s audiences and artists in this way we want to promote an understanding of where visual art comes from. Whatever the context and wherever the situation – the studio, the workshop, the library, the laptop, urban or rural – are all sites of production that are usually kept separate from the sites of presentation.
UNITe 2018 concludes with an open studio event, led by the artists to see what they have been doing and to celebrate well into the final hours of the residency.