Last month was really busy with a lot of projects on the go and coming to completion. The Cap Stories project I’ve been working on as Associate Artist for Welland Festival launched with over 800 individually illustrated rubbish caps made by myself and other people in workshops at schools, preschools and at the festival. I’m now looking for a permanent home for the collection in Elland and also potentially developing the project in other areas such as Queensgate Market in Huddersfield as part of my work there with Parley by Parlour – part of Temporary Contemporary.
This month I’m excited to be co-curating a Dwell Time exhibition at Huddersfield Railway Station which is kindly supported by a YVAN microgrant. Dwell Time is a publication of art and writing reflecting on mental wellbeing that I co-curate with Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama. Our exhibition in July is a showcase of art from our Issue 1 launch and will also double up as a launch of the Issue 2 open call. We will be showing prints of our Issue 1 publication in the station’s main waiting room alongside prints of Bob Clayden’s pinhole camera portraits that he made on Platform 2 for our launch event. The pinhole camera portraits are long exposure and require the sitter to remain still for around 10 minutes ‘dwell time’ otherwise they appear in the photograph as a blur of motion. Come along to our exhibition opening on Thursday 18 July, 6:30-9pm at Huddersfield Railway Station.
In last month’s issue I mentioned my writer’s residency with Yorkshire Visual Arts Network and Corridor8 mapping the visual arts sector in Yorkshire. This has now completed with a publication entitled Resilience is Futile launching on Thursday 1 August, 6-8pm at The Arthouse in Wakefield. Please do come over to for that if you can and join in the conversations on the visual arts in Yorkshire.
As this writer’s residency comes to a close with the publication launch, I start an artist development project with Compass Live Arts. I’m paired with one of their artists in residency and will be undertaking some research and development around the idea of ‘talking about talking’ and dialogical learning (perhaps this will be a talking rubbish project too!) with lots of interviews planned. This is a self-directed project within a supported programme and I’m keen to make some form of printed outcome for it – I am a huge fan of publications! As well as accessing some free research material online I’ve treated myself to some new art books. It’s times like this undertaking research that I really miss having access to a university library. I love our libraries in Calderdale and use them a lot but access to a university library is on another level. I’ll probably be blogging about my project and will share more stuff about this next month. If dialogical practice is your area of interest please get in touch via the links below – I would love to talk to you about it.
Alice Bradshaw http://www.alicebradshaw.co.uk/