A great turn out for the launch this weekend and insightful conversation between Michael and Mark Waugh – Spacex’s Chair of the Board. A really positive start to the show and echoed in the Guardian Guide on Saturday.
Last week we were joined by Bella Bakere, a student from ISCA, for a week’s work experience. She has been incredibly helpful in the run up to Michael Samuel’s exhibition and we thought we’d share what she’s been up to.
So what sort of things have you been up to here this week?
Well, I’ve mainly been helping Kathy (Learning Programmer) out with some of the learning projects and preparation for the upcoming learning events – this even included a bit of painting! As well as spending some time researching Michael Samuels and interviewing him about his exhibition.
How did you find talking to Michael Samuels about his upcoming exhibition here?
It was a really great opportunity talking to Michael in depth about his work. I understand how rare it is to be able to talk to an artist firsthand about their work. Also, the interview with Michael will be really helpful for my art GCSE, I’m looking forward to doing a really in depth research page on him.
What have you most enjoyed about working here at Spacex?
I’ve really enjoyed the wide range of activities and just getting an insight into what goes on each day. It’s amazing how much you don’t see that goes on here. Oh and of course the staff are really friendly and have made me feel very welcome!
Thanks Bella! It’s been a real pleasure having you here
If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, join us on Saturday 28 July from 3pm for Michael Samuels This Was Tomorrow Exhibition Opening and artist talk.
Maia Conran, video still, Stage (2011)
We are looking forward to working with Maia Conran and A2 Film and Video students at Exeter College this Autumn for the Digital Reviews project. Following the success of the project last year, Spacex are teaming up with the college again, to offer students an exciting opportunity to work with a practising artist and to explore all aspects of an exhibition in depth. They will be creating their own work in digital media, mentored by Bristol based artist Maia Conran www.maiaconran.com
Want to know about This Was Tomorrow today? This great guide to some of the themes and ideas in our next exhibition by artist Michael Samuels was created by Rachel Sved during her work experience placement last week.
Spacex had a visit from King’s School GCSE and A level Art students last week. Spacex was just one of the many venues the group visited and although time was tight they got to see the Topophobia exhibition and some students even managed to squeeze in a quick bit of making of their own (see image above)
To see more photographs from the session and to find out more about Topophobia projects that schools and younger visitors to Spacex have been involved in take a look at our Learning blog at spacexeducation.tumblr.com
I was intrigued by artist Louise K Wilson’s additions to the 1975 movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. Her new work Missing Scenes: An Evening at Hanging Rock was commissioned by Spacex as part of Topophobia and presented at Exeter Phoenix as a one-off event on 6th July.
Louise K Wilson showed Peter Weir’s (shorter) director’s cut in its entirety, along with various audio and visual interventions, the most prominent of which were snippets of recorded interviews with Devon locals Val Bogan, Joe Loxton and Michael Calver. They talked informally about their impressions of the book by Joan Lindsay, on which the film is based. Wilson also gave a tantalising hint of the contents of the final (missing) chapter, which offers a solution to the mystery at the heart of the story.
I enjoyed seeing this excellent film again, and hearing different views of the novel as we went along (though, as my companion pointed out, it was bit like watching TV when someone else has control of the remote and keeps hitting pause). However, I confess to feeling slightly puzzled about what Louise K Wilson intended by taking on this iconic film for a rework. The event felt like an exploration of mystery and uncertainty, the activities of speculation and explanation, the inevitable blurring of fact and fiction and the multi-layered meanings of texts…
Perhaps it’s only right that I really can’t be sure.
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We’re really looking forward to this week of Arts Award activities (6–10 August), we’ve had a lot of interest and are aiming for it to be a vibrant and dynamic experience for the young people involved, with excellent value for money.
It’s a first for us to offer this Award in a week – both Spacex and Exeter Phoenix have been running Arts Award for a few years now but thought it’d be a good idea to offer this focussed time within a holiday club format to achieve the award and really get it under your belt. Going back to school in September with a certificate under your belt should be a real springboard into the new school year. We’ll be taking the young people around a range of venues around town – the museum, other galleries, theatres – maybe even ECFC! Both Spacex and Exeter Phoenix have good links with a variety of organisations and artists and other creative practitioners and it’ll be great to share these with the young people. Arts Award is a brilliant way for young people to gain new skills and meet with like minds, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that this pilot will become a regular part of what we offer. For more info click here or to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org