Join sound artist Tony Whitehead for a playful exploration of small, quiet sounds on a nighttime stroll. This is one of a series of quiet walks that the artist has organised, giving people the opportunity to spend time simply listening to the environment in the company of others.

http://www.tonywhitehead.org/

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/haldonforestpark

30 April 2013

Crafty Social returns with an opportunity to respond to Layla Curtis’ exhibition through photography. Bring a photograph of where you live to combine with staged imagery created during the evening. Run by Dodo Photo.

30 April 2013

Join us for the opening of Layla Curtis’ solo exhibition. Steven Bode, director of Film and Video Umbrella, will offer a response to Antipodes from 4pm.

26 April 2013

Take the opportunity to visit us before work in the final weeks of the exhibition. Enjoy a light breakfast of pancakes, cereal, fresh fruit, a selection of teas and good coffee.

15 February 2013

Be inspired by the geometric shapes in Katy Dove’s films. Create your own patterns and screen-print a length of wallpaper with Laurel Coxon, textile artist and co-owner of Exeter craft shop Arrietty.

15 February 2013

Join us for the opening of Thought Becomes Action. Katy Dove will be in conversation with artist and curator Andrew Bick from 4pm. They will discuss Dove’s practice and the work included in the exhibition before welcoming questions from the audience.

15 February 2013

8–10am, free drop-in

Join us for a hearty winter warming sociable breakfast and explore We Can Have it All with like minded art lovers.

10 December 2012

6–9pm, free, booking essential, materials supplied

Inspired by Laura White’s use of materials, get creative with artist Nick Davies for a literal take on DIY festive decorations. Think of materials in new ways and enjoy an evening getting into the festive spirit with fellow craft enthusiasts over a glass of mulled wine.

1 December 2012

3–5pm, free

Join us for the opening We Can Have it All. Laura White will be in conversation with Eliza Gluckman of curatorial partnership Day+Gluckman from 4pm. They will discuss White’s work and her influences before welcoming questions from the audience.

 

Laura White Studio Visit & Interview

29 November 2012

10am–6pm, free drop in, no need to book

Spacex presents the first UK performance in over 4 years by Finland based, London born artist John Court. Court’s performances have captivated audiences worldwide at events such as Guangzhou Live Art Festival in China, ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland (both 2010), the Venice Biennale (2005) and the Liverpool Biennial (2004).

In this performance we will witness the artist bringing together other aspects of his interdisciplinary practice including sculpture and drawing. Court will empty and adapt the largest gallery at Spacex in anticipation of this expansive presentation unfolding over an 8 hour period, an intentional reference to the 8 hour working day. The performance can be seen as a way of marking time as we witness the artist pushing his body beyond exhaustion. Throughout the performance slight movements will provide the only sounds as the artist remains silent, void of engagement with the audience.

Court will interweave personal experiences encountered throughout his life, from childhood to the present day. We will witness interactions with modified versions of familiar objects encountered throughout education such as desks, dictionaries, pencils and paper that will only function with support from the artist. Encounters with these objects will reference the difficulties that Court encountered throughout his education, the artist left school unable to read or write. The physical endurance of the 8 hour day references his experience of manual labour, having worked on building sites in and around London for many years before being introduced to art. We will then experience elements of alienation and solitude, referencing Court’s experience of living in rural Lapland, unable to speak, read or write the native language. Court will also reference his relationship with Spacex, in part by responding directly to its unique industrial architecture. Spontaneous acts will reference the moment in which the artist finds himself.

This work offers an insight into the process Court endures in producing his work, some individual pieces taking up to 400 hours to complete. Commissioned by Spacex, the performance marks the end of John Court’s first UK solo exhibition The Work Between the Lines, 29 September–24 November 2012.

John Court was born in 1969 in Bromley, Kent. He graduated from Camberwell School of Art, London in 1994 and from Norwich School of Art and Design in 1997 with a degree in Sculpture. He moved to Finland in 1997, and lives and works in Lapland, close to the Arctic Circle.

 

John Court Interview Part Two

In this interview, John Court offers an insight into the performance aspect of his practice.

8 September 2012