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Open Space announces new annual programme

Open Space

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Open Space has announced its new annual programme of projects in unexpected spaces. The programme will consist of four recurring projects: the Edible Goods exhibition series, exploring food as a medium in contemporary art practice, Forum a three-day event comprising artist performances, film screenings, talks and workshops; Writing Space, a series of commissioned texts, and an international curatorial residency which will offer one curator the opportunity to travel to Istanbul.

Open Space is a peripatetic arts organisation that supports international emerging creative practices through an annual programme of projects in unexpected spaces. Building on the organisation’s work over the past four years, the newly introduced annual programme will consist of four recurring projects: Forum, three-day event comprising artist performances, film screenings, talks and workshops; Writing Space, a series of commissioned texts; the Open Space Residency, offering one curator the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Istanbul; and the Edible Goods exhibition series, exploring food as a medium in contemporary art practice. The 2019 programme theme is titled ‘Space without Spaces’ and aims to address a number of pertinent contemporary issues ranging from global matters such as the hardening of borders in an uncertain political climate to national pressures on society including the increasing privatisation of civic and arts spaces.


Highlights of the 2019 Programme include: 

Forum: Of Hosts & Guests (28 – 30 March)
Mary Ward House, UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and Pushkin House

Taking place over three days, Forum will feature a series of performances, screenings, talks and workshops, across three unexpected cultural spaces in Bloomsbury, London.  Six participating artists will explore ideas of hospitality, hierarchy, ritual and belonging in relation to art practice, through a diversity of site-specific responses to these spaces. Highlights include: a screening of Amartey Golding’s Chainmail film series exploring identity politics around race, gender and class and a collective performance by Adelaide Damoah, which will see the artist use her own body to confront Ghana’s colonial history.

Tender Touches – AMP Gallery – (17 May – 30 June) Preview: Thursday 16 May 2019
AMP Gallery, Peckham

The inaugural edition of Open Space’s Edible Goods exhibition series Tender Touches will take the form of an ‘art cafe’, blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room where everything from the food on the menu, to the furniture and cutlery, will be created by a group of international emerging artists: Bea Bonafini (Italy), Clementine Keith Roach (UK), Lindsey Mendick (UK), Goia Mujalli (Brazil), Cecilia Charlton (USA), Marco Palmieri (Italy), Paloma Proudfoot (UK), Sofia Stevi (Greece), Magda Skupinska (Poland), Pixy Liao (China), Inês Neto dos Santos (Portugal) and Coco Crampton (UK).Taking inspiration from  FOOD, the seminal artist-run restaurant in SoHo, New York, founded in 1971 by artists Carol Goodden,Tina Girouard and Gordon Matta-Clark, Tender Touches is co-curated by artist Inês Neto Dos Santos with curator and founding director of Open Space, Huma Kabakci. the exhibition will play host to a series of new commissions, talks, supper clubs, readings and performances.

 

Please see the Open Space website for more details.

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