Launch of joint AA2A show at Teesside Uni
So, after 6 months of being selected for the AA2A scheme at Teeside Uni and picked to work with mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) to develop a piece of work that challenged their collection or organisation, myself and the other artists involved launched our work at the Constantine Gallery last night.
AA2A is a scheme that links artists with arts college facilities, so in return for lecturing and giving tutorials, we get free reign of the craft, design and making facilities, along with access to the guest lecture programme and advice for ourselves from the lovely lecturers. The whole process was very interesting indeed, especially so as I was one of 2 artists chosen to work with mima, so had access to their curators, director and the Art Util archive.
My piece was a research period of street photography and interviews asking the locals of Middlesbrough their thoughts on modern art, the usefulness of art and the usefulness of their local modern art gallery. As you would expect the replies were wide ranging. The final work is an artists book to be held in the collection at mima, and in the University library. At the show opening, I ran it as a video as we haven't gone to print with the book yet.
It was ace working with the other artists there: Alan Hathaway, Lucy Carolan and Sue Gough and I very much look forward to seeing them all again at the Uni as we carry on tinkering in the workshops until I.T turn our pass cards off :o)