nawki or ‘not as we know it’, organised by 12o collective began in 2016, with the intention to experiment with the art fair model, each iteration shifts its focus to a different framework with a selection of arts organisation/spaces across the UK invited to participate, resulting in a cross organisation collaborative outcome.
The Art Licks Weekend (30 September – 2 October 2016) celebrates the creative energy of
the emerging London art scene. For the three-day festival young galleries, not-for- profit
projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects open to the public with special
events and exhibitions of work by early career artists.
For the Spring Equinox 2016, 20 March, we commissioned two artists to create a Thaumatrope which will be available to freely download from our website.
A Thaumatrope is a disk with a picture on each side which is attached to two pieces of string, when the strings are twirled quickly between your fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one.
Chronophobia means a fear of the future. In this audio and visual broadcast SPUR explored possible futures; to either confirm or assuage these fears through key texts that propose creative literary predictions of possible futures, fashion, stock or weather forecasting and live fortune telling.
It Wasn’t My Fault was an exhibition through publication produced for the 2015 Annuale arts festival in Edinburgh. The A5 printed publication was displayed and distributed across Annuale 2015 festival venues in Edinburgh and consists of ten new experimental prose commissions both text and image based, exploring the idea of looking towards an impending dystopian future.
SPUR undertook a residency project with Tate, as part of the wider Radio City project, organised by artists Harold Offeh and Marion Harrison, held at Tate Britain between November 2014 and February 2015, which invited artists and artist groups to contribute a project/residency, which looked at broadcasting and communication.
The typical Halloween style white bed sheet ghost, a simple, childish yet effectively subtle and to the point costume, offering full camouflage and anonymity to the wearer. Creating a mask for this ghost is individual to the wearer, inviting an artist to create this face offers an opportunity to explore the notion of subtle individuality and the limits of the imagination when provided with a very limited material.
The Female Gaze was a month long programme of events organised together by The Hyde Park Picture House, Village Bookstore & Gallery and two practising female photographers & curators Abi Mitchell of SPUR and photographer Sophie Stafford. The programme celebrated the work of exceptional female photographers past and present, as well as exploring the notion of ‘positive discrimination’ in photography through text and discussion.
Appropriation was a quick-fire, explorative print based exhibition and portfolio publication devised to examine the use of appropriation for the making of work. The project’s short deadline pushed artists to explore ideas around appropriation; seizing and taking possession of already existing material to create something new, assemblage, collage and literary based appropriation poetry.
The AOL Twitter Residency was an explorative online residency project devised to continue SPUR’s experimental residency programme by hosting artists in residence in the virtual space of our Twitter profile. The place of residency still holds the restrictions of dimension, space and use of resources yet allows for a full exploration and imaginative take on the residency process and virtual platform as a whole.
Our House was an exhibition formed from an extension of the ‘Collection of’ publication, a physical intervention of artists from the editions series alongside new specially selected & commissioned artists, seeking to interact with and take control of the gallery and overall shop space of it’s enclosure; Village Bookstore & Gallery.
A work in two parts Volume One, a printed publication and audio cassette, examined the relationship and cross overs between the different cultural elements in Leeds at the time. Including written features and interviews on emerging and well known local artists such as Idiots Pasture and Simon Boase and interviews with artist led projects such as curatorial collective & gallery space Mexico and independent print set up Inpress.