Open Space has announced its new annual programme launching in 2019, comprising of exhibitions, interventions, writing commissions and an international curatorial residency.
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.
Forum: Of Hosts & Guests | 28-30 March 2019
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: Mary Ward House (28 March), UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre (29 March) and Pushkin House (30 March). The project is curated by Katherine Finerty, an independent curator specialising in global contemporary art and socially-engaged practices who has recently curated projects for 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and Gallery 1957.
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.
Forum will feature a screening of Amartey Golding’s Chainmail film series exploring identity politics around race, gender and class followed by a live crit of his work led by his family and friends; a collective performance by Adelaide Damoah, which will see the artist use her own body to confront Ghana’s colonial history; an ‘activated’ life drawing class led by Henry Hussey, destabalising an imperial and gendered gaze; a self-reflective installation and workshop drawing the viewer into a Ghanaian market by Larry Amponsah; a three-act food-art performance interrogating conceptions of class by Nora Silva; and a participatory photoshoot staged by William Martin, in collaboration with Charlotte Speechley, designed to invert the hierarchy of viewership and rituals of dressing.
Tender Touches | 17 May - 30 June 2019, Preview: Thursday 16 May 2019
AMP Gallery, Peckham
Tender Touches is the inaugural edition of Open Space’s Edible Goods exhibition series. It will take the form of an ‘art cafe’, blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room. The exhibition aims to bring people together through food, using it as a catalyst for conversation, while also pushing the boundaries of traditional exhibition spaces.
This immersive exhibition will present a variety of functional artworks produced by a group of international emerging artists. Everything from the food on the menu, to the furniture and cutlery, will be created by the 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).
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. This site-responsive environment will dissolve barriers between audiences and artworks by inviting visitors to experience food as a reflection on space - including the body and other physical boundaries.
Tender Touches draws from a number of different artistic and cultural references including: the Breakfast Pavilion by Lorenzo Mason (M–L–XL) and Luca Lo Pinto at the 2017 Art Biennale in Venice; the American novelist Gertrude Stein’s book Tender Buttons; the 1966 production of Hon by Niki de Saint Phalle at the Moderna Museet; and FOOD, the seminal artist-run restaurant in SoHo, New York, founded in 1971 by artists Carol Goodden, Tina Girouard and Gordon Matta-Clark.
Writing Space | Throughout 2019
Writing Space invites four guest writers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to contribute a text that responds to the 2019 programme theme. The four topics for this year’s texts are: Architectural Space -the dichotomy between positive and negative space in architecture; Digital Space - an exploration of the space we each inhabit virtually through the internet; Performative Space - an examination of societal roles and spaces for communal gatherings; and Political Space - in response to borders, the body politic, the notion of statehood and statelessness and fragile and failed states.
Open Space Residency | September - November 2019
Open Space launches a new curatorial residency as part of it’s 2019 programme. Each year, the residency will offer one curator the opportunity to spend eight weeks in Istanbul working with Istanbul-based arts organisations, including the Huma Kabakci Collection, to develop a new project that will then be presented in Istanbul and London in the autumn. Curators will be selected by an international jury following an open call and announced in mid June 2019. Opening date for applications to be announced.
IMAGE: Pinch by Pixy Liao