I was invited by Susan Williams to take part in the fifth International Sculpture New Years Brunch 19 January 2014.The event is uniquely organised by Sculpture Network with individual hosts curating their own event accordingly across Europe.
This year in total there were 2500 contributors across 45 individual venues in 14 countries. Venues included galleries, studios, foundries, along with architect associations and art centres. The concept of this event brings makers, collectors, art lovers together with curators to share a potential platform to exchange opinions, ideas, interventions as well as further opportunities and general networking prospects. We were all joined together via live streaming enabling a feeling of unity whist being able to view various presentations from Poland, Spain, Berlin etc.
Exhibiting artists included Graham Keddie ARBS, Jill Hedges, Christina ten Bosch, Carole Miles & Jo Dacombe, Susan Williams, Warren Shaw and Gareth Day.
We were welcomed to Artspace where works were presented in a fine art context including projected imagery, slide shows of participating artists practices with a stimulating array of publications exemplifying diverse fine art approaches. The atmosphere was charged with excitement with the aspect of live streaming with an interesting voyeuristic provocation as we watched others watching us, watching them.
The art work that being streamed to to us from across Europe was of high quality and with the utmost consideration to presentation regarding the way international viewers were receiving the imagery and commentary. It was fascinating to see almost at first hand, artists studios, how they had either prepared for the event or left studios as working spaces. I found myself interested to see the working space with how the visible materials seemingly merged to become part of the work being viewed. It gave a sense of providence and added to the illusion of actually being in an artists sanctuary.
At a particular time during the event there was a live toast where we all raised a glass to the new year and to each other. This was a rare and unique experience, so many people globally share the love of art, making, facilitating as well as the appreciation and 2500 individuals were celebrating each others and our own contributions within that one moment. With a few timing issues and the odd random country coming in and out of view of our big screen, it was very exciting to be part of the wider community.
To view images and learn more about the event visit Sculpture Network this link will take you straight to the 2014 event.
Art that was shown at Artspace.
The event was extremely well hosted by Susan who had gone to great lengths within her studio/gallery space providing an inclusive feel to a prestigious international forum. As well as enjoying a cross culture exchange we all enjoyed a lovingly prepared brunch consisting of a choice of home-made soups, breads juices and a very pleasing glass of wine or two.
Many thanks to Susan Williams