Ten participants were selected from the open submission: Laura Barlow, Paul Chaney, Hannah Jones, Kenna Hernly, Jonty Lees, Steven Paige, Abigail Reynolds, Phil Rushworth, Veronica Vickery, Bettina Wenzel.
A small number of international participants were invited to attend the workshop with the support of overseas cultural agencies: Natasha Ginwala, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Morten Kvamme, Daniel Muzyczuk.
Laura Barlow grew up in Cornwall and is currently based in New York, where she is Project Curator at e-flux. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from CCS, Bard College and a BA in History from Swansea University, Wales. Curatorial projects include Living Modern, CCS, Bard College, 2010; Leya Mira Brander Selected: Untitled 1997-2008, Bard College, 2009; and the film screenings, Before and Beyond the Motion Picture Archive, Goethe Institute, New York, 2009 and The Curve is Ruinous, Grazer Kunstverein, 2009. She has written for publications such as MAP, Paletten, and the Performa ’09 Anthology.
Paul is the lead artist/director of FIELDCLUB – a four-acre field where art is used as a catalyst and facilitator to investigate models of low-impact self-sufficiency and off-grid living. Over the last 12 years Paul has been involved in a number of artist-led projects and spaces in Cornwall. In 2009/10 he worked with Urbanomic – a small international arts organisation and publishing house – to deliver a program of art events and residencies in Falmouth and London.
Natasha Ginwala is an independent art critic and curator based in Amsterdam, where she participated in de Appel Curatorial Programme 2010/11. She completed her postgraduate studies at The School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and holds a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Her research interests include histories of exhibition-making and artistic programming, cross-disciplinary engagement with colonial documents and the study of contemporary craft processes.
Birta Gudjonsdottir studied Fine Arts at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. From 2005-8 she was chief curator of SAFN, a private contemporary art collection in Reykjavik, and she has since worked as curator’s assistant at M HKA in Antwerp, as artistic director and chief curator of the exhibition space 101 Projects in Reykjavik, and as director of The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik. Birta has curated shows in Melbourne, New York, Copenhagen, St Petersburg and Reykjavik. She has produced her home-gallery Dwarf Gallery in Reykjavik since 2002 and is a founding board member of Sequences real time art festival.
Hannah is one half of the performance company LOW PROFILE, working collaboratively with Rachel Dobbs since 2003 to make live art and performances. They are based in Plymouth and are Arnolfini Associate Artists. Hannah is committed to artist-led activity and is actively involved in instigating, co-producing, programming and project managing projects such as PL:ay festival (2007), DXDX studio group (2010) and Come to Ours (Sept-Dec 2011). She is also the Exhibitions and Events Officer at Plymouth College of Art, where she curates and manages the gallery programme, produces publications, organises and manages seminars, workshops and the visiting artist lecture programme.
Since completing her MA in Contemporary Visual Art in 2007, Kenna has developed a research-based curatorial practice focused on the relationship between art and the real. She co-founded FIELDCLUB, an artist-led interdisciplinary project that explores the paradigm of life as art through a rigorous physical and philosophical interrogation of zero-carbon homesteading, and has also been involved in organising art events with Urbanomic. She is an Assistant Curator at Tate St Ives and works in the library at University College Falmouth.
Jonty Lees lives in Cornwall. His work is currently on display in Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot, a Hayward Touring / Focal Point Gallery group exhibition at various locations across the UK.
Morten Kvamme has a Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Fine Art in Bergen. He worked as a curator and producer at Bergen Kunsthall from 2000-2010, developing the space Landmark into one of Norway’s most active platforms for interdisciplinary art. He is currently teaching in a 50% position at the Academy of Fine Art in Bergen. In 2010 he initiated TagTeam Studio, an artist-run gallery and production space in Bergen, in which he works both as a curator and as an artist.
Daniel Muzyczuk has been Curator of the Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland, since 2008. He was co-founder of the anti-censorship initiative Indeks73 and has curated, amongst others, the following exhibitions: Long Gone Susan Philipsz (2009), Fabryka Mariusz Waras and Krzysztof Topolski (2010), MORE IS MORE (2010) and Melancholy of Resistance, Works from the M HKA Collection (2010). He teaches at the Academy of Fine Art in Gdańsk and is a member of AICA.
Steven Paige makes art through activities that explore social mores. Recent projects relate to hobbies and self-help manuals, as well as mimicking instructional modes by presenting assembled libraries and archives as art.
A keen advocate of artists dialogue and activity, Steven is involved in creating and presenting platforms for national and international exhibitions and projects. These have included development of The Western Alliance research and exchange project and the co-curated exhibition Control Point: A Temporary Facility at Plymouth Arts Centre in 2010, and Trade Routes in 2011-12.
Abigail Reynolds lives and works in St Just, Cornwall. She studied English Literature at Oxford University, followed by an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, London. She is represented by Seventeen Gallery in London and by Ambach and Rice in Los Angeles. Her work is in numerous collections including the Government Art Collection.
Phil Rushworth is an independent curator based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Her practice explores accessibility. Projects often feature interaction, popular culture, nostalgia and a sense of humour.
Phil recently co-directed 24hr Comic Etc. with Tom Sharpe, a project funded primarily by Arts Council England and FEAST. The series of three 24-hour events across the county challenged a selection of artists, writers and performers to produce a body of new work in town halls and public spaces.
Veronica Vickery moved to West Cornwall ten years ago and has developed an artistic practice immersed in place, questioning received and often static narratives associated with heritage and tourism, involved with the invisible, the marginal and the overlooked. She graduated from University College Falmouth in 2010 with an MA Fine Art: Contemporary Practice and was a recipient of the Sandra Blow Prize. She is a member of the LAND2 research network, a director of BOSarts and a lecturer at University College Falmouth.
After completing her MA in Cultural Studies, Bettina Wenzel moved from Berlin to Cornwall in 2009. She has worked as an independent curator since 2010, when she initiated |Narratives|, an exhibition project investigating concepts and notions of narrative in contemporary art. She writes for the art space enblanco in Berlin and has a strong interest in site-specific projects.