For the past year myself and four other artist from BV studios in Bristol have been collaborating with artists from the city of Hannover in Germany. Inspired by the spirit of twinning the five of us enjoyed spending time and exhibiting with five German artists in Hannover last summer. Here’s a summary of the aims of the project written last year: http://davemd.co.uk/bristol-artist-exchange-program-baep-hannover/
Following a successful exhibition at the Turba Gallery in Hannover in July 2018 all ten artists come together again for a show at Centrespace Gallery, Bristol during March 2019. The work I will be showing is explored in this blog post: http://davemd.co.uk/responding-to-lyme-disease/ These works have no direct bearing on the relationship between Bristol and Hannover, more so to the concept behind the exhibition. This work is about the seen and unseen, where what you do see often hides a very different reality.
Artists: Marlene Bart, Sven-Julien Kanclerski, Catherine Knight, Robert Luzar, David Morgan-Davies, Ruth Piper, Jean D Sikiaridis, Alec Stevens, Conrad Veit, Rui Zhang.
8 – 17 March (Preview Friday eve)
6 Leonard Lane
Bristol BS1 1EA
The flyer I designed for the exhibition collages an image from Hannover with one from Bristol, both shot in woodlands in the respective cities. These seemingly ‘Wild’ places in each city have been landscaped and adapted for our leisure time. The images not only highlight the similarities between both cities and cultures rather than their differences but also emphasise that boundaries between wild and man-made, real and unreal are often blurred: Anderswo ist hier : Elsewhere is here
Elsewhere is here : Anderswo ist hier is the first exhibition to come out of the artist exchange between artists from Hannover and Bristol; the background to which I’ve written about here. Whilst aiming to challenge the assumption that engagements with others needn’t grow evermore distant, the project aims for a playful yet critical reflection on current times. In response to the cultural and artistic exchange around place, proximity, self and other 10 artists from the two cities present new work at the Turba Gallery in Linden, Hannover.
Alec Stevens (Sculpter) – https://www.alecstevens.co.uk
Catherine Knight (Painter) – http://www.catherineknight.com
Robert Luzar (Site-specific performance) – http://www.robertluzar.com
Ruth Piper (Painter/Curator) – http://ruthpiper.com
David Morgan-Davies (lens-based) – http://davemd.co.uk
Based at the Turba Gallery in the Linden district of Hannover
Conrad Veit(Film/Video installation)
Jean Sikiaridis (Performance / installation)
Marlene Bart (Print-Graphic scientific illustration)
Sven-Julien Kanclerski (Physical structures/installation)
Rui Zhang (Painter)
I’m currently working with a group of artists from BV studios (Alec Stevens, Catherine Knight, Robert Luzar and Ruth Piper) on an exciting artist exchange project with a group of artists from Hanover in Germany. The exchange marks the legacy of the 70th anniversary of the twinning between the cities of Bristol and Hannover. It was initiated by Alix Hughes, Bristol’s International Twinnings Officer and is supported by Bristol Hannover Council
The exchange will be the first of its kind during the 70 years of twinning between the two cities. In the current political climate we feel that now, more than ever, we need to celebrate the spirit of reconciliation; the links between the two cities and build connections for the future. During the course of 2018/19 the Bristol artists will make a trip to Hanover with the artists from Hanover making a reciprocal trip to Bristol. All artists involved will make new work to be exhibited at an exhibition in each city at the end of their respect visits.
Our working title for the project and both exhibitions is ‘Elsewhere is here : Anderswo is hier’, which will present a cultural and artistic exchange around place, proximity, self and other. The German “Anderswo is hier” and English “Elsewhere is here” act as loosely translated points of departure that respond to the European cultural legacy of Twinning – a programme encouraging certain cooperations and ongoing reconciliations between partner countries. This project focuses both on new and existing works (sculpture, performance, painting, photography and drawing) made in the artist’s home cities as well as work made during the artist exchange residencies. The works will engage with concepts and mediums such as landscape through photography and painting, space and identity using sculpture and installation, and events happening through performances and drawings made using internet streaming and video.
Watch this space..
utopia:dystopia is an ambitious series of exhibitions and events curated by Geoff Dunlop and Sophie Erin for Fringe Arts Bath during 2016. This creative initiative is inspired by the 500th anniversary of the publication of Utopia, Thomas More’s reflections on the idea of an ideal society. Since 1516, the year of Utopia’s release, the world has witnessed countless attempts to establish a perfectly ordered community, in reality as well as in print. Yet the frequent outcome of such ambitions has been the decay of Utopia into Dystopia. From no-place to bad-place. In modern times the two concepts seem inseparable.
I will be showing pieces from a new body of work ‘Cofio | Remember’. The work pays homage to the rallying cry of Welsh nationalism ‘Cofio Tryweryn’. This remembers the flooding of Twyweryn valley in 1965 to create a reservoir to provide water for the city of Liverpool.
Walking under electricity pylons in the Severn Estuary during a very foggy Autumn day, at times you could see no more than twenty metres in front of you. You could however hear the buzz of electricity. ‘Cofio | Remember’ re-imagines the purpose of the pylons, in that they are not in fact carrying electricity but instead transporting light, i.e. away from the area to somewhere else. It imagines a dystopian future when a communities light is taken from one area to provide light for another. With water becoming the new oil, whose to say light might not become the new water?
28 May until 12 June (10am – 6pm)
Walcot Gate, off Walcot Street
Bath BA1 5UG
I’m very happy to been showing a short film as part of the Of the Sea exhibition at the Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent. The show contains lens based media, sculpture and performance art responding to the ‘freedom of the seas’ principle, which covers powerful topics such as conflict, ecology, territory, migration, piracy, border disputes and the ebb and flow of oceans.
My film ‘The Crossing’ is taken from a body of work made during a residency on Cape Cornwall in March 2013. The residency explored the relationship between the land, sea and sky, specifically the transitions between those elements. In ‘The Crossing’ the sea, horizon and sky have merged into one powerful mass.
The boat is almost lost, but not quite. Seemingly against the odds it makes headway. Quietly and steadily it traverses our field of vision, then starts all over again, it never tires. The film is about human endeavour; to battle with and harness the power of the sea. It slows the viewer down to the pace that the sea demands and requires he/she to see rather than look.
Of the Sea
5th May 5-9pm (Private view)
6 May until 24 July (daily)
The Historic Dockyard
Kent ME4 4TE
Artists Aksel Haagensen, Anoushka Haviden, Bruce Asbestos , Chris Alton , Daniela Zahlner, David Morgan-Davies, Fiona Townend, George Eksts , Greta Hauer, Guo – Liang Tan , Helen Barff , Jane Pitt , Jessica Ackerman , Kathleen Herbert , Louise Long, Lucy Andrews , Matt Gee , Rachel Thomson , Steph Goodger , Stephanie Grainger , Tamara Van San , Tom Davies, Jessica Sarah Rinland , Hania Ferrel, Magnus Maarbjerg, Matthew Krishanu , Sidonie Robert and Sonia Levy.
Selected by Adam Chodzko, Hannah Conroy, Kathleen Palmer, Victoria Pomery and Nicole Mollett
I am very pleased to be showing two pieces of work from my new ‘Life Before Colour’ series at the first Plymouth Contemporary Open exhibition.
As a starting point the Life Before Colour series uses my fathers and grandfathers colour slides of Cardiff from the 1950/60’s (Bute Park Nursery and Alexandra Gardens). The work reflects upon my own roots; photography as historical documents and cities as evolving landscapes.
Playing with the perception that history is often seen in Black & White, the works juxtapose prints of my forefathers slides sitting behind my own black & white images printed directly onto glass. These physical printed layers create a subtle optical tension between old and new; both in terms of the images and technologies used to create them.
Plymouth Contemporary Open
11 July – 29 August 2015
Peninsula Arts Gallery
1A Roland Levinsky Building
Devon PL4 8 AA
The full list of artists featuring in the exhibition is as follows: Bram Thomas Arnold, ATOI (Amy Thomas and Oliver Irvine), Dan Beard, Harriet Bowman, Jennifer Boyd and Alice May Williams, Jessie Brennan, Bristol Diving School, Chloe Brooks, Michael Cox, Tim Foxon, Naomi Frears, Laura Gower, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Will Kendrick, Samuel Levack, Jennifer Lewandowski, Cathy Lomax, Mateusz Marek, Pilar Mata Dupont, David Morgan-Davies, Ailbhe Ni’ Bhriain, Steven Paige, Sarah Poots, Michael Porter, Ruaidhri Ryan, and Paul Vivian.
‘hidden’: 40″ x 26″ Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted, available as an edition of 7.
they cycle past – one of two short films shown.
The Searchers began as a ‘one year’ gallery project in Bristol promoting collectable contemporary art. We are now a roaming group of artists aiming to support and challenge each other in our individual practices, with studio visits, shared experiences and critical discussion. Our latest show includes painting, drawing, sculpture, photography & film. As well as new body of work ‘Hidden’; inspired by the camps & structures of Leigh Woods by myself (photography and short films) the exhibition features the work of Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer and Ruth Piper. In addition we have commissioned Bristol art historian & writer, Lizzie Lloyd to write an accompanying text for the exhibition.
It was John Ford’s classic western ‘The Searchers’ that inspired our name. Obsessive and curious by nature artists travel alone, searching through unfamiliar territory, hoping for fresh insights & new configurations.
‘Shooting from the hip’
12-24 September 2014
Private view – Friday 12th September at 6pm
6 Leonard Lane
Bristol BS1 1EA
Tel: 07711 541 852
‘blown by the river’: 32cm x 47cm framed Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. available as an edition of 10.
As an associate artist with Walking the Land I am happy to be showing as part of ‘From the River and the Sea’. The exhibition will feature work by painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors, please view the Exhibition eGallery
‘From the River and the Sea’
The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham, Gloucestershire GL2 7JR
Tel: 01452 740547
The exhibition runs from 6 May – 31 May
Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am – 10pm
Walking the Land connect art, landscape and community, with the landscape and walking providing the catalyst for their creative activities.
‘From the River and the Sea’ is part of the Stroud Valley Arts Site 2014 Festival
‘dark matter iii’: 30cm x 40cm floating Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted. available as an edition of 10.
For this years Bristol Festival of Photography I’m pleased to be showing a collection of images and one short film exploring the lure of the sea, at the wonderful Zion Community Arts space in South Bristol.
The Festival will run throughout May with photographers and artists showing at venues across the city.
The exhibition runs from 1 May – 30 May
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
Zion Community Arts
Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol BS13 7JW
Directions: on street parking is available along Bishopsworth Rd and surrounding streets. The No.75/76 Showcase bus route stops opposite Zion and along Bishopsworth Rd. Parson St station is situated at the bottom of Bedminster Down Rd, approximately 10mins walk (uphill).
‘the curve’: 51cm x 76cm Giclée print, aluminium dibond mounted, box framed. available as an edition of 10.
I’ll be showing some new (see above) and existing work with fellow BV studio holders at the Sidcot Community Gallery this summer. The exhibition showcases a range of artwork from ten selected artists, each exhibiting a small body of work. The show includes painting, photography, mixed media and more.
Ten selected artists:
Ruth Piper | Penny Jones | Ruth Wallace | Dave Morgan-Davies | Anne Adamson | Jess Bartlett | Heather Jane Wallace | Midge Naylor | Luke Mitchell | Astrid Foreman
The exhibition runs from 10 May – 7 June
Thursday to Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sidcot Community Arts Centre in the South West of England is a dynamic, flexible space that is home to visual arts, performance, music, workshops, talks, and much more. The gallery is only 15 miles from the city of Bristol and within one hour’s travel of Bath.
Sidcot Community Arts Centre, Sidcot School
Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset, BS25 1PD
For more details visit the Sidcot Gallery website