Portfolio reviews, talks & discussion at Harris Museum

Portfolio reviews with Ruth Claxton or Sovay Berriman with subsequent talks and discussion by the artists are taking place at the Harris Museum & Gallery in Preston.
Portfolio review sessions are a great opportunity to talk about your practice to a nationally renowned artist who can give you advice and critical feedback you your practice and career path.Date & time: Sat 4 July 2015.
1pm Portfolio Review Session 1 with Ruth Claxton or Sovay Berriman
1.45pm Portfolio Review Session 2 with Ruth Claxton or Sovay Berriman
3-4.45 Artists Talks and Discussion

Please email c.corfe@preston.gov.uk to book you portfolio session with preferred artist, time slot and a couple of sentences on how this portfolio session with benefit your practice. Portfolio sessions are free of charge.

At 3pm Claxton and Berriman will give presentations on their practice. Please book through Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talks-and-discussion-with-sovay-berriman-and-ruth-claxton-tickets-17511293751

Ruth Claxton and Sovay Berriman are both included in our current contemporary art exhibition Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp that uses a work by British pop artist Richard Hamilton as a starting point.

Artists’ Biographies:
Berriman is based in London. Her practice incorporates sculpture, drawing, text and event-based work. It draws a correlation between forms found within landscape, archaeological tourist sites and musical dance-sets, considering shifts in perspective as we, the audience, move between roles of participant, performer and director. Entertainment Suite explores her interest in stage sets and objects as tools or props for hosting or motivating moments of action, whether contemplative or dynamic.

Recent activity includes Molluscs Hunt Wizards Symbol Archive: Visual Language 2013, Spacex and Engagement Network. Solo exhibitions include Where Molluscs Huddle and Wizards Roar, 2013/14, The Agency, London; Sepulchre by the Sea, 2013, Malgras|Naudet, Manchester; and collaborative project||HOST||, 2012 with Laura Mansfield, The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial. Group exhibitions include Starseed Transmission, 2013, Enclave, London, 59.14 N 3/34 W, 2012, Orkney and The Potential for Windows and Scale, 2011-12, Contemporary Art Society.

Claxton lives and works in Birmingham. She works with a variety of media, often reconfiguring or altering pre-existing objects, such as postcards or figurines, in order to create objects and installations that consider what it is to look, see or experience. She is known for her large-scale, site responsive installations and public sculptures which use reflective, mirrored and retro-reflective surfaces to create complex and fugitive visual experiences.

Solo exhibitions include Site Santa FE, USA, 2011; Spike Island, Bristol, 2009 and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2008. Other exhibitions, residencies and public projects include Found,New Art Gallery Walsall, 2015; UK Visual Arts Residency Cove Park, 2014; Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art, China, 2012; Undone, Henry Moore Institute, 2010 and Wonders of Weston, commissioned by Situations, 2010. She is Associate Director of Eastside Projects and is leading the Birmingham Production Space Project. Her work is in public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection. Oculist Witnesses: According to Duchamp and Lucy Beech: Me and Mine are part of the Dance First, Think Later contemporary art programme curated by Clarissa Corfe.

The programme is funded by Arts Council England, Contemproary Art Society, Lancashire County Council, Foyle Foundation, The Friends of the Harris, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Granada Foudation, Creative Lancashire, Brian Mercer Charitable Trust and Jacana Care Trust.

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