Saturday, 28 April 2012

Archives and Collections

Thanks to everyone who came and took part in last week's FORUM!

Special thanks to Helen Warburton for sharing her experience of co-curating The Institute of Critical Zoologists at Chapter, Rory Duckhouse for sharing his photographic works in progress and James Green for letting us all take home a piece of his art.

A more detailed blog post by Freya Dooley (artist and WARP intern) to follow soon...

Thursday, 26 April 2012

The John Gingell Award

g39 is pleased to announce the launch of the John Gingell Award. The Award will provide two artists an award of £5,000 toward the development of a body of work over a six-month period culminating in an exhibition at g39, Cardiff in the summer of 2013.

John Gingell (1935 – 2007) was a pioneering and passionate artist and arts educator. His own work crossed many media from performance, installation, to sculpture and public art. Relocating to Cardiff from London in 1966 he left his role within the Whitechapel gallery to take up a post as lecturer on the new Foundation course at the art school at Howard Gardens. John Gingell continued to develop new areas of practice, founding the MA course in Fine Art in 1987, of which he was director until 2001. With his restless energy and a zeal for change he was known to his students as 'The Dynamo'. He shaped the MA on a model which supported the students in expanding their practice outside college, within their own studios. The course encouraged those who wanted to extend and challenge their own practice or simply re-engage with making Art.

He not only believed in Art education, but by its own token that Art in itself was a crucial part of self education, a broadening and necessary activity. He developed an approach to teaching that was both stimulating and unconventional – performance was integrated into his teaching and performance lectures evolved into symposia and events. This award is a one off tribute to this inspirational thinker, artist, activist and agitator.

G39 will offer curatorial and critical support with the intention to significantly develop the recipients’ practices during this period. g39 will then present the resulting bodies of work.

Applications are invited from graduates of Fine Art (within any discipline) who have graduated at BA or MA level from an art institution in Wales between 2000 and 2011. Applicants should be seeking to re-engage or extend their practice as artists within any contemporary fine art discipline.

Requested supporting material:
Photographic documentation of your 2D/3D work (up to 12 images saved as jpegs, 2MB max per image) and/or
Video/audio documentation of your time-based work (12 minutes max)
Please ensure you include titles, media and year of production for all works.
Artist Statement (max 250 words)
Supporting Proposal explaining to what use the award would be put, outlining how the award would enable you to develop your Art practice (max 500 words)
CV including contact details, education, and any published or exhibited work (max 2 sides A4)

Digital submissions are preferred, sent to Large files can be sent via a file transfer site (eg WeTransfer or YouSendIt). Links to video hosting sites can also be accepted
Postal submissions to: The John Gingell Award, c/o g39 Oxford St CARDIFF CF24 3DT (NB material submitted by post will not be returned).

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, 15th June 2012 (as postmark or email timestamp)
All applications received will be acknowledged by email.

Shortlist notified: 16 July 2012

Interview: week commencing 23 July (if shortlisted, you must make yourself available for these dates)

Awards made: early August 2012

You can find out more here

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


FORUM returns to us on Thurs 26th of April at 7pm in the walls of Ffotogallery, Chapter. 
This FORUM's theme is Archives and Collections and we'll have artists Rory Duckhouse and James Green, showing some of their archives and collections. 

This FORUM follows the opening of the new Chapter exhibition: The Institute of Critical Zoologists which opens at 6pm. 
The ICZ works with artists, scientists and researchers to develop a critical approach to the zoological gaze. Motivated by current ecological concerns, the heart of its practice addresses the human regard for animals as conveyors of meaning with values that are both culturally and politically specific.

This exhibition is co-curated by FORUMers Helen Warburton and Lauren Jury. More info can be found here.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Source Archive Season

Tying in neatly with our next FORUM event on Thursday 26th April, Source Photographic Review are having a three-month season of Archive-related events. This special season will include seven new short films, extended audio interviews and a dedicated archive issue of Source Magazine.

The films and interviews will be published on the Source website every week from the beginning of March.The films will range from stories of individual photographers, like the Jo Spence and the John Blakemore Archives, to specialist collections like that of London Zoo, which contains photographs of extinct animalsunavailable anywhere else and local collections like the local newspaper the Newtownards Chronicle. Also featuring will be the Archive of Modern Conflict, the Royal Anthropological Institute and archive conservator Susie Clark. For collections on a global scale we will be speaking to the British Library Endangered Archives project, Getty Images and Magnum Photos.

To kick off the Source Photographic Archives Season, you are invited to submit your favourite photographic image - from an online archive - to the Source Facebook Competition page. The editors will select their favourites from the entries to win various prizes, such as personal archive tours. Get your found archive image up by Thursday 10th May, 2012 to win.

Thursday, 5 April 2012