The title is not just about ‘catching up ‘on this blog, but saying literally what we’ve been doing this year.
So…what’s been happening since ‘Coded’ in Athens this year?
In July, we exhibited our handmade books at the Artists Book fair in Liverpool. It was good to show a range of work from so many artists, but also it was a chance to sit and talk to people. It was successful on so many levels and we’ll definitely do it again next year.
One of the people exhibiting with us, was NY based artist Debra Eck. Debra set up the ‘Colonize’ exhibition a few years ago. We then had the opportunity to go across, exhibit, meet artists ( and do some wonderful sightseeing!)
It was good to not only remind people that we’d worked with other artists on an international level, but also it was a useful introduction to her visit to the UK in August.
Debra ran a Coptic stitch workshop at Alternator studios, in which the participants included some of the book artists we’d met at the Book Fair.
While all of the above was going on, we were continuing our correspondences (and friendships!) with artists we’d met in Athens. Of course, we’d ‘clicked’ with the Nottingham based Harrington Mill group on our first visit to the Athens Art fair, so we had kept in touch (meeting them again in Greece this year) but we’d also got on well with the MNKY BIZ group who were in the next booth.
The group were based in Berlin, so we (SCI & Harrington Mill) headed over to Germany in September to check out what the artists were doing. It was also Berlin Art week, so we got to see a LOT of Art. Its very likely we will go back next year to check out a big exhibition one of the group will be setting up.
Most of the group are exhibiting as individuals as well, so it may not look like things are happening, but rest assured they are !
This year, SCI will once again be taking part in Platforms Project, the Independent Art Fair of Athens.
Fitting in with the projects’ criteria of platforms-groups that produce works or projects together, SCI will be collaborating with 22 individual artists from around the UK, producing works about consumerism and branding. The artists have produced food and drinks labels highlighting their responses to coding.
SCI Artists exhibiting :
Michael Borkowsky , Catherine Harrison, Jacqueline F Kerr, Sharon Mossbeck,
Elizabeth Wheeler, Wendy Williams
Participating ‘Coded’ artists:
Craig Barmer, Jackie Berridge, Jo Brown, May Chong, Lyn Carruthers , Brian Daines , Alan Dunn, Lee Green, Jake Harries, Claire Lee, Deb Lee, Sonja Benskin Mesher , Ruth Morrissey, Sufea Mohamad Noor, Ben Parkin, Janine Pinion, Sadie Renwick, Karen Scott, Sharon Hall Shipp, Richard Shipp, Marcin Szuba, Myfanwy Williams
20 -25 May 2017
Cultural Centre ,Charilaou Trikoupi Str. 121, 114 73 Athens
Find us at Booth F5.
We would once again like to thank Arts Council England for their support.
You can follow updates of the exhibition by finding SCI on Twitter or Facebook
We are now preparing for the FUSE 3 exhibition in Sheffield which opens next week.
The exhibition brings together 9 artists representing their groups from 3 UK Cities – Exchange Place Studios Sheffield, SCI Liverpool and Harrington Mill Nottingham.
Exhibition artists are:
Michael Borkowsky, Brian Daines, Karen Davies (Sheffield)
Catherine Harrison, Jacqueline F Kerr, Wendy Williams (Liverpool)
Jackie Berridge, Dee Shiels, Alison Whitmore (Nottingham)
With support from Arts Council England, we were able to continue with our programme – travelling up to Sheffield and reaching out to a wider audience.
The title ‘FUSE’ is taken from the work we exhibited in Athens. All of the artists in the Platform exhibition have exhibited in FUSE Sheffield, but like most of SCI’s exhibitions, we have gathered artists on the way.
Images courtesy of Michael Borkowsky
Using donated ceramics (many from Baltic Clay ) as a starting point, the artists involved in the exhibition set out to alter and adapt the pieces .
Sufea Mohamad Noor
A poetry event based on ‘Relics’ was also organised and well attended
Read an interview with the curator : http://www.artinliverpool.com/feature-relics-independent-exhibition-tate/ and a review : http://www.artinliverpool.com/relics-the-independent-thread-coming-to-a-venue-near-you/
Still using the theme of ancient Greece, our next exhibition takes place in Tate Liverpool’s Group Reception room.
The room is transformed into a museum and the objects displayed are the findings from a lost civilisation. Pots and pieces of ceramics have been unearthed from the dig, giving a glimpse of the past….or possibly the future?
Many Thanks to Andrew from Baltic Clay for donated ceramics
Artwork shown in image by Tifany Kendall