YVAN’s Nourish programme is a series of Curated Conversations held around the Yorkshire & Humber region. This year, we are hosting a weekend of these conversations on Humber Street to discuss matters of common concern in the Visual Arts curated by Hack & Host. We invite artists, arts professionals, educators and those involved in cultural planning and strategy to join us to discuss what the priorities should be for visual arts in Yorkshire.
Keynote Speaker for the event is Gregory Sholette – In his wide-ranging art, activist, and writing practice, Gregory Sholette has developed a self-described “viable, democratic, counter-narrative that, bit-by-bit, gains descriptive power within the larger public discourse.” In dozens of essays, three edited volumes, and his own Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture (Pluto Press, 2011), Sholette has documented four decades of activist art that, for its ephemerality, politics, and market resistance, might otherwise remain invisible.
As part of the event, we will be hosting panel discussions covering three topics – PLACE, CASH & MATERIALS.
Questions we’ll be leading on are:
- How can artists make a positive contribution to place making agendas?
- How do artists / art & culture play a key role and add value to redevelopment initiatives?
- Does gentrification help or harm the art community?
- What are the support structures, peer networks, technical facilities, spaces & funding that early career and emerging artists need to be able to sustain a career?
- To what extent do artists choose to work with certain materials because that is what they can afford?
- How do artists value themselves in the current market? What is the current market?
- How can artists work to create sustainable business models either as individuals or organisations?
- How useful is the term ‘Visual Arts’? What is it that is specific and intrinsic to the term?
- Does technical equipment necessary for certain practices limit who can make work in that way?
- Can resources held in HE institutions be made more available?
- How can we create sustainable projects for artists? How should artists take ownership of this process?
- How can artists take responsibility for creating sustainable projects in terms of materials, funding, spaces?
- What are organisations doing to assist?
YVAN has commissioned Yoke (artists collaboration between Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward) to create a work in response to the live and media arts festival ReROOTed which took place at the Humber Street Gallery, Hull, in March, then present the work at YVAN’s Nourish 17.
The commissioned artwork will include a banner that portrays the contemporary visual, media and the live art sector. Yoke’s research into the history of trade union banners will feed into the design of the banner with the content, visuals and text taking inspiration from the ReROOTed event. With input from the artists and audience, the banner will act to document themes of pride within the Visual Arts sector and the ideas that unify it.
Yoke saw this commission as the perfect opportunity in turbulent times to celebrate the unity of artists and all that can be possible. Over the ReROOTed festival, they encouraged attendees to think about words and symbols they felt represented the unity of artists, the things that bring us together and all that we should be proud of. They asked them to stitch these into small cross-stitch patches and have since continued this conversation with other artists. All of this will influence the development of a large fabric work titled ‘Ideas That Unify Us’, indicative of a union banner to be presented at Nourish on the 30th September at Humber Street Gallery. You can view stitch contributions to the project on Instagram under #IdeasThatUnifyUs and upload your own, if you’d like to get involved and make your own patch, contact Yoke at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Posted September 04, 2017