New resident artist and chipper Whitechapel geezer at large Mat
Do currently has an exhibition at
(AND/OR) at 171 Mare Street. The Ties That Bind Us are
Stronger Than Ever features work based on his residency in
Egremont. Mat is due back up in early November to develop a project
with the goodly people of this vale.
'Go see' as they say in the print media listings these days.
The International Village Shop is a growing network of
cultural producers who set up permanent and temporary trading
places for goods that are rooted locally. The products
range from horsemilksoap to porcelain Frogbutterspoons, Peter's
Pots and Titschy Kitschy houses, single-village rice, music CD's,
handmade arrows, etc.
Grizedale Arts, myvillages.org, public works and Somewhere have worked with shop
formats, trade and collaborative production since 2003. During a
myvillages.org residency at Grizedale Arts in 2007 the idea was
born to join ventures and the International Village Shop began.
Since then the partners in the network extended and reworked
their trading places which include amongst others the ongoing
Honesty Stall at Lawson Park, an annual shop for the village fete
in Höfen, a two day shop at the Royal Academy in London, a one hour
shop at the Studio of Urban Projects in San Francisco and an
afternoon shop in a supermarket in the Swiss village of Fanas.
During the harvest month of October 2010 the International Village Shop
website will go online. The site brings the
geographically dispersed temporary and permanent "counters" of this
one shop together, and gives insight to products that are developed
for and contributed to this shop.
Throughout October 2010 a series of live shop activities
will take place across both urban and rural places in the UK and
03 October, a "Höfer Waren" 2010 Swap Shop as
part of the village fete activities, from 14.00 - 17.00 in the
village of Höfen in Southern Germany, to make and swap clay
06 to 17 October , myvillages.org presents thee
International Village Shop at the offices of Lower
Saxony in Berlin, with the shop open on Thursday 7th
October from 19.00 - 22.00.
08 October at 19.00, a Friday Session on Shops
at the public works studio in London.
10 October, "Heaven's Kitchen" as part of the
Coniston Harvest Festival, with Grizedale Arts making frozen meals
and a harvest supper from donated local produce.
New products that will enter the International
Village Shop during October 2010 include:
Potato Sleepers, a bag to store potatos in the
kitchen, developed with residents from the potato growing village
of Neuenkirchen and myvillages.org, designed by FUCHS + FUNKE &
Michael Lehner and made from leftover material from the local felt
Paramentenmeterware, a new fabric devoloped
with professional embroiders from the Paramentenwerkstatt at the
Monastery of St. Marienberg, Helmstedt, in the far East of Lower
Clay Fruit, a new dish applying
"Hausfrauentechnik" to local clay to process the fruit that grows
on it in the village of Höfen, Southern Germany.
Art and Agriculture porcelain sets , a printed
second hand dinner set used during the Art en Agriculture wedding
reception at Kultivator in Dyested, Sweden
New partners and products to enter the International
Village Shop network are welcome.
Even before the Instituto Mecanico programme gets underway, our
Sao Paulo classroom hosts a talk by Ann Gallagher of Tate to a
collection of art patrons and Outset folks. As the rest of the
Bienal is a cocophony of video noise and vultures squawking, Ann is
delighted to find a quiet room in the exhibition, at least while
Adrian Street pumps on the other side of the wall.
Grizedale Arts and Jeremy Deller have collaborated on a new commission for the 29th Sao Paulo Bienal, involving a film by Jeremy about the miner, wrestler and craftsman Adrian Street; an education programme, a YouTube site and the founding of a Mechanics Institute for the Bienal.
So Many Ways to Hurt You, the Life and Times of Adrian Street
A new film by Jeremy Deller, commissioned by Grizedale Arts for the Sao Paulo Bienal, telling the extraordinary story of Adrian Street.
Adrian was born into a coal mining family in Wales in 1940, but at sixteen he fled to London to pursue a career as a professional wrestler. Hanging out in Soho with the likes of Francis Bacon and Leigh Bowery, he developed a persona that combined the camp of post war pop culture with the hard-as-nails attitude of his working class past. His increasingly exotic image took him to America where he now lives, still wrestling in his 70s and running an artisan cottage industry, producing bespoke costumes to the wrestling industry. (http://www.bizarebazzar.com/art.htm)
The film is not shown in a neutral setting, but set against a mural by Paulista graffiti artist Raphael and presented as the façade of a new educational facility for the Bienal based the Victorian Mechanics Institutes.
The Mechanics Institute Grizedale Arts and Jeremy Deller
The Sao Paulo Mechanics Institute is constructed with historic material from Coniston and John Ruskin's followers in the village, with paintings by Collingwood and crafts made at the Coniston Institute around 1900. This classroom also features work made by Portuguese pupils from the Lilian Bayliss School in Lambeth who undertook a week's course in art, craft and nature study at Lawson Park farm, Grizedale in August 2010.
However this is not an installation, but an active classroom for the Bienal to extend their own education programme in new ways. This programme is designed to work from the ground up, inviting school groups, amateurs and non-experts to teach what they know to others, creating knowledge as a network.
As part of the project a YouTube site is being developed to pass this knowledge on, with films made by the participants.
This project will in turn feed back new ideas to the Coniston Institute, to help shape its future.
Supported by Foundacao Bienal de Sao Paulo, Arts Council England and The British Council.
Jeremy Deller and I have been here for 5 days now installing our
project for the Sao Paulo Bienal - a film by Jeremy about the
wrestler Adrian Street,
a mural of the same by local artists, a Mechanics Institute, an
education programme, a school trip and a few other things rolled
Yesterday a helpful soul graffiti'd our honesty stall: "IT'S NOT ON THAT YOU LEAVE SCRAP METAL AND CARPET IN THIS LOVELY PLACE! TAKE NOTE".
Thank you for that. We are very sorry for any offence that this may have caused. What were we thinking, leaving such unnatural materials in this haven of purity? (Though I think carpet is Royal Coniston brand, so quite local.) We shall henceforth endeavour keep this idyl free of clutter and signs of non-wilderness; but where to start? Tractors, cars, spades, straight bits of wood, disposable barbecues, tourists, fudge, brightly coloured clothing, spruce forests, quarrying, honesty stalls, graffitti.....actually better take the washing in just in case.
The school visit from a group of Portuguese speaking kids from the Lilian Bayliss school in Lambeth was great fun. Jeremy Deller came and did some drawing with them as these will be shown alongside his new film at the Sao Paulo Biennial.
Our boys Juneau Projects have put our Eastside Projects (Birmingham) Decent Proposal The Musical online here for you audio fans. Karen's microphone's a bit indistinct but it's all good fun. Also features Bedwyr Williams....
It's getting closer to the Biennial install and Jeremy Deller is finishing off editing his film of the Welsh born coal miner turned wrestler Adrian Street (now living in Florida stitching lurid lycra). In a couple of weeks we have a bunch of Brazilian kids (Brazilian kids from London, well actually just some kids that speak Portuguese) coming up to make some work which will add the finishing touches to the exhibition. They will spend some days drawing and thinking about Ruskin, have a trip to Barrow to make some Noise with the collective Octopus and create a Tabletop Utopia from bits of nature that look good in miniature and represent the Lake District. It will all make sense soon enough.
We ran a Craft Salon to run alongside the Coniston Arts and
Crafts Annual Exhibition held in the village hall. The salon took
place in the library where we tucked away the unsightly book
carousels and Romance novels and displayed instead bits of pottery,
glass, metal work and books from our collection and library. We had
artists, craft people, and historians talking and showing. Charlie
Whinney and his demonstration of how to steam-bend wood got the
biggest round of applause though Adam's history of the Arts and
Crafts Movement demonstrated by the throwing of pots came a very
We have been busy over the last couple of weeks with a group of
German Architecture students and tutors who stayed at Lawson Park
and Low Parkamoor and thought about issues of land use, commons law
and access rules while helping tidy our messy wood pile. The left
and another group of Extra Special People from Birmingham's
Eastside Projects arrived. The weekend consisted of hard toil in
the fields for some, and for the others, a social couple of days at
the Craft Salon at The Mechanics Institute where we organised
lectures and demonstrations in the library as part of the Coniston
Arts and Crafts Society Annual Exhibition.