POST is the new peer-led network for artists whose work responds closely to place.
Who we are:
POST was founded in the leafy suburbs and mingled urban decay of Wimbledon in South London in 2008. POST members are spread from the hills and dales of Cumbria to the sparkling waters of the Greek archipelago. POST members are each out in the world as individuals, looking for opportunities in their locality that deal with place, site-specific notions of practice and an engagement with the forgotten fragments that exist between the world in urban and rural spaces. POST exists as an umbrella to give artists engaged with it a group of peers to support and be supported by, to offer and be offered opportunities.
POST is a network for hosting events, highlighting opportunities and offering collective support from a diverse array of artists, performers, musicians, writers, sculptors, curators and architects.
Post was initiated in 2008 and now totals over 40 members across Europe from Canadian Bassoonists to Greek Sculptors and Cumbrian curators.
What we do:
POST, whilst also being a network of artists whose interests lie in the site-specific, the locally engaged, and non-gallery spaces, is also a group of artists who have over the past few years hosted a number of events in their local spaces and places.
2008 saw POST collaborating with a Liverpool based group of artists to take over a disused and very derelict building in the backwaters of the city. This offered members the opportunity to work in unique spaces all damp and dripping, creating works that were ephemeral and evocative, that spoke of the place and the artists’ interaction with it. From Elizabeth Willows’ subtle intervention that wove Ivy plants that were growing in the room into unexpected invasive forms traversing the room to Justine Blau’s minature 3D landscapes that became hidden and exposed by the detritus across the floor of one bedroom.
We have just hosted an event in Colliers Wood and three parks across the Wimbledon area called AwayDay, the project, produced with funding from Arts Council England and Merton Council, sought to intervene in the local community in a variety of ways. Sonia Paço-Rocchia produced a performance piece in collaboration with the local choir responding to sculptures and interventions by other artists from the group. Katie Gilman made a large sculptural piece in a wooded area of the park that moved with the wind and played tricks on the eye, the bold woollen red reacting with the deep beech green of summer.
POST are looking to meet independent and dynamic artists who have an interest in the world and the people outside the confines of the gallery, a desire to experience and undertake self-initiated projects and artists who are actively interested or engaged in cross-disciplinary work and the questioning of place.
First published: a-n.co.uk August 2010
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