17th September – 4th December, various venues, Plymouth UK
VIA presents a nomadic model of working as a curatorial framework. The project questions how artist-led practice can thrive in ‘in-between’ spaces, and subsist/grow alongside existing structures created by institution or environment. VIA explores the validity of symbiotic relationships between artists and organisations (be they institutional or artist-led), and if there is still a need for artist-led practice to have physical ‘homes’.
At present, Project Space 11’s future is uncertain, and VIA aims to investigate the possibilities of working in flexible and mutually beneficial ways; utilising creatively what materials, structures and spaces are already at hand. It is a time of flux for both Project Space 11, the artist-led ecology in Plymouth and the arts in a wider sense. VIA responds to this atmosphere; exploring alternative platforms, situations and venues for showing and discussing artist practice.
VIA: Film Screenings
Saturday 17th September, 6pm, The Athenaeum Theatre, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth.
A one-night only film screening exploring connections between a newly commissioned moving image work by Oliver Sutherland and an existing feature film.
Sutherland has created a new work inspired by a number of original feature films from the science fiction genre; producing a digital 3D landscape in which an new feature film could potentially be realised. The landscapes presented are dormant, bereft of actions and human acts, waiting for potential narratives to emerge through the direction of the camera. The new piece will be shown back-to-back with a feature film; an iconic sci-fi blockbuster – the title of which will be revealed on the evening of the screening.
The screening will take place in the 1961 theatre of the Athenaeum (a building built to house the Athenaeum Society, a library and lecture society which celebrates the arts and sciences, with a 200 year legacy). The striking and unique 340 seat theatre, with original period decor (including the only circular revolving stage in the South West), is an under-used and under-celebrated space in the city.
VIA: Limited Edition Poster and Publication
Project Space 11 have commissioned artist Jessica Warboys to contribute a new 2D work that responds to the context of the VIA project. Volcano Vertigo is presented as an A2 fold-out poster. This free, one colour lithograph publication is printed in a limited run, available from key locations across the city centre. Using the platform of a folding poster/publication, the work will act as visual punctuation across the city, in shops and domestic spaces. By presenting the work in this format, the viewer is able to acquire and keep an artwork, with the potential for it to be displayed throughout the city and further afield.
VIA: symposium and dialogue
December 2nd and 3rd, Plymouth College of Art
Project Space 11 have invited one artist-led space from each BAS7 city to collaborate on a dialogue, resulting in a panel discussion as part of the PVAC British Art Show 7 symposium, entitled, What will the art world look like in 2061, at the time of the next major comet? on December 2nd and 3rd at Plymouth College of Art. Working with TRADE Gallery (Nottingham), James Taylor Gallery (London), Transmission Gallery (Glasgow), and invited artist representatives from South West based artist-led organisations, the group will explore how large art festivals/biennials affect the city/region’s artist-led ecology and the future of artist-led spaces.
Project Space 11 is supported by: Arts Council England, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth College of Art, and the City Centre Company.