Dean Clough
Monday, June 3, 2019
12:00 AM
Fletcher’s Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX
Alice Bradshaw / Dean Clough

Art Lab at Dean Clough

Artists’ Presentations and Critical Dialogue at Dean Clough

Fletcher’s Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Monday 3 June, 7:30pm

Three artists’ presentations with Q&A followed by a slide presentation by Robert Donald responding to the presentations and audience requests. Free to attend, no booking required.

Theresa Easton: Artists Union England

Theresa Easton is a printmaker from Newcastle and National Organiser with Artists Union England (AUE). Formed 5 years ago the first members meeting in July 2014 resulted in establishing a rates of pay guide devised by and for artists. Why set up a trade union? Alone artists are vulnerable to the exploitation of the art market, commissioners and organisations. In a trade union the artist speaks as a united voice, can effect change and get help when needed. As a member led trade union, the issues that effect members become campaigns taken forward by the members with the support of an elected national executive committee. AUE is not another artists organisation. It is a democratic force, independent of commissioners, answerable only to its members and can hold employers to account. It survives on the yearly subs of £42 paid by each member. Why would you not want to be part of a trade union?

Sam Read

Sam Read is an artist based in Sheffield. He is a studio holder at GLOAM, an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary and an Associate Educator at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. His practice encompasses traditional & digital drawing, painting and printmaking. His artwork is inspired by graphic design, literature and art history.

Neo-Grotesk Realism is a creative research-driven project set up to examine contemporary medievalism, in particular those which addresses digital and economic hegemonies (e.g neofeudalism, technofeudalism). Concurrent to this enquiry is an exploration of the term “grotesque” and its contradictions across fine art, design, literature etc. As a starting point the theory of Grotesque Realism (Mikhail Bakhtin’s definition of a utopian anti-feudal impulse, rooted in folk rites) will be used as a framework to imagine new possible signs, practices and theories.

Louise Miller: Peter Miller

Louise Miller is presenting about her late father Peter Miller’s (1939-2014) work and legacy. Born in 1939, Peter Miller was an accomplished artist who regularly explored a number of different themes in his work from political such as the Irish troubles to ballet dancers. More recently he is best remembered for his works inspired by the Golden Era of motor cars and motor racing. Miller was particularly celebrated for his paintings depicting the Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars of the 1920s and 1930s. His ability to evoke a sense of movement in his work, paired with his excellent grasp of light and shadow, prompted his reputation as one of the most eminent automobile artists to grow significantly throughout his career.

If you would like to present at a future Art Lab please email Alice [email protected] with a brief outline of what you would like to talk about.