Preview: Friday 10th June, 18.00 - 21.00
Many Studios are happy to announce the Graduate Residency Programme 15/16 exhibition 'Settling Up Some of Things'. The group exhibition brings together new work by Benjie Cluness, Jessica Higgins and Laura G Jones which has been developed whilst taking part in the 9-month residency programme.
The MANY Studios Graduate Residency Programme is an on-site residency open to creative practitioners working across different disciplines and less than three years out of education. The programme is centred around nurturing a space for creative and critical engagement through interaction with invited artists, curators and academics, as well as other creative organisations who offer support to emerging practitioners. The residency is structured in such a way that aims to respond to the diverse practices of each resident, providing a fluid structure, stimulating guidance from established practitioners and their peers as well as support for varied outcomes.
Benjie Cluness was born in Shetland and lives and works in Glasgow. His recent work seeks to examine the relationship between the arts and gentrification and the extent of his own culpability in that process - both as an artist and consumer.
Often using print on demand and online fabrication services in the making of an artwork, the absence of the artist’s hand raises questions of authorship and highlights the method of its production.
Jessica Higgins lives and works in Glasgow. Graduating from the Sculpture and Environmental Art dept., GSA in 2015 her practise is centered around the functions, dysfunctions and uncertainties of situations, relationships and communication via the public offerings of sculptural installation, collaborative projects, performance and writing. Recent presentations have included Spring Season Open Weekend, Hospitalfield House, Abroath (group, 2015); Picturesque Radices in Small Decisions, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow (solo, 2015).
Laura G Jones:
Originally born in Johannesburg, South Africa, having lived in America, England and Germany, Laura is now based in Glasgow, Scotland. She studied a BA Hons in Dance and Visual Art at the University of Brighton, an MA in Artists’ Film and Video at UCA, Kent and an MRes in Artists’ Moving Image at Central Saint Martins.
Inspired by her background in dance, she works with moving image, digital media and performance to explore ideas of habitual performativity, gender issues, choreography in arbitrary situations and endotic rhythms and patterns: The extraordinary within the ordinary.
Although she doesn't choreograph in a traditional sense, her work highlights choreography and patterns which occur spontaneously and subconsciously. She invites an alternative perspective on seemingly banal situations and objects, promoting a haptic response in the viewer.
The Graduate Residency Programme 15/16 was supported by the Hope Scott Trust.
Location: The Studio @ MANY Studios
Dates: 11th June - 3rd July 2016, Wednesday - Saturday, 12.00 - 17.00
Funding Partners: Hope Scott Trust
Curation: Natalia Palombo, Becca Howard, Bennie Cluness, Jessica Higgins and Laura G Jones
This exhibition is kindly sponsored by Tennents, providing complimentary drinks at the preview event