Friday, 9 December 2016

Midpointness - Documentation 9/12/16

Friday 9th December
·       Wear Midpointness T-shirt
·       The far wall should have a band of 20cms each day of dark green painted across it floor to ceiling each day using masking tape, an image of this from the same position should be added to the airspace blog





·       Every day invigilators should encourage visitors to fill in Toby Huddlestone questionnaires until 100 is reached
·       Every day invigilators should encourage visitors to read or sing Lily Mellor’s cue cards and do this themselves
·       Each day there should be some documentation of the show added to the Airspace blog
·       At sometime during the day rearrange John Plowman’s artwork, by unfolding part of the material a little more and using the wall or trestle table to support it as appropriate




·       Between 11am – 12pm – in this hour you should stare at one work, follow these instructions:
IA - 11.00am - Walk around exhibition and choose one work
IA - 11.01am - Stare at work, try to blink as little as possible
IA - 11.59am - Stop staring and walk around exhibition



·       Between 12-1pm is Eating a sandwich for an hour time, follow these instructions:
IA - 12.00pm - Eat a sandwich very, very slowly
IA - 12.59pm - stop eating



Today’s sandwich was rice and peas.

·       Between 1-2pm is Drinking one cup of coffee for an hour, follow these instructions:
IA - 1.00pm - Make cup of coffee or ask someone to nip out to buy one
IA - 1.05pm - sip coffee very, very slowly
IA - 1.59pm - Drain the cup


Today’s coffee hour was 10-11am

·       Between 2-3pm is Mumbling hour, you should Only mumble in this hour unless there is a fire alarm and you have to evacuate the building
·       Between 2-3pm - Turn one of Gerard Williams 'Cultural Currency' pieces around to be visible on the other side using a ladder and clean hands
·       Between 3-4pm is IA - Reading a book hour, follow these instructions:
IA - 3.00pm - Ask someone to lend you a book, get or ask for something to use for a bookmark and at least 7 rubber bands
IA - 3.06pm - start reading it
IA - 3.57pm - stop reading and put a book mark in book
IA - 3.58pm - Put rubber bands around book
IA - 3.59 - leave book in the gallery for rest of Midpointness


4.08pm is spontaneous painting falls off of wall minute:



·       Between 4-5pm is Spontaneous clapping hour, you should follow these instructions:
IA - Clap for one hour and record the sound on a device of your choice, this can be your smartphone, laptop or professional recording device, depending on what you and the gallery have; you can clap in any way you like

IA - Play the sound back at another hour of your choice during the exhibition, you can be present in this hour or not, but you get to chose when this is and on what equipment/how loud


Midpointness is an evolving project which seeks to equate itself along the lines of a conceptual model of the cosmic. Over the course of 4 weeks, this group exhibition, featuring works by 27 UK and international artists will change and evolve, grow and diminish, pulsate through the works of the artists and the participation of the audience. Curatorial control will, at times be handed over to Gallery staff and exhibition visitors, both live and remote. Through this egalitarian, hierarchy-free approach, Midpointness will seek to explore the nature of the artist, the exhibition, the audience and the work of art.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Midpointness - Documentation 8/12/16


·      Between 11am – 3pm – invent an artist (this should not be an existing artist) and make an artwork by them; the artist should have a name and a biography that you can make up and they can make artwork in any media or subject that you choose


untitled by Alan Mackerel


Midpointness is an evolving project which seeks to equate itself along the lines of a conceptual model of the cosmic. Over the course of 4 weeks, this group exhibition, featuring works by 27 UK and international artists will change and evolve, grow and diminish, pulsate through the works of the artists and the participation of the audience. Curatorial control will, at times be handed over to Gallery staff and exhibition visitors, both live and remote. Through this egalitarian, hierarchy-free approach, Midpointness will seek to explore the nature of the artist, the exhibition, the audience and the work of art.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Objects and Ornaments by Tom Verity - A Graduate Residency Interim Exhibition



Objects and Ornaments is an exhibition of works displaying the evolution of Tom's practice over the first half of his graduate residency at AirSpace. The work investigates the boundaries between sculpture, painting and Installation. Tom’s pieces consist of a process of deconstruction of the traditional elements of these mediums, which are then recombined into a new composition.

His recent work recent work aims to use the medium of ceramics within the context of contemporary sculpture to construct hand made pieces that contrast with found objects to explore the conventions of the material. The work plays with the ideas of function and ornament using balance and weight to create unique compositions. As well as investigating display and hanging mechanisms, questioning the hierarchy of the gallery space and looking at the borders between functional material and ornament. The ceramic pieces aim to give new function to the material by using it in a variety of new and innovative situation and working with the clay's innate qualities.













The AirSpace Gallery Graduate Residency Scheme, running since 2012, seeks to tackle graduate retention in Stoke-on-Trent and offers new arts graduates an opportunity to bridge the gap between education and a professional arts career. Residents receive free personal studio space for 6 months, and full access to the Gallery's facilities. There is an emphasis on professional development, with a series of monthly mentoring meetings, led by Gallery directors and invited artists. The scheme offers two exhibition opportunities within the Gallery - an interim exhibition in the AirSpace Resource Room and the final all-important solo exhibition.