Friday, 19 June 2015

Upcoming Residency at AirSpace Gallery - Emma Starkey

Emma Starkey, Attempting Omega

In association and partnership with New Art West Midlands, we're happy to announce that Emma Starkey, one of the main prizewinners this year, will be resident at AirSpace in July and August for two weeks.

Emma, from Birmingham, is a recent graduate  of Worcester University, who works with performance and film to investigate expressions of identity. In its approach to repetitive actions, the endurance of the body and the urge to test its limitations, her work has its roots in the performances of artists such as Ron Athey and Marina Abramović.

I want to find out why I want to use a particular object/material, and how does it already relate in the world? And can the idea of use be altered to provide an alternative reality? And if so, what? The work depends upon back and fourth exchanges with material and theory. The performativity in both drawing and performance work are often repetitive, ritualistic and ceremonial. - Emma Starkey

Emma will be available at specific times during the residency to talk about her work and approach - full details, including dates, of the residency are to follow.

New Art West Midlands (NAWM) is aTurning Point West Midlands (TPWM) initiative with gallery partners and universities in the West Midlands. All exhibiting artists have graduated from one of the West Midlands’ undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degree courses in the past three years, encompassing Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester.

THE SELECTORS for 2015 were

Amna Malik, Senior Lecturer in Art History, Slade School of Art.

John Newling, artist and former Professor of Installation Sculpture at Nottingham Trent University.

Bedwyr Williams, artist.