Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Brownfield Research Centre - Brownfield Artists of the Day : Sean Roy Parker, Helen Stratford, Cathy Wade

In our ongoing series highlighting Artists and works submitted to our Brownfield Research Centre, each day until July 22nd, we will be highlighting the work of artists submitting to our Open Call.

Sean Roy Parker

Sean Roy Parker is a visual artist and social worker based in London. He studies human attitudes towards waste, the lifecycle of materials and the collective conscience. Capitalising on surplus and antipathy, Parker makes playful composites like chutneys, sculptures and pamphlets, which he distributes locally or globally through exchange. His research focuses on practical problem-solving through collaboration, often taking form as workshops, walking tours and litter picks.

As part of the Brownfield Research Centre, Parker has submitted a selection of work from an ongoing project trying to capture personal, emotional responses towards encountering debris in public green-spaces. Increasingly, he has been processing natural and man-made waste as art materials,developing language around sustainability, painting and composition. Considering the importance of mental health and wellbeing against a backdrop of the Anthropocene, these works offer possible solutions for overwhelmed individuals.

Parker has upcoming exhibitions at Peak Art (London) with May Hands and Good Press (Glasgow) with Hugh Frost, has previously exhibited on and at Auto Italia South East, Deptford X and Eastside Projects. He is a current associate of School of the Damned and delivers engagement workshops to fringe communities as PEFAProjects.

Instagram: @seanroyparker


Helen Stratford, Field Notes

Helen Stratford is an artist with a background in architecture and part time practice-led PhD Candidate at Sheffield University, researching Performative Architectures. Located between live art, visual art, architecture and writing, Helen’s work is collaborative - working with architects, artists, curators, diverse communities and publics. Searching for modalities that work between and expand architectural conventions, she develops site-specific interventions, including live events, video-works, speculative writing and artists’ books.

Former studio and residency artist at Wysing Arts Centre Cambridge, Helen’s work and research has been presented at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: West Bretton, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art: Thrapston, g39 and Oriel Davies Gallery: Wales, Wysing Arts Centre and Aid & Abet: Cambridge, Transitions Gallery, RIBA, National Theatre, Tate Modern and ICA: London, Primary: Nottingham, MSB2015 Bloc Projects, Yorkshire Artspace and SIA Gallery: Sheffield, Akademie Solitude: Stuttgart, Center for Contemporary Arts: Celje, Škuc Gallery and P74: Ljubljana. Helen has recently started a 2-year residency partnering with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Furtherfield Gallery London and finished a 2-year residency (both supported by Arts Council England) with national arts organisation METAL in Peterborough and Southend-On-Sea. Both focus on developing mobile artworks, with artist Idit Elia Nathan, that playfully critique approaches to the urban environment and landscape.




Cathy Wade, A Letter about a Brownfield

Cathy Wade is an interdisciplinary artist who works through collaboration, writing and research. She has exhibited extensively in both the UK and internationally working with galleries and projects including Werk, Vertigo Gallery, Vivid, Rope Press, Toomey Tourell Gallery, Ikon, Newlyn Art Gallery, Capsule, Clarke Gallery & A3 Project Space.

Residencies & Fellowships include: Longbridge Public Art Project 2013-2017, Birmingham City University Wheatley Fellowship for 2015-2016 and Repeator at The Office for Art Design and Technology in 2017. Projects in 2017 include the commission Videotheque with Vivid Projects and Repeator: Composite Space as a partner project to Coventry Biennale. Publications include Delineator (2014), After Carl (2014) and As We Alter It (2017) publications are for sale at Rope Press (UK) & Printed Matter NY

Twitter: @Cathy_Wade 
Instagram: @Cathy__Wade

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