Friday, 11 December 2020
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 shortlisted artist Nina Chua is inviting participates to take part in her Postal Art project A Prompt for a Drawing as part of the events running alongside the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition at Cooper Gallery between 13 November – 19 December 2020.
Prudence Maltby, Pop Art is a way of liking things. Nina's mark, pencil, Indian ink and collage.
Mary Low, Transmission
Sign-up to take part in A Prompt for a Drawing here.
Nina Chua was born in Manchester, UK. She studied at Manchester School of Art and completed her MA in Fine Art in 2011. In 2016 she was selected for the Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Programme. She predominately works in the field of drawing and has exhibited at, amongst others, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Baltic 39, Newcastle; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead. Her work is held in collection at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; The Artists' Books Collection Dundee (abcD), University of Dundee, and Simmons and Simmons Contemporary Art Collection.
This project accompanies the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 at Cooper Gallery, 13 November – 19 December 2020.
Friday, 23 October 2020
Lockdown domestic viewing rooms
screens + art, screens + talks, screens + films
screens, you will not find in the stream,
missing and embracing the familiar concurrently
the old familiar doors are open, viewing rooms returned
processes of sharing spaces transparently vail the displays
similarities transpire, drawn from their domestic versions
like private viewing to embrace, the room is yours
I took the room for myself, rejoicing in the carefully curated
inside a vitrine a single side of A4 with typed text, spins in my memory,
the words 'SPHINX' and 'KITCHEN' rekindle,
the domestic and institutional collide
I'm at my kitchen table, I have signed into culture
like every scene, her room, it spins, I look up to my room
stationary I sit, still, the walls move clockwise, eyes closed
the projection of the domestic engrained in the memory
Exhibition invigilators were invited to respond to an aspect of the exhibition A is for Avant-Garde, Z is for Zero
Kaya Fraser is an artist, DJCAD graduate and committee member of GENERATORprojects. Visit her website: www.theeverydayarchivist.com
Friday, 16 October 2020
Thursday, 2 April 2020
lies are swallowed down welcoming throats.
It shocks me, so
easy. Now how to respond?
to spit my belly’s fire
scorching earth below this high turret
‘It’s them, you see. Not me, not me.’
Purest tones ring
over fruitless dusty soil
as we all sing along
behind our concrete walls
of fear and hurt
my belly hungers for fruit
more than fire. Now how to respond?
I look inside my burning belly
soothe its heat with the balm
of this moment. Challenge
I break the rocks of my own defences
one by one, spit
dust from my mouth to sing
to understand the reasons behind all our defences
Question who profits
Now each time my pain seeks fire
I’ll remember; fruit-filled revolution
requires the fertile soil of
Rehearsals for the Revolution workshops took place as part of Jasmina Cibic's exhibition The Pleasure of Expense, 2019. More info on the workshops and exhibition on Cooper Gallery's website.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
Rosas Danst Rosas
By Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Under chairs in the psychiatric hospital
Trying to explain feminist art theory
To nurses who were trying to help me
It was all a failure I missed the actual event
As part of Of Other Places
Where Does Gesture Become Event?
And a presentation I was supposed to give
At the Talking Bodies Conference
On Visual Representations of the Matrixial Zone
I was off, looking for my missing fiancé
Or the exhibition
Body of Work
At Centrespace, Visual Research Centre
Organised with the Student Curatorial Team
With my friend, back then, Fiona Verran
I haven’t seen her since It’s all a blur
Those months of madness
Trying to explain feminist art theory
In psychiatric hospitals
While they were trying to help me
As I searched for my missing fiancé
Reason escaped me
Poems in Response
You told me I couldn't sing
And I couldn't
But I did, in harmony with others around me
For women artists
It never occurs to me
To ask if there's a creche
I don't own a kitchen table
And if I did I wouldn't sit at it peeling potatoes
Exhibitions like this keep persuading me to stay in the city
Opening up the exhibition
There isn't a guide to switching on
The digital works
I sit and wait for someone
To show up
Members of Cooper Gallery's Student Curatorial Team were invited to respond to the newly published book (Sternberg Press, 2019).
Ana Hine was a member of the Student Curatorial Team and is a recent graduate from DJCAD with a Masters in Arts & Humanities in August 2019. She is editor of the feminist zine Artificial Womb: https://www.facebook.com/artificialwomb
Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? is an annotation and reflection on the two-chapter eponymous exhibition and event project that took place at Cooper Gallery in 2016–17. The core of the publication is constituted by material presented and performed by over thirty thinkers, art historians, artists, writers and poets at the project’s culminating symposium, 12-Hour Action Group alongside important historical texts by Susan Hiller, Mary Kelly, Monica Ross, Annabel Nicolson and others.
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Beauty Things | A workshop by JL Williams
22 March 2019
Beauty Things was organised by artist and DJCAD Professor Tracy Mackenna and took place within and in response to Anne-Marie Copestake's exhibition Looking in either direction the whole street was filled with people, some singing, moving towards x... at Cooper Gallery 15 March – 13 April 2019.