Artcore January Newsletter

Happy New Year, its January 2019!

Welcome to 2019 everybody! We hope you've all had a wonderful festive period full of happiness and feel recharged and refreshed this New Year. This week the Artcore staff have been busy preparing for our weekly workshops with start up again from Saturday 12th with Innocence and Expression for our children. Our adult workshops will also recommence on Monday 14th January. We can't wait to see you all after the break! 
Some of our team have made the exciting trip to India this month as part of our Kaipo Che! International residency. We've been really inspired by the artwork already being produced as part of this project and excited to share more as the project continues.

At the end of this month on  Thursday 31st January, 6pm-9pm we have the opening of our Artist Housing Prototype Show in collaboration with Eastside Projects. This will be an exhibition showcasing new ideas for Artist Housing by Liam Gillick, Jasleen Kaur and Studio Morison and is not to be missed.

This week we will also be welcoming two new artists in residence, so there will be some new faces around the building! They will be working on pieces towards our Institute of Reminiscence exhibition in March so watch this space!

Dates for your Diary

Ritual and Rites Exhibition
Exhibition opening times- 14th December - 17th January - 9:30am - 4:30pm

 Kaipo Che! Residency Exhibition
Exhibition Launch: 13th January - 4pm- 6pm
Reliance Art Centre, Vadodara, India

Artists Housing Prototype Show
Exhibition Launch  - 31st January - 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition opening times - 1st February - 1st March  - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Art Enhancing Life – Community Art Workshops
Mondays –  14th, 21st, 28th January 2019 – 10am-1pm
'Transfer Mosaics'
Our Stories – Creative Workshop for Migrant Communities
Tuesdays – 15th, 22nd 29th January – 10am-12pm
'Food Collage'
Art Enhancing Life – Health and Wellbeing Art Workshops
Wednesdays – 16th, 23rd, 30th January 2019 – 10am-1pm
'Upcycled Teddy Bears'
Drop in Ceramic Sessions
Thursdays – 18th, 25th January 2019 – 6 pm- 8 pm
£10 per hour
Art Enhancing Life – Education and Learning Workshops
Fridays – 18th, 25th January 2019 – 4:45-6:45pm
'Character Design'

Innocence & Expression – Creative Workshops for Young People
Saturdays– 12th, 26th January 2019 – 2-4pm
'Street Scene'
To book a place on any of our events please email or call 01332 384561.

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Rituals and Rites Exhibition

Artcore would like to invite you to Rituals and Rites. This exhibition aims to explore new perspectives on how supernatural powers, part of the mythologies and folklore, of multiple cultures and cosmogonies, can be used today as a tool to examine “human nature”  cross-cultural contexts as well as investigating the societal, evolutionary and psychological significance of ritual and rites process and form with regard to understanding what constitutes ‘human nature’ today.

Ritual and Rites will be on until 17th January. Don't miss the chance to see the show.

Rituals and Rites is free to visit and can be seen Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm.

If you are planning a visit, please email for a tour of the exhibition.

Artists Housing Prototype Show 

Ideas for housing by internationally acclaimed artists feature in the Artists Housing Prototype Show at Artcore from the 31st January 2019 to the 1st March 2019.

The exhibition will feature new ideas, models and prototypes for Artists Housing by Liam Gillick, Jasleen Kaur and Studio Morison. It is being produced and curated by Artcore and Eastside Projects.

The opening night will be on the 31st January 2019, 6pm to 9pm.
To reserve your free place at the launch, please go to:

Artists Housing Prototype Show proposes that an Artists House is a home, workspace and public artwork in one powerful combination. Then, Artists Housing is real social housing.

Artcore is presenting the exhibition as a response to:

- the needs of Derby’s artists and the lack of live/work and exhibition spaces in the city.
- national and local debates about the need for affordable housing.
- new thinking about the usefulness of art and artists in relation to the needs of communities and the development and regeneration of neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities.

Institute of Reminiscence Residency Commencing

We are glad to announce the two names of the artist selected for The Institute of Reminiscence, our residency part of the FORMAT FESTIVAL 2019.
This year, Artcore and QUAD have joined their forces to celebrate talent, creativity, and art through the lents of photography.
Artists selected to take part of this two months residency programme at Artcore are: Olivia Punnett and Mariano Doronzo.
Olivia Punnett, is an artist curator & lecturer. She holds an MA with Distinction in Fine Art. Punnett’s practice is diverse, encompassing a range of media including printmaking, installation, film, and projection. In 2013, she was the recipient of the AHRC award for her Masters, and in 2015 was awarded the SIA commission from Sheffield Institute of Arts. Olivia is a member of The Editions publishing group, and her work is held in the British Library, The Tetley, Leeds, The Ruskin Archive and the Tate Library and Archive, Tate Britain.
Mariano Doronzo  is a photographer and poet based in Nottingham. He moved to England in 2013 and started working with black and white street-photography using an old Praktica film camera. Currently living in Nottingham, he still works only with analog equipment whilst, also expanding his skills in the darkroom from processing film to handmade printing. Also a keen writer, Mariano was published in Italy in 2016 where his poetry book “Echi del mio tempo” (Echoes of my time) won the Premio Polverini national award for poetry.

Kaipo Che! International Residency - India

Our Kaipo che! Residency started on the 2nd January as part of Artcore's international residency programme, in Vadodara, India. Jackie Berridge, Caroline Mackenzie and Daksha Patel have been selected to be part of this residency programme in Baroda, India, along with Huw Davies and Phil Bassi, both researchers at Derby University. These three artists are investigating the potential of exchanging knowledge, research and their personal perspective of what it means to make art today with 7 other renowned Indian artists. Alongside their work Huw Davies and Phil Bassi are creating a unique documentary with a social and economic backdrop about the famous Kite Festival in Baroda.

During the first week of residency at the Reliance Art Centre, the 10 artists have been working together as part of Artist Camp to develop a final show which will launch on the 13th January. Curated by Sandya Gajjar, the show will feature works by Jackie Berridge, Arunanshu Chowdhury, Debasish Dutta, Ambika Indulkar, Sachin Karne, Bakulesh Joshi, Caroline Mackenzie, Rahul Mukherjee, Daksha Patel, Indrapramit Roy. 

On the 9th January,the Kaipo che! residency artist talk, was organised in collaboration with the Fine Art University of Baroda. In this occasion, the three artists and two researchers from the UK have shared their practice with a big audience of students and lecturers.
For Huw Davies, his filmmaking is a democratic process. He has shared his story and experience about making film and work with commission from the beginning of his career until now. He started as a filmmaker for BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Channel. Most of his documentaries have a social backdrop with a particular interest in architecture. As he said, showing a glimpse of his documentary 'strange fruit' 1999_2003, he is interested in films that tell a story, using an experimental narrative. He is also intrigued about how the audience can suspend its believe while engaging with movie images. He ended his talk presenting the project he is working on in Baroda, focused mainly on investigating the economic and social side of the Kite Festival. 

Phil Bassi, talked about his background as a first generation of Indian to settle in Derby in the early 60s. His talk was about how art making has given him the energy to achieve his dreams.  Soon after,  starting as a graphic designer, he moved to work with moving image. His passion for films brought him to research and represent the Asian community in the UK. He is in Baroda to bring his commercial expertise on the making of the Kaipo che documentary.
Jackie Berridge, explained her journey in the arts. She is a Nottingham based artist and her practice is informed by drawings and observational sketches. Her visual reference is a mix collection of memories and multi sensory experiences. 

Daksha Patel started her presentation by talking about Kaipo che! residency and how fantastic has been so far, creating and sharing her work with Indian artists.  She works with mapping technologies to visualise data.  To do this, she uses different methods that include drawing as a way to formalise her information collections. Images of brains and neurons have inspired her works so far, as well as technologies that capture data from the body in different ways. 
Caroline Mackenzie presented her work, describing how her practice has developed over the last 10 years. Starting from a sculptural point, her work moved to a more performative state. Recently, she is focusing her attention in the liminal space between reality and imagination: a space for suspension. She is developing a site-specific project, based on an imaginative idea of suspension, particularly for the Kaipo Che! residency.

Over the next 2 weeks artists and researchers will finalise their work, which will culminate together in the Kaipo che! Utrrayan Kite festival celebration!
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