Remote Roundup 25th – 31st May 2020


Isolation Art Mail
Tracey Meek
Isolation Art Mail is a community intervention in the shape of a collaborative chain letter / art trail.
A unique way of combating the loneliness felt through self isolation during the Covid-19 crisis. A letter through the post, only it’s not a letter, it’s a piece of unfinished art that you are invited to contribute to. A way of connecting creatively, sharing experience and feeling like we are part of something, that we are not alone. The rules are simple; Sign up to receive your art mail, jump up and down 3x when you receive it in the post, add your magic, remember to document taking a clear photo in decent light, and send it on to the next artist to be chopped and changed, again and again and so on. Send photos to HQ to be uploaded online and celebrated by all. Eventually the completed art work will find its way back home for exhibition when we are once more allowed to meet and hug and chat.

Level online 28 May 2pm
LEVEL Arts Centre is launching its exciting new take on traditional life-drawing. In this remote, screen-based world we have suddenly found ourselves in, we are asking ourselves how bringing a 3D experience into a 2D medium (contained on a screen) can offer new perspectives and interesting ways of engaging with the human form and body. NUDE is a project comprising a series of live online events which provide unique opportunities to sketch, draw and mark paper in response to improvised performances by a nude performer/model exploring a loose theme of ‘Containment’. Sessions can be untutored with the option to be guided by artist Georgia Peskett and are open to all aged 16+.

Free Online Activity Worksheet
Leicester Gallery
This week’s Free Family Workshop activity sheet is live! Enjoy making dens at home over the weekend

Online Exhibitions and Content

Follow the link below to read No Jobs in the Arts #3. Issue three of the publication was made in collaboration with the art society at Northampton University, and it features seven incredible emerging artists. You can read the PDF publication here:
No Jobs in the Arts (NJITA) delivers a publication and events program that draws attention to and supports emerging and young artists in the East Midlands; we focus on promoting artist-artist and artist-facilitator collaboration across the region.
For more information about NJITA opportunities follow them on Instagram.

Online: OPEN iso (isolation)
Work was submitted to the gallery via email. The work was then selected and the exhibition opened online via our website, Facebook and Instagram on 23rd May – 14th June 2020. There are the usual OPEN prizes – A solo show at the gallery in 2021 and Artists selected for our Winter Show in 2020, The Peoples (£175 cash) Prize, Represented Ceramicist and The Scarthin Books Prize.

Adcredo 3D virtual tour
Join QUAD Senior Curator Peter Bonnell and artist Joey Holder for an online tour of her 2018 QUAD exhibition, Adcredo. 3D virtual tour produced by V21 Artspace. Taking a fictional data-analysis company called Adcredo as her starting point, Holder explores the role that online networks can play in the construction of belief.

Anna Brownsted presents Week Nine
Part of: Homemakers
A cinematic soundtrack for headphones and an isolated room
By Anna Brownsted
Composed with Will Heasman
featuring Lola Chirico, Annie Dressner, Mark Farr, JG Harding, Tara Kearney, Lilli Mathod, Rosanna Miles, Cary Parker and Teele Uustani
A Fermynwoods Contemporary Art Homemakers commission, with support from Arts Council England and Cambridge Junction
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Networking and CPD

Online Midlands Artist CPD
During these unprecedented times, Deda are offering 1-2-1 surgeries with our Creative Producer, Phil Hargreaves, to help artists and producers over the next few weeks navigate the current climate. Sign up for a 45-minute chat to talk over anything from creative ideas, challenges you may be facing in the current climate, support with writing emergency fund applications, networking or just for a general chin wag. The sessions will be delivered on Zoom and allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please note, priority will be given to artists and producers who identify as working class, BAME, disabled or from the LGBTQI+ community, to ensure Déda continues to support the wonderfully diverse community that surrounds our artistic programmes.éda-artist-surgeries


Meet the studio holders- Geoff Litherland
This week find out about studio holder, Haarlem Artspace Co Director & Artist Geoff Diego Litherland

2020 Ones To Watch
Ciaran McGill is the latest ‘2020 ones to watch’ and has been picked by Liz Cooper from partner organisation, Design-Nation. “Ciaran McGill is a furniture maker who specialises in his own very contemporary take on marquetry. I met him through curating the touring exhibition “Surface Matters” for the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). Ciaran has complete understanding of traditional fine furniture construction and the subtle use of multiple veneers of wood to build the imagery on his pieces and loves the versatility of the process. His most accomplished pieces incorporate surprising and very modern portraiture, which bring his unique 21st century aesthetic to this centuries-old technique.”
Ciaran studied at GMIT (Official) Letterfrack in Galway and London Metropolitan University, and now works from his family’s farm, in County Donegal, Ireland.

Spotlight Week 7: Calum Bayne
Mansions of The Future
Calum works across multiple platforms including drawing, sculpture, text and video. The work in ‘Stunts’, attempts to enable the flexibility of a ruin, by temporarily binding routine, (dis)interests in the history of Bothwell Castle, personal fantasies and roaming as a way to interact intimately with history.