This years open lecture series has included Emily Speed, Chris Fite-Wassilak, and Mark Ticthner. A series of podcasts of the talks will be shared on this site in collaboration with Meadow Arts in 2018.
Mark Titchner (b.1973 Luton, UK) lives and works in London. He studied at Hertfordshire College of Art & Design (1992) and Central St Martins College of Art & Design (1995). He works with a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, video, music, sound, performance, murals and large-scale print. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm. His practice explores systems of belief, both secular and spiritual, often focusing on the marginalised, discredited or forgotten ideologies and objects we place our faith in. By the use of impersonal language of the public realm, ranging from the corporate mission statements to the maxims of revolutionary socialism, his work exhorts the viewer to believe in it.
In 2006, he was nominated for the Turner prize and his work was showcased in the 2007 Venice Biennale at the Ukraine Pavilion. Solo exhibitions include ‘Mark Titchner’, CGP/Dilston Grove, London (2014), ’Please Believe These Days Will Pass’, The Young gallery at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada (2012), ‘Be true to your oblivion’, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2011), The Age of Happiness, Hellenic American Union, Athens (2009) and ‘Run Black River, Run’, BALTIC, Gateshead, (2008).
Current projects include working as Lead Artist for “As you change so do I”, an evolving three year public art project based in the artist’s home town of Luton https://asyouchange.co.uk/ and ‘What I want more than anything else’ a public art project working with young people in the towns of Hull, Wigan and Burnley.
Chris Fite-Wassilak is a writer and critic based in London; a regular contributor to Apollo, Art Monthly, Art Papers, ArtReview and frieze, and the co-organiser of the quarterly event hmn with artist Anne Tallentire. In 2009 he curated ‘Quiet Revolution’ through the inaugural Hayward Touring Curatorial Open, which toured between Milton Keynes Gallery, Djanogly Gallery (Nottingham) and the Harris Museum (Preston). His short book of essays Ha-Ha Crystal was recently published by Copy Press.
Emily Speed studied BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (1997 – 2001) before completing an MA in Fine Art: Drawing at University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art (2005-2006). In 2013 she exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester alongside Hayley Newman and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. Then in October 2014, Speed was resident at the British School at Rome as the Derek Hill Foundation Scholar (drawing). In 2016 she had solo exhibitions at TRUCK, Calgary and presented a major new commission at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas. Recent exhibitions include Plymouth Art Centre, Oredaria Gallery, Rome; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland.