Category Open Lecture Series

Garage Open Lecture Series 2017


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  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.

The Garage Open Lecture Series: Mike Cooter, Alice Channer and Keith Wilson

The Fabrication Research Group welcomed Mike Cooter, Keith Wilson, Alice Channer as part of our public lecture our series at the Garage Studios throughout 2016.



Mike Cooter

Artist, curator and current Goldsmiths PhD candidate Mike Cooter  will look at the intertwined relationship of art, design and architecture with regards to display strategies, the structured encounter and acts of enclosure. Taking the development of the vitrine as a case study, this densely illustrated talk will chart an idiosyncratic path from the 1851 Great Exhibition to the present day, looking at how objects and artworks are articulated, presented and choreographed, and how architects, designers and artists have explored the co-dependency between artefact and environment.

Mike Cooter’s work investigates the structural agency of objects, be they sculpture, cinematic props or other anthropological artefacts – objects co-opted or created to drive narratives, fictional or otherwise. Interdisciplinary research resolves into audio, film, text and layered installations that incorporate correspondence, interviews, loaned and re-fabricated artefacts and archival material. He is currently post-producing a six-part radio drama about an object, Dingus, to be released in 2016, and writing a PhD on the MacGuffin at Goldsmiths in London, where he lives and works. In 2013 he curated In form express and admirable (in a sense lying, in a sense not), documentation of which can be found, alongside other projects, at Upcoming exhibitions include Fade In: Int. Art Gallery – Day at the Swiss Institute, New York (March-April), Another Reality: After Lina Bo Bardi, Stroom Den Haag (April-June) and Répétition, Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Brussels, (May – August) 2016.


Alice Channer

Alice Channer has attracted national and international critical interest for her sculptures and textile works that explore the relationship between the human body, imprints, personal adornment,  and materials.  Using techniques associated with fashion and textiles – pleating, folding, cutting and draping – and often incorporating materials from high and low fashion. Lately the imprints have begun to take on architectural scale and use industrial  and ‘post industrial’ processes to mimic natural events. For her talk at the garage studios Channer will focus on her most recent body of work produced for the Aspen Art Museum; R o c k f a l l.

Solo and forthcoming exhibitions include Early Man at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, DE (2016); Half-life at Lisa Cooley, New York, US; R o c k f a l l at Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, US (both 2015); Synthetic Fibres at the Approach, London, UK (2014); Soft Shell at Kunstverein Freiburg, DE; Invertebrates at Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (both 2013); Out Of Body at South London Gallery, London, UK (2012).


Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is an artist best known for his playful interventions into the fabric of everyday life, appropriating familiar domestic or industrial objects – wardrobes, shelving, fire grates, cattle pens – often in a subtly humorous way. In recent years he has made large scale galvanised steel sculptures appropriating the language of railings, street furniture, market stalls and cattle runs. These works are often ‘performative’, engaging the viewer and inviting them to interact physically with the work – leaning on it, sitting on it, or even playing around it.

Keith Wilson’s work is held in many public collections including the Contemporary Art Society; Leeds City Art Gallery and the Saatchi Collection. Keith Wilson has exhibited widely, most recently at the Royal Academy; Milton Keynes Gallery; Compton Verney and the New Arts Centre; he co-curated ‘The Object Sculpture’ exhibition for the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and ‘Modern British Sculpture’ (with Penelope Curtis) at the Royal Academy in 2011. In 2012 Wilson made a major new commission ‘Steles’ for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, works that remain as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park. 

The Garage Open Lecture Series is a collaboration between the University of Worcester’s School of Art’s ‘Fabrication Research Group’ and Meadow Arts in partnership with Worcester County Council and Worcester Arts Partnership. It presents a series of talks around aspects of research, fabrication and display. This semester the visitors include: Bedwyr Williams, Alice Channer, Alison Wilding, Simon & Tom Bloor and Mike Cooter.

Open Lecture Series: Bedwyr Williams


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The Garage Open Lecture Series: Bedwyr Williams 

Tuesday 2nd February


TG006, The Garage Studios, University of Worcester.

The Fabrication Research Group is delighted to announce the start of a new series of talks by contemporary artists at University of Worcester’s Garage Studios. The series gets off to an excellent start this Tuesday 2nd February with acclaimed artist Bedwyr Williams.

Williams, who represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013, exhibits his work internationally and will have a solo show of his work at the Barbican Centre in London in 2016. Williams works across various media including performance, video, sculpture and text, often bringing them together as larger installations. He is interested in the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. Often he satirises the role of the artist and that of the curator against this backdrop creating cruel, absurd scenarios for them to appear in.

The Garage Open Lecture Series is a collaboration between the University of Worcester’s School of Art’s ‘Fabrication Research Group’ and Meadow Arts in partnership with Worcester County Council and Worcester Arts Partnership. It presents a series of talks around aspects of research, fabrication and display.  This semester the visitors include: Bedwyr Williams, Alice Channer, Simon & Tom Bloor, Mike Cooter and Keith Wilson.

The talks take place at 5pm on Tuesdays in Lecture Room (TG008) at the University’s Garage Studios (behind Worcester News).

The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended for the public via