SHOCK: ‘It… all… happened… so… quickly’

Lanchester Gallery Projects. Private View: 20 Jan 6-8.Exhibition 17–28 Jan 2011.




opening in city arcade

November 15, 2010

STUDIO ENVIRONMENT’ – 22 City Arcade, Coventry – 18th November 2010 to
16th January 2011 – Wednesday to Saturday 2pm-6pm, Opening Studio
Reception 17th November 2010 – 6.30pm onwards

blink visited: Art of Ideas

November 15, 2010

Art of Ideas is an Arts Council England initiative led by Arts & Business that was held in the West Midlands, November 2010.  Through exhibition and a series of events, it promoted contemporary visual art, aiming to make it more accessible to audiences and new potential buyers. http://www.visualforbusiness.com/

The Witching  Hour : Exhibition: curated by Matthew Collings and Matt Price

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Waterhall Gallery

Brokerage, Endorsement and Representation: A discussion for artists and visual arts organisations chaired by Wendy Law (Turning Point), with Ceri Hand (curator and gallerist), Mitra Memarzia (artist, producer and board member of AN and AIR representative) and Trevor Appleson (artist).

Lecture Theatre, BIAD, Birmingham City University, Margaret Street, Birmingham


‘Interim’ marks a review point in the development of an unfolding work which seeks to re- examine and extend the familiar kinetic of a household drawer unit; the formal ‘theatre’ of the new space functions as performative construct for the placement of revealed objects, drawn from a domestic context beyond the frame. This visual counterpoint serves as a catalyst for the introduction of further items loaded with reflection and suggesting future experiments.   

Ian Madeley’s emerging practice has been informed by a sense of looking again at domestic spaces and a reassessment of his relationship with the objects and routines contained within them. Currently studying an MA in Media Arts at Coventry University his approaches to practice include occupation of the territory between photography and film, sound, the language of animation and performance led actions. His main artistic aim is to initiate creative re-viewings of objects and routines through re-presentation of the everyday environments and systems in which they are considered.

blink have created and developed a project with a positive community impact to be set in the city arcade. This is a space that holds the memory of a well known city landmark – ‘the birdcage’. The birdcage left such an impression that the space is still referred to locally as ‘where the birdcage used to be’. 

blink’s premises sit on the old birdcage site and have become known as ‘the gallery next to where the birdcage used to be’..!

blink have been researching the city archives and have also been collating recollections and images from local residents.  This personal data has really enriched the project and we continue to collect more. 

In fact, we would love to receive your or your family’s photos and/or written memories of the birdcage and the city arcade from the last 4 decades – rest assured everything we receive is precious to us…

So far, we have some fascinating stuff and thank you to all who have contributed… All of you will be embedded in the project always…

laura dean

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April 12, 2010