blink on ‘bbc radio’

April 11, 2010

blink’s laura dean, bob meddings and nicky connor were guests on bbc radio, cov and warwick last week.  We took the 11.40am slot on annie othen’s show on thursday april  8th to talk about what blink does, and to heighten public awareness of our gallery space in the city arcade, coventry. 

It went well – we said most of what we wanted to in 10 minutes, and importantly – none of us disgraced our family names!

hear it on >

laura dean


laura dean

synchronicity; it was a good day when…

…the blink gallery sign went up, and brought a stronger sense of place and intention to both the space – and – as far as the public are concerned – to the blink organisation itself.

This [unintentionally] synchronised with the opening of ‘testing communication’, an exciting, critically engaged, cohesive and popular show,  born from the rich and culturally diverse imaginations of 3 emerging artists – Dan Simcox, Osama Suleiman, Wanqi Yan – and with some invaluable guidance from established artist, George Saxon…

A subtly significant night for blink, where invited guests and passers-by alike came to see the show, and small, but potent conversations on blink’s and Coventry’s creative future were had.

As ever, good to see everyone…

laura dean

3 contemporary artists from different countries, cultures and backgrounds come together to explore the common theme of communication through visual, interpersonal and technological enquiry that moves through the gallery space.

private view: friday, 02.04.10.

the show runs until friday 26.03.10

It’s not magic, it’s work…

As part of the Professional Context module, lecturers and practitioners, George Saxon and Mitra Memarzia brought their MA students to blink gallery.  Students interacted with the current exhibition, which was followed by a talk delivered by blink’s Laura Dean and Nicky Connor.

The talk was framed within the context of postgraduate research and projects, and highlighted how such spaces as ours offer the opportunity to look at where their practice sits in a wider context.  We talked of how working with a new space demands that the artist tackle new challenges that span between the highly creative and the most practical of decisions.  We unpacked the idea that work is only ever an imagined space until it’s actually tried out, and how externalising it practically is useful in getting to know and develop practice.

We emphasised the importance of practitioners taking responsibility for, and nurturing their careers, and the necessity to be familiar with contemporary art critique. We also highlighted the use of open and ongoing dialogue between practitioners, and how working with creatives from other disciplines can urge unusual ways of working and may enrich and inform practice.  Throughout, there was valuable input from George Saxon and Mitra Memarzia.

This contextualised a previous talk given by blink’s Bob Meddings in late 2009, which set out how the 3 of us came together and how blink came to be.

Laura Dean

blink used as case study!

February 8, 2010

‘mad hatters tea party’

blink in collaboration with E4C  used as case study by The National Lottery




“… by today’s standards a one off.” Kerri Niner, audience member.

John Taylor, BIG’s Head of Region for the West Midlands, added: “There are so many creative, thoughtful people out there doing so much for communities with little to fund their efforts. That’s where we are proud to step in and help get projects off to a good start.”

In August 2009, blink creative enterprise created and facilitated a pilot project called `The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in collaboration with Education 4 conservation (E4C), the event’s recipient of Big Lottery funding.  However, as we are a new social enterprise and this was originally a blink initiative –  with the support of E4C  – we are seeking funding in our own right.

 The picnics are designed to encourage richness in community spirit, drawing a diverse, intergenerational audience together through a shared event.  We fuse old skills with new technologies to create immersive environments that take audiences on a journey of discovery.  The picnic is over one day and based on a story where performers set the scene for a magical collective experience. These events are fully participatory and combine performance, large scale interactive games, food, song and both traditional and contemporary art activities.