Your base is showing (1) displays artworks and artefacts made over the past year by Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects, it also features works created by invited artists and participants in events curated by Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects.
This one-night-only exhibition is the final event in a series entitled Studio is Sudden. Over the past year we have hosted over 30 gatherings within our shared studio at The Northern Charter – testing out work in progress, looking closer at research materials and opening the space up to invited artists.
Since November 2017, Studio is Sudden has centred on approaches to making art in response to archival materials – talking with artists moving away from dominant narratives in history and thinking about how creative processes are shaped through relationships with others. Following these recent evenings (with guests Paul Maheke, Cédric Fauq, Christian Jendreiko, Holly Argent, Nadia Hebson, Rene McBrearty and Tara Bergin) we are displaying materials from the Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects archive, attempting to animate static documentation as a one-night-only live event, whilst also thinking more about the pressing questions emerging from our 2-year collaborative project (2).
(1) The title, Your base is showing was written by a participant in a workshop at The Shipley Art Gallery, July 5 2017, as part of the first day of World is Sudden: Summer Lab.
(2) Giles Bailey is an artist who works largely with performance, writing or strategically appropriated texts that he performs. CIRCA Projects is an organisation that collaborates with local and international artists to initiate contemporary art projects rooted in the specific conditions of the northeast of England. It is run by Adam Phillips, Dawn Bothwell and Sam Watson. In 2016 the artist and arts organisation began to produce collaborative public programming, research and artworks. The project Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects is an attempt to reconsider each sides’ respective positions through working transparently, open-endedly and collaboratively. The project is planned to conclude in 2018 with a number of events, exhibitions and a publication.