Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.
This April we welcome Sarah Bowden:
Sarah Bowden is the founder and director of MEANTIME Project-Space in Cheltenham. MEANTIME presents a fast-paced, year-round programme of month-long artist-residencies, exhibitions, workshops, talks, discussions and live events, such as music, film and performance. The residency programme provides time and space for UK and international artists to experiment and take new directions in their work, and offers a resource for public engagement in, and discussion around, current artistic practice.
In 2013 Sarah Bowden undertook an organisational review with Ruth Claxton (Eastside Projects) and Cheryl Jones (Grand Union) which looked at strategies for development and sustainability. The consultancy highlighted the need to introduce stability to the operation and to create breathing space in the back-to-back residency programme.
MEANTIME celebrates its seventh anniversary on April 1st (the photograph was taken just prior to moving in), and despite being without Arts Council funding since September 2013 a revised programme has continued, running on donations and an immense amount of commitment and goodwill. This, however, is not sustainable, and it needs to be recognised at local and national levels that securing support for the continuing development of small, contingent, experimental spaces is vital to growing the social and cultural impact of the visual arts at all scales of operation.
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network