Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Image: Susan Francis. Photo: Vicky Slater
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 December, curator Susan Francis is making the selection.
Susan Francis is recently appointed curator at Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) in Andover, and is responsible for exhibitions and programming in what is an evolving, research led, contemporary arts organisation. CAS exists to support and develop artists, delivering socially engaged projects in North Hampshire and beyond while promoting creative enquiry through flagship education and dissent programmes.
Currently based in what was discovered through local records to be a ‘dissenters’ chapel, all CAS activity is contextualised within a ‘dissent’ framework. Collaboration, pedagogy, social engagement and curation are re-examined through a lens of creative dissent, building a working methodology which runs through the entire programme. Current activities and resources included The Bus of Many Things, a mobile workshop bus, available for hire, enabling artists to take projects straight to their participants, an artists survey, currently running to target initiatives right where artists need them, and an Arts Council England advice evening, bringing artists up to date with recent changes in funding.
An artist herself, Belfast born Susan Francis continues to exhibit widely through an eclectic mix of media, largely focusing on object, installation and film. Through a carefully constructed language of material, object and process, an entanglement of the everyday, is disconnected, deconstructed and reworked into fractured relational narratives which resist conclusion. Susan is currently studying a Masters degree in Theology, Imagination and Culture, which facilitates a growing ontological dialogue with her practical work. With a long history of international exhibiting, with recent shows in London and Montreal, Susan Francis is an alumnus of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in USA and has work in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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