Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
I imagine the reason that I applied for Regional Interference was the same as most other applicants; it promised to be a fantastic opportunity. I have worked as a visual artist for the past 3 years, which I do full time whilst working a succession of part time, menial jobs to support this, and I am driven to keep both the professional and critical aspects of my practice progressing further. I was eager to begin working towards being able to dedicate more time to my own work, as well as to extend the networks I have already been working to build, and Regional Interference offered the chance to step up to the next level, granting me more exposure within the region and beyond, as well as opportunities to meet curators, collectors and critics.
The experience has surpassed what I was expecting. Having previously shown with WORKS|PROJECTS in 2011 as part of the Local Interference series, it has been so rewarding to extend my relationship with the gallery. It has felt very full and enriching, and Simon Morrissey, the gallery director, has been very supportive in not only promoting my work through exhibiting at an art fair and in a solo show at the gallery, but also by promoting my work through the gallery networks, ensuring that it reaches more eyes than I would be able to accomplish alone.
Despite only being temporarily represented, I have felt as though the Regional Interference artists were considered and promoted equal to WORKS|PROJECTS represented artists. The support offered has felt very genuine and engaged, and it has been nice to discover that there is so much work that a gallery puts into disseminating its artists’ works. I am confident that there have been many more conversations than those of which I have been part.
My show at WORKS|PROJECTS was a huge opportunity for me to exhibit a body of work which I had been planning for over 18 months. Now, I feel full of energy and possible directions have suddenly opened up. It is incredible to think how much this has driven my work forwards critically through conversations with Simon Morrissey, other artists, and also with curator and writer Nicole Yip, who is writing a critical profile on my work as part of the programme. I am excited for how these relationships will develop in the future, and to what they will lead. Excitingly, my exhibition was featured as Guardian Pick of the Week, and I even sold some of the work, neither of which I have accomplished before.
With the support of WORKS|PROJECTS, I am applying for more opportunities; this coming year I hope to do a number of residencies before starting Masters study, building on the ground that Regional Interference has help to lay. I am also very excited to have been invited to participate in a project by writer and curator Laura Mansfield, for which I will be producing a series of texts and images to be included in a book early next year.
Marie Toseland was born in 1987 in Derby. She studied at U.W.E, Bristol and gained a BA in Art & Visual Culture in 2010. Since graduating she has continued to practice, during which time she has been based primarily at Spike Island, Bristol, with a short spell in Nottingham. Toseland has exhibited and staged performances across the country, as well as having work in publications.
Working across a variety of media, which primarily focuses around sculpture, photography and writing, Toseland considers notions of failure and loss, and explores the tension between expectation and event. The work varies between being very slight and understated, and commanding sculptural installations.
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