RELAY commission at Milton Keynes Gallery

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Image courtesy Stian Ådlandsvik

'Take These Hands'  is a series of new work by Norwegian artist Stian Ådlandsvik at Milton Keynes Gallery until 29 July. It was commissioned as part of Turning Point South East's RELAY programme.

The exhibition includes fifteen collages developed from photographs belonging to the National Spinal Injuries Centre archive at Stoke Mandeville hospital, and a sculptural installation created from two wheelchairs. The work explores ideas of human mobility and fragility; forms of dependency for disabled and non-disabled people, and our bodily relationship to machinery and technological devices. The materials and objects used to create the works have been dismantled and reconstructed to establish new forms and functions.

RELAYis Turning Point South East’s programme of free contemporary art events, exhibitions, and performances taking place around the South East of England in 2012. RELAY celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking sport, art and location as starting points for a series of artist commissions. 

The exhibition is also supported by the Creative Campus InitiativeTake These Hands will tour to Bucks New University in High Wycombe in October 2012. Bucks New is a member of the Creative Campus Initiative The exhibition will be complemented by a short programme of talks and seminars exploring themes including prosthetics and the interactions of body and technology in visual culture.

About the  National Spinal Injuries Centre archive. The archive is a collection of photographs and documents, which includes historic images of wards, physio and occupational therapy and medical conditions. It charts the history of the oldest, and one of the largest spinal injuries centres in the world, established by neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttmann in 1944 at Stoke Mandeville hospital. Having revolutionised the treatment and life chances for those with spinal injuries, in 1948 Guttmann organised the ‘Stoke Mandeville Games’ to coincide with the start of the London Olympics, thus sparking the beginning of the Paralympic movement. The National Spinal Injuries Centre collection forms part of the Mandeville Legacy, which comprises the Wheelpower collection and that of the International Wheelchair Sports and Amputees Federation.

RELAY event at Aspex, Portsmouth this Friday

A Hundred Seas Rising - artist, Suki Chan in conversation with Dave Beech

Friday 15 June, 6-8pm


Image: courtesy the artist

Hear Suki Chan discuss her new RELAY commission, A Hundred Seas Rising with one of its contributors, Dave Beech, artist and a regular contributor to Art Monthly and other journals. Dave has written widely on the politics of art and revolution.

The evening will also be a chance to experience the 100 channel sound installation, inspired by Charles Dickens' novel 'A Tale of Two Cities'.  A Hundred Seas Rising explores how literature might be implicated in the imagination and trajectories of revolutions.  The installation uses the sound of 100 individual voices as a sculptural material, re-imagining Dickens' revolutionary mob sonically by creating surges of ideological thought that reverberate across the gallery space.

A Hundred Seas Rising is part of RELAY, a programme of contemporary art in the South East of England commissioned in response to London 2012.  The commission is a partnership project between Aspex, Space, Creative & Cultural Industries Faculty, University of Portsmouth and Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.  

Production of this work has also been supported by Turning Point South East, the Creative Campus Initiative, Westminster Kingsway College and part-funded by the European Union. Aspex is supported by Portsmouth City Council and Arts Council England.

This event is free...

Go to the Aspex website for more information.

RELAY - Olympic inspired contemporary art from Turning Point South East

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Image: Horizon, 2012 by John Smith, a RELAY commission at Turner Contemporary

Turning Point South East is pleased to announce the launch of RELAY, a programme of contemporary visual arts inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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RELAY is a programme of free contemporary arts events, exhibitions and performances taking place around the south east of England April-August 2012 onwards. 

RELAY celebrates the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking sport, art and location as starting points for a series of new artist commissions.

The RELAY baton will be passed from major contemporary arts organisations across the south east from Fabrica, Brighton; to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; on to MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; handing over to Modern Art Oxford and finally to Turner Contemporary, Margate and Stour Valley Arts, King’ Wood Ashford. 

In addition to the new RELAY artist commissions, there will be other RELAY events orgainsed by De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

RELAY is presented by Turning Point South East, the regional network for the visual arts. The programme is a unique collaboration between the south east contemporary arts organisations, universities and local sporting groups.

The following organisations are involved:

Aspex Gallery; Blast Theory; Canterbury Christ Church University; Creative Campus Initiative; De La Warr Pavilion; Fabrica; John Hansard gallery; Lighthouse; MK Gallery; Modern Art Oxford; Pallant House Gallery; Photoworks; Quay Arts; The Ruskin, University of Oxford; South East Dance; Stour Valley Arts; Turner Contemporary; University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts and University of Portsmouth.