|This site festival now in its 13th year, presents
the work of over 300 local artists in 83 sites across the Stroud
Valleys during the whole month of June. The site festival creates
a platform for artists and artist collectives to show new work, to
initiate new projects, and work collaboratively with other artists.
Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA), the festival host organisation, will
be opening its doors to invite you to a month long programme of exhibitions,
open studios, film screenings, talks and performance.
site09 is working in partnership with Alias, which is celebrating
its 10 year anniversary to a programme of activities.
This years site09 darbyshire award exhibition at
the Museum in the Park has been selected by Tom Trevor,
director of the Arnolfini and will feature contemporary
artists from across the UK. Another highlight of the festival is
the film screening programme, 'Figuring
Landscapes' which is a remarkable collection of moving-image
works by 58 Australian and UK artists.
The screening, presented by Mezzanine, focuses on landscape to
address questions of ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender,
the touristic gaze, and uniquely in Australia, the status of indigenous
people in a post-colonial society.
site09 makes international connections as we welcome Jamila
a Moroccan-based artist to SVA's studios as part of the Arts Council
England 'Inhabit' artist residency scheme. Sally Hampson will
be showing 'The Seven Poets' Coats' project, inspired by pre-Islamic
Arabic poetry, an ongoing site-specific project, previously shown
in Qatar, Egypt and Morocco.
This year SVA is working with local businesses by making creative
use of empty shops in Stroud for exhibitions and workshops. Amongst
these will be 'Seven' an exhibition by Unit 4 Studio group,
at Stroud House and 'Tray' a shop window exhibition trail, starting
from SVA, John Street, of South West based artists work. An intriguing
connection will be engendered between two contrasting places; a
gallery space in a busy residential part of Stroud and a woodland
glade in the Forest of Dean Sculpture Park, through Colin
Glen's project 'The Clearing'.
One of the best things about the festival is the opportunity to
meet artists living and working in the Stroud Valleys and get to
know their work. There will be two weekends of Open Studios with
116 artists inviting you to see their work within their working
environment, buy directly from them and to talk about their practice.
Pick up the Open Studios Directory for all the information you
need to plan your studio visits. SVA is linked to Alias, a network
of South West based artist-led groups, many of whom will be opening
their doors to the public as part of a regional 24hr open studios
site09 also brings you an eclectic mix of performance nights ranging
from experimental music with Sarah Kenchington and Daniel
performance poetry from festival favorite John Hegley and
punk jazz from The Blessing whose debut album 'All
is Yes' won the coveted BBC Jazz Album of the Year last year. We
hope you enjoy the festival and will let us know that by coming back
again next year.
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