Film screening and Q&A, Norman Anderson and Ian Nesbitt

Friday 29 May,
Book tickets

Watch together the film screening of ‘Not only can I not draw a dog, I don’t know what a dog is’ through Facebook Live. A collaboration by artist and filmmaker Ian Nesbitt and Norman. The film explores the 3-way relationship between Norman, his artwork, and this new part of his psyche. 

Norman Anderson has been many things, but being an artist and a quaker are the things most important to him at this stage of his life. Having discovered both during a spell in prison, on his release he moved to Bamford Quaker Community in the Peak District and completed an MA in fine art in Sheffield.

In summer 2018 Norman suffered a serious stroke. Having lost many powers of language and speech, he has had to renegotiate his relationship with the world, with the support of a speech therapist. Months passed and eventually Norman was able to return to the studio and think about making some work. At this point, an extraordinary thing happened. As he began to paint, Norman found himself uttering incantations in a language he didn’t understand, in his words a ‘new and ancient language bubbling up from inside’.

Ian Nesbitt, Artist’s Bio:

Ian Nesbitt is an artist, filmmaker and activist, interested in creating spaces for exchange that go beyond the everyday. His film practice focuses on exploring identity and community through making work collaboratively, often using chance interactions to open up personal and shared terrains.

Before the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK began. Ian was to be shortly setting out on a 220 mile pilgrimage on foot. This would be a symbolic act of protest, a pilgrimage for peace, and a plea for a common future. After his project, ‘New Ways’ had to stop before it could even begin, Ian has been re-formulating his thoughts and energy into a remote public collaboration, ‘THE FUTURE IS..’. Still motivated by the necessity of ‘New Ways’, Ian still intendeds to collect and share acts towards visions of a positive future society. Fuelled out of the precarious political climates, Ian believes ‘To challenge the politics of isolation, we need tactics for togetherness’. Bringing people together is a primary incentive for much of Ian’s work. Encouraging society to look through ‘one lens’ to a positive future for ourselves and the planet.

Jackpot! Ben Morris

01 May -
30 June
Online exhibition

Under -side -stood Charlotte Dawson

Mon 30 Mar -
Sun 05 Apr
Online exhibition

Charlotte Dawson’s solo exhibition, part of the S1 Studio’s Takeover project will be transformed into an online project due to the current health concerns and government guidance regarding covid-19.

Under – side
           – stood
will take place via where new content will be uploaded daily.

DAY 1 – Exhibition documentation
DAY 2 – Video walk through / interview
DAY 3 – Zine 01
DAY 4 – Virtual walk of research images
DAY 5 – Zine 02
DAY 6 – Spoken word audio
DAY 7 – Riso prints available for purchase

Prints produced with support from York St John University and the AA2A Program.

Charlotte Dawson is an artist working across object based practice, installation and moving image. Her practice is influenced by materials and objects found in public, shared spaces alongside objects that reference collective experiences. Sourcing influence from street furniture, domestic decor choices and the implementation of object as memory maker. Her work often incorporates texture as a communicative method, forming the foundations for her divergence into material language. The multiple also features heavily within Charlotte’s practice, referencing both manufacture and mass production alongside shared impulsion’s to collect.

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