‘Other Transmissions’ Film Screening and Live Immersive Intervention at Paradise Works

Posted on 23 June 2019

6pm -9pm, Friday 28 June 28, 2019. Paradise Works | M3 7LE

For one night only Other Transmissions will present a film screening of the group film ‘Other Transmissions Film’ in the Paradise Works project space, Salford. This collaborative film consists of low-fi surreal episodes developed by the group, making use of green screen footage as well as 3D scanned imagery.

Artist Joe Beedles will also perform a one-off live intervention using light and sound reacting to audio in real time.

Conversations Series II, led by Venture Arts in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and the Whitworth has supported six artists living and working in the North West of England to undertake a five-month residency at Venture Arts Studios in Hulme, Manchester. The artists are a diverse group of learning disabled and non-learning-disabled artists selected based on the quality of their practice, and their openness to exploration, experimentation and collaboration. This series delves into feelings and thoughts about the labels placed upon people by society, and for artists and the art world more broadly.

Artists included Joe Beedles, James Desser, Amy Ellison, Frances Heap, Andrew Johnstone and John Powell-Jones, supported by James Pollitt.

The outcome of the project Other Transmissions is a touring project that launched at Tate Liverpool as a Tate Exchange event from 20 – 24 March 2019, before touring to Artlink Hull, where from 29 March – 21 June new works developed through Conversations Series II were shown alongside key works from the Whitworth’s Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, one of the most significant public collections of Outsider Art in the UK.

Other Transmission will complete at The University of Salford, New Adelphi Gallery, from 1-31 Oct, where several pieces produced by the Conversations Series I Iresidency artists will feature alongside documentary material, captured by the university’s BA Graphic Design students. Visual responses in the form of zines, riso-prints and film will be shown with the exhibition tour. ​

Conversations Series is a multi-year programme conceived by Venture Arts, working in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and a wider network of national organisations. The programme extends across multiple years, curated as a discursive and art making journey designed to enable and empower the voices of learning disabled artists, focused on the power of their work as opposed to ideas of ‘art world status’. Through a series of dialogues, residencies and artistic collaborations, Venture Arts will seek to enable new and challenging work to be created, whilst exploring the place of learning disabled artists work within the context of the national and international contemporary visual art scene, and contexts such as the Outsider Art Movement and the Disability Arts Movement.

Conversations Series began in 2015/16 with OutsiderXchanges, a partnership between Venture Arts, Castlefield Gallery and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.