David Bethell: Garage Open Lecture Series

The Hive, Worcester, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:30

The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD

Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department, Garage Studios, are delighted to continue their successful series of artists’ talks for the third year in a row. Some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the UK will be visiting Worcester’s state-of-the-art library, The Hive, to talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use in a series of eight free talks.

This series of talks take place across two terms in Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018 on selected Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and include a chance to ask questions after each presentation.

On 7 February, we will be joined by David Bethell, who was commissioned by Meadow Arts to create a new piece of work at Weston Park and Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, for the 2017 Synthetic Landscapes exhibition. The exhibition explored the impact that people have on the landscape, aesthetically and through industry, and Bethell's playful interactions involved a 'Contraption' that was pulled around the landscape by the artist until it disintegrated, and was then reassembled as something new.

David Bethell is a UK artist based in Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands and London. Bethell's work is inspired by landscape and the natural environment, often looking at the contrasts and conflicts of human influences on landscape. His work also looks into our aspirations, desires, and our failure to achieve these unattainable dreams. He uses a range of media from performance, installation, objects and animation.

Bethell’s exhibitions include Young Gods, Charlie Smith Gallery, London; Dr Bird Conquering Clouds (solo), Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Do, Undo, Redo, Central Saint Martins MA Show, Kings Cross, London; Things Become Things, Southend (One day show with CSM); Museum of London, London; You're the reason our kids are ugly,  The Foundry;  The Artist and the City, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent; Spheres 7 with Chatterjee and Lal, Galleria Continua, Paris; The Artist and the City, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke on Trent and more.

The talks are free and open to all, though booking is recommended for the public via www.meadowarts.org - more about the artists and a full list of dates are also available on the website.

Part One: 2017

Wed 15 Nov - Emily Speed

Wed 22 Nov - Chris Fite-Wassilak

Wed 29 Nov - Mark Titchner

Wed 6 Dec- Stephen Chambers

Part Two: 2018

Wed 7 Feb - David Bethell

Wed 14 February - Marianna Simnett

Wed 21 February - Helen Maurer

Wed 14 March - Jasleen Kaur

All talks are free: please book a free ticket at meadowarts.org

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David Bethell (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom
West Midlands
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3PD