ANNIE SHROSBREE

Multimedia artist, sculptor and Bath Spa graduate Annie Shrosbree presents work she has developed during her 2021 residency with KARST studios in this two-day open event.

Annie’s sculptural practice challenges classically accepted notions of ‘sophisticated art’ in it’s ‘silly’ and ‘child-like’ hand built aesthetic. Her residency at KARST has seen her inspiration become more language based, with a growing focus on memes and other popular forms of online communication as well as word-play and regional dialect. Annie will present a multitude of spatial, size and material juxtapositions at the end of her residency, allowing her collection of ‘jokes’ to hold the physical space in ways that are unavailable to their online equivalents.

A Cake of Painted Tin by Katy Richardson

Following its exhibition at Studio KIND. in November, A Cake of Painted Tin will be shown at KARST on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 February.

The installation presents a body of new moving image and sound work exploring the experiences of writer Antonia White, with particular reference to her Frost in May quartet of novels. The texts describe White’s early life and young adulthood, including time spent in Bethlem Hospital for a psychosis which was attributed to schizophrenia at the time of her admittance in late 1922, but which might now be understood as a symptom of her probable manic depressive illness (Moran, 2018).

A Cake of Painted Tin is funded by Arts Council England with public funding from the National Lottery.

Marcy Saude: Directions: Forward

Directions: Forward presents moving image work that juxtaposes the mythic and the everyday to develop connections between the past and future. Invoking ritual and resistance, dance and document, historical forces and speculative fiction, the artists map out a terrain that challenges borders – both literal and figurative. Urban indigenous experiences and traces of light captured through photographic process transform the landscape into a celestial realm. Ancestors speak through rhythm across space and time. Histories of settler-colonialism in the built environment intersect with questions of narrative, migration, and community belonging.

This exhibition concludes the Directions project, an artist-led moving image series with a broadly decolonial perspective. Supported by the Mayflower 400 Culture Fund and Arts Council England.

KARST X KIND. A Cake of Painted Tin by Katy Richardson

A Cake of Painted Tin is an exhibition at Studio KIND. by KARST studio artist Katy Richardson. The exhibition presents a body of new work exploring the experiences of writer Antonia White, with particular reference to her Frost in May quartet of novels.

The novels describe White’s early life and young adulthood, including time spent in Bethlem Hospital for a psychosis which was attributed to schizophrenia at the time of her admittance (late 1922) but which might now be understood as a symptom of her probable manic depressive illness (Moran, 2018).

Katy first read the Frost in May novels around the age of 13 and has revisited them repeatedly. A recent re-reading coincided with her undergoing a period of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, during which she noticed a shared difficulty in forming functional relationships with other women. In response, Katy developed a series of experimental collaborative research sessions with 13 other female practitioners across art, dance, photography, sound engineering, voice, performance, poetry, filmmaking and psychotherapy, many of whom also have lived experience of mental illness.

A Cake of Painted Tin translates White’s experience into the bodies, voices and gestures of these women collaborators, creating echoes across the almost 100 years since her incarceration at Bethlem. Comprising moving image and sound, a collective solidarity and empathy manifests here in the present – not just with and for White, but also each other.

Katy Richardson (b. 1977, Cuckfield) is an artist based in Plymouth, UK. Her moving image, installation and sound works draw on research into trauma, haunting, memory and mental health. A Cake of Painted Tin is funded by Arts Council England using public funding from the National Lottery.

Join Katy Richardson, Lucy Rollins (independent curator), and the collaborators on the project for a virtual panel discussion on Thursday 2nd December, 7-8pm. Bookable via Eventbrite here.

Image: Work in progress, Katy Richardson.