Five years ago g39 invested in its first selection of about 30 must-read books for the new Artist Resource area. Since then we have amassed in excess of 2000 titles, thanks in part to the generosity of artists, curators, galleries and most significantly the board of Safle, who entrusted their entire library to Warp. This library resource is one of the most important aspects of support that g39 offers the artist community. And so our forthcoming programme There Will Be Words takes the library as its locus by inviting artists whose practices engage with aspects of publishing, writing and archives.
At the centre of There Will Be Words are the resident practitioners Laura Reeves and Rhian Edwards. Laura Reeves works with found analogue photography which she uses as a starting point for research and to revive and activate lost stories. And Rhian Edwards is a prolific writer who is widely published and has a natural tendency to find collaborative partnerships with practitioners in other disciplines as well as other writers. Both Laura and Rhian are immersing themselves in the wealth of material in the library for the next two months, with the outcomes of their residencies presented in March. Rhian’s residency is possible with support from Literature Wales.
Alongside the residencies we have several associated events and exhibitions. A curated project by Sam Perry continues the idea of re-presenting archival material. He presents the work of Jackie Chettur, Aled Simons and Mary Vettise. And Tamsin Clark’s Forth & Back project presents the resulting prints of 15 artists who were invited to design a poster, place it somewhere and document the piece in its chosen location. The contributors to Forth & Back are: Richard Bevan, Melanie Counsell, Sean Edwards, The Everyday Press, Richard Healy, Ian Homerston, Pernille Leggat Ramfelt, Sara MacKillop, Jonathan Monk, Catalina Niculescu, Ben Oztat, Colin Sackett, Jake Tilson, Watts of Goodwill, and Ian Whittlesea.
And, CAAPO will be presenting a digital audio work entitled Things At The End Of My Bed comprising eight pieces of spoken text exploring specific locations within the notion of home memory.
Saturday 23 March 12-5pm
Organised with Chapter, Cardiff, The Centre Is Here will be the eighth in a series of symposium events aimed at discussing the key issues of making and exhibiting contemporary art in Wales. This event will look at the various methods and models of self-publishing that artists may use. With increasingly more and more artists looking at publishing artist books and catalogues the event will cover topics such as: the practicalities of book production, distribution models and how the making of books can stand as an arts practice in its own right.
Confirmed speakers include: Louise O’Hare (www.publishandbedamned.org); Tom Benson (www.tombenson.net); and Arnaud Desjardin (www.theeverydaypress.net). Further information and booking can be found on the g39 and Warp websites.
Saturday 23 March 6-9pm
We are very pleased to announce the launch of g39’s new publication It Was Never Going To Be Straightforward, a compendium of the first 13 years of the g39 project. The book charts a rambling route through g39’s history from the first exhibition that opened on 3 July 1998 to the last that closed on 2 July 2011. It marks the years that the project was based in Wyndham Arcade in Cardiff city centre. It Was Never Going To Be Straightforward contains some of the projects we made happen in those thirteen years, alongside new articles and artist commissions. Drawing its inspiration from the Art and Society series published in the 1970s by The Welsh Arts Council, the book gives an insight into some of the things that drive g39 – our ethos, our influences and our ambitions. “It was never going to be straightforward, and it probably never will be.”
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