Art House Open Lectures: Season 11

Join us for Season 11 of the Art House Open Lecture series presented by Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester’s School of Arts.
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Art House Open Lectures: Season 11

26 September 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 12 March 2024 @ 6:30 pm

Join us for Season 11 of the Art House Open Lecture series presented by Meadow Arts and the University of Worcester’s School of Arts.

Hosted at the Art House, Worcester, the lecture series offers a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from some of the most exciting contemporary artists currently making work in the UK. The talks offer the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking dialogues with the artists (via a Q&A), connect with Worcestershire’s artistic community, and gain an understanding of artistic processes and influences.

Book your tickets today and secure your place for Season 11 of the Art House Open Lecture series. Free, booking essential, limited seats are available.

To promote inclusivity this event is free to attend, however, there is an option to “pay as you decide”. Please consider adding a small donation to help us sustain and elevate the quality of our programmes. Thank you.

If you are unable to join us in-person, this event will be live streamed via zoom. If you wish to attend this event online, please book an online ticket. You will receive a registration link ahead of the event.

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Rosie McGinn Poster
Square Art Projects Poster
Elisha Enfield Poster

Elisha Enfield

Tuesday 26 September 2023, 5 – 6.30pm

Elisha Enfield is a figurative and landscape painter based in Buckinghamshire. She graduated from the University of Brighton in 2011 with First Class Honours in Fine Art Painting.

Her work has been selected for the Affordable Art Fair Graduate Showcase and awarded the Landscape Award at the Discerning Eye. She is the winner of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year S7, 2022.

Notable exhibitions include Manchester Art Gallery, Wells Art Contemporary, Threadneedle Prize, Discerning Eye, New English Arts Club and Royal Society Of British Artists.  Her work is held in the DE Collection, National Waterways Museum and in private collections internationally.


Rosie McGinn

Tuesday 17 October 2023, 5 – 6.30pm

Rosie McGinn‘s current practice approaches questions of contentment and elation alongside a fast-paced, unsatisfied and entirely visual society. The work looks at physically stretching materials to their limits; this has recently surfaced through a combination of video, installation and sculptural pieces – kinetic and static. Since graduating from Wimbledon in 2018, recent solo exhibitions include ; Cosmic Dancer, Slugtown, Newcastle [2022]; Contemplating my Navel, Castor Gallery, London [2021]; OBLIVION, Palfrey Gallery, London [2021] and SNOB, Recent Activity, Birmingham [2019]. Recent commissions include; ART IN STORE, Balenciaga, New York [2022]; Get in There [with OOF Magazine], Tate Exchange, London [2019] and The Bass 2, The Bass Museum, Miami [2019].

Dean Kenning

Tuesday 21 November 2023, 5 – 6.30pm

Dean Kenning (b. 1972, Hounslow, UK) is a London-based artist and writer whose works include kinetic/robotic/sonic sculptures, videos and diagrams. His ‘vitalist’ kinetic works seek to generate pathos, disquiet and humour through their visceral and compulsive qualities and behaviours, whilst bringing inert matter ‘to life’. He also has a wide-ranging manual diagramming practice that employs an autodidactic and interdisciplinary spirit to explore political, philosophical and scientific material. He won the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize in 2020, making new robotic works for the touring exhibition Evolutionary Love (Standpoint Gallery, Bury Art Museum, Cross Lane Projects). Other recent solo exhibitions are Psychobotanical (Matt’s Gallery, 2019); The Origin of Life (Beaconsfield, 2019); and Where IT Was (Piper Keys, 2018). Recent group shows include: The Soft Display (Paradise Works, 2020); Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine (Serpentine Marathon, 2017); and EXO EMO (Greene Naftali, 2017).

In 2023 he co-organised Poor Things with Emma Hart, a group exhibition of sculpture about social class (Fruitmarket). Collaborative art projects include the Diagram Research Group (Flat Time House, 2020); the Social Morphology Research Unit (Space Studios, 2019); the Capital Drawing Group (Bergen Assembly, 2019); Sick Monday (various screening venues, 2018-19); and Diagram Research Use & Generation Group (ICA, 2015). His interactive kinetic sound installation The Origin of Life was recently acquired for the Arts Council Collection. Kenning has published articles in journals such as Third Text, The Journal of Visual Art Practice, Art Monthly and Mute, including on the theory and practice of diagramming, on ‘idiocy’ as a mode of art practice, on fine art pedagogy, and on the politics of art and art education. He is a Research Fellow at Kingston School of Art where he supervises practice-based PhDs. He is also an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Central St Martins.

Square Art Projects (Est. 2005) by Piers Veness
& Katherine di Turi

Tuesday 5 December 2023, 5 – 6.30pm

Square Art Projects is a contemporary art gallery in London and Venezuela. We exhibit and support international emerging artists in exhibitions and art fairs locally and globally.

Katherine Di Turi (Caracas, Venezuela, 1972) is a London-based artist. Her work deals with issues related with memory, the archive, and the position of analogical photography in a digital era. Through her collages and photograms, Di Turi explores links between pre-digital image making and the tropes of place and time. She received an MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, London; a BA in Fine Art at the Instituto

Armando Reverón, Caracas; and a BA in Media Communication Studies at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas.

Piers Veness (Portsmouth, 1974) is an abstract geometric painter whose work is informed by the minimalism and spatiality of artists such as Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, and the groundbreaking theatre designer Adolfe Appia. Fascinated by the suggestive power of line as communicative language, Veness’ work considers the monumental and its connection with the passing of time. Veness received an MA in Theatre Design at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and a BA Fine Art at the University of Northampton.

Marcus Coates

Tuesday 23 January 2024, 5 – 6.30pm

Marcus Coates attempts to understand how we relate to each other and the implications of this for the world around us. His work is often motivated by the need for change, with a social and ecological impact in mind. He works with others to create processes founded on empathy and trust, collaborating with members of the public, organisations and institutions, as well as experts from a wide range of disciplines including; anthropologists, ornithologists, wildlife sound recordists, choreographers, politicians, psychiatrists, palliative care consultants, musicians, and primatologists amongst others.

His recent exhibitions include: The Directors, Artangel, London, UK (2022); The Limits of Humanity, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, 2021; The World is in You, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2021; Joseph Beuys and the Shamans, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany 2021; The Animal that therefore I am, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China, 2020; The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth Somerset 2018; Functional Improvisation with percussionist Terry Day, William Morris Museum, 2017; As Above, So Below, IMMA, Dublin, 2017; Ape Culture, HKW Berlin, 2015; Dawn Chorus, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain (2015); The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London and Implicit Sound, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2011; Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, 2010; Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland, 2009.

Coates was nominated for the 4th Plinth Commission in 2014 and was the recipient of a Paul Hamyln Award in 2008. In 2014 he was the first recipient of the James Lovelock Commission and in 2009 he won the inaugural Daiwa Art Prize.

Marcus Coates lives and works in London.

Matthew Cornford

Tuesday 6 February 2024, 5 – 6.30pm

Matthew Cornford is an artist and teaches at the University of Brighton. Cornford is currently working with John Beck (University of Westminster) on a project to find and document the sites of every former British Art School.

The Art School Project was prompted by the discovery that the college both Beck and Cornford attended in the early 1980s, Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, was disused and up for sale. Evolving over 15 years outcomes form this work include an ongoing series of solo exhibitions: The Art Schools of North West England, Bluecoat, Liverpool (2018); The Art Schools of the West Midlands, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2023) and most recently The Art Schools of the East Midlands, Bonington Gallery Nottingham (2023). A related public ART project commissioned by Meadow Arts is visible on the sides of the Hereford College of Art student accommodation building, No.1 Station Approach, Hereford.

Laura White

Tuesday 27 February 2024, 5 – 6.30pm

Laura White has a materially engaged practice, that cuts across a studio practice (primarily sculpture), writing and fieldwork.

Laura focuses on process and how objects/things come into being, with an emphasis on the handling of materials, from stable material such as ceramics and concrete to the changeable matter of clay, bread dough, silicone rubber and rusting metal. Exploring and responding to material behaviours and her personal relationships to them, alongside their historical and social contexts.

Rhea Dillon

Tuesday 12 March 2024, 5 – 6.30pm

Rhea Dillon (b. 1996) is an artist, writer and poet based in London. Dillon’s first institutional solo exhibition ‘An Alterable Terrain’ recently opened at Tate Britain as part of the Art Now series. Recent exhibitions include ‘We looked for eyes creased with concern, but saw only veils’ at Sweetwater, Berlin (2023); ‘The Sombre Majesty (or, on being the pronounced dead)’ at Soft Opening, London (2022); ‘Real Corporeal’ at Gladstone Gallery, New York (2022); ‘Love’ at Bold Tendencies, London (2022); an online screening at The Kitchen, New York (2022); Drawing a Blank curated by Ben Broome, London (2022); ‘Janus’ at Soft Opening, London (2021); ‘Pressing’ at Division of Labour, Salford (2021); ‘Dishwater and No Images’ as part of Distant Peak at Peak Gallery, London (2020); ‘No Man is an Island’ at Almine Rech, London (2020) and ‘Uchronia et Uchromia’ online at External Pages (2020). She was an artist in residence at Triangle – Astérides, Marseille and previously at V.O. Curations, London, which culminated in a solo exhibition, ‘Nonbody Nonthing No Thing’ and the publishing of poetry chapbook, ‘Donald Dahmer’ (both 2021). The artist presented ‘Catgut – The Opera’ as part of Park Nights 2021 at the Serpentine Pavilion, a publication of the same title was recently released by Worms Publishing and launched at the ICA London.


26 September 2023 @ 6:30 pm
March 12 @ 6:30 pm
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