MEDIA ART BATH 2006-2011
Media Art Bath was registered as a charity and a company limited by guarantee in March 2008. The Founding Board of Directors comprising:
Mark Dunhill, Dean of Arts at Central Saint Martin's College of Art
After a period working as a sculptor, undertaking commissions and teaching in art schools throughout the UK, Mark Dunhill took up a teaching post at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 1986, culminating in the appointment as Head of School of Fine Arts in 2001. Mark has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and has been involved in art projects for public spaces as both a consultant and artist. Since 1998 he has been working collaboratively with Tamiko O'Brien. Working as Dunhill and O'Brien they have completed residencies and exhibitions including, Diepenheim Holland, The British School at Rome and most recently at Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo.
Tim Eastop, Arts Consultant
Tim Eastop is an experienced visual arts professional working nationally and internationally with artists, cultural organisations, academic institutions and the art market. Tim founded and directed Arts Council England's International Artists Fellowship Programme from 2001 until 2007, and from 2003 to 2004 he was Acting Director of Visual Arts at Arts Council England where he led national sectoral reviews on the presentation of contemporary visual art and crafts culminating in published national strategies for the visual arts in England. Tim is a co-founder of The Collective, an innovative scheme sharing the collecting of contemporary art for the home. He is also co-producer of GATE, a series of triennial installation events located in politically charged sites.
John Hewitt, Partner, Hewitt Studios
John trained at Sheffield University qualifying in 1983. He established his own practice in 1994 in Worcester and merged it with Stubbs Rich in 1999. John's focus is on brief development and initiation of responsive architecture solutions that continue to deliver enjoyment and benefit long term. His interest in helping bring people together with common purpose through collaboration is currently demonstrated by his directorship of Norton Radstock Regeneration Company and Media Art Bath. Recent projects have included working with the Royal National College for the Blind, Hydro Automotive Structures, Hereford Learning Village and the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
Fabienne Nicholas, Head of Consultancy, Contemporary Art Society
Fabienne Nicholas has 20 years of experience working in the visual arts, with a focus on media arts through her leadership of Experimenta Media Arts, the leading commissioning, exhibition and advocacy body for digital and media arts in Australia. After crossing the seas to settle in the UK Fabienne was until recently Project Director for Futurecity Arts, managing a range of high-profile cultural regeneration projects including the Kinetica Museum in London. Currently Head of Consultancy for the Contemporary Art Society, Fabienne is managing a portfolio of major public art commissions, corporate art collections and curatorial initiatives.
Hazel Northwood, Development Consultant
Hazel is a development consultant based in Bath. She works with clients in the cultural and voluntary sectors on organisational review and strategic change, fundraising, and developing governance through consultancy, facilitation or mentoring services. Current and recent projects include work with Candoco Dance Company, The House of Illustration, Camden Arts Centre, Somerset Film and Video, Unlimited Company and Creative Careers. Hazel is an Associate Member of the Institute of Fundraising.
MEDIA ART BATH STAFF 2006-11
Bridget Crone, Artistic Director
Since being at Media Art Bath, Bridget has commissioned new work by artists such as Gail Pickering, Clare Gasson, Tom Nicholson and juneau / projects. She has also curated the performance and research platforms - THE SENSIBLE STAGE (2007-8) and A THEATRE TO ADDRESS (2010-) involving the work of artists, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Maryam Jafri, Clare Gasson, Annabel Frearson, Sue Tompkins and Melanie Gilligan amongst others. She has also convened the conferences and seminars - STAGING SOUND (addressing the role of sound in artists' practice) and IMPLODED ACTION DISSONANT EFFECTS (with Amanda Beech) - on anti-humanist tendencies in current contemporary art practices.
Bridget has curated freelance projects for museums and galleries such as the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space both before and after leaving Australia. Her exhibition for Ian Potter Museum of Art was the museum's large-scale international exhibition for 2005, addressing the descriptive and experimental potential of the body's relationship to contemporary events, the exhibition included work by artists such as Joan Jonas, Joy Hester, Christian Capurro, Diann Bauer, Tom Nicholson and Ian Burn. Bridget has also held the position of visiting lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, The University of London where she taught courses on the history and politics of museums' collections and contemporary curating. Currently she is associate lecturer for the MA Curating and Critical Writing, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, and External Examiner for the MA Gallery Studies and Critical Curating at the University of Essex.
Before coming to Media Art Bath, Bridget was Gallery Coordinator at The Showroom, London from 2003-6; at The Showroom, Bridget worked with artists as diverse as Diann Bauer, Daria Martin, Aaron Williamson, Subodh Gupta and juneau/projects to produce their first solo exhibition in London. Before arriving in the UK from Australia, Bridget worked for the Melbourne International Biennial where she produced projects with artists such as Destiny Deacon and Chad McCail among others; and at RMIT University Gallery where she worked on a major exhibition of contemporary art from China.
Zoë English, Director, Business Development and Operations
Zoë has worked in the creative and cultural sector for many years, with a focus on developing and strengthening the sector in terms of workforce development and business success. She was most recently Regional Manager at Arts & Business South West, working with a wide range of sectors and managing their Board Bank programme.
Before moving to the South West, Zoë lived in Wales, working for the arts workforce development agency, and more recently she was National Manager for Creative & Cultural Skills. Creative & Cultural Skills represents Advertising, Design, Craft, Cultural Heritage, Music, Visual, Literary and Performing Arts, and her role involved securing investment and support for these industries. She brokered Creative Blueprint, the Sector Skills Agreement that provides the plan for workforce development and improving qualifications for the creative and cultural industries in Wales. She also led development of Creative Apprenticeships in Wales, a programme that is set to change the culture of working in the creative and cultural sector and will help to diversify the workforce.
HISTORY OF MEDIA ART BATH / STATEMENT
A Contemporary Art Organisation with a strong reputation for commissioning new interdisciplinary work, Media Art Bath was established in 1999 by the Arts Council England South West and the Bath and North East Somerset Council under the name of Statement Media Arts with an aim to promote photography, video and digital arts in the Bath and North East Somerset area.
Statement Media Arts initiated projects and exhibitions in local communities by working with young or disadvantaged people and using artists as a creative resource to enable these underrepresented communities to have a voice. By working with The Black Families Education Support Group, Suited and Booted, Eshoda Arts and many other groups, Statement set up exhibitions, offered education, training and networking opportunities and provided access to media arts facilities and equipment.
Statement Media Arts/Media Art Bath has had four directors:
Dawn Giles 1999 - 2004
As Statement's first director, Dawn sought to develop media art activity in the Bath and North East Somerset area, working with disadvantaged groups to present exhibitions and projects whilst providing media facilities for artists working in the region. Whilst developing clubs and workshops such as the Media Arts Club for 13-16 year olds, Dawn also developed interdisciplinary projects, such as Five Seconds Remaining in 2002.
Sally Shaw 2004 - 2006
With a particular interest in commissioning work for unconventional exhibition contexts, Sally reinvented Statement Media Arts into Media Art Bath. Sally's projects included the ambitious Thunder commission with Artist Hannah Rickards in 2006, comprising an installation, performance and 12" vinyl record publication.
Bridget Crone 2006 - present
Since 2006, Bridget has led Media Art Bath to strength its role in producing cutting-edge interdisciplinary and performative new work, including Sewn to the Sky with juneau/projects/ and The Sensible Stage performances in 2007. Bridget is leading the organisational development of Media Art Bath as it undergoes a Trust Transfer and becomes legally constituted as an independent agency from April 2008.
In 2004, Statement was reinvented as Media Art Bath in response to an increased need for a more practice-based initiative, working with a small number of artists to develop their practice through collaboration or through working with the specificities of site.
Zoë English 2010-present
Zoë joined Bridget as Director Business Development and Operations in February 2010.
Past - to see the Media Art Bath projects archive please visit the Projects section of the website.
Past - some highlights from the Statement archive are shown below:
reel.eyes is a CD ROM that presents innovative short films made by the vulnerably housed, including young people in temporary accommodation, Big Issue vendors and rough sleepers in the B&NES area. Participants worked closely with professional media artists to produce their own films.
With funding from South West Arts New Audiences Programme and Bath and North East Somerset Adult and Community Education Service, with support from Suited and Booted and The Big Issue Magazine.
A multi-media performance incorporating contemporary dance with video, text and sound which is based around a conversation between two childhood friends who are reunited through email, text messaging and spoken word.
Five Seconds Remaining was created by Eshoda Arts and Statement in collaboration with visual artist and composer, Kathy Hinde.
Commissioned photographs by Karen Brett of waiting rooms in the Royal United Hospital, Bath,Temple House Surgery, Keynsham and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath. She interacted with people waiting for their appointments, providing a distraction for bored and anxious patients as they waited. The photographs were exhibited in health centres throughout B&NES.
The Waiting Rooms commission is a collaboration between Statement, The Royal Photographic Society and Bath Area Network for Artists.
An after-school media club for young people aged 13-16 years old in the B&NES area plus summer workshops in photography, video and web design.