Artist Talk: Jade Montserrat in conversation with Chelsea Pettitt
25 July 2018

Wed 25 July, 6.30 – 8pm
SPACE Mare Street
Free & all welcome
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As part of her project Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement R&R, Jade Montserrat will be in conversation with Arts in Conversation founder Chelsea Pettitt. 

The exhibition and associated events are part of the Future SPACE open call programme in celebration of SPACE's 50th anniversary. 


Jade Montserrat lives and works in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is the Stuart Hall Foundation practice-based PhD candidate at The Institute for Black Atlantic Research, The University of Central Lancashire (2017-). Montserrat works at the intersection of art and activism through drawing, painting, performance, installation, sculpture, film, print and text. The artist interrogates these mediums with the aim to expose gaps in our visual and linguistic habits. She graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2003 and Norwich University of the Arts in 2010. Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include: Arnolfini, and Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016). Montserrat works collaboratively
with artist and performance collectives including Network 11, Press Room, the Conway Cohort, Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement and Ecology ofCare Bureau. She is the recipient of the Jerwood Drawing Prize student award (2017).

Chelsea Pettitt is founder of Arts in Conversation, a new initiative to encourage conversation between artists and other cultural fields of enquiry including music, food, books, anthropology, science, the environment and more. Through events, podcasts and written material, the intention is to create an archive of first person interviews with artists, inviting them to record their thoughts on artistic practice, research and inspiration for posterity. 

During Pettitt's time as Assistant Curator at the Hayward Gallery and Hayward Touring, she curated exhibitions by Kim Beom, William Kentridge, Louise Bourgeois, Sam Belinfante and Yu-Chen Wang and group shows such as Move: Choreographing You, The House in the Sky, Mark Leckey's The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things and Art from Elsewhere. Her final project was organising the British Art Show 8 in collaboration with nine venues across four cities. Since 2015, Pettitt has been Head of Partnerships at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, where she leads offsite and collaborative commissions and programmes. With a strong interest in supporting cultural exchange, she is a recipient of two Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants given by the Art Fund to research emerging artists and galleries in Taiwan (2014) and Amsterdam (2017). She was awarded a STEP travel grant from the European Cultural Foundation in 2018 for a research trip to Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey.