SPACE Mare Street
Wed 14 Sep, 6.30 - 8pm
FREE, please register here
Join Josh Bilton as he talks about his current SPACE commission, Undersong. He is joined by Holly Corfield Carr, who wrote the commissioned text to accompany the exhibition, and collaborated with Bilton on Cairns, the public realm aspect of the project. Together they will discuss the themes of Undersong and their collaboration on the project.
Holly Corfield Carr is a poet and writer based in Bristol and Cambridge, UK. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and was the winner of the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her writing is published in magazines, artists’ books and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 as well as appearing on board a passenger ferry, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto, a floating island, in total darkness, Hackney, a museum, in a car park, by the river, libraries, former factories, public toilets, galleries and at dinner.
Holly is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge where she is researching contemporary site-specific writing practices and sculpture. Her research interests include caves, quarries and talking mountains. This year she is also working as a 2016/17 Visiting Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.
She has taught for the Poetry School, the University of Cambridge and the Bristol Poetry Institute at the University of Bristol where she was Poet-in-Residence in 2014. She has led writing workshops at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Zoo and the British Ceramics Biennial. She has worked as Writer-in-Residence at Spike Island, Bristol, supported by Arts Council England, in the isolated Curfew Tower in County Antrim and Ceramic Review.
She is currently working on new projects for publication and performance. She has recently received development and training as part of the Jerwood / Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2014/15 and has received additional support from Faber New Poets.
Josh Bilton (b. Hertfordshire, UK) is based in London. His practice centres on the relationship between the self, society, and its physical manifestations. The resulting works in photography, video and installation shift between performance and documentary, constructing scenarios that both depict and engender subjective encounters with our environment and its histories.
Bilton’s work has been shown in the UK, as well as Europe and USA. He was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2011. Recent exhibitions and projects include ACAVA Arts Organisation, London (2015); The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2014); L’Aterlier KSR, Berlin (2014); and Rosphoto, St Petersburg (2013).