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Artists Talks

Wednesay 4th March, 7pm-8pm

Location: ICIA Art Space 1, University of Bath

Free admission

To mark the opening of their exhibition, Brown Fields Blue Skies, collaborative artists’ group Tea (Peter Hatton, Val Murray and Lynn Pilling) are in conversation with Dr Dawn Lyon, Sociologist, University of Kent. Tea creates ambitious visual arts projects which involve a wide range of audiences and locations, redefining public art. Here they discuss their ‘occupation’ of Widnes Waterfront, a post-industrial wasteland, poised before a period of renewal. In temporary fragile structures – their ‘hides’ – they observe, research, perform and record while offering hospitality and creating dialogues with invited experts who have a range of relationships to the area.

As artists, TEA enter this rich arena and for a time become part of its complex identity: "Every time we enter a new place we become one of the ingredients of an existing hybridity which is really all that 'local' places consist of." (Lucy Lippard.) Their creative processes of engagement structure a temporary identity of the place by bringing into juxtaposition different spatial and temporal narratives within the built environment.

TEA's performative exploration of particular places resonates with broader current issues and with the work of other disciplines that are searching for ways of thinking about places that encompass contemporary experience. Audiences engage with the artists' processes at all stages of the evolution of a project.


Associated Exhibition: Brown Fields Blue Skies

4 March - 12 June, ICIA Art Space 2, University of Bath

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