Catalyst Arts < = > O U T P O S T | Residency Exchange
Paul Gwilliam | Mike Harvey
9th July : Paul Gwilliam Artist Talk, Catalyst Arts 6 – 7 pm
Catalyst Arts is pleased to announce Paul Gwilliam and Mike Harvey as the selected artists to participate in this month’s upcoming shared residency between Catalyst Arts and O U T P O S T Gallery, Norwich.
This exchange is a unique four week programme for both organisations and has being developed over the course of a year to reflect both galleries distinct ideologies and current attitudes. The selected artists will be introduced to each cities energetic arts community through a series of artist talks, evening suppers and curator critiques. The artists will also meet with a number of peers for discourse on contemporary studio practice to further cultivate a durable and worthwhile dialogue between the two cities.
With no history or previous motivation towards studio provision, to ease and encourage our resident Catalyst have constructed a temporary fling. A large solitary wooden atelier has being implanted within Catalyst’s vast industrial space. This location has been provided to contribute to the improvement of its occupant’s condition not only as a space for reflection but also frenzied manufacturing if required.
Over the course of the Catalyst Arts Residency, Paul Gwilliam will develop the second part of his ongoing work ‘A Portrait of a Lynx’. The project attempts to bind his creative writing and art practice through a short story, in which sculpture, painting and performance are born out of the narrative. Through a process of role-play, inhabiting various strategies of making in which process and concept themselves become a mis-en-scene: plotlines, characters, and moveable sets. These assemblages allow Gwilliam to become, or work inside of, an appropriated and commodified aesthetic of intimacy.
The first act was set in the lucid dreams of Henry Moore. At dinner on a cruise ship eating only ice cream, it becomes apparent that Moore’s mental health is declining as he attempts to escape (setting sail) from his vast body of sculptural production. In this second part, the role of narrative continues to be an aggressor, fallen equal to the blurred objects and bodies it envelops.
Catalyst Arts are also delighted to announce Belfast based artist Mike Harvey has being selected as the recipient to spend one month in Gildengate House where he will continue his practice based research.
O U T P O S T is an artist-run gallery committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art. Since its founding in 2004, O U T P O S T has established itself as a leading centre for artist activity in the east of England, producing a core programme of 11 exhibitions per year. Alongside a programme of offsite projects, events and a series of artist editions. This activity is generated by a rolling Sterling Committee of up to eight members, with a limit of two years service.
Paul Gwilliam (b.1984) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2013.
Mike Harvey’s recent shows include So Swamped So, at Xero Kline & Coma, London (2015) The MAC International, The MAC, Belfast (2014) and other redacted theorems, PS2, Belfast (2014) & Little Kingdoms at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2014)