Keeper(s)

Introduction to the exhibition The idea of Keeper had been with me for some years – that I would perform a piece for which I would manage a space full of objects over a period of time. When Mission Gallery offered this opportunity, the work developed in discussion with Amanda Roderick and other gallery staff, and…

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CIVIC

CIVIC has grown from an exhibition into a larger project, a network of practitioners and researchers, in conversation about art, architecture and the city; about cultural institutions, place, space, writing & walking. The first manifestation of this project in 2014 was as an interrogation of the city, an invitation to propose architectural and other interventions for…

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CIVIC Dogs

Bella Kerr: Civic Dog (Walks) I commissioned Matthew Otten, designer, to make 100 laser-cut slate dogs. The dogs were displayed at the Civic base – the glass porch of the old library building – until they were ‘distributed’ by participants on city walks, to be found (or lost) over future days, weeks or years. The…

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Bed and Table

Oriel Davies, Newtown: 04 July 2009 – 05 September 2009 The research identified a series of spaces including redrooms – the parental bedroom and the dining room. Bedrooms are private, the site of confidences, negotiations, plans, dreams, love, hate, sex, birth, illness and death. The dining table is public, the site of rituals that display and support…

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Curatorial Residency, New York

CIVIC Collaborative Curatorial Residency at Residency Unlimited New York. Bella Kerr & Amanda Roderick | October/November 2016 Read more about CIVIC A collaborative investigation of the visible and invisible structures and infrastructures centred on and around the art gallery and other cultural organisations, considering the role of partnerships, dialogue, learning, opportunity and engagement. The collaborative…

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Working with Opus

OPUS – Foundation Art & Design, Swansea, staff group In 2007 the staff of the Art and Designer course at Swansea decided to exhibit together for the first time. We took the name Opus from our first exhibition, Nascent Opus, and used it for some years as a way to present ourselves to the world…

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Making Protest

Making Protest, shown as part of Time Let Me Play:Time Let Me Play | Gathered Again | Green & Golden During summer 2014, the Foundation staff at Swansea College of Art set themselves 50cm Rule as a holiday project and a way to introduce themselves to the new students. I made a ‘soapbox’ to these…

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The Coming of Age

curated by Bella Kerr & Amanda Roderick for Fringe Arts Bath 2022 “Society cares about the individual only insofar as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it”. Simone de Beauvoir, 1972 In Simone de Beauvoir’s…

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Life Expectancy

In the contemporary period we expect longevity – shorter lives may be glamorised but are also regretted as a failure to survive. This quiet conversation between my work and Will’s is a dialogue between mother and son – the drawings are the fragments of a longer and a shorter life, selected to reveal crossing points…

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Will Jones

Will Jones died this year at the age of 30 years. He studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and then worked as technician in several art galleries while developing his own practice as an artist. This background informed the movement between analysis and creativity, while more recent experience of living and working outside…

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Serious Games | Autumn 2022

This Autumn, several of my works on paper will be included in an exhibition at Galerie 115, University of Ottawa, Canada. Provisionally titled Serious Games, it will be curated by Celina Jeffery in collaboration with uOttawa MFA Contemporary Curating students. My drawings will feature as a conversation with my son Will Jones, alongside work by several Canadian artists and…

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Everyone Is an Artist | Nov 2021

Produced by Lyndon Jones & Bella Kerr for BBC Wales. Broadcast on BBC Radio Four on Saturday November 27th 2021. Listen here Taking his cue from this year’s Turner Prize shortlist of five artists’ collectives, James Fox tells the untold story of community and socially-engaged art in post-war Britain. Concrete cows. First World War soldiers…

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Revealing Wales Series 2 | Sept 2021

Revealing Wales: series 2 continues RSAW’s celebration of the nation’s great buildings and structures. The intention of this second series of four short films is to introduce new voices and promote greater awareness and understanding of buildings that enable and support learning, wellbeing, community and sustainability in Wales.  Maggie’s Swansea & Maggie’s Cardiff Safety, security,…

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Q&A | March 2021

“It is time for a complete redefinition of how we do all that happens around visual practice”. Bella Kerr Q&A with Roderick & Jones in March 2021. A series of interviews conducted with R&J Artists, the full series is available to read here: https://www.roderickandjones.com/blog R&J: What are you working on at the moment? BK:With Lyndon Jones,…

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Instagram Takeover | Feb 2021

During early February, Bella Kerr took over the R&J Instagram page for a week posting updates on current work alongside selections from past projects. DAY ONE: Monday 8th February Red Ball is a project which began in 2011 and remains ongoing. I started it in a hurry – I was offered the project space at…

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Revealing Wales Series 1 | Sept 2020

This summer saw the launch of Revealing Wales, a set of short films Bella Kerr co-produced with Lyndon Jones Media. Commissioned by the RSAW, this first series of films celebrates the richness, quality and diversity of Welsh architecture, from the historical to the contemporary. They feature five distinguished figures each writing about a structure they love. Architect and Richard Parnaby discussing…

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