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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Revealing Wales

3rd September, 2020 This summer saw the launch of Revealing Wales, a set of short films I 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…

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Teaching

I have been teaching in art and design for 30 years, was Programme Director of the Foundation Art & Design course at Swansea from 2004 – 2016, and have otherwise taught into a number of fine art and photography courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level. I have also worked with school- age children from 10…

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Reading Rooms

Reading Rooms: Manifestations of Domestic Space in Visual Art and Literature, MPhil 2008 The completion of my MPhil through written and practice-based research in December 2008, marked a return to large-scale installations and the moving image, means used in undergraduate and postgraduate work and in early commissions, but abandoned for a long period of practice…

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Glasgow School of Art

Networks, Space and the Artist-Citizen, was written for the Q-Art Transitions Out of Fine Art Education Symposium @ Glasgow School of Art on Saturday 25th June 2016. Staff from across the UK gave their views on the role of fine art education today and share their approach to supporting students as they transition out of art school.…

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PRESS: Aesthetica

The traditional white cube gallery space comes with a cultural set of definitions and rules, it’s a set interaction between viewer and art object, with the object presented for the viewer to contemplate, there is a predetermined level of participation, which often makes it hard to negotiate, both from the experienced and casual gallery visitor.…

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Manifesto

Manifesto has been a project brief for students and staff on Foundation and for Criw Celf, part of my practice when embedded in my Making Protest piece, and a method of consultation when working with Peak (https://peak.cymru/about-us/ ).  In all these situations the brief has been simple – write a six point manifesto, based as much as is useful on Claes Oldenburgh’s…

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