Over the course of June, July, August and September BasementArtsProject is part of the Index Festival; a parallel programme of events and exhibitions being staged by independent artists in tandem with the Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. As part of this BasementArtsProject will realise a project featuring four artists and five projects.
On The Corner takes the very corner on which BasementArtsProject stands and acknowledges it as the gateway that it is between Wakefield and Leeds, the two major cities involved in the YSI2019. On The Corner will present the work of Keith Ackerman and Dominic Hopkinson with whom we will be realising two permanent public sculptures for the area. Alongside this BasementArtsProject will be staging two residency / exhibitions as part of the programme by Phill Hopkins and Jadene Imbusch.
The work of Phill Hopkins will be located in the Basement itself whilst the work of Jadene Imbusch will be a subtle intervention into the regular display on the ground floor. Over the last few months Hopkins and Imbusch have been working on a collaborative mail art project looking that ties together themes that have emerged across the project. This section of the project and is documented at https://www.basementartsproject.com/collaborations-on-the-corner The works are already on display at BasementArtsProject and appointments can be made to view them on Sunday’s, Monday’s and Thursday’s by contacting Bruce Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 0750 672 1504
The individual exhibitions ‘A House Within A Home’ by Phill Hopkins and ‘Pitched’ by Jadene Imbusch will open on Saturday 10th August. The Preview will be between 12 & 5pm. Full opening details to follow soon
Bruce Davies | July 2019
Reaching out to BasementArtsProject
Throughout my second year of university I started looking for work placements within the art and design industry, placements are something Loughborough like to encourage their students to partake throughout their university experience. Unfortunately, I was quick to realise that it was painstakingly difficult to find anything appropriate or beneficial, in relation to my degree. I was applying for varying positions such as textiles design assistants, pattern cutters and museum conservators, but I wasn’t getting much back, or wasn’t very successful. I found that most of them were in the capital, unpaid, not a long enough duration, or required a couple of certain skills that I didn’t have. It was a shame that Fine Art, something that I feel passionate about, seemed to lack any sort of stable establishments, in terms of work placements and internships.
Throughout my second year, I’d been undertaking a series of works that related to home and my family, and for part of the module I was required to research an art space that related to my work, and visualise my pieces within in it. I’d come across BasementArtsProject at this point through research, and since it was so close to my home, I felt it was the perfect space for my visualisation. I was having doubts about going on placement by the time I’d completed my second year, as I’d only confirmed a summer placement with a textiles design company, and a voluntary position at Bradford science and media museum once a week. I was running out of ideas and places to look, so I took my chances and emailed BasementArtsProject thinking nothing of it. I was really surprised to receive a positive response, I then went on to meet Bruce at BasementArts, where he pitched an idea to me, and asked if I’d be interested in taking part of the ‘On The Corner’ project. I’m super grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to work with fellow up and coming and established artists, It’s not something I would’ve likely had the chance to do from an internship.
I didn’t take a ‘year in industry’ with the university in the end, and decided to go on leave of absence, and do my own thing. It’s allowed me to become more independent as an artist, and with the help of BasementArtsProject it’s given me an insight into what it will be like working as an artist post-degree.
Jadene Imbusch | July 2019