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text+work is the ethos behind The Arts University Bournemouth’s Gallery programme, and underpins the exhibitions presented at the Gallery since 2003.

text+work states that its aim is to provide a forum for the meeting of practitioners, writers and curators to discuss and push the boundaries the relationship between contemporary art practice and design and discourse—be it critical, experimental, fictional, poetic, or historical.

Each text+work project consists of an exhibition (work) and an accompanying publication (text). The text+work concept is core to The Arts University Bournemouth’s Gallery underpinnings and ethos, and was initially developed by the Gallery’s Research Committee in 2003 as a means of discussing the theoretical contexts surrounding respective different art practices.

Its first exhibition presented under this concept was ‘Four Quartets Series’ by Ian McKeever and David Miller. It has since hosted 35 exhibitions (November 2003–April 2010). In 2008, the Gallery added music to its repertoire, and has so far included the Goldberg Variations, performed by David Wright, and From Experimentalism to Minimalism, performed by Kokoro, as part of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

One of the main aims of text+work is to make the exhibitions / publications available to a wider audience who might not be able to visit the gallery. It does this through the distribution of the accompanying publications (text), both as hard copies and as e-publications, and through the virtual gallery space on its website.

Alongside the text+work concept, the Gallery also runs a programme of touring exhibitions. This has included FACING EAST: Contemporary Landscape Photography from the Baltic, which was curated by Liz Wells in 2004 and A SHORT GRAND TOUR by Professor Simon Olding + Jim Hunter.

In 2007, text+work partnered up with ArtSway on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, teaming up to present two seminars at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007, and again at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Since 2007, text+work, The Arts University Bournemouth and ArtSway have continued to collaborate, resulting is publications and projects including B.OK by Nathaniel Mellors and Family Village by Dinu Li.

Other collaborators have included the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, the Norwich Gallery, Birmingham Libraries, The Study Gallery, Impressions Gallery, Poole Photography Festival, TRACE, ROLLO Contemporary, Wolverhampton University and Winchester Discovery Centre, and it hosted the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006.

Past artists have included former Turner Prize winner, Grenville Davey, Royal Academicians Ian McKeever and Frank Bowling, 16 artists from the Baltic area as part of the FACING EAST exhibition, up and coming artists including Dinu Li and Eric Butcher. It also supports the university’s academic staff through research.

Past writers have included, amongst others, Susan Bright, curator and author; Luce Irigaray, feminist and culture theorist; Professor Simon Olding, Director of Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham; and David Bate, author of ‘Photography and Surrealism’ (2004).

Past exhibitions

  • Lifecycle, Jenny Swann + Michelle Brand. Curated by Susan Lambert, 14 December 2009 – 22 January 2010
  • Ultima Thule, Stephen Vaughan, 5 October – 27 November 2009
  • Family Village, Dinu Li, 16 March – 17 April 2009
  • from here to there: fifty years of photography at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Curated by Phil Beards and Geoff Drury, 2 February – 7 March 2009
  • in no particular order, Kathleen Abiker + Simón Granell: Curated by Josepha Sanna, 8 December 2008 – 23 January 2009
  • BORDERLANDS, Lee Mackinnon/Frank Brown + Christian Edwardes/Tom Hall, 27 October – 28 November 2008
  • ...in the footsteps of Henry Taunt. Curated by Graham Diprose and Jeff Robins, 29 September – 17 October 2008
  • Bob Godfrey : Satire, Surrealism, Sex. Curated by Professor Suzanne Buchan, 14 July – 22 August 2008
  • All Flesh is Grass, John Hopkins + Grenville Davey, 17 March – 24 April 2008
  • Big Paintings, Jim Hunter + Frank Bowling, 4 February – 8 March 2008
  • INTO THE LIGHT, Peter Bonnell + Julie Marsh, 10 December 2007 – 25 January 2008
  • Health & Safety, Susan Bright + Sian Bonnell, 29 October – 30 November 2007
  • MEETING PLACE, Contemporary Art and the Museum Collection, 10 September – 20 October 2007
  • Come Closer, Bob Cotton/Jim Campbell + Squidsoup, 2 April – 4 May 2007
  • A SHORT GRAND TOUR, Professor Simon Olding + Jim Hunter, 5 February – 9 March 2007
  • (tape runs out), David Burrows + Mark Hutchinson/Paul O’Neill, 11 December 2006 – 26 January 2007
  • Going back, David Bate + Denny Robson, 30 October – 30 November 2006
  • EUREKA. An exhibition of the idea-based graphic design of Bob Gill, 25 September – 21 October 2006
  • The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005, 3 April – 11 May 2006
  • text + work = ‘work’, Steve Dutton + Steve Swindells, 6 February – 24 March 2006
  • Hanging Garden, James Barron + Eric Butcher, 5 December 2005 – 27 January 2006
  • The Trouble with People, LEO + Dr. Axel Lapp, 17 October – 25 November 2005
  • Homes Fit For Heroes - Photographs by Bill Brandt, Curated by Peter James & Richard Salder, 12 September – 7 October 2005
  • Stubborn Material, Amanda Hopkins + Tansy Spinks (Curated by Sian Bonnell), 7 March – 21 April 2005
  • Pinpoint, Katie Bethune-Leamen + Kate Terry, 31 January – 25 February 2005
  • Here Lies/White Trash, Dr. Malcolm Quinn + Kieran Crowder, 29 November 2004 – 21 January 2005
  • Against Nature, Andrew Gellatly + Roger Kelly, 4 October – 19 November 2004
  • London’s Riverscape Lost and Found, Charles Craig + Graham Diprose + Mike Seaborne, 12 July – 24 September 2004
  • facing east: Contemporary Landscape Photography from Baltic Areas, Curated by Liz Wells, 19 April – 14 May 2004
  • The Art & Craft of Photography. Curated by Jim Campbell & Geoff Drury, 16 March – 8 April 2004
  • Text and Work, Rosemary Miles + Susan Stockwell, 4 February – 4 March 2004
  • Lache pas la pataté and Pulp, Stephen Adams/Robert Clark + Tom Hackett, 8 – 29 J
  • January 2004

  • Four Quartet Series, David Miller + Ian McKeever, 11 November – 4 December 2003
  • References

    TEXT + WORK Wikipedia


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