Aerial Landscapes Book Launch
Thursday 30 November 2023, 7–9pm
Talks and Readings: 7.30–8pm, free no booking required.
Join us at FTHo for the book launch event of Aerial Landscapes with readings and talks by the authors alongside a presentation of carefully selected artwork and archival materials informing the publication. The book will also be available for special reduced launch price.
Aerial Landscapes is the culmination of four years of development instigated by a one-day event exploring contemporary artists’ engagement with the Five Sisters’ Bings. In discussion with APG founder Barbara Steveni two artists, Onya McCausland and Nicky Bird, and two art historians, Katherine Jackson and Joy Sleeman, presented their investigations into John Latham's approach to site from above as manifested in his 1975–76 APG placement with the Scottish Development Office. This publication pulls together these presentations and discussions shaped by work in the archive of Flat Time House. Together the texts convey four distinct perspectives on aerial landscapes and combine the historical and first-hand with the archive.
The book launch is accompanied by a display of art works and archive materials informing and reflecting on the publication, selected by the contributing artists and art historians from their own work and from the John Latham Archive and John Latham Collection at Flat Time House.
The display will remain available to view by appointment, Wednesday–Friday 12pm-6pm until 15 December. Please email [email protected] to arrange a viewing.
Aerial Landscapes workshop
Sunday 3 December 2023, 2–4pm
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to combine contributions by the artists and art historians who developed in the Aerial Landscapes publication with the chance to take a hands on dig into the John Latham Archive to explore the book’s aerial premise through the relationship between materials, Artist Placement Group’s (APG’s) practice, and Flat Time House’s archive.
The encounter will be facilitated by, and include contributions from the artists and art historians involved in the Aerial Landscapes publication: Nicky Bird, Katherine Jackson, Onya McCausland and Joy Sleeman.
Free but booking essential, please email [email protected] to reserve a place
This book is developed from Aerial Landscapes, a one day event focusing on contemporary artists’ engagement with the Five Sisters’ Bings and specifically Latham's approach to site from above as manifested in his 1975–76 APG placement with the Scottish Development Office. Both event and publication were shaped by dialogues between two artists, Onya McCausland and Nicky Bird, and two art historians, Katherine Jackson and Joy Sleeman, all working in the archive of Flat Time House. Together the texts convey four distinct perspectives on aerial landscapes and combine the historical and first-hand with the archive.
The book contains four chapters: ‘The View from Above’ by Katherine Jackson, ‘Cuthill and the Five Sisters Bing’ by Onya McCausland, ‘Overlay and Overview’ by Joy Sleeman and ‘Layered Over’ by Nicky Bird; with an Introduction by Gareth Bell-Jones and Afterword by Joy Sleeman. Together the texts convey four distinct perspectives on aerial landscapes and combine historical and artistic research and first-hand experience in the landscape and in the archive.
Constellations ° Assemblies 2023 Online Events Programme
July 2023 – January 2024
Taking place between July 2023 and January 2024, Constellations ° Assemblies are free online events open to all artists, curators, practitioners, commissioners, and those working across or interested in public art, social practice and regeneration. Constellations 2023 is curated by UP Projects in partnership with Flat Time House and in association with Liverpool Biennial.
Flat Time House (FTHo) was the studio home of John Latham (1921-2006), recognised as one of the most significant and influential British post-war artists. In 2003, Latham declared the house a living sculpture, naming it FTHo after his theory of time, ‘Flat Time’. Until his death, Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as a gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. It also provides a centre for alternative learning, which includes the John Latham archive, and an artist's residency space.
Thursday – Saturday 12–6pm for temporary exhibitions
Open by appointment at all other times – call 0207 207 4845
APG PHD OPPORTUNITY The Incidental Artist approach: contemporary reworkings of the methods and legacies of the Artist Placement Group 1966-1989
Deadline: 10 January 2024
In partnership with Flat Time House and Eastside Projects, Birmingham City University are looking for a candidate to undertake an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award on the subject of The Incidental Artist approach: contemporary reworkings of the methods and legacies of the Artist Placement Group 1966-1989 as part of the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnerships.
What Time is Love?
Participating artists: Nancy Clayton, Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye, Nick Fenn, Christian Ovonlen, Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson, Clifton Wright
Launched in the summer of 2023 What Time is Love? is an ongoing programme of conversations with artists from the Intoart Studio hosted by Flat Time House. What Time is Love? invites the group of seven artists to use Flat Time House as a space to reflect, talk about their practice and think about where they want to go next.
Intoart Writing Residency
Flat Time House and Intoart are collaborating on a new residency that invites the development of new writing through research at Flat Time House and in conversation with artists from the Intoart Studio.
We are excited to announce Amber Hahn as Intoart Writer in Residence for 2023/2024. Amber Hahn is an artist and writer based in Peckham, London. She works with people through different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops with an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses installation, sound and choreography. As well as working with the artists over the next nine months, she will spend time with the John Latham archive to draw upon the theoretical ideas and reciprocal relevance between Intoart and FTHo as spaces for alternative education, critical thinking and reflective practice.
Constellations ° Cohort ANNOUNCEMENT
Constellations 2023 supports a group of ten early to mid-career practitioners from across the UK, the Constellations ° Cohort, to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and contribute to critical debate surrounding the future of public practice. The programme will explore urgent lines of enquiry and best practice in relation to this field, including questions around the potential of art to help communities reimagine new futures, principles underpinning alternative economies, and notions of care.
Selected through an open call, the Constellations ° Cohort 2023 are Seyi Adelekun, Ian Giles, Holly Graham, Faye Hamblett-Jones, Benjamin Malcolmson, James McColl, Laura Onions, Cherelle Sappleton, Giulia Shah and Becky Warnock.
/origin\forward/slash\ is the infrathin banner under which, behind which and through which a band of artists and philosophers are exploring their mutual fascinations and antagonisms with Martin Heidegger’s essay The Origin of the Work of Art (1950).
Currently on a remote placement, the group have extended John Latham’s body-based floor plan of Flat Time House with an additional virtual room, ‘the other hand.’ Here they co-habit from time to time, using the web interface as a way of experimenting with formats for visual and verbal thinking together and adding victuals to their archive cabinet.
The /origin\forward/slash\ group are Steven Claydon (Independent), Marie Hay (De Montfort University), Sacha Golob (Kings College, London), Jo Malt (Kings College, London), Hester Reeve (Sheffield Hallam University), Mark Titmarsh (University of Technology, Sydney), Georgios Tsagdis (Leiden University | Erasmus University Rotterdam). This project is lead by Hester Reeve (Reader in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University) in association with The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts (Kings College London).
The /origin\forward/slash\ group hosted live online events in June 2021, and with Art & Language (Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden) and Michael Corris in 2023. Their exhibition launches at Flat Time House in Autumn 2023.