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

Colour photograph in wallet-album c. 1975-76  Flat Time House Archive, London, UK © John Latham Foundation (Aerial Landscapes workshop  0)

Colour photograph in wallet-album c. 1975-76 Flat Time House Archive, London, UK © John Latham Foundation

Onya McCausland walking around the base of Five Sisters bing. Photograph, Brendan McConville, 2016 (Aerial Landscapes workshop  1)

Onya McCausland walking around the base of Five Sisters bing. Photograph, Brendan McConville, 2016

Contributor biographies 

Nicky Bird is an artist whose work considers contemporary c of ‘found’ photographs and latent histories of specific sites, investigating how they remain resonant. Through  commissioned projects, exhibitions and writings, her work incorporates new photography with oral histories and collaborations with people who have significant connections to the original site and its photographic archive.Nicky is a Co-ordinator for The Family Ties Network, a nationwide research group of writers and artists exploring memory, space, place and the family in photography and moving image. Until her retirement in September 2022, Nicky was Reader in Contemporary Photographic Practice at The Glasgow School of Art.

Katherine Jackson is an art historian that specializes in post-war sculpture and conceptual art. Her research examines artists’ refusal of existing structures of power that shape corporations, government bodies, and national borders. Katherine is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Utah Valley University. She has a PhD in Art History from the University of British Columbia and was also a visiting researcher at the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. Katherine was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and a recipient of the Canadian Social Science and Humanities (SSHRC) and the University of Toronto's Art and Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. She was also part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design at the New School, NYC. In 2019 Katherine was an editor at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School and from 2015–2018, worked as an archivist at Flat Time House.

Onya McCausland is an artist based in London and South Wales. She is Head of Undergraduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Her work often exploits the occurrence of materials forming in post-industrial landscape sites to examine the subject of contemporary landscape painting. Individual works can behave as signifiers that index real places and, as real placesthemselves subject to processes and cycles of material production and exchange. She runs a small paint making facility in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales that turns waste sludge from mine water treatment into wall paint, forming part of a community led knowledge exchange examining the social and environmental legacies of the post-industrial and capitalist economy.

Joy Sleeman is an art historian, writer and curator and Professor of Art History and Theory at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Her research is focused on the histories of sculpture and landscape, especially 1960s and 1970s land art. She co-curated Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979 (2013-14) and Expanding Painting: Landscape after Land Art, (2022-23); and wrote “Land art and the moon landing” (2009) and “Lawrence Alloway, Robert Smithson and Earthworks” (2015). Nancy Holt’s and Robert Smithson’s travels in England and Wales in 1969 are the focus of her current research project as a Holt/Smithson Foundation Research Fellow, 2023. She is committed to public engagement and developing scholarship and understanding of art related to landscape and environment in public arenas and artistic communities.

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