artist to artist


Artist to Artist 2010 edition summary

Now in it sixth year, Artist to Artist enables artists from the UK to invite artists from overseas for a two week long visit. This provides a unique opportunity to bring together pairs of artists to initiate dialogue across international borders. The structure of the programme is always tailored by the artists themselves and places emphasis firmly on research and the exchange of ideas rather than production.

The focus for 2010's artist selection derived from a year of working and visiting the Middle East; the artist’s selection subconsciously mapped a year of biennales in the region, ‘in country workshops’, R&D visits and research in the UK undertaken by Visiting Arts and The Defina Foundation.

The aim of the two-week residency was to give artists in the UK the opportunity to build connections with international artists. What in turn materialised was a fortnight of public events, Workspaces, where all artists involved had the opportunity to share ideas around practice and making work. A series of informal meeting points enabled all artists to meet each other, and The Delfina Foundation hosted more formal conversations and a gallery based show on the outcomes of some of the artist connections. Events also took place at Arnolfini, Bristol.

These were just a few of the questions raised during the Artists to Artist fortnight in March:

  • How do artists move around?
  • How do artists work when they are ‘International’?
  • How do artists’ studios and workspace impact on their practice?
  • How do developing global polices relating to migration affect artist travel?

The international artists offered insights into the countries where they live and work, their networks and the art community in which they exist.

A full evaluation of the Artist to Artist 2010 Edition report will be available next month.

Artist to Artist is a joint initiative between Visiting Arts and the Delfina Foundation, supported by the Arts Council of England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


Artists Biographies:

Doa Aly (Egypt) is interested in society's economy of role-play, the use of different types of behaviour and how these vary depending on different situations and contexts. Aly has recently taken part in a number of group shows such as Port City at the Arnolfini Museum, Bristol, UK; Recognise at the Contemporary Art Forum, London, UK; Dessins Projets at l’Appartement 22 in Rabat, Morocco. In 2006 and 2007 she participated in the 7th Dakar Biennial, Senegal; Snap Judgements at the International Center of Photography in New York, and The Maghreb Connection at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.

Volkan Aslan (Turkey) is an artist and curator, who in 2008 founded 5533 along with Nancy Atakan and Marcus Graf, an independent space for research, discussion and exhibition of contemporary art. Located in a former shop in Istanbul Textile Trader’s Market, 5533 turns a former business environment into a contact zone where visitors experience various artistic forms in a non exclusive, non-elitist atmosphere.

Ali Cherri (Lebanon) is a graduate in Graphic Design from the American University in Beirut and completed his Masters in Performing Arts at DasArts (Amsterdam). He designed the stage set for Biokhraphia by Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroué and collaborated with Rabih on the installation I Feel A Great Desire To Meet The Masses Once Again. He presented Give me a body then (performance, 2005) as part of Diskurs 05, Giessen, Germany and Home Works III, Beirut (2005). His work was screened as part of a Tate Modern 'In Focus', included in Out of Beirut, Modern Art Oxford (2006) and Fantasy for Allan Kaprow at Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, a show that paid homage to Kaprow through a series of re-interpretations.

Robin Deacon (UK) is an artist, writer and filmmaker. His work has included a series of performed lectures that explore journalistic and documentary approaches to arts practice. His works have been presented in the UK and internationally at venues such as; The ICA, London (1996), The Young Vic Theatre (2000), Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona (2006) and Tanzquartier Wein, Vienna (2007). Recent projects include, A Portrait of Stuart Sherman (Film/Installation), Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool (2010) and Approximating the Art of Stuart Sherman (Spaghetti Spectacle), Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, New York.

Iz Oztat (Turkey) explores how the notion of “sacred” materialises and shapes the body, memory, time and space. In her recent work, she used pre-modern tools and technologies as her departure point to reflect on contemporary processes of social engineering, homogenization and control. Her solo shows include Read/ OKU at PiST, Istanbul (2008), Love It or Leave It, Ohio (2005) and Nothing Disappears Without a Trace, Ohio (2004). Iz is the co-founder of Cura Bodrum residency in Mugla with Emincan Alemdaroglu, in the context of which she participated in unitednationsplaza, Mexico, Resartis General Meeting, Amsterdam, Prishtina Contemporary Art Library Workshop, Kosovo and Cairo Residency Symposium.

Delta Arts (UK) was formed in 2008, by Emma Smith and Oliver Sumner, as a practice to initiate projects with others. Delta Art’s activities include art practice, interaction and research. Past projects have included rural residentials with young offenders and a mobile allotment project with local residents.

Western Alliance (UK) is made up of 8 artists / activators who are based in the South-West of England. Each member is engaged, through various projects, in furthering the debates around contemporary art production, nationally and internationally. Current members are Sovay Berriman, Paul Carter, Steven Paige, Alison Sharkey, Olivier Sutherland, Rebecca Weeks and Alexandra Zeirle.

Photo: A2A Participants Ali cherri (Beirut) and Robin Deacon (UK) at the artist in conversation at Arts Admin 16 March 2010 London © Christa Holka 2010

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