The BIDDY BOOST project was started in August 2022 following the success of the BIDDY performance programme at FaB Fringe Arts Bath in May '22.
The group, currently twelve artists from Oxfordshire, meets monthly in various venues in Oxford or around the county for sharing of work in progress, discussion on aspects of art practice & for talks by guest speakers.
Led by artists Clare Carswell and Peta Lloyd it supports development of art practice, skill sharing and growing of networks and opportunities. It is a dynamic mix of artists who have worked for decades, some who are returning to productivity after a break, and others who have come to art practice later in life and who feel they can benefit from support & professional development.
We are currently planning group exhibitions and performance events in Oxford and other places in 2023.
Our first off-site programme since 2019, due to Covid, we co-curated BIDDY, a performance art programme for FRINGE ARTS BATH 2022 with performance artist & DWELL residency artist PETA LLOYD.
BIDDY celebrated and promoted the work of women performance artists over 50, showing work that challenges negative attitudes and derogatory descriptions of older women, such as BIDDY.
Following the success of DIG in 2018 we again worked with artist curators Sam Hall and Janey Carline of Everyone's an Artist to host SWIM, a two day performance event in Oxford over the weekend of May 11th & 12th 2019.
Artists responded to the river and made exploratory work on the banks of the River Thames in East Oxford. Audience came to meet them as they worked and watched scheduled performances from 3pm each afternoon.
The event was part of the Garden of Mystery and Suspense for Artweeks and was open to the general public.
Participant artists :
Lottie Candy, Clare Carswell, Phoebe Curry, Kate Daggett, Helen Edwards, Claire Frampton, Sam Hall, James Seymour
We worked with artist and curator SAM HALL to curate DIG, a week-end long performance art event in Wallingford Oxfordshire in May 2018. Artists camped in an urban garden and made performance and installation art in response to it. The event was open to the public and was part of the Last Garden of Mystery and Suspense presented by artist Janey Carline as Everyone's An Artist.
Participant artists :
Rebekah Dean, Seher Kiran, Bella Lordwarf, Julia Mallaby, Claire Frampton, Sam Hall, Clare Carswell, Emma Stevens, Katy Ullyart, Ann Rapstoff.
In June 2017 we curated FESTAL FAVOURS, a programme of performance art, sound installation & experimental printmaking for the Charlbury Arts Festival.
The programme introduced the work of emerging artists as well as showcasing the work of major names. All made new works for Charlbury that met with the history and people of the town.
Participating artists were Isabel Wilkinson, Holly Slingsby, Aaron Williamson, Philip Lee, Brian Catling, Cally Trench, Jo Thomas, Veronica Cordova de la Rosa, Jack Catling, Rhiannon Evans, Clare Carswell, Neil C Smith & William H Harvey.
Info on all artists and events at https://festalfavours.tumblr.com
An Open Studio event at the end of
Eleanor Minney's residency in 2017 gave visitors the opportunity to chat with her about her time at the studio and to view her recent works.
We were AYYO in those days !
The culmination of US composer Flannery Cunningham's two week residency in 2016. The SKETCH installation introduced Flannery's new composition made with sensors reacting to the colour of meadow flowers she had collected suspended in ice.