About the curator
Cley 17: Connectivity will be curated by Marion Stuart.
A short biography
Marion Stuart is an artist, curator, art lecturer and founder of StudioDo an open access ceramics studio in Norwich, whose focus is on developing the next generation of makers in clay. As an artist she has shown nationally and internationally, and this year will be completing a residency in Portugal followed by a touring exhibition.
She has curated several projects in Norfolk and Suffolk with this being her first major curation project. In past projects she has brought together groups of artists to show in local gallery spaces such as Stew Gallery, Anteros Arts Foundation and Yallops Gallery in Norwich.
She studied a BA in Fine Art Ceramics at Bretton Hall West Yorkshire adjacent to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; this has given her a good grounding in visual understanding.
An art educator in Norfolk for the past seventeen years she has worked with all ages and across the county, she has been head of art departments in Dereham and Cromer, and is now leading the foundation art programme with City College Norwich.
Connecting is inherently human and one way to connect to the world is through art.
In creating work for Cley17 artists, artist groups, collaborators, craftspeople and designers should use historical context and local connections to create links between site and art. For example, it interests me, as a ceramicist, that Cley is Anglo-Saxon Claeg for 'clay'. How might that connection be shown? One possibility is through objects discovered or mislaid.
I will expect proposals to demonstrate ‘connectivity’ between material and meaning.
In the digital age where social media and the Internet dominate, our connection to others is often through the printed word rather than direct conversation. Interactive artworks that connect to the public and that reflect our connectivity to the world and our affinity, kinship and integration with others are therefore encouraged.
Artists should create a proposal in visual form, as seen within the site in which they wish to exhibit although chosen sites are not guaranteed. Proposals will be selected anonymously and should be presented on a single A4 sheet (whether on paper or printed digital plan) and include additional notes on concept, materials and presentation.
Deadline for applications: 21st November 2016
Application forms can be found at: www.cleycontemporaryart.org
Possible locations (a site visit is strongly recommended) for site-specific work include:
St Margaret’s Church, Holt Road, Cley-next-the-Sea, NR25 7TT and the churchyard
Newgate Green, opposite the church,
A field behind the church (to be confirmed)
Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) Centre
The NWT shingle bank (excluding the wire fence and its immediate vicinity)
Cley Windmill shop, Picnic Fayre
Three Swallows Public House, The George Hotel, Cley Harnser, Made in Cley (to be confirmed)