Marion Harrison is an artist, curator and lecturer based in Leeds, UK.
During 1970s the ‘studio’ slipped into a ‘post’ studio condition, it had a fallen period and in recent years it has entered a post post studio age.
Whatever guise the studio takes, from large scale, global warehouses spanning countries and continents that employ a team of assistants to smaller established or emerging studio groups housed in owned, rented, permanent or temporary spaces to more intimate domestic environments, artists and designers still want to use and occupy studio spaces.
Rather than question what is a studio, is it more pertinent, in respect of the historical function of artist spaces, to ask where is the studio, what are the practices of the studio and what shapes these activities?
During East Street Arts Open Studios weekend you will visit many types of studio. They will all look and feel different, reflecting in some way the practices that take place there. Experimental practices will sit alongside more traditional activities; there will be collectives whose studios’ raison d’etre is the practice of that studio, at that given moment, in this city with that particular group of individuals.
It is now widely understood that a studio is no longer a site just for the production of work to then be exhibited elsewhere. Art is made in many ‘studios’, both physical and virtual and through collaboration. Many studios also act as exhibition, workshop, event and social spaces that nurture and develop companionship and networks.
They house a myriad of activities, they are flexible and always open: to visit, to interpretation, to critique, to change.
Studios should not play a backstage role to a city’s cultural and creative identity. How can they form a tangible and visible dynamic within a community’s artistic footprint?
Recent economic shifts, changes in commercial property usage and locations falling out of fashion have meant that interesting and previously non-designated art spaces have become available for East Street Arts members to use as studio space.
How does the location and nature of these temporary spaces influence and activate the practices that take place within them when they become ‘studio space’ year on year?
That will be my question when I visit artists and designers in their Open Studios, I know they like questions…
What will yours be?
These 3 terms refer to key texts written about the studio.
Buren, Daniel. The Function of the Studio. (1971.)
Davidts, Woulter and Paice, Kim (eds). The Fall of the Studio: Artists at Work. (Valiz, 2009)
Coles, Alex. The Transdisciplinary Studio. (Sternberg, 2012)
East Street Arts in collaboration with artist Marion Harrison, present an hour broadcast on Resonance FM on Tuesday March 10th (8pm – 9pm)
This ‘publication’ broadcast documents the Open Studio Symposium and Weekend in October 2014 and includes interviews and contributions from Jon Wakeman, Karen Watson, Dean Kemp, Teresa Flavin, Nicola Golightly, David Cook, Lloyd&Wilson, Adam Young, Lester Drake, Lydia Catterall and a few others!
This broadcast was an Open Studio commission by East Street Arts and was aired on Resonance FM. You can listen to the full broadcast below.
1999 – current – Associate Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Leeds Beckett University, UK
(2011-2014 – Course Leader, UG Contemporary Art, 2015 - Course Leader Post Graduate APD)
2014 – Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow
2000-2002 – Senior Lecturer, Graphic Arts and Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
1999-2001 – Lecturer in Foundation Studies, Harrogate College, UK
1999-2001 – Lecturer in Photo Media Studies, Leeds College of Art and Design, UK
2011 - Teacher/Advisor on European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstatten, Berlin
2010 - Teacher/Advisor on European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstatten, Berlin
2009 - Teacher/Advisor on European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstatten, Berlin
2007 – Lead Artist, Gallery 37, Chicago/Leeds
2006 – Lead Artist on Alternative Education Programme, Leeds UK
2005 – Teacher/Advisor on European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstatten, Berlin
2005 – Guest Teacher, Sint Lucas Art School, Brussels, Belgium
2004 – Lead Artist on Alternative Education Programme, Leeds UK
2004 – Teacher/Advisor on European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstatten, Berlin
2002 – Lead Artist, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
1998 – Lead Artist, Photo 98, Pavilion, Leeds City Art Gallery, UK
European Exchange Academy 2004
The European Exchange Academy (EEA) was founded in 2003 as an answer to the growing incapability of regular European art academies.
2016 – Breaking Up Pt1 + Broadcasting the Barricades – Work aired on Radiophrenia, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art
2016 – Sounding Leeds – Paper given at symposium, The Tetley, Leeds, UK
2016 – Four Words – curated by Alan Dunn, Liverpool Media Wall, supported by Arts Council England, Seedbed, Metal Liverpool and Ocean Outdoor.
2015 – Untitled #3 – A publication in collaboration with East Street Arts and Thompson Brand Partners to mark the Bristish Art Show 8, Leeds .
2015 – Project Radio – Exhibition space and online radio broadcast emphasising the collaborative potential of sound art and radio within the gallery space. The project coincided with the opening of the British Art Show, Leeds. Funded by Leeds Inspired Grant Award and Arts Council. Hosted by &Model.
2014 – RadioCity – Curated and devised with Harold Offeh, a 12 week radio, audio and performance learning programme at Tate Britain,UK
2014 – Open Studio Commission, East Street Arts, Leeds,UK. Broadcast on Resonance FM – 10th March 2015
2011 – Whichever Way – an audio curatorial project with 8 artists in collaboration with Soanyway, online publication, www.soanyway.org.uk. Broadcast on Resonance FM, UK
2010 – Short Fuse – an audio curatorial project with 14 artists. Broadcast on Resonance FM, UK and Clocktower Radio, NY
2010 – ArtBowl –AMF Bowling, Merrion Centre, Leeds
2009 – Collage 68 – Revolution CD, A Dunn.
2009 – Radio ‘Broadcast’ No 1 / 9th December - www.live365.com
2009 – The New Obsolete, Artsway Project Space, London
2009 – Consolidation Job 352 – www.soanyway.org.uk
2007 – Team Helsinki. (Submission for Greater Helsinki Vision 2050)
2007 – Odoo/Current – Genghis Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2006 – Grant for Arts Award, Arts Council, England
2004 – ‘The Guest House’ – Paper at the Politics of Cultural Memory Conference, Manchester, UK
2001 – Into The Night – Film for Leeds City Art Gallery, UK
1999 – Production Designer – Wilfred, Parade Films, UK
1998 – Lot 382 – Batley Art Gallery, UK
1998 – Open Art – Middlesborough Art Gallery, UK
1995 – Artist Show – Leeds City Art Gallery, UK
1995 – Women’s Open – Gallery II, Bradford, UK