The Other Workspace

Ben Cain, Aernout Mik, Laure Prouvost and Francesco Pedraglio, Sally O’Reilly, Jamie Shovlin, Cally Spooner.

In The Other Workspace, seven artists using sculpture, film, performance and text explore the role of collaborative and dissenting processes in defining space. The exhibition will change over the course of a month, in reflection of the fluid nature of the Herbert Read Gallery space and the works on display.

At the core of this exhibition lies the question:

“What is it that differentiates this gallery space from the other spaces within the University for The Creative Arts building, and how stable is that differentiation?”
As such it explores notions of work, education, dissent and description, and aims to articulate the viewer’s position in relation to these factors.

The exhibition will open with a new set of works by Ben Cain. These works ask how the gallery might be seen in light of the workshop and studio spaces on site; whether the modes of production enacted there might have equivalents in the gallery – where the ‘work’ and outcomes of that work might not be that same as the material objects represented there.

Halfway into the exhibition, on Mon 21 Mar 2011, Cain’s work will reconfigure to accommodate two further works by Aernout Mik and Jamie Shovlin.

The exhibition will also feature three performative works. Laure Prouvost, in collaboration with Francesco Pedraglio, will give a performance on Fri 1 Apr 2011 at 2pm. Prouvost’s work presents the artwork as a shaggy dog story, where the meaning (or punchline) is under fire from mistakes, mistranslations and competing exterior voices.

On Sat 2 Apr 2011 at 2pm, as part of a project for Whitechapel Gallery (where she is writer in residence), Sally O’Reilly will be holding a workshop which “invites participants to collaborate on the writing of a new radio sitcom that explores mainstream (mis)representations of the art world and the intersections between live performance and writing.” (Booking is advised for the workshop – see below).

Cally Spooner will give a performative lecture on Fri 8 Apr 2011 at 5pm. Spooner’s energetic, entertaining performances translate other people's texts, existing artworks, historic events and notation into live productions, where the performers enact the difficulties of determining how to speak or behave in a way that is faithful to these sources.


Sat 5 Mar – Fri 8 Apr 2011
Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12-5pm
Opening Event: Fri 4 Mar 2011 5-9pm

Part 1: Ben Cain solo
Fri 4 – Sat 19 Mar 2011

Part 2: Ben Cain, Aernout Mik, Jamie Shovlin
Tue 22 Mar – Fri 8 Apri 2011

Performances and Workshops:

Laure Prouvost and Francesco Pedraglio
Fri 1 Apr 2011, 2pm

Sally O Reilly
Sat 2 Apr 2011, 2pm
(To book a place contact Matthew de Pulford
+44 (0)1227 817456 / mdepulford.t1[at]

Cally Spooner
Fri 8 April, 5pm
(followed by closing event until 7pm)

The Other Workspace was made possible by CD:EK (Curatorial Development East Kent), an 18-month programme supporting the professional development of early career curators based at three host visual arts organisations in East Kent. CD:EK is supported by Arts Council England, South East and by Canterbury City and Ashford Borough Councils.
The Other Workspace

Event Title: The Other Workspace
Postcode: University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3AN
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