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Net//Work Residency: Virtual Open Studios

This event was streamed live on this page on 10 February 2021.

Join British Council Net//Work Residency artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Uma Breakdown, Nikissi Serumaga and Leyya Mona Tawil for a virtual open studios on Gather, the free social meeting space.

In Gather, ticket holders can drop in at any time during the session and are welcome to navigate the space in your own time. Using an avatar, you are invited to move through each artist’s room to meet the artists and Wysing staff, view works in progress and to engage with recent research.

For those who would like a more structured visit, you are welcome to join a subtitled tour at 3.30pm led by Chloe Page, Digital Producer and Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Curator at Wysing. We will provide subtitles during the tour using otter.ai.

Access information

The tour at 3.30pm will be subtitled. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to subtitle other interactions on Gather, but both artists and Wysing staff will be happy to use the chat function for conversations. Simply ask for a conversation over text chat rather than audio, if you prefer.

Please get in touch with us to let us know if there is something you need to be able to participate in this event, by emailing Elizabeth Brown on lizzie.brown@wysingartscentre.org.

We will endeavor to hold this event in a digital safe space. We ask all visitors to read our Code of Conduct before attending.

For those joining the Gather space, please note that the tour will be recorded for our archive and photographs will be taken throughout the event, however you may disable your camera prior to joining if wished. Throughout the event there will be the option to turn off your audio and camera. We will also give notice before recording or streaming.

About Gather

Gather is a free social meeting platform accessible through a web browser. It allows users to move through digital spaces freely, join and leave conversations easily, and interact with videos and other content located in the space. Find out more about Gather here.

About the Net//Work Residency

Net//Work is a four-week residency taking place between 18 January to 14 February 2021, developed in partnership with British Council. The residency offers artists a period of reflection, research, practice, skills exchange and professional networking opportunities focused on digital artistic practices and technologies. This year, the residency is taking place online due to COVID-19.

The online residency aims to find points of connection between four very exciting, but very different practices. The sessions in the residency provide critical support in the form of mentoring, group conversations, problem solving surgeries, guest talks and reading groups. These sessions are used to test ideas, tease out solutions and suggest new possible directions for these artists' projects. Following the residency, artists will have the opportunity to participate in an online exhibition.

Wysing is working with artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Uma Breakdown, Nikissi Serumaga and Leyya Mona Tawil with support from David Blandy.

Digital Arts Studios is joining with Golden Thread Gallery and Momentum Berlin to host Rita Adib, Mohamed Abdel Gawad, Tim Shaw and Maya Chowdhry. Artists are taking part in a programme of activities including peer-to-peer exchange, mentoring, group critiques and presentations.

Drawing on his knowledge of digital technology within creative practices, David Blandy, whose practice slips between performance and video, is working with Syrian artist Leyya Mona Tawil and Uganda-based Nikissi Serumaga. Currently living in Oakland, California, Tawil is a performance and installation artist working with voice, movement and interactive audio electronics, whilst Serumaga is interested in stretching the limits of the screen, looking at the conjunction between physical objects, 3D space and ephemeral moments.

Net//Work’s UK-based artists are Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and Uma Breakdown. Working with video game, animation, sound and performance, Brathwaite-Shirley uses digital technologies to archive Black and Trans experiences, whilst Breakdown uses parallels drawn from experimental feminist writing practices, the study of horror cinema and game design to reconfigure art as an encounter with unstable and desirable processes.

British Council in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre and Digital Arts Studios.

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