Approved: 14.07.2009

Aidan Moesby

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Consultant, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 14.07.2009

As a socially engaged/responsive artist my process is research-based around dialogues and conversations. These may be spoken, observed, forensic or creative. Focused on memory and identity both from a cultural and personal viewpoint, I am fascinated by how we communicate and connect. From this research-based approach to relationships between people and place - often through the distillation of intimate, concealed histories - I produce text based responsive interventions in which the works serve as the pivot/axis/catalyst for a personal or communal exploration through an internal or socially active/engaged conversation. I utilise a range of media to execute my work, employing sensitivity to the nature and function of the location. The context dictates which material/s I use and how I fabricate.

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  • Location: Newcastle/Gateshead, North East
  • Activities: Primary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Training delivery, Arts in health, Disability arts, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Critical writing, Creative writing, Curating, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy, Project management
  • Categories: Curatorial, Installation, Participatory, Printmaking, Text
  • Tags: Text, Letterpress, Installation, Print Making, Visual Art, Intervention, Environmental, Disability Arts, Disabled Curator, Arts and Health
 

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    Biography

    As a socially engaged/responsive artist my process is research-based around dialogues and conversations. These may be spoken, observed, forensic or creative. Focused on memory and identity both from a cultural and personal viewpoint, I am fascinated by how we communicate and connect. From this research-based approach to relationships between people and place - often through the distillation of intimate, concealed histories - I produce text based responsive interventions in which the works serve as the pivot/axis/catalyst for a personal or communal exploration through an internal or socially active/engaged conversation. I utilise a range of media to execute my work, employing sensitivity to the nature and function of the location. The context dictates which material/s I use and how I fabricate.

    The way in which we experience places and spaces, both physically and emotionally within varying timeframes/activities is a major influence. Buildings, as people, have both public and hidden aspects. My work explores the notion of what is concealed and what is revealed - through deliberate choice and unavoidable accident. Working extensively with text I utilise Letterpress. I mix analogue and digital technologies to create interventions and installations within galleries and non traditional showing spaces. Artists Books are playing an increasing role within my work.

    CV & Education

     

    Selected Projects

    Apr – Aug ’14 No Time For Nostalgia – The Tetley, Leeds.
                         2 reseach residencies and a Production Residency and exhibition

    April ’14 Creative Case North R and D with ‘VARC’ funded by ACE
    April ’14 Unlimited Research and Development Award – Fragmenting The Code(x)
    Aug ’13 Project Ginsberg – Arts and Health Project. – A Reflexive Barometer for Dundee
                Lead artist with Dundee Contemporary Arts working with New Media Scotland

    Jun’13 Full Circle Arts – Digital Commission

    Oct’ 12 Dundee Contemporary Arts – Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival -        Curated and introduced a film programme and facilitated associated workshops

    Sept ’12 West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds – Commissioned for the Creative Case for Diversity

    Feb ’12 Devising Psychosis – Early Intervention, Newcastle
    Self initiated and funded collaborative project. Curated a final event symposium including performance, artists, academics, philosophers and medical teams

    Sept ’11 Dundee Contemporary Arts Residency
    Exploring issues around Engagement and Disability;how people engage with a multi-functional space that is also a cultural venue. This work informed DCA’s approach to disability and engagement including staff training

    Oct '08 Mind the Gap (Mental Health)– Peoples Gallery, Discovery Museum, Newcastle.
    Member of steering committee, organising and curating exhibition Mind the Gap
    Nov '07 Royal Victoria Infirmary, Affective Disorders and Eating Disorders Unit (Newcastle)
    A self initiated residency involving a complex array of stakeholders and funding bodies. A curated exhibition from work produced: ‘Are you alright? ‘Yes, Why would I not be alright?’ shown at Bethlem Gallery (Bethlem Hospital), London
     

    Selected Exhibitions As Artist


    July ’14 The Tetley, Leeds. Part of A New Reality inaugural year of programming
    June ’13 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (Solo)
    Installation resulting from Creative Case for Diversity Commission
    Gateshead Library – Novel (Group)
    Washington Art Gallery – Word Cloud (Group)
    Mar ’13 Woodhorn, Outside In – Biennial of Outsider Art (Group)
    Sept’12 Perceptions of Balance (Group) – Shape Arts, Dean House Studios
    Exhibition exploring experience around equilibrium, or the lack of it.
    Dundee Contemporary Arts – Exhibition of work from Engage Everyone Residency
    Nov’11 Salisbury Art Centre (Group) ‘The View From Here’
    Sept’ 11 Project Space Leeds – Welcome to the real world. (Group)
    Mar ’10 Houses of Parliament 40th Anniversary Exhibition of Disability Act (Group)
    Aug’09 Pallant House, Chichester (Group) ‘Outside In’ Biennial of Outsider Art
    Feb’09 Royal Bethlem Hospital
    Exhibition of work created during RVI Residency (Group)
     

    Funding Awards


    2014 Arts Council England. Grant for the Arts Award. No Time For Nostalgia.
    Professional development around the Tetley Residency and exhibition
    2012 Arts Council England. Grants for the Arts Award. –Towards a viable future
    in Text. A research and development grant enabling me to explore my
    practice through critical conversations with arts professionals in Scandinavia
    2010 Arts Council England. ‘Momentum’ to attend the international disability arts conference in Auckland, New Zealand

    Panels


    2012 Devising Psychosis, Jubilee Theatre, Newcastle. Discussing the process behind the project and performance
    2012 Engage Scotland, All Being Equal. Discussing Artist Residencies & Disability

    Publications
    2012 ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ Project Space Leeds
    2011 ‘The View From Here’ Exhibition Catalogue (Disability Arts)Salisbury Arts Centre
    2010 ‘40 Years of Disability Rights: Towards Equality’ Exhibition Programme,
    Office for Disability Issues, HM Government (pg., 10, 14)

    Collections
    2011 ‘Bookmarks IX’ Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West of England
    2010 ‘Have you been affected by this issue?’ Government Collection
    ‘Burn Baby Burn’ Government Collection
     

    Other

    2011 – Present Artist Advisory Group and Representative to the Board at The Art House, Wakefield
     

    Internet Links
    http://aidanmoesby.co.uk/
    http://textartimage.wordpress.com/
    http://www.axisweb.org/features/news-and-views/the-rant/rant-93/
    http://www.dca.org.uk/learning/projects/everyone-project.html
     

    Education
    Oct ’95 – Oct ’97 MA Art & Psychotherapy
    Dept. Of Psychotherapeutic Studies
    Sheffield University