Approved: 06.02.2020

Tony Spencer

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Project manager, Technician

Approved: 06.02.2020

Tony Spencer is a visual artist based in Arches Studio’s, Southampton. His art practice currently explores the relationship between sound, sculpture and installation, investigating the function of art through wellbeing and sacredness. He is interested in how the mechanics of sound propagates and penetrates matter through friction, vibrating at a related resonance to sculptural geometry.

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    Artist Statement

    Tony Spencer is a visual artist based in Arches Studio’s, Southampton. His art practice currently explores the relationship between sound, sculpture and installation, investigating the function of art through wellbeing and sacredness. He is interested in how the mechanics of sound propagates and penetrates matter through friction, vibrating at a related resonance to sculptural geometry.

    In January 2020 he was awarded an Arts Council England project grant to develop new work titled: No Thing 'is' Immediate. This includes constructing geometric installations from reconditioned wooden pallets, creating vessels to contain therapeutic sound frequencies, light and colour. He will curate the project within five galleries and in collaboration with four artists. Spencer is an artist with dyslexia and is concerned with creating work that communicates with people who have similar neurodivergence disabilities. 

    In addition to practicing art he is a qualified Sound Therapist and member of the College of Sound Healing. He incorporates this research into his wider practice, exploring the benefits of sound and art on wellbeing.

    Spencer connects himself, other artists and audiences to his work by performing live-art rituals. These are influenced by a two year self-directed international residency in Kartong, The Gambia, where he performed as a tradition village Djembe (drum) player, exploring a physical, emotional and spiritual connection to rhythmic vibration. Whilst there, he participated in animistic rituals at sacred sites, performed by village elders who use their voice to chant and offer blessings, connecting participants to their own higher intentions through nature and a metaphysical world.

    His philosophical discourse is inspired by Robert Holden's explanation of the Rise-Hudson Enneagram, talks on authentic living by Guru Sri Anish and Jonny Golding Professor of Phylosophy and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art.

    He has an MA in Gallery Studies and BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture. Tony lives in Eastleigh, Hampshire (UK).

    CV & Education

    Tony Spencer 

    Email: [email protected]

    Mobile: 07517 729034

    Website; tony-spencer.com

    Visual Artist based at Arches Studios, Southampton, UK 

    Lives in Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK

    Associate Artist at CAS: http://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/tony-spencer/

    Employment

    2018 to present - Exhibitions Programme Manager at 'a space' arts, Southampton 

    2015 to 2018 - Exhibitions & Gallery Manager - Aspex, Portsmouth

    Education

    MA Gallery Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    BA (HONS) Fine Art Sculpture, Northumbria University Newcastle, UK

    Relevant Training

    Art Handling - West Dean College

    Sound Therapist – College of Sound Healing

    Forest School Leader Level 3 – Birchwood Learning

    7307 Adult Teaching – Newcastle College

    Works & Projects

    2020 Nothing Would Disturb Me - Sandham Memorial Chapel, UK

    2020  Dawn Chorus - Eastleigh Museum, Eastleigh, UK

    2019  Sermon On The Seventh Beatitude – Arches, Southampton, UK

    2019   Flesh and Blood - Spudworks, Hampshire, UK

    2019   Church of David Hockney – Arches Studio,  Southampton, UK

    2019   The Cube – BEAF2019, UK

    2017   Music Box - The Point, Eastleigh, UK

    2017   Spearman – with Kye Wilson at Journeys Festival, UK

    2017   Spearman -  with Kye Wilson at Kartong Festival, The Gambia

    2014   Space-in-space - 360 Degrees Sculpture Residential, The Gambia

    2001   138 Degrees 11 Minutes - Northumbria University Newcastle, UK

    Awards

    2020  No Thing ‘is’ Immediate - Arts Council England Project Grant

    2019   The Cube – BEAF2019 commission

    2017   Spearman - Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

    Residencies

    2018   Murmuration - Glenshee, Scotland, UK

    2012  Kartong - The Gambia

    Curation

    2019   #Flaunt It 1 & 2 – Arches Studios, Southampton, UK

    2018   ArtVaults: Live, Rara Avis – Canute’s Palace, Southampton, UK

    2017   Countless by Maya Ramsay - Aspex, Portsmouth, UK

    2016   Double Dutch works by the late Ben Cove – Aspex, Portsmouth, UK

    2014   360 Degrees Sculpture Residential, The Gambia