LabNotes June 2016

“Creativity is part of Human Nature. It can only be untaught” Ai Wei Wei 

Welcome to LabNotes, the first of our regular updates about the work we are undertaking at Freelands Foundation. Here you will be able to read about the programmes we are supporting, ongoing projects and upcoming events.

Freelands Award

As you will have no doubt seen in the press, we have launched the inaugural Freelands Award. The award, totalling £100,000, will be given to a regional arts organisation to realise a substantial project with a mid-career female artist. Six institutions have been selected to submit proposals as follows: Arnolfini, Bristol; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Turner Contemporary, Margate and the Whitworth, Manchester. These institutions will be presenting their proposals to our selection panel in September. The judges; Elisabeth Murdoch (chair), Phyllida Barlow, Martin Clark, Teresa Gleadowe and Jenni Lomax, will then chose a winner.

Upcoming Salon — “On Space”

As part of our programme of Enlightenment era inspired salons we are hosting a discussion entitled “On Space” on Thursday 30 June at The Laboratory of Ideas in Park Street, London. The salon will address the question of “Do artists need space?” and we have invited a diverse group of speakers to respond and provoke a conversation with the gathered audience. The artists Pallas Citroen and Harold Offeh will be joined by Anna Colin (Co-founder of Open School East) and Graham Ellard (Professor at Central St Martins and co-author of the recent book “Studios for Artists: Concepts and Concrete"). The event is free but is now fully booked. If you are interested to register for the waiting list please email:

Save The Date

Make sure you save the date in your diary for the next salon, which will be taking place on Wednesday 28 September. Full details have yet to be confirmed but make sure you register your interest early.

Tate Modern Switch House Opening

The major art news of the week is the long-awaited opening of the Switch House extension to Tate Modern. Freelands Foundation have supported the new spaces and you will find the Freelands Foundation Studios in the new building. We are very excited about being a part of the Tate Exchange Programme, which will begin in September with some amazing artists including Tim Etchells and Guerrilla Girls. Freelands Foundation will be programming something as part of the project in early 2017 and we will be announcing our intentions shortly.

Gasworks Grant

We are pleased to announce that Freelands Foundation has awarded a grant to Gasworks to set up a new residency programme. Gasworks has a very well-established reputation for its current residency programmes, based at their studios in Vauxhall. This grant will enable them to offer a new London based residency to an artist from outside London.

“West Rise School by the Marsh” Update

“West Rise School by the Marsh”, the film made by Henry Ward, our Head of Education, has been available to view online for just over a month now and is generating lots of interest, having been viewed nearly 3000 times in over 100 countries across the world. The eminent educationalist Sir Ken Robinson tweeted a link saying “Happy to. Beautiful film of a beautiful school community. Thanks for sharing.”
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