Lost Stations: A digital arts programme launch event with artist talk
On Tuesday 14th March at 6.30pm we invited the public to Cooke’s Studios to hear a free Artist Talk by Manchester based digital artist Sam Meech as the start of our official project launch!
SAM MEECH, a lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art & Founder of Re-Dock artist collective was very well received for his artist talk. As lead artist of our mentorship programme forming part of the Lost Stations project; designed to support 12 selected candidates chosen from Cumbria in developing new digital skills and their professional practise, many of whom were in attendance along with local creative aficionados.
He gave an insight into his diverse and innovative practices which combine digital image making, projection design, community engagement and machine knitting. Having worked with a range of organisations including the National Film Board of Canada, the Open Data Institute, Royal Opera House, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, and Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, he is a fantastic and well-experienced advocate and mentor.
Co-Director of Signal Film and Media, Loren Slater (also pictured) said of the evening:
‘It is fantastic that the Arts Council are supporting such a diverse and exciting programme of world class digital art activities for people to experience here – right on our doorstep. This programme is full of opportunity for people of all levels of interest, you can take part in a workshop, come along to one of the artist talks and exhibitions or develop your own work for an exhibition’
Everyone was welcome to come along and see what opportunities interested them, whilst enjoying a drink and chat with like-minded people. We even managed to persuade fantastic new Ulverston-based VR company VORTEKA to bring along some kit for people to try! Below you can see one of our guest artists Felicity Hammond, trying it out under the guidance of owner Phil.
We were even joined by Mayor of Barrow: Councillor Anita Husband & her Consort!
(From left: Artist Felicity Hammond, Mayor’s Consort Colin Thomson, Mayor Anita Husband, Lead Mentor Sam Meech & Project Leader Steph Bryant)
The Lost Stations programme will open up a world of digital art for participants and audiences in Barrow-in-Furness and Cumbria and there will be a whole host of opportunities coming up over the year to see, experience, and get involved with digital & moving image art. Activities and events include group art projects, exhibitions, artist talks & hands-on workshops. In addition we’re delighted to announce the public talks and masterclasses with a long list of respected and innovative world-class artists such as:
Follow the link to view the full programme here.