The Place Project

The Place Project is a student run enterprise aiming to give undergraduates and emerging artists a chance to exhibit their work in a professional environment. Our aim is to create an exhibition that allows the public to experience place through different mediums. Contributors include Grace Nicol (Performance Artist), Joe Ashworth (Music Producer), James A. Holliday (Writer), Laura Nicol (Painter), Dee Ajiba (Visual Artist). Common themes of the artists' work are; place as memory, place as experience and imagined and constructed place. Place: Shutter Studios (Hackney Wick) Date: 12th- 13th of December

We would like to develop an exhibition that can be presented in London.

A little bit about us and what we will be exhibiting;

James A. Holliday is a writer based in London and is currently studying for an MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. He is concerned with and examines our physical relationship with places and landscape; how the history of this has impacted the ways we manoeuvre through them. By retracing the routes of past inhabitants he explores the very mundane and the very grand journeys.

*other readers are to be confirmed

Grace Nicol and Joseph Ashworth Grace Nicol is a Choreography Student from Falmouth University incorporating Dartington College of the Arts and Joseph Ashworth is a music producer based in London. They will be making a sound and movement collaboration in dialogue with town planner Christopher Martin and using the research Grace has been working on in Barcelona, Berlin, Bristol and London to achieve space. The work aims to create a spatial experience for the audience and plays with the idea of imaginary space contained within the architectural. It also questions the notion of ownership and whether we can visit the same place twice.

Laura Nicol is a London based painter. She studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. Her work explores the nature of place and constructed interior space. She is interested in what defines a space, what divides it and the mechanisms we use to pass through it. Common themes in her work include transitional (non) space, the stage; potential space, tableaux and also imagined and remembered place. She paints from sourced subjects but also found repurposed imagery. Her practice explores the relationship between the blank space of the canvas, the depicted space and the exhibition space.

Dee Ajiba is a fine art student from Falmouth School of Art who works with film. Her ideas centralise around concepts of the virtual, travel and consumerism. On her recent work she states; 'Google street view makes travelling parts the hemisphere accessible to anyone behind a computer; subsequently experiencing the world secondhand through an artificial eye. This series of work explores the beauty of being able to do so but also the inevitable unfulfillment of the virtual world. We live in a consumer Utopia where material deflects strength and the phrase 'to live a rich life' has been reshaped. Using Google Maps as the medium for this work, plays with the idea that the virtual world can be foreseen as taking part in real experiences, while fuelling my own desire to travel.'

The exhibition has been curated by Grace Nicol. Due to it being an essentially undergraduate project, with emerging artists as additional collaborators, we have found it difficult to find funding. We feel that although there is funding support for established artists, there is little for undergraduates. We need your help to cover the costs of hiring the venue. All contributions are gratefully received whether large or small.