On Board II

On Board II
Curated by Holly Willats, with Jessie Bond

For Hybrid Festival 2019, Art Licks presents the exhibition On Board II. This exhibition challenges the role of the curator, and conventional modes of exhibition making. Curator, Holly Willats invited four UK artists to each offer instructions for new artworks that Willats and Jessie Bond have been responsible for producing in Madrid on the artists’ behalf, to exhibit at Espacio Vista.

Willats gathered the proposals and met with the artists in London in advance of the festival. Since being in Madrid, Willats and Bond have been sourcing materials, objects, and performers – all depending on the instructions received from the artists. The exhibition presents the finished works alongside the original artists’ instructions for the artworks.

The word curator comes from the Latin curare: meaning a keeper or custodian: to take care of. In this project, Willats and Bond are the custodians of the exhibition and have needed to take care of the works in a very direct manner. The project positively challenges the relationship between curator and artist – a relationship based on mutual understanding, trust and respect. It also puts to question methods of production and tests new ways of making. On Board II also considers points of remoteness, production, travel, distance, and communication.

The four participating artists are:

Holly Graham: hollygraham.co.uk
Lola Bunting: lolabunting.com
Christopher P. Green: christophergreen.org.uk
Kate Morrell: katemorrell.com
About Art Licks
Launched in 2010, Art Licks is a London-based organisation that supports the work of early career practitioners countrywide, and champions new ways of working together. Art Licks initiates collaborative projects and commissions work: creating opportunities to directly support artists. Dealing with languages of care and support, Art Licks considers different situations for collaboration that are focused on process: on the making and doing.
Holly Willats is the Director of Art Licks.
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