Places and Spaces 2017

artist residencies, online projects and creative enterprises...

Places and Spaces 2017

28th & 29th October 2017
Folkestone Kent 

A Brooks Art are pleased to announce their participation in Places and Spaces 2017 part of the curated Folkestone Fringe Festival Edge: Push/Pull showcasing British artists Sam Nightingale and Rachel Wilberforce with architect David Kitt over the weekend of 28th and 29th October 2017 in Folkestone Kent.

As part of the Places and Spaces weekend on Saturday 28th October 2017 artist Julia Riddiough and architect David Kitt lead ‘A Wander through Folkestone’ a walk that celebrates Folkestone’s thriving arts ecology and unique architecture taking in Folkestone Triennial artworks past and present and hidden secret gems. This artist and architect led walk connects the Folkestone Fringe with the Folkestone Triennial 2017 in the new space and artwork The Urban Room located on the newly regenerated Folkestone Harbour Arm where the walk culminates.

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A Brooks Art Residency 2

A Brooks Art are pleased to announce their second residency project in Marfa West Texas in September/October 2017 hosting British artist Christine Finn to coincide with Chinati Weekend/Made in Marfa

Trace: Marfa is a work that explores the residual by investigating what visitors leave behind in Marfa West Texas. The artist, who has travelled to all fifty American states, lived and installed work on both coasts, will situate Marfa in the context of the natural and built landscape in the Chihuahuan desert. The artist, also an archaeologist and journalist, will engage all three practices to inform the making of the work. In part it develops an earlier inquiry, at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, in 1994, when she gathered evidence of contemporary ritual practice carried out by visitors to the National Park.

Finn is a former Fellow and Visiting Fellow at the Reuter Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, where she began new works centered on the pre-digital newsroom, coining the name “Lead to Air” to describe the trajectory of news technology. Launched at the arts, letters & numbers residency in Upstate New York, this new artwork/performance inspired by old newsroom technology, and collaborative process, in sound, word, and action. For this multi-layered durational work Finn sat at a desk in an empty barn typing for six hours on a vintage Royal typewriter, onto a roll of continuous paper, while listening on headphones to the audio of another six-hour durational work, “A Lot of Sorrow”, by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, and Brooklyn-based Ohio band, The National. The music alone was heard in a neighbouring building. “Lead to Air” was a tribute to the work of collaborative technology and the creative process. The performance coincided with the first Sunday of the new president and administration of the USA.


Hands on or Hands off?

‘Grope An Artist’
With artist Julia Riddiough
Sunday 12th June 12-6pm 2016
Art Car Boot Fair Brick Lane London

Join artist Julia Riddiough at The Art Car Boot Fair Brick Lane on Sunday June 12th 2016, all hands on deck as this year as it’s all about the hand. Yes a bit of Slap and Tickle! There’ll be thrilling things to do with your own hands including HANDS ON OR HAND OFF? ‘GROPE AN ARTIST’ cop a handful with artist Julia Riddiough.

Groping not your thing? Then take a peek at ‘Photographing Girls’ by Julia Riddiough art that grabs you instead! – a collection of found images in a special limited edition handmade box set. We are told sex sells, but exactly what kind of sex sells? These images sell more than just products they sell us concepts of sex. We see that the media as commercial organisations use stereotypes to sell us things that we don’t really need and these stereotypes create a false sense of ourselves; how we see, how are able and allowed or made to see. Ultimately defining who we are and how we should live.

Julia Riddiough is a British artist experimenting with the archive looking at the space between meaning and perception. Riddiough is also the founder of A Brooks Art; curating shows reflecting cultural themes that are both critically challenging for audience and participants alike.

Selected Artist Exhibitions & Screening
The Folkestone Triennial Fringe (2011/2014/2017) The Whitstable Biennale Satellite (2010/2012/2014/2016) Multiplied Art Fair (2011) The London Art Fair (2013) Deutsche Bank Works on Paper London (2013) WW Gallery London (2014), Exchange Rates NYC (2014) Art Licks Festival London (2014/15) Margate Festival (2015), CCA London (2015) Crate Projects Margate (2016) Creative Bubble Wales (2016) Platform Projects Athens (2016) Collateral Drawing Margate (2017) A Journey To The Wasteland Turner Contemporary Margate (2018)


An Artist Led Walk and Performance

Julia Riddiough
Saturday 11th June 2016
Start: Margate Art Cluster
End: Whitstable Biennale

An Artist led tour by Julia Riddiough of the Margate Art Cluster and Whitstable Biennale 2016. Local knowledge shared about artists, practices, laced with history and the odd artful anecdote. Join the conversation exploring the art and works on view giving you the ‘Inside Leg’! Beginning in Margate, with a light lunch at Hantverk & Found after which a short train ride to Whitstable with a performance of ‘Misguided’ on the train, culminating in a tour of the international Whitstable Biennale 2016

Misguided Project
A journey that questions the nature of travel and escape. Escapism is about immersing yourself in other realities to retreat from the current situation. But is there really any freedom in escaping? Are we all hiding or seeking? Have you packed your emotional baggage?

This event is free to attend but booking is essential.
Please reserve a place by contacting Julia Riddiough

Train travel from Margate to Whitstable given in kind by Southeastern.

Lunch kindly provided by Hantverk & Found.


Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme 2016

Lunchtime Talks Programme: 1pm June 6th 2016

Horsbridge Arts Centre
11 Horsebridge Road,
Whitstable, Kent

Artist Julia Riddiough, Whitstable Biennale Satellite member will be in conversation with WBS Curator and artist Charley Vines. Talking art, creative practice, and sharing artful anecdotes. Please come along to join the conversation; just to listen or maybe you would like to chip in?

This is a free event for more information see here.



A Brooks Art & Julia Riddiough @ Platform Projects Talk 28 May 2016

A Brooks Art and Julia Riddiough are delighted to be invited to Platform Projects Talk & Q&A Art Athina Athens Greece 2016.

The ‘Foreign Affairs’ project are three European artist-led curatorial initiatives collaborating in a cultural concept aimed to explore the relationship between artist as curator and artist each presenting the other’s creative practice.


15.00 Saturday 28th May 2016
Collaborative Projects, Platform Projects 2016
Art Athina, Athens Greece

BEASTON projects (UK) – rosalux (Germany) – A Brooks Art (UK) talk with George Oreopoulos, Art Therapy Radio, Athens, Greece.

BEASTON Projects presents Tiny Domingos
rosalux presents Julia Riddiough presents Julia Riddiough
A Brooks Art  presents Bella Easton

Collaborative Projects, Platform Projects 2016, Art Athina, Athens Greece.

Clip Cut Gel Project Documentary Film 2015

Clip Cut Gel is an ongoing series of artworks that are presented on the A Brooks Art online space, in local high street Barber shops and also at UK and overseas art festivals.

These works by Julia Riddiough consider what it means to be a man today; caught in an undefined and contradictory state this work explores masculinity from a range of perspectives. The Clip Cut Gel project includes four works that address male grooming, masculinity, gender politics and the gaze. These include: the photographic series; ‘Toy Boy’, ‘Rough Trade’ & ‘Play Boy’; the artist film ‘Clip Cut Gel’, the artist’s book Barber Shop and live performances by a Barber Shop Quartet.

This documentary film charts the story of Clip Cut Gel and is filmed in Margate where the project first began in 2014. We meet the artist in situ at the Barber shop where the original artist residency took place; where we encounter camaraderie and community, catching up with men as they are groomed, transformed and socialise together in their own space. As the Barber says style is not born – it’s groomed!

DVD: Colour and Sound 5’01”

Thanks: Simon Williams, Barry The Barber, Mario, EKCetera and Ken Flaherty



Kiss &Tell Art Tour!

Photographing Girs
Julia Riddiough
Curated by A Brooks Art
Art Licks Festival 2015

4pm – 4.45pm Saturday 3rd October 2015

Doomed Gallery
65/67 Ridley Road
Dalston, London E8 2NP

Kiss &Tell Art Tour!

Salacious and lewd gossip from Craig Hunt photographer and former assistant to renowned photographers Terry O’Neill and Tony Mcgee – spilling the stories behind the lens with artist Julia Riddiough.

Join the conversation as they tour the Photographing Girls exhibition exploring the work on view and giving you the ‘Inside Leg’!


Meet the artist Photographing Girls Julia Riddiough

A Brooks Art is delighted to present an opportunity to meet the artist and take an artist tour of the Photographing Girls project with artist Julia Riddiough

Fri/Sat/Sun 2-4th October 2015

11am – 6.00pm

Photographing Girls by Julia Riddiough

Doomed Gallery
65/67 Ridley Road
E8 2NP


A Brooks Art Selected for Art Licks Festival Weekend

A Brooks Art Selected for Art Licks Festival Weekend
1- 4 October 2015

A Brooks Art is proud to be selected for the third Art Licks Festival Weekend 2015 and will be presenting Photographing Girls by Julia Riddiough. This new work will be shown at Doomed Gallery Dalston (housed in a former photographic studio) that neatly incorporates the theme of the project Photographing Girls.

For this three-day event, young galleries, not-for-profit projects, artist-run spaces and independent curatorial projects will be open to the public with special events and exhibitions of work. The Art Licks Weekend represents galleries and spaces that are risk-takers and have set themselves up on their own initiative often with little or no funding, and the programmes are exciting, relevant and innovative. For more information see Art Licks website.