studio1.1, an artist run, not for profit space began in April 2003 with no particular battle-plan. We have evolved with a range of shows as diverse as possible, presenting artists at any stage of their career, from any country, in any discipline.
Our commitment is to the work itself, and to fostering the three-way relationship between artist, artwork, and viewer; looking for what Cage, in another context, called ‘the quality of encounter’. Art isn’t a distraction, or an act of consumption, but a relationship.
The Marmite Prize for Painting is a biennial exhibition and catalogue that champions artist-led, the co-operative spirit and the DIY approach. It also confronts the problem of placing value on art _ rather than awarding cash prizes, a handmade trophy (the ‘marmite’, a traditional cauldron-like pot) is offered to the winner as a ‘symbol of exchange’. The entry procedure is promoted as ‘fair and just’ and is open to all.
I’m a writer and artist, or an artist and writer. Since the late 90s I have worked in the visual arts across Britain and internationally. My work is diverse, encompassing video, animation, installation, photography, text, performance, oratory and storytelling, sound works, programming, electronics, and roleplaying / alternate reality games. These commissions and self-initiated works have been seen and heard in digital media, on radio, television and the stage, in art galleries, at film festivals, in print and on the net. Group exhibitions include New Forest Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia 2005, Blink at Gasworks Gallery, London in 2006, Broadcast Yourself at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle and Cornerhouse, Manchester 2008, Art on the Underground in London 2012, plus many other shows and festivals in the UK, Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Canada, the United States and Japan.