UNIT(e) Artist Talk – Kevin Hunt

19 August
6:30 PM

We are pleased to invite Kevin Hunt to Cardiff to discuss his practice and upcoming projects.

Kevin Hunt is an artist, independent curator and lecturer based in Liverpool with a predominantly sculptural practice. He recently released the ARTIST-LED HOT 100 (volume ii), a follow on from his 2013 publication. In the Autumn of 2017 he will launch fs, a free school running for 12 months in Liverpool.




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UNIT(e) Artist Talk – Tom Dale in conversation with Ben Borthwick

12 August
6:30 PM

Join us, grab a drink, and hear independent curator and writer Ben Borthwick in conversation with Tom Dale, an artist who works with film, sculpture, performance and installation whose current film ‘A Cage For Voices’ commissioned by Channel 4 TV will be broadcast in August.

Ben Borthwick: Independent curator and writer with expertise in contemporary art, Modernism and sound. Working in the UK and internationally Ben is currently director of the MIART talks and Artistic Director of Plymouth Arts Centre.

Formerly CEO and artistic director of Cardiff’s Artes Mundi (2010-2012) and assistant curator at Tate Modern (2003-2010), in his recent capacity as independent curator Borthwick has been working with the visual artists Andrea Büttner, Rosa Barba and Knut Asdam to develop new commissions and international touring projects.


Tom Dale: Born Kendal, UK 1974. A Goldsmiths graduate and former Doctoral researcher at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, he is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

His work is regularly featured in publications such as Flash Art, ArtReview, Art Monthly, The Guardian, Time Out, Dazed & Confused and World of Interiors. Recent solo exhibitions at the John Hansard gallery, Southampton and NIMAC, Cyprus, presented ambitious bodies of work that included film, sculpture, performance and installation. Forthcoming commissions for Centre for Contemporary Art, Christchurch, New Zealand and Museu de Arte de Brasília will continue in this vein. His current film ‘A Cage For Voices’ commissioned by Channel 4 TV will be broadcast in August 2017. A forthcoming publication ‘Volatile Structures’ includes texts by writer and Guardian critic Brian Dillon; Jon Wood, head of research at the Henry Moore Foundation and curator and critic Jennifer Thatcher. He is represented by Copperfield Gallery, London and Aeroplastics, Brussels.



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Sound / Circuit Sniffers / Contact Mics

Workshop with Ian Watson

Thursday 3rd August 2017 11am – 5pm 

This workshop will include exploration of electromagnetic sound – during the day we will build and test ‘circuit sniffers’. These are simple electromagnetic pickups that allow us to listen-in on the behaviour of electronic circuits. The principals we will explore in doing so relate to ‘natural radio’ and very low frequency radio. There will be demonstration of how these simple tools can be expanded upon and played with via other sound apparatus for various outcomes.

Attendees will also make and test contact microphones from piezoelectric discs (formed of a crystal compound that reacts to pressure). Using these and small, battery powered amplifiers we will explore micro-acoustics, the sound of objects and by-products of amplified sound such as feedback & the physical interaction with sound via play and demonstrations.

Workshop participants will take the items made & used during the workshop for further use and their own exploration.

If you want to take part in the workshop and you are available please book a place by emailing cinzia@g39.org by 26th July 2017.

Ian is happy to tailor the workshop a bit towards the interests of the people taking part so if you have anything particular that you’d like to get out of the session or something you’d like to discuss with Ian then please include it with the email.

Date Change: Claire Feeley – Curator Talk

Saturday 26th August


Claire Feeley will be joining us on the 22nd July to talk about her work and upcoming projects.

Claire Feeley is a curator and writer based in London. Her curatorial practice includes exhibition-making, as well as collaborative projects combining art, architecture and performance. As co-founder of http://www.tillwehavebuilt.com, she has realised commissions with artists including Becky Beasley, David Raymond Conroy, Richard Healy, Mary Hurrell, Simon Martin, Ursula Mayer, Dennis McNulty, Francesco Pedraglio and Cara Tolmie. Forthcoming exhibition projects include collaborations with Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; and Art Tower Mito, Japan.


Coming up we have talks by:

Tom Dale in Conversation with Ben Borthwick – 12 August

Kevin Hunt- 21 August

Artist Talk – Juste Jonutyte

Thursday 6 July 2017 – 6:30pm

Come along to a talk by Juste Jonutyte, the latest in our series of talks from artists and curators during the Unit(e) season.

Juste is director of Rupert Gallery in Lithuania. Rupert is a centre for Art and Education devoted to establishing close cooperation between artists, thinkers, researchers, and other cultural actors through interdisciplinary programs and residencies.


Richard Whitby Talk

G39 is pleased to host a talk by Richard Whitby. Richard is an artist who makes videos and performances as well as being a writer and an active member of Artists Union England. Join us for a talk about his work and the development and role of AUE.

‘My videos and, more recently, performances use various modes of image making – layering, contrasting techniques – in order to keep the collaged ‘edges’ visible. The work looks like it might equally be in the process of being made or falling apart. I am interested in how moving images narrativise our lives politically, economically and affectively – for example, in the way use of a public space is pre-figured through animated ‘pre-visualisations’ that show the ‘appropriate’ use of a shopping area or a public library. I use humour, special effects, animation, music, and acting (which is often improvised).’

‘Separate from my practice, I help run Artists’ Union England, a new trade union for artists working in England. The union was set up in 2014 as has a small but growing membership. As a trade union, we work to improve the conditions within which we work as artists, as well as advocating the value of the arts at the governmental level.’

Childe of Hale trailer, 2014: https://vimeo.com/105644925
Out of the cradle endlessly rocking, 2015: https://vimeo.com/123706551
New Theme Song, 2013: https://vimeo.com/80557533

Richard Whitby (b. Liverpool 1984) makes videos and performances, and writes. He studied art at Wimbledon College of Art and the Slade. He took part in the LUX Associate Artists Programme in 2012/13. In 2012 he produced a solo show with the Royal Standard, Liverpool. In 2015 he completed residencies with CCA Glasgow and Seoul Museum of Art. He has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of London and is an active member of Artists’ Union England.

Coming Soon: JusteJonutyte Talk/ Sgwrs: Juste will be visiting from Rupert Gallery, Lithuania. 6.30pm 6th July 2017

Elinor Morgan talk

Wednesday 21 June 2017

6:30pm at g39

We’re pleased to invite Elinor Morgan to talk about her work and practice.

Elinor Morgan works as the Senior Curator at MIMA, Middlesbrough. She has worked with artists to develop solo and group projects in different contexts, recently curating Gowlett Peaks, a programme of solo exhibitions and events above a pub in London and working as Assistant Commissioner on a large new public art project for Birmingham.

As ESP Programmer at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, she ran the gallery’s associate membership programme and public events, supporting the development of new work and ideas.

Morgan writes reviews, interviews, critical texts and essays.


Matt Giraudeau Talk

Thursday 8th June 2017

6pm at g39

We are really pleased to host a talk by as part of the UNIT(e) season. This is one of a series of talks throughout the summer that bring together artists and writers that are active in re-imagining art education..

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses abject materials, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects.

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau was an Associate of Open School East, 2013-2014. He runs The Bad Vibes Club, which is a forum for research into negative states, runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London.

Recent exhibitions and events include Draft Systems, WRO Biennale, Wrocław, Control at LG London, and Word Gulch at The Curve, Barbican Gallery, London
Image:Life in Front of the Candle, paint on tile, 30 x 90cm, 2017

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Giles Bailey Artist Talk






Giles Bailey Artist Talk

26 May


We are pleased to be inviting Giles Bailey to g39 to give a talk about his practice. Giles has a practice that originates in performance but that generates a broad range of exhibition material from sculpture, objects, film, texts and archival material.
“Working largely with performance I try to rethink conventional approaches to assembling and recounting history. Working with texts, video fragments and choreographies, either composed myself or strategically plundered from elsewhere, these works propose a historiographic model that acknowledges doubt, subjectivity and reduction as inevitable factors when making sense of past events.”
Giles Bailey has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel, The Hepworth (Wakefield), and Transmission Gallery (Glasgow). He lives and works in London and teaches fine art at Newcastle University.

Tom Goddard: Artist Talk

Thursday 18th May
6.30pm for 7pm start

We’re delighted to have an artist talk coming up with Cardiff based artist, Tom Goddard who will be talking about his recent projects and processes.

Tom works across design, film, performance, drawing and photography exploring the relationship between place, community, culture and fiction. He has recently exhibited at the Testspace, Spike Island, Bristol and Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and he has undertaken a Standpoint Futures residency. Tom was in Unit(e) 2015.

This is the second event of our 2017 Unit(e) Summer School programme. Keep a look out over the next few months for what is building up to be a busy programme of local, national and international artists and curators