Women in Sink tells the story of a little hair salon in the heart of the Christian Arab community in Haifa, where director Iris Zaki goes to work as a shampoo girl. Placing her camera above the washing-basin, where the clients enjoy a head massage, Iris converses with Arab and Jewish women from different generations and backgrounds on varied topics; from politics and war to love. Through this unique interaction, the women’s stories portray life in Israel from a personal and often-unexpected point of view.
The Brunswick, 82 North St, Leeds, LS2 7PN
Feminism and Time: A Reading Group was held on Sunday 18 October at 2pm, reading and discussing together Julia Kristeva’s important essay ‘Women’s Time’ (1981), as well as reflecting on the question of time and feminism more broadly in the context of the About Time programme.
&model, 19 East Parade, Leeds
Chronophobia means a fear of the future. In this audio and visual broadcast SPUR explored possible futures; to either confirm or assuage these fears through key texts that propose creative literary predictions of possible futures, fashion, stock or weather forecasting and live fortune telling.
Embassy Gallery, Annuale Festival, Edinburgh
12.06.2015 – 28.06.2015
It Wasn’t My Fault was an exhibition through publication produced for the 2015 Annuale arts festival in Edinburgh. The A5 printed publication was displayed and distributed across Annuale 2015 festival venues in Edinburgh and consists of ten new experimental prose commissions both text and image based, exploring the idea of looking towards an impending dystopian future.
Exhibition / Event / Residency / Broadcast
Tate Britain, London
24/01/2015 – 25/01/2015
SPUR undertook a residency project with Tate, as part of the wider Radio City project, organised by artists Harold Offeh and Marion Harrison, held at Tate Britain between November 2014 and February 2015, which invited artists and artist groups to contribute a project/residency, which looked at broadcasting and communication.
Group Exhibition / Commission / Installation
31/10/2014 – 05/11/2014
The typical Halloween style white bed sheet ghost, a simple, childish yet effectively subtle and to the point costume, offering full camouflage and anonymity to the wearer. Creating a mask for this ghost is individual to the wearer, inviting an artist to create this face offers an opportunity to explore the notion of subtle individuality and the limits of the imagination when provided with a very limited material.
Exhibition / Event / Screening
Village Bookstore & Gallery / Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
01/07/2014 – 07/08/2014
The Female Gaze was a month long programme of events organised together by The Hyde Park Picture House, Village Bookstore & Gallery and two practising female photographers & curators Abi Mitchell of SPUR and photographer Sophie Stafford. The programme celebrated the work of exceptional female photographers past and present, as well as exploring the notion of ‘positive discrimination’ in photography through text and discussion.
Exhibition / Publication
The Tetley, Leeds
Appropriation was a quick-fire, explorative print based exhibition and portfolio publication devised to examine the use of appropriation for the making of work. The project’s short deadline pushed artists to explore ideas around appropriation; seizing and taking possession of already existing material to create something new, assemblage, collage and literary based appropriation poetry.
10.02.2014 – 09.03.2014
The AOL Twitter Residency was an explorative online residency project devised to continue SPUR’s experimental residency programme by hosting artists in residence in the virtual space of our Twitter profile. The place of residency still holds the restrictions of dimension, space and use of resources yet allows for a full exploration and imaginative take on the residency process and virtual platform as a whole.
Village Bookstore & Gallery, Leeds
06.02.2014 – 06.03.2014
Our House was an exhibition formed from an extension of the ‘Collection of’ publication, a physical intervention of artists from the editions series alongside new specially selected & commissioned artists, seeking to interact with and take control of the gallery and overall shop space of it’s enclosure; Village Bookstore & Gallery.
‘Collection of’ is SPUR’s second publication, the publication takes the form of a series of printed artist postcard editions, a small text based zine exploring the notion of image as text/text as image and an audio cassette of diverse local musicians to compliment the visual works.
Writing / Documentary
01.02.2013 – 01.06.2013
The Upcoming Graduate Diary Project was an online documentary project, creating an experimental approach to working with our peers and exploring how university provides for our future careers at a time when we are questioning ourselves the most.
Publication / Event
Wharf Chambers, Leeds
A work in two parts Volume One, a printed publication and audio cassette, examined the relationship and cross overs between the different cultural elements in Leeds at the time. Including written features and interviews on emerging and well known local artists such as Idiots Pasture and Simon Boase and interviews with artist led projects such as curatorial collective & gallery space Mexico and independent print set up Inpress.