Artist Ashley Holmes has been selected as the first Sheffield Platform Residency artist.
Platform Residencies are a unique opportunity for artists to make new work in public exploring as the gallery turns into a studio and the creative process becomes the artwork. Selected by Site’s Artistic Director, Laura Sillars; independent Curator, Jeanine Griffin and Head of Exhibitions at Museum’s Sheffield, Kirstie Hamilton, Holmes’s project, Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash investigates black British cultural production, unspoken coded languages and the history of black personae in popular culture.
The residency will bring together DJs, cultural theorists and artists to uncover a set of international common threads that exist in black communities, made visible through the Internet and its powerful ability to find links within the black diaspora. From samples of 1980s TV footage to music, this residency will include new films and a live research hub.
5 new video works will be presented, alongside a programme of events curated by the artist in a multi-functional space. Visitors are actively welcomed and encouraged to drop-in and engage with materials and the artist. This space aims to initiate a discourse around research, work and conversation on shared experience from archival material of various films, documentaries and texts that deal with identity, representation and societal behaviours.
During the residency, Site will host the following events:
Saturday 4th February, 1pm: Open Conversation
An open conversation with invited guests, including Evan Ifekoya, Black In The Day and more to be confirmed. This informal event will be based around archive, documentation and the black persona. Snacks and coffee provided.
Thursday 9th February, Time TBC: In Conversation and Closing Party
Ashley will be joined by artist Simeon Barclay, for a conversation about race and representation of black bodies in popular culture and sports. At 7pm the closing party begins – an audio visual feast featuring live DJ’s and a performance by London based artist Georgia Lucas-Going. An image archive contributed by Black in the Day (www.blackintheday.co.uk) will also be on display.
Saturday 11th February, 12:30pm: Film Screening
Join Ashley on the last day of this Sheffield Platform Residency, for a screening of the 1980 film Babylon
Book events via Site Gallery.