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Kim McAleese in conversation with Sean Edwards

  • Fri, 26 Feb 2021
  • 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Chaired by Bluecoat's Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay

Free, booking required 

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Join us for an in conversation between curator and writer Kim McAleese and artist Sean Edwards. They will discuss the different iterations of his exhibition Undo Things Done, originally commissioned for Wales in Venice 2019, as well as themes of class, belonging and home. McAleese has recently responded to Edwards' practice in a new essay It Matters What Knowledges Know Knowledges as part of a new publication which accompanies his show at Bluecoat.

This event takes place via Zoom. Attendees will be emailed the Zoom link upon booking.

Kim McAleese  - It Matters What Knowledges Know Knowledges was commissioned for Sean Edwards' artist book un un un un un un published by Bluecoat December 2020 and designed by Wayne Daly of Daly & Lyon. un un un un un un is currently available from Bluecoat via info@thebluecoat.org.uk for £5 + postage and will be in stock with Cornerhouse Publications Spring 2020.


Speaker bios:

Kim McAleese is a curator originally from Belfast, now based in Birmingham. She is a member of the Turner Prize Jury for 2021 and currently working as Programme Director of Grand Union, a gallery space and artists’ studios bringing the public closer to art and artists by hosting, sharing, listening, supporting, caring, conversing and exchanging. 

She is an alumnus of Curatorlab in Konstfack (Stockholm), and of the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive programme. She is co-founder of Household, a collective of curators who organise projects in Northern Ireland and a previous co-director of Catalyst Arts. 

She is also an Associate Lecturer at University of Birmingham and sits on the board of Outburst Queer Arts Festival, SHOUT Queer Arts Festival and New Art West Midlands.

Sean Edwards represented Wales at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 and was awarded the Turner Prize Bursary in 2020. He has been selected for the British Art Show 9 and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2021), Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2020) and past exhibitions at Ty Pawb, Wrexham, 2020, Network Aalst,  Limoncello, London ( both 2014), Chapter,  Cardiff (2013), Kunstverein Freiburg (2012) and Spike Island, Bristol (2011). Edwards graduated with an MA  from the Slade School of Art in 2005, and is currently Programme Director for Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design. Sean Edwards is represented by Tanya Leighton, Berlin. www.johnstowncompany.com 


Credits and Funders

Sean Edwards’ Wales in Venice 2019 Undo Things Done exhibition was presented by Bluecoat’s Head of Programme, Marie-Anne McQuay, as guest curator on behalf of lead organisation Ty Pawb, Wrexham at 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Wales in Venice is commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales. The tour of Undo Things Done to Ty Pawb, Wrexham; Bluecoat, Liverpool (Lead Partner) and the Senedd, Cardiff is kindly supported by Art Fund, Colwinston Charitable Trust and The Elephant Trust. 

Image courtesy of Sean Edwards and Tanya Leighton Gallery. 



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