February and March 2006

Notion Nanny travels to Shropshire!

Location: Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1RB
Exhibition: 28th February – 24th March 2006
Workshop: Friday 17th March 2006, 12-4pm
Trade Fair: Friday 17th March 2006, 4–6pm
Website: www.notionnanny.net

Following her residency in Cumbria with Grizedale Arts and the Wordsworth Trust and her exhibition at Studio Voltaire in London (selected as one of the best exhibitions of 2005 by Peter Eleey in the January-February issue 96 of Frieze) Notion Nanny continues in 2006 with Allison Smith’s residency and exhibition at Qube in Oswestry (full details below).

New York-based artist Allison Smith will be based in Oswestry, close to the border with Wales in Shropshire for a month. She will be investigating and learning traditional crafts in the area that will include weaving, clog making and leather-work. Allison will be working with local makers, reconsidering the role of craft in society and creating a temporary guild of participants.

WORKSHOP: Friday 17th March, 12–4pm

B+B are hosting a discussion on the revolutionary potential of traditional skills. The event will focus on issues such as:

- Peddling as an alternative economy
- The use of history and locality in contemporary art
- Making as story telling
- Itinerancy and translation
- Social change through traditional means

This event would appeal to arts professionals engaging in socially engaged practices, rural traditions, contemporary art and craft. It would also appeal to people interested in the role of art in reviving or reconsidering local history.

A light lunch and tea will be provided.
You will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition and attend the Notion Nanny Trade Fair that will follow the workshop.

Places are limited, to book a place on the workshop contact Craftspace Touring on 0121 608 6668

A FREE coach is available from Birmingham to Oswestry.

TRADE FAIR: Friday 17th March 2006, 4–6pm

An afternoon of conversation and exchange on the revolutionary potential of traditional skills.
Come along to trade stories and share ideas!


Exhibition opening hours: 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, 10am-12noon Saturday
Allison Smith in gallery: 10am-4pm Fridays and 10am-12noon Saturday between the 3rd March and 24th March 2006
Qube contact details: 01691 656 882, www.qube-oca.co.uk
Website: www.notionnanny.net

Notion Nanny in the West Midlands is developed with B+B (Sarah Carrington and Sophie Hope) and realised in association with Craftspace Touring as part of the Transborder Crafts project.

Notion Nanny at Qube is supported financially by Arts Council England and Jerwood Charity and in kind by Craftspace Touring.


Allison Smith
Allison Smith’s upcoming projects include ‘Ahistoric Occasion’ at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts in May 2006 and a residency in September-November 2006 at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas.

Sarah and Sophie are currently teaching with Cesare Pietroiusti at IUAV in Venice. Sophie will be participating in the Collective Curating workshop at Rum46 in Aarhus, Denmark in March and Sarah will be speaking at ‘Let the People Design’, a seminar at the Architecture Foundation’s Yard Gallery in London on 10 March. Watch out for B+B’s reunionprojects website to be launched in late February!

Posted by bandb on February 10, 2006 at 11:34 AM | Comments (0)