My practice is mainly divided between projects which I initate and manage as an artist and those which have a more curatorial focus. Within my arts practice these projects tend to be socially engaged. I extensively work within Arts and health. As a curator I am interested in projects which address our social, physical, urban and natural evironments - particularly where they intersect with elements of our well-being. My work is underpinned through conversation - real, overheard, imagined or visual.
For a more visual, less wordy, archive of my work go to aidanmoesby.wordpress.com
ARTS AND DISABILITY FACILITATION
Curating and Creating projects and events inform my approach to facilitation. My socially engaged practice segues into working with individuals, small and large groups and conferences. Conversations underpin my practice - and in any conversation Listening is just as important as talking.
DISABILITY, EQUALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH AND THE ARTS
I work extensively in Arts and Health. I am the Disability Associate for Salisbury International Arts Festival and have worked with CAPE UK and Tyne and Wear Museumes and Archives on their Creative Case for Diversity research. I have also worked with and held commissions with Creative Case North. Other clients have included Dundee Contemporary Arts, The Art House, Disability Arts Online, DASH in association with Disability Arts Cymru and Engage Scotland
In the modern day we sometimes forget the value of face to face conversation, individually or in small groups. Finding out how we think and feel, exploring issues we are passionate about or those which we are unsure and need a little guidance to explore.
I hate powerpoint and I hate being talked at for 2 hours - that's not my idea of training or being trained. Professional development doesn't have to be dull. No one knows all the answers and it's okay to not know. I have years of experience of working within the mental health system as professional, service user, artist, writer and trainer. I also facilitate session on Disability and Equality and issues of diversity, particularly within the cultural sector.
With years of experience within the Disability and Diversity sector I am available to present at conferences and events, particularly around issues of mental health and the arts.
Salisbury International Arts Festival
I have been appinted the Disability Associate for Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival.
This entails being embedded in the organisation with a keen eye on how the Festival attends to Disability. This is an opprtunity to look not only at access issues but also wider aspects of activity such as the language used around disability as well as getting the opportunity to provoke and subvert the programme within a disability context. So not only do i get to experience the running of a festival, see work, gain an insight into strategic planning but I also get to make work. What an ideal brief for a job.
Creative Case North
I was in Leeds to work with CapeUk who are exploring how they work with Diversity. They were one of the 8 organisations who received a bursary from the Arts Council for the work. Their aim is
To develop a 4-stage Reflective Diversity Lab process - consultations with diverse individual practitioners and organisations - that enables us to reflect on and develop our equality and diversity Bridge work with arts and cultural organisations. The process (reflect, plan, do, review) will be offered to NPOs and MPMs and other arts and cultural organisations across the Yorkshire and Humber region to engage with us in small groups on a termly basis throughout 2016 – 2018.
We engaged in a facilitated conversation around issues relating to diversity and disability, specifically mental health. We explored issues of diagnosis, normative definitions and expectations, social codification, language and accessibility. We also explored good and bad practice, the keys to a successful residency or artistic engagement between host and artist and partners.
It was an enjoyable afternoon and they were great hosts - always a good sign when an organisation does what the are trying to do. I wish them well in their development of their Reflective Diversity Lab.
Tu Fewn - Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre
Aidan Moesby – Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre:
Moesby explores the weather and art through the intersection of his socially engaged art practice. The weather is a rich source of metaphor, it is a driver of philosophical thought and even bound into some revolutionary politics. January 2016.
An 'in' with a stranger - starting a creative conversation:
Curator Aidan Moesby begins a conversation exploring the notion of weather as a metaphor for the human condition. Aidan has brought together an International selection of artists whose work resonates with his vision. Featuring Catrin Andersson; Joanne Mitchell; Zoe Preece and Tim Shaw.
This exhibition is a Tu Fewn project and presented as part of LGAC's "Maker to Curator" series.
Exhibition starts 16th January and runs until 12th March 2016.
Visit www.lgac.org.uk for further exhibition details and venue information.
Aidan Moesby is an artist curator based in Newcastle. His work explores the worlds we create and the roles we play within them. He is concerned with the relationships we have to the environments we inhabit and the space we occupy – the stories which unfold and the memories which are left there. With a psycho-social research based approach, his practice is underpinned by conversation – real, imagined or virtual – which maybe experienced personally as a participant or observed.
Language and metaphor is fundamental to the manner in which he sees the world, informing his approach to the site and/or context specific works he creates/curates. Moesby works increasingly at the intersection of Art, Technology and Well-being.
Catrin Andersson is a researcher, a documenter and an excavator of the shifting Swedish landscape, using drawing, photography and sculpture to express her vision. Catrin uses the outdoors as a mechanism and metaphor to explore her inner world.
For Catrin, the main elements of being an artist are to believe in yourself, follow your intuition and listening to your feelings to create a piece of art. âWe all have within us a creative force and an artist within.â But for Catrin it's about daring to take that first step to believe in your-self, for her the strongest power of art is that you listen to your feelings.
For Catrin Andersson art is everywhere.
Joanne Mitchell's recent sculptural work examines how immaterial elements can be exposed or preserved through glass, exploring the concept of making visible the intangible, using air as a metaphor for thought, memory and absence.
Her work has been presented in galleries across the UK and in exhibitions in Europe and America, and featured in several publications on British Glass. Joanne has designed for Edinburgh Crystal, and been resident artist at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
Joanne recently completed her practice-based PhD at The University of Sunderland. Joanne's research has developed pioneering kiln forming techniques to create forms and images trapped as air bubbles, suspended within a glass space.
For Zoe Preece the condition of being in-between states is central to her current working practice. Uncertain and transient, it is a condition that exists at the heart of human being.
The meniscus on a spoon filled to the point of tipping: this visual detail has been the point of return for her more recent works. The bulging liquid at the very limits of its container and beyond, describes a moment of extended pressure, of pent up potential. The ubiquitous image of spoon becomes a reference point towards connected narratives in the mind of the viewer. A thought, an idea is offered to the viewer through the repeated image of spoon.
Tim Shaw works internationally as a professional performer, sound designer and artist. His practice incorporates diverse approaches to sound capture and processing, and includes creating site responsive sonic artwork. Shaw's work explores the materiality of sound, working with electro-acoustic technologies, sound synthesis and digitally driven techniques, he creates installations, musical instruments and performances. Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with many people including Chris Watson, John Bowers and Sébastien Piquemal. Tim has presented work in various international venues including Café OTO, NIME, CHI, NK Projekt, ZDB, CTM and FACT Liverpool. He is currently studying a PhD in Digital Media at Culture Lab at Newcastle University.
Background of Tu Fewn:
Tu Fewn is an exciting new development opportunity for arts organisations in Wales to commission new high quality work by Disabled visual artists from across the UK and Internationally. Working in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru with funding from Arts Council Wales.
The aims of Tu Fewn are:
To increase the number of Disabled visual artists :
Exhibiting in mainstream galleries in Wales
Developing Curatorial skills with Mainstream galleries in Wales
Working with Arts Organisations in Wales
To change working practices of galleries and arts organisations through a practical partnership and network
To increase the number of Disabled people as an arts audience
My practice is primarily concerned with text, manifested in a range of media from traditional forms such as letterpress printing, through to fabricated objects produced by others, and digital platforms. I am interested in dialogues and conversations, which may be experienced personally as a participant, or observed. The work is further informed by an interest in the imagery and rituals – repetitive and mundane – through which we make sense of the everyday, as well as notions of memory and identity, from both cultural and personal points of view. I am fascinated by how we communicate and connect, and my research focuses on relationships between people and place. The work seeks to distill intimate, sometimes concealed, histories into text-based site- or context-specific interventions in which the works serve as a catalyst for a socially-engaged conversation and personal or communal exploration.
I work extensively in Arts and Health, particularly Mental Health. I tend to devise and initiate projects and find suitable collaborators to work with.