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  Site Festival 1st-31st May 2014
A festival of artist-led projects in Stroud Gloucestershire
   

The Site Festival is a contemporary arts festival, now in its 18th year, which brings a full and dynamic programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios, artist talks and workshops to the Stroud Valleys for the whole month of May.

The Site Festival 2014 will be opening with an exhibition of new work by John Wood and Paul Harrison in the Brunel Goods Shed and in SVA's new exhibition space in John Street. This show will include 7 new video works linked by a sense of foreboding and violence, undercut by a lack of spectacle and drama. The show will also include over 50 small drawings. An exhibition catalogue will be available with texts from Simon Munnery, writer and experimental standup comedian.

SVA hosts the Site Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to Stroud every year. SVA will be opening its newly refurbished street facing exhibition and studio spaces in John Street for the Site Festival. This has been made possible through funding from the Arts Council, Summerfield Trust and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust. The building has been designed by Tony Fretton Architects, whose back catalogue includes the Camden Art Centre, London; the Lisson Gallery and the British Embassy in Warsaw.

The programme of exhibitions, talks and events is vast and may often be witnessed in a diverse range of venues from the warehouse to empty shop to shed...

This year's Site Festival highlights will feature exhibitions by John Wood and Paul Harrison, Oliver Marsden, Lorraine Robbins and Helen Carmel Benigson. Pangolin Gallery is opening a Site Festival special exhibition with work by Ralph Brown, Jon Buck, Daniel Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick, Ann Christopher, Abigail Fallis, Damien Hirst and Steve Russell, There will also be performance events by Gilad Atzmon, Mik Artistik's Ego Trip, Jonny Fluffypunk, Simon Munnery and Dakhla. The extensive artist-led programme will be presented by Meantime (Cheltenham), Brickhouse (London) and the Copeland Bookmarket (London), Qu Junktions (Bristol), The Cube (Bristol) and over 300 artists exhibiting, performing and opening their studios. For this year's Open Studios artists will be combining creative forces with writers and poets in their studios during the weekends.

To ensure you don't miss something special pick up a Site Festival Programme and an Open Studios directory, featuring over 80 artists. This event, spanning two weekends, is a highlight for many visitors to the Site Festival who wish to view and buy work directly from artists. Look out for the Fringe programme and check out www.sitefestival.org.uk for updates and downloadable publicity.

We hope you are inspired by and enjoy this years Site Festival!

You can book tickets here - www.stroudvalleysartspace.org.uk/

We hope you are inspired by and enjoy this years Site Festival!

New work by John Wood and Paul Harrison
10th-26th May
everyday 11am-6pm

Goods Shed, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3AP
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2HA

The Site Festival 2014 will be opening with an exhibition of new work by
John Wood and Paul Harrison in the Brunel Goods Shed in Stroud.

John Wood and Paul Harrison

John Wood and Paul Harrison met whilst studying in Bath in the late 1980's and have been working together since 1993. Primarily working in video the practice has recently diversified to include drawings, objects, photographs and text works.

This show will include 7 new video works linked by a sense of foreboding and violence, undercut by a lack of spectacle and drama.

A driverless car rolls slowly downhill towards a lake; A series of car bombs explode in an out of town car park; A forest fire burns; A chair in a grey office suddenly rotates in mid air; An unlucky man is assassinated 13 times; an even more unlucky man falls from a ladder 100 times.

Much of the work takes, as a starting point, a generic cinematic moment. This moment is then extended through repetition or super slow motion to become the entirety of the work. It is no longer just a part of the plot. It is the plot.

The show will also include over 50 small drawings and 5 large-scale drawing.

An exhibition catalogue will be available with text from Simon Munnery, writer and experimental standup comedian, and images of new work by John Wood and Paul Harrison.

The Site Festival is a contemporary arts festival, now in its 18th year, which brings a full and dynamic programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios, artist talks and workshops to the Stroud Valleys for the whole month of May.

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