REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR OUR SYMPOSIUM, ‘INDIGENOUS ART IN BRITAIN’, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT BRISTOL UNIVERSITY ON 6 JUNE 2018.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

A FULL ITINERARY IS AVAILABLE HERE

MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE DEDICATED SYMPOSIUM WEBPAGE.

Beyond the Spectacle will host or co-host a series of workshops, seminars, lectures, conferences, symposia, exhibitions, and other events, open both to scholars and the wider public, across the UK and beyond, over the next three years. This page will provide details of all such events.

 

Artist Residencies

The ‘Beyond the Spectacle’ project features four residencies offered to Indigenous North American artists working in visual, performing, and musical media. These provide unique opportunities for the artists to spend time in the UK, where they will engage with the public and school groups through workshops and exhibitions or performances. The artists will also explore the local histories of Indigenous peoples in the city or region in which they are based, contributing to understandings of the cultural legacies of Native North American presence in Britain.

Marla Allison, at work in her studio

Marla Allison

May-June 2018

Supported by the Rainmaker Gallery

Additional support provided by Bristol Museum

Marla Allison is a member of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. Marla lives and makes art from her home studio where she finds comfort and inspiration by connecting with family, tradition, and being close to her community. Marla is a contemporary Native artist whose primary medium is painting.

Ms. Allison began her expression through art in her youth and gained formal education at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM where she obtained an Associates Degree in three-dimensional art. Since graduating from IAIA, Marla has exhibited artwork at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market, and the Smithsonian Native Art Market in New York. Permanent collections with Marla’s work are found in, The Heard Museum Permanent Collection (Phoenix, AZ), The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM), The Red Cloud Indian School Collections (Pine Ridge, SD) and various private collections around the country and also Rome, Italy.

Ms. Allison was the 2010 recipient of the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Woman’s Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM.

Marla’s own artist statement (2018): 

Every morning I wake to a beautiful old village in a 300 year old house made of age, wisdom, rock, mud, and hard labor.  I am a painter intrigued by the world I live in.  My paintings carry more than my own thoughts, they also carry reflections of the artists and creators of the past.  My paintings reveal my life-long admiration of pottery designs, my people, Laguna Pueblo and Hopi Pueblo traditions.  My paintings tie me to this land and encourage the thought of the modern life around me. I have also found much influence by the cubism of Pablo Picasso, squares of Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Jenny Holzer, Diego Rivera, Oscar Howe and Fritz Scholder. I don’t stick with one certain style but it is all my own, that’s what makes it mine.

I hope my paintings continue the tradition of creation and grow like a new seed for the next generation to experience. The work I do on canvas adds to the already great history of this place, Laguna Pueblo, NM and beyond with all of life’s experiences.  With every place traveled, I hope to always learn more and connect that with my artwork.

My art is what lets me connect my past to my future. My paintings are based on the contemporary, which borrows from the past. I paint so I remember where I came from. I paint so others can remember where I come from. I paint to be remembered.

For more information, please see the artist’s website: marlaallison.com

‘Ascending the Stairs’, by Marla Allison

SYMPOSIUM: “Beyond the Spectacle: Indigenous Art in Britain”

6 June 2018

Bristol University

As part of the residency, the ‘Beyond the Spectacle’ project will be hosting a symposium on Indigenous art in Britain. The keynote will be given by Marla Allison and other speakers include George Alexander (Muscogee (Creek)), Max Carocci, Stephanie Pratt (Dakota and Anglo-American), Joanne Prince, Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo and Chiricahua Apache), Robbie Richardson (Mi’kmaq), Sarah Sense (Chitimacha / Choctaw), and Coll Thrush. Tickets are available here. Please see the dedicated symposium webpage for more information.

 

EXHIBITION: “Marla Allison: Painter from the Desert”

Opening 6 June 2018

Rainmaker Gallery, 123 Coldharbour Road, Westbury Park, Bristol BS6 7SN

https://www.rainmakerart.co.uk

Immediately following the symposium, the Rainmaker Gallery will host the exhibition opening with Marla Allison.