Work In Common 2017 - Meet The Artists

"Dependance" by Wingshan Smith

"Dependance" by Wingshan Smith

"Work In Common" is a residency being held at Primary, Nottingham with UK Young Artists and in partnership with Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (BJCEM). BCJEM is composed by 59 members from 21 countries, the aim of the network is to create opportunities for young creators through training, exchange, intercultural dialogue and collaboration. Work in Common is aimed at artists with an interest in how we choose to work with others and across disciplines to produce art; and will encourage participants to discuss and experiment with different ways of working, to ask what it is to collaborate, and to test out speculative ideas together.

Housed in the spaces at Primary, artists will participate in this intensive micro-residency structure – consisting of presentations, crits, workshops, ‘go see’ visits, and a public event. Through the micro residency artists will have the opportunity to interrogate collaboration and interdisciplinarity in relation to their work, with input from other artists involved in the Primary programme, as well as with curators and staff at partner organisations.

We are delighted to introduce to you the eleven national and international selected artists and companies who will be taking part in this exciting opportunity! More information below:

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Nicolas Vamvouklis (b. Greece, 1990) lives and works in Milan and Athens. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Crete, a BA in Dance from the Greek National Ballet School and an MA Distinction in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. His practice includes installations, performances and curatorial projects that have been presented in the Prague Quadrennial, Triennale Milano, Tate Modern, Mediterranea 18 Biennale and many others internationally. Nicolas is the director of K-Gold Temporary Gallery and he is a curator at Fabrica and the Luciano Benetton Collection.

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Angeli Bhose (b. 1993, from London, England), lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She has a collaborative practice that includes performance, drawing, sculpture and writing. In one strand, performances emerge from narratives developed with other artists and audience members. In another, line drawings of disaffected figures respond to external pressures. Together, the work explores the construction of subjectivity through gender, desire and the violence of (in)visibility.



Tom Verity’s work explores a variety of everyday materials and objects through mixed media sculpture and compositions. A large portion of his work comprises ropes and weights which are used to display balance, tension, gravity and trapped material. He uses rope in these works both as functional building material and as a tool for drawing, mimicking the painted line. Tom’s use of weights adds a constantly active factor to the work that he uses to trap objects, fixing their positions as in a still life.



Hyeji Woo mainly addresses the chaos and conflict of energy, and the relationship between the disorder of entropy and human routine. She is particularly interested in the movement of energy. She rejects stationary forms and statements, which enables work to move and change by itself, using the laws of nature and energy of substance that activates the movement within her work. She currently explores the temporality of material and its metamorphosis by the passage of time.



Originally from Nice, with a Master's degree from Aix-en-Provence School of Art, Guillaume Lo Monaco is a young artist who uses a variety of mediums, from installation to graphic design, to serigraphy.

Under their colourful and playful exterior, the work of Guillaume is marked by anxiety and fear.



Since 2004, Clemens Mairhofer, Lucas Norer and Sebastian Six have been working together in the artist collective FAXEN. 

FAXEN explore acoustic experiments in connection with items of everyday life, sculptural assemblages and the physical element of sound are the main aspects of the group’s musical and visual compositions. The work deals with moments where noise becomes music and the difference between hearing and active listening is explored. 

Alongside their artistic work FAXEN run the gallery bb15 in Linz/Austria.

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George’s interdisciplinary practice skirts the peripheries of art, poetry, design and craft; a playful apparatus through which to explore the basic poetic urge of placing one thing next to another, in fertile proximity. Whether through intricate photoshop artefacts, amputated word arrangements or sculptural installations, George's seemingly disparate approaches are unified by a shared atmosphere of humour and tragicomedy. Spaces of anti-climax are pervaded by melancholic and fallible narrators. The artists intuitive vocabulary is defined by its constant flirtation with obscurity, detail and a sensitivity to language and gesture.



Marwa Benhalim is a Libyan/Egyptian artist. She received her MFA in Studio Art at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas in 2017, a BA from the American University in Cairo, Egypt in 2014 and a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from the University of the Arts, London, UK in 2010. Marwa's interdisciplinary practice is concerned with power, memory and identity. It spans the mediums of text, video, performance, sculpture, painting and installation. Her work has shown in Egypt, USA, UAE, Italy and Spain.



Wingshan Smith is a eurasian female artist and curator based in London and Hong Kong. She holds a BA and MA degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art. Her artworks negotiate the everyday tensions in (re-)discovering self-hood, authenticity, and spirituality in an increasingly commoditised surveilled world.

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By deliberately twisting, bending and pinching linear forms Sam is creating a new, physical act of communication. The works stand as sites of a past performance where he has laboriously cut into materials creating conversation about production, finesse and dexterity. Sam Baker is currently an MA Sculpture student at the Royal College of Art. He graduated in 2014 from Kingston University with a first class degree in Fine Art.



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Jurgen Kleft is based in Vienna. In the beginning was the tent. Wandering like a nomad, on the steady quest for the oases of the mind, Jürgen Kleft has battled through woods, steppes and frozen wastelands, has scaled vertiginous mountain tops and swum through wild rivers, crossed turbid fords, discovered the jungle and finally came to squeeze outdoor fashion in the tight corset of urbanity. Newly released, Shellpunk is the first collection of this daredevil adventure.


Laura Evans