Alberto Condotta


Alberto Condotta is an Italian emerging visual artist based in UK.

After graduating in painting in Venice, he is now carrying out a practice-led PhD research on pattern superimposition at Birmingham City University. He has been granted an AHRC award and has been hosted by residency programmes in the U.S., Austria, Finland and Spain. Since 2008 his work has been shown in UK, U.S. and continental Europe.



Stairway is a painting on silk size 70x50cm. It consists of three overlapping layers made by different techniques: digital print, acrylic painting and silk screen. Although the content of the artwork might look non-figurative or confused at the first glance, a slow, defocused sight will let the layers merge together and the image emerge. This piece blends a view of the Dolomites (which are from Condotta's region) and a stairway in Leith where he used to pass through every day. The viewer sight shall be absorbed by this dream-like visualisation of opposite perspectives.


National Biennale: Leicester 2014


Alan Baker


Alan Baker is an artist based in Shropshire who specialises in drawing and sculpture. Having completed a MA in fine art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and a BA (hons) degree from the University of Huddersfield in 2012, he is now continuing his artistic practice at his studio based in the North West. He has exhibited his artwork across the country, most recently at 'private:PUBLIC' in Sheffield and he was shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Art prize 2016. He also won the the GreatArt award at the Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition in 2014.


Alan Baker interest is in the relationships between humans and animals, exploring the idea of the animal as practitioner and how different species transform space in our everyday urban environments. The work presented as part of the festival is the complete collection of drawings from his ‘Trap and Snare Series’ started in 2013 which depicts 100 constructed sculptures, transformed through the medium of drawing. Within each image, there is an element of danger with precariously balancing objects from the domestic environment which could fall at any time to trap and snare it’s subject; whether this be human or animal.


National Biennale: Derby 2016
Placement and Displacement: Korea 2016