Artist/ Fixed Grinn - T.Skinn | R.Harrington

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Fixed Grinn - T.Skinn | R.Harrington

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Employment

05/01/2011 - 06/30/2011

The Chapeltown Union Of Psychogeographers

Location:

Leeds

Robert Harrington of Fixed Grinn, worked on the arranment and publication of The Saucer a psychogeography newspaper that was collated by the Chapeltown Union of Psychogeographers, and published by East Street Arts.

The publication also featured Tom Skinn, of Fixed Grinn, work within it. I was a well recived publication and was limited to around 2000 copies.

Recommendations:

"It's a fascinating read from a time when a community was undergoing huge change. " - quote from a guardian article on the publication. these rest can be read at - http://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-northerner/2011/jul/01/leeds-chapeltown-newspaper-the-saucer

Employment

06/15/2011 - 06/30/2011

East Street Arts

Location:

Leeds

Under The Paving Stones The Beach, was a week long arts event held in the Chapeltown district of Leeds.

Robert HArrington and Tom Skinn of Fixed Grinn, worked as commisioned artists accumulating in a week long exhibition.

Recommendations:

See article below: The festival is called Under the Paving Stones, the Beach and it is an attempt to open up a dialogue about the place of art within communities, its role in altering public perceptions of areas that often remain under the radar and how it can empower positive change from grassroots level upwards. The title - an adaptation of one of the notable situationist slogans daubed over Paris during its 1968 uprising - refers to the festival’s commitment to uncovering the different layers of Chapeltown’s heritage, the possibility of imagining the community beyond the obvious, and hints at the ability of the people to use resources available to them to evoke change. Under the Paving Stones, the Beach is curated by East Street Arts, an organisation that currently has a base at Union 105 on Chapeltown Road, with the festival bringing together an eclectic mix of resident artists. This includes cutting-edge UK arts collectives as well as the local community taking part in a series of events designed to create social interaction, with members of the public being given the chance to get involved in projects exploring what kind of art best represents Chapeltown. Removing art from what can be the stuffy confines of white cube spaces and placing it in the heart of the community, the project offers exhibitions, public discussion, games and parties, internet-based and billboard projects both on the street and in other familiar cultural venues and cafes, alongside disused buildings rejuvenated especially for the occasion. From revolutionary games and the invitation to create a people’s manifesto for Chapeltown (as part of a project known as Your Government has Gone to Sleep), to UFO investigations and a community film project, the events will bring diverse groups of people from the area together to create and develop ideas for the future of the neighbourhood. Projects such as Verse: Voice: Vistas will map and provide visualisations of people’s experiences and emotional connections to where they live. There are also plans to distribute copies of The Saucer (the "official publication of the Chapeltown Union of Psychogeographers"), to every household in the area. A public art exercise, it is a nicely designed compilation of artwork from local artists alongside archive images and alternative news that mainstream publications shy away from discussing, capturing the spirit of Chapeltown’s cultures, histories, mythologies and politics. Jon Wakeman, one of the founding members of East Street Arts, explains: "Chapeltown is a place known both for its incredible but often overlooked multicultural and archaeological importance as well as its very well documented social problems and violent past. "We wanted to follow up our base at Union 105 with a festival to look at not only Chapeltown but how other areas of Leeds can be used as a base for arts activity. Not everything has to happen in the city centre - there are a lot of people who hardly ever go into it - so it’s looking at how we take art into different places and draw attention back to areas that have sort of been ignored in some respects in favour of more prosperous places, such as Chapelallerton for instance which is just up the road. Chapeltown has such a rich, incredible history, so to be in this space is fantastic. "We want to try pick up upon and encourage this sense of confidence that has begun to re-emerge in Chapeltown recently - how people are looking around them and realising the potential of where they live and realising that they can take control of their environment and start to effect positive change," Jon says. "It’s about empowering communities by making activities as accessible as possible for people so they can come and get involved. We also want to highlight the tireless attitude of the many groups in Chapeltown who sometimes don’t get all the recognition they deserve for their work in the community. They need to be supported by wider society so that they can change perceptions about the place they live in."

Employment

08/01/2012 - Present

York Museums Trust

Location:

York

Rob Harrington, of Fixed Grinn, works as a casual worker at the York Museums Trust.

Employment

09/01/2013 - Present

York St John University

Location:

York

Tom Skinn, of Fixed Grinn, works part time lecturing on the digital sculpture module for the undergraduate Fine art course at York SJ University.

Recommendations:

excellent references from the Head Of the Fine Arts / Computer Science course leader.

Work Availability

Available for

Freelance