At Practise

Saturday 14 August

At Practise is a three-part performance and publication project conceived and led by Associate Programmer and artist Jude Browning. Developed from Pre-ramble (2019-2020), the series continues to explore rehearsal as a creative method and form. In June, August and October nine UK based artists, working across visual art, writing, and performance, will be invited to use the gallery as a rehearsal space and to share new work in development in front of a live audience. The artists’ work engages with writing and live modes of delivery, with a generative use of queer and feminist tactics to challenge how power and notions of embodiment can be understood and enacted.

Alongside the live event programme a three-part publication series will be produced with the support of David Dale Gallery and in dialogue with Yellow Back Books, a project platforming artist books in Cardiff.

The second live At Practise event took place on the 14th of August 7-9pm in David Dale Gallery’s courtyard space. Hannah Regel, Naomi Pearce, Rabindranath A Bhose and Nisha Ramayya shared experimental performances of work currently in development. The live presentations were BSL interpreted by Amy Helena and Craig McCulloch.

Click here to watch the performances again on IGTV. 

Artist Bios

Hannah Regel lives in London. From 2012-2019 she was the co-editor of the feminist art journal SALT. Hannah has two published collections of poetry, When I Was Alive and Oliver Reed (both Montez Press, 2017 and 2020). She is currently working on her first novel. 

Naomi Pearce is a writer and curator. Projects include 56 Artillery Lane, Raven Row, London (co-curated with Amy Budd) and OSTEON, Matt’s Gallery, London. Her essays, reviews and fiction have been published by The Happy Hypocrite, Goldsmiths Press, The White Review, Film and Video Umbrella, Art Monthly, Art Review and SALT Magazine, amongst others. In 2020 she completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD researching women administrators, artist studios and gentrification at the University of Edinburgh. She is a member of the Rita Keegan Archive Project, a social history and curatorial collective that seeks to preserve and share the collections of artist Rita Keegan, forthcoming activities include an exhibition at South London Gallery in September 2021.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is currently based in London. Her collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Recent poems and essays can be found in The Contemporary JournalSpam Zine, and audiograft festival of experimental music and sound art.

Rabindranath A Bhose (born 1993) grew up in London and lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated from the Ruskin School of Art in 2016 with a BFA in Fine Art, completed the School of the Damned DIY MA Art Programme in 2019, and has been a committee member at Market Gallery since 2018. Recent exhibitions and performances include; Platform, Edinburgh Art Festival (2020), Digital Slip, Double Okay (2020), All was vibrating fur, Limbo (2019); All vibrating fur, Civic House (2019); SINC, Backlit (2019); A Small Pause To Unfold, Keir Street (2019); Rock-a-bye Bivalve, Delicious Clam (2019); Artist Spread, The Project Café (2018).

Amy Helena is an actor and theatre maker based in Scotland recently graduating from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She strongly identifies herself as an actor that happens to be deaf. She believes that her deafness has nothing to do with her abilities as an artist and her work. 

Craig McCulloch is an actor, director, translator, BSL consultant and workshop leader based in Scotland. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018 and was part of the first cohort in the ground-breaking new BA Performance in BSL/English course

At Practise 1

Saturday 19 June

The first live At Practise event took place on the 19th of June, 7-9pm in David Dale Gallery’s courtyard space. Jessa Mockridge, Nat Raha & Rebecca Lennon shared experimental performances of work currently in development.

The event also marked the launch of At Practise: issue 1 which brings together printed contributions by the nine artists who performed at Pre-ramble in 2020. Designed with Maeve Redmond and printed by Sunday’s Print Service, the booklet is available to purchase at David Dale Gallery, Yellow Back Books and Good Press.

Click here to watch the performances again on IGTV. 

Artist Bios

Jessa Mockridge: I’m an artist and writer (Cape Town) living in London. I work with print, performance, sound and moving image. I’m interested in the power dynamics of media in relation to the body and a politics of listening; a feminist ear that can also be an eye, skin or fist. I am co-editor of PaperWork, an art writing print publication and event series.

Nat Raha is a poet and queer / trans activist-scholar, based in Edinburgh. Her third collection of poetry is of sirens, body & faultlines (Boiler House Press, 2018). Nat is a Research Fellow on the ‘Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism’ project, University of St Andrews, which will host an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library in August. She co-edits Radical Transfeminism Zine.

Rebecca Lennnon is an artist working with video, performance, writing, sound and music. Rebecca Lennon graduated from the Slade School of Art, London MA 2010, and is a lecturer at Arts University Bournemouth and Royal College of Art.  Upcoming/recent exhibitions include: Galeria Duarte Sequiera, Braga, Portugal, 2021, Kaunas Film Festival, Lithuania, 2020 and Whitstable Biennial, 2018 with solo shows at Southwark Park Galleries, London 2021, Primary, Nottingham, 2020,  Almanac, Turin, Italy, 2019 and Matts Gallery, London, 2018. Rebecca recently featured in ‘On Care, an anthology of artists writing’, published by MA Bibliotheque, 2020 and on BBC Late Junction 2019/2020.