Obscure Secure – Review bursary 

Our first Review bursary post and a brief Introduction

We Claudia Böse , Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley initiated and collaborated on the project Obscure Secure. We looked at work by 20th century women artists in Ipswich Borough council collection and made new work in response. The project culminated in an exhibition and series of talks from September 2014 to February 2015.

Obscure Secure at CCM

Image: Obscure Secure, Wolsey Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, September 2014-January 2015

a-n Review bursary

We are delighted to have been awarded one of a-n’s Review bursaries. The bursary will enable us to undertake four professional critique meetings. We will be reflecting on our previous project  Obscure Secure and taking our learning forward into a future collaboration we are planning.The new project involves us looking at archives relating to the painter Mary Potter. The four meetings are planned over an eight month period.

The blog

We will be using this space/blog to share this process.

Our first meeting is in July with Valerie Sinason, who practices as a psychoanalyst, poet and writer. We first met with Valerie at the beginning of our project in July 2013 to discuss artist’s processes. It feels fitting that our first meeting is with Valerie to review our last project and discuss/critique some of the themes we are taking forward into our new project.

Here is a link to a transcription : Valerie Sinason and Frances Spalding in conversation which was part of the Obscure Secure programme of talks (November 2014).


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