Red Studio Enquiry Conversations 

Saturday 23 September 2017

Venue:  Lower Tudor Room, Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich IP4 2BE

Time:     11am4pm

Cost :      £7  booking on eventbrite essential as places are limited

Obscure Secure is a collaborative project between the artists Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley focusing on works by women artists in collections. 

Following the artists Red Studio Enquiry residency earlier this year in the former home / studio of painter Mary Potter (1900-1981) you are invited to join us for a day of discussion and activity around gender, place and collections. 

10.30 am Tea and Coffee

11 am Start

Please note a full lunch is not provided but we will be providing Tea / Coffee and light refreshments throughout the day

4 pm End

Event Contributors

Obscure Secure is a collaborative project between  artists Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley. In 2017 they were awarded an ACE research and development grant  for the self initiated Red Studio Enquiry residency which took place earlier this year in the former home / studio of painter Mary Potter (1900-1981) which  they will be discussing during the day.

The Drawing Exchange is an ongoing independent artist project by Kayle Brandon and Lady Lucy, predominantly exploring drawing experiences in social, participatory and public contexts with the aim to enable collective and personal enquiry into experimental process led drawing methods. A Drawing Exchange activity will look at some works by women artists from the collection.


Mandy Bentley is an Art historian and journalist. Mandy recently gave a talk on Mary Potter at the Britten Pears foundation during the Red Studio Enquiry residency and completed a PhD on ‘The Unknown Florine Stettheimer: Fame, Femininity and ‘Salon Space’’ (2015). Mandy will be sharing some of her research.

Emma Roodhouse, Collections & Learning Curator (Art) at Ipswich Museum. Emma has worked with and advised Obscure Secure artists since 2013. Emma will be presenting and talking about the drawings of Blanche Vulliamy (1869-1923) 77 pastel drawings of WW1 searchlights that rarely come out of the museum stores.

Amy Budd is a writer and curator is currently Exhibitions Organiser at Raven Row (London) and has previously worked as Exhibitions and Events Assistant at Chisenhale Gallery (London). She was Steering Committee Chair at OUTPOST Gallery from 2011-2013. Amy will talk on the recent exhibition 56 Artillery Lane which she co curated at Raven Row.

Martha Fleming is an artist who works in  research, teaching and creative capacities; in museums, universities and scientific institutions; and inside disciplines ranging from biomedicine and astrophysics to the history of science and technology, as well as design and the fine arts. Martha is currently Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute. Martha is facilitating a discussion on artists working with collections.







Red Studio Enquiry at the Red House project dates:  18 March – 15 April 2017

Venue : Red House ,Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, IP15 5PZ

Talk and Exhibition Mary Potter’s paintings

A specially commissioned talk on Mary Potter’s painting by Dr Mandy Bentley followed by a preview of Mary Potter exhibition in the Library selected  by Valerie Potter.

Venue: Red House Library

Date: Saturday 18 March 2017

Time: 2 – 4pm

Cost :£7.50

Red Studio Residency Open Studio session

Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley will each spend a week in residence and will be open studio for visits on  each Thursday during the residency.

Date: Thursdays 23 March, 30 March, 6 April 2017

Venue: Red Studio Time:1- 3pm

Cost :Free

Week four Red Studio Enquiry

Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley will be working in collaboration on the final week of the residency an Installation of ideas generated by the residency will be open to the final Saturday.

Venue: Red Studio Date: Saturday 15 April 2017

Time:11 – 5 pm

Cost :Free

NB entrance fee to the Red House site is a one-off fee of £5 for the year




Archive below of events and talks- Obscure Secure 2014-2015

Talks / events programme:

Title: Obscure Secure introductory talk and reception including ‘out of the box’ viewing of Blanche Vulliamy’s First World War pastel drawings of London searchlights

Claudia Böse, Hayley Field, Jacqueline Utley discuss the project with Martha Fleming, artist and Director of University of Reading’s Collections Based Research Programme

Date: Saturday 6 September 2014

Time: 11am – 12pm

Cost : Free


Title: Art in Focus: Women as Artists

Art Curator Emma Roodhouse presents an interesting introduction to the female artists represented in the Ipswich museum collections. Includes tea and cake provided by the Friends of Ipswich Museums.

Date: Sunday 2 November 2014

Time: 2 pm

Cost: £6 or £5 for FOIM (please book by calling 01473 433691)


Title: In conversation – Frances Spalding with Valerie Sinason

Art historian, critic and biographer Frances Spalding discusses her work and reflections with psychoanalyst and poet Valerie Sinason

Transcription here: FINAL _Talk_with__Valerie_and_Frances_15.11.14

Date: Saturday 15 November

Time: 2-3.15pm

Cost: Free (please book by calling 01473 433691)


Title: Does process matter?

Panel discussion facilitated by artist and art therapist Emma Cameron with artists: Molly Thomson, Jane Frederick, Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley

Transcription here: FINAL_ Talk with Emma _edited transcription

Date: Saturday 29 November 2014

Time: 2-3.30pm

Cost: Free (please book by calling 01473 433691)


Title: Discussion and Publication Launch

Discussion event led by artist and writer Stephanie Moran. All welcome

Date: Sunday 1 March, 3-5pm

Venue: Studio1.1, 57A Redchurch St, London E2 7DG

Join Böse, Field and Utley in conversation, examining questions raised by the exhibition – in particular around painting, process, intuition and abstraction – that are addressed in Moran’s exhibition text.

For more more information: Discussion Event information



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