Moving in and out, or staying in bed

movingAn exhibition of my research at East Street Arts, Convention House, Leeds.

Launch 5th August 5-8pm
Open 6-10th August 1-4pm

Moving in and out, or staying in bed investigates artist-led housing through written work and collaborative mapping. For the past three years Jon Orlek has researched Artist House 45, an artist live/work project located in a back-to-back terraced house in Beeston, South Leeds.

The structure of the exhibition reflects the multiple ethnographic positions he has adopted in relation to this project, through a process of moving in and out. It demonstrates how embedded and collaborative research has been used to critically consider Artist House 45 both as a socially-engaged artwork and functioning domestic space. Moving in and out, or staying in bed also treats ‘the exhibition’ as a productive site for this ongoing research.

Roundtable Discussions with Marsha Bradfield, Andrea Francke and Sonia Boyce

OPEN CALL — Guests to a roundtable dinner discussion on art, housing and critical spatial practices.

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Disorder, or its potential, lies at the heart of every social encounter.

Michelle Letowska, ‘Against Masterplanning’, (talk at The DIY Show, Glasgow, 2008).


Sophie Chapman, Kerri Jefferis and Jon Orlek are hosting three roundtable dinners, with leading artists, researchers and local experts, to investigate the critical role that artist-led housing can play within urban spaces. Each evening will explore how live, collaborative and improvised moments with others can be used as interferences and disruptions to the abstractions of master planning.  Using a variety of props and prompts we will ask: can the legacies of radical community arts be used to unfix contemporary planning and housing logics, to create new critical spatial practices?

Students, practitioners and enthusiasts in art, architecture, urban design, community activism, non-normative domesticities and planning are invited to a dinner at Artist House 45, bringing their lived, researched and practiced experiences to the table and taking part in discussions with an invited speaker and others.

Artist House 45 is a live/work project based in a two-bedroom back-to-back terrace in Beeston, South Leeds. The project was set up in 2015 by East Street Arts to provide long term residencies for artists and to develop socially-engaged artistic practices embedded within communities. Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis are the current artists-in-residence in the house.


Information about the three invited speakers:

Discussion 1

Speaker: Marsha Bradfield

Date: 12th July 2019, 6-9pm

Speaker bio: Marsha Bradfield is an artist, curator, educator, researcher and director of Artfield Projects. For more than a decade, she has been affiliated with University of Arts, London, researching dialogic art and economies and ecologies of collaborative cultural production and teaching on BA through PhD (social to spatial practices). Marsha has worked with groups and organisations, including Contemporary Marxist Collective, Critical Practice, Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and Precarious Workers Brigade. Since 2016 Marsha has been working with Barbara Steveni, co-founder of the Artist Placement Group, and others to nurture its most recent iteration, Incidental Unit/Incidental Futures.


Discussion 2

Speaker: Andrea Franke (on behalf of Future of the Left)

Date: 23rd July 2019, 6-9pm

Speaker bio: FOTL (Future of the Left) is the collaborative artistic and research practice of Andrea Francke and Ross Jardine, which developed from a shared interest in administrative and policy-making structures, specifically their often overlooked but vital role within institutions. From 2018 to 2020 FOTL will develop a framework to evaluate participatory projects for Gasworks’ Participatory Residency Programme: Connecting Communities which is being led by London-based artist Jacob V Joyce, a programme that provides opportunities for artists and migrant communities in the local area to work together.


Discussion 3

Speaker: Sonia Boyce

Date: 31st July 2019, 6-9pm

Speaker bio: Sonia Boyce (OBE, RA) came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning Black-British art scene of that time, with images that spoke about race and gender in Britain. Since the 1990s, Boyce has developed a social practice inviting other people into the work. At the heart of these improvised situations are questions about the production and reception of unexpected gestures where the personal, aesthetic and political meet. Recent exhibitions include: Sonia Boyce – a retrospective, Manchester Art Gallery (solo, 2018); Á Cris Ouverts, Rennes Biennale of Contemporary Art (group, 2018); We move in her way, ICA-London (solo, 2017); The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect 4, New Orleans (group, 2017); and, All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art (group, 2015). A recent monograph, Sonia Boyce – A Thoughtful Disobedience, edited by Sophie Orlando has been published by les presses du réel (2017).


How to apply:

To apply, please send 150 words outlining your initial response or interest in the above to Space is limited in the house so please state which of the three discussions you would like to attend. Feel free to discuss this in advance via email or get in touch for further information/clarifications. Open to all to apply, some places have been reserved for students at the University of Huddersfield. DEADLINE 4th JULY 2019 (Midnight)

Information about the venue and event:

The roundtable discussions will take place at Artist House 45, a back-to-back terraced house in Beeston, Leeds. Unfortunately, the house is not wheelchair accessible with steep stairs. We are able to cover other access needs including childcare and BSL or language interpretation. Please feel welcome to contact us directly ( to discuss any other access requirements.

We are able to cover guest travel expenses (between Huddersfield and Leeds or similar).

We plan on proving a vegetarian meal. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

We intend on audio recording the event for podcast publication as well as taking photographs. Please let us know if you would prefer not to be recorded in this way or kept anonymous.

The roundtable discussions are supported by the University of Huddersfield Postgraduate Researcher Environment Development Fund and East Street Arts.

Review by Baby Academic / Cathryn Ladd

A thoughtful reflection on Multivoices: a script by researchers publication launch.

We […] delved deeper into the publication itself, first discussing the design choices made by Jon Cannon. I found this particularly interesting because it is a visually unique artifact: its large margins (perhaps for thinking), its democratic use of typography, its colour coding, and the way it takes the form of a script – precisely scrunching together formalised excerpts from people’s presentations from the original day, with colloquial commentary taken from different discussions – are all things which are fundamental to its original engagement with knowledge production. I personally find the format of a script very fitting due to the way it connotes transitory movement and performance. I felt that the original day last year was a fleeting presence, a momentary coming together of differently like-minded people and I felt the same way about this launch event. It feels only appropriate that the book itself has the potential to fluidily enter new territories and challenge new spaces and I know that I for one will definitely be taking my copy along for my research ride.

(Cathryn Ladd)

AfterlightImage-7AfterlightImage-4AfterlightImage-8^Photographs by Cathryn Ladd

Project documentation from In-House 1998, from the ESA archive

A group of seven artists used a vacant and derelict back-to-back council house in Burnley, Leeds as a base for a three month residency. The house was then opened to the public, with work produced in response to the house and site exhibited in the rooms.

The aim of the project is to produce new work in response to the house and its history, architecture and site and to create a dialogue with the community. The house itself is a large back-to-back that has been ‘under siege’; brown shutters barricade five of the windows and the broken and battered door […] for a while it is an artists workspace and gallery.

(Karen Watson)