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SAID THE BIRD - An exhibition of textile work by Anthony Stevens

Published Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Pod and its arts collective, Collective//Pod, present new textile work by UK based artist, Anthony Stevens at the CCCA, Fargo Village.

Night bird

Anthony is a self-taught artist who uses his work as a form of therapy and self expression.

Recent shows include Common Threads, Joint Exhibition (commissioned) 2017; House Biennial, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2017;    Nothing Is Wasted, Solo Exhibition, Zollhauser Rodenas, Rodenas, North Germany 2017; Black Holes and Black Friday (2 but not 2) Solo Exhibition, Galerie Art Cru, Berlin 2017.

When not producing art, he also works as a Peer Support Specialist and engages in Buddhist culture and peace activities. Primarily, his work is about expressing and processing trauma and its after effects.

Anthony explains, “I guess it's me dancing with my inner dynamics so that I can find a rhythm that is both constructive and wonderful.”

Anthony’s work is heavily influenced by his practise of Nichiren Buddhism, especially the concept of 'Nothing is wasted'. This is reflected in the fact that he chooses to work primarily with scrap fabrics. By choosing to do this, he is forced to look creatively and perceive potential in what may seem to be useless and beyond repair.

Anthony will be resident for five days in the studio at the Pod’s new home, 31 Far Gosford Street from Monday16th – Friday 20th April.  During this time he will host an open studio daily, inviting people to pop in and chat while he works on making a unique, stitched zine to add to Coventry’s first zine library, housed at the Pod Café.

Anthony is keen to add elements of Coventry to the work, so invites people to donate precious, small pieces of fabric and thread to the Pod during the weeks running up to his residency. 

 Anthony says, "For me, right now at this point in time, art is about accessing and developing the innate resources of my inner world so that I can make the best use of what is in my outer world, whether that be materials or circumstance. It is about alchemy and the transformation of my life and the stories I tell myself".

As part of the exhibition opening night at the CCCA Fargo Village, on Friday 13th April, The Pod, in collaboration with ‘Room Art’ is also excited to present special guest, Daniel Blanco Albert who will perform a new trumpet composition at 6pm. 

Daniel is a composer based in Birmingham finishing his Masters in Composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, granted by a Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship. He is a graduate in Composition at the same institution and at Valencia Conservatoire where he also studies Trumpet Performance.  Daniel performed last year at The Pod’s Scratch the Surface – DIALOGUE mental health arts festival in collaboration with Birmingham’s ‘Room Art’ as part of ‘Incidental’.

With a proven reputation for cutting edge and ambitious programming and their unique take on mental health, art and activism, Collective//Pod has forged new dynamic relationships with cultural activists and arts organisations from across the UK and once again has attracted nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to Coventry.

Private View: Friday 13 April 2018, 4.30pm – 6.30pm with special guest, Daniel Blanco Albert performing on trumpet at 6pm.

Exhibition: 14 April – 20 May 2018: Fridays/Saturdays 11am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 2pm.  Viewing also by appointment: Telephone 024 7678 6680.

Open Studio @ The Pod, 31 Far Gosford Street, Coventry: Monday 16th April – Friday 20th April 10am – 4pm.

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