Join artist and designer Richard Malone and Clod Ensemble’s Artistic Director Suzy Willson for a two-day workshop exploring fashion, movement and interdisciplinary practise.
Richard Malone’s designs are celebrated for blurring the lines between fashion, art and architecture. With his work exhibited in galleries the world over and worn by artists such as Tilda Swinton, Debbie Harry and Björk, Malone’s trademark techniques of ruching and draping create a ripple-like effect that is full of movement.
Richard and Suzy have a shared interest in how people and materials move in space and shift shape. This exploratory weekend is a celebration of in-between spaces where lines between fashion, art, architecture, dance, music and ritual can merge or evaporate. Over the two days we will explore themes of complexity, expression and identity through sound, words, sculpture, and movements both everyday and extraordinary.
This workshop will take place across Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April. The daily sessions will run from 10:00-17:00.
Richard Malone (they/them, he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Wexford, Ireland. Malone’s work includes sculpture, performance, spoken word, textiles and fashion design. Through his work, Malone explores queer identity, class, rurality, ritual, and the limitations of language in exploring complex ideas or emotions.
Malone is the recipient of several accolades including the International Woolmark Prize, the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust and NEWGEN Prizes, BBC’s Most Important Young Artists in the UK (under 30), and the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Industries. They have been nominated for Design of the Year at the Design Museum and the LVMH Prize.
Malone’s work can be found in some of the world’s most prestigious collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Melbourne, and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and The Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection (both London). Recent shows include Knot Bind Gesture Bend at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and Figures at Ormston House, Limerick.
In 2020, Malone curated the group show Making and Momentum: In Conversation with Eileen Gray. Making and Momentum showed at Gray’s iconic Villa E1027 in France before travelling to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin and the Wexford County Council’s Municipal Buildings in Malone and Gray’s shared home town. The exhibition highlighted radical Irish modernism while spotlighting indigenous Irish craft and artisanal making, thus actively blurring the rigid boundaries between artistic disciplines.
Suzy Willson is a director and choreographer. Since founding Clod Ensemble in 1995 with composer Paul Clark, she has created an extraordinary body of work which has pushed the boundaries of choreographic practice. Her shows encourage people to see familiar spaces from a new perspective and have been presented by venues and festivals including London’s Sadler’s Wells, Royal Academy and Tate Modern, New York City’s Public Theatre and the Venice Biennale.
For over 20 years, Suzy has pioneered the uses of arts in medical education through Performing Medicine, Clod Ensemble’s programme which encourages healthcare professionals to appreciate the choreographic, non-verbal and spatial dimensions of care. She is Professor of Movement, Arts & Medicine at the School of Medicine Queen Mary University and is a regular contributor to publications on both performance and medicine.
Clod Ensemble’s Reboot programme supports artists through providing a high-quality programme of professional development workshops. We recognise that costs can be a barrier to participation and are committed to making Reboot accessible by offering a range of free, subsidised and full price spaces across our programmes. Generous support from foundations and individual donations helps us to maintain this offer.
We are able to offer fully-subsidised bursary places for five attendees for this workshop. These places are primarily designed to allow people on low incomes to access the Reboot programme. This includes, but is not limited to, low-waged/no-waged attendees and those in receipt of benefits.
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Image credit: Jef Niezgoda