My art practice explores the relationship between metaphysical sound, sculpture and installation. I am currently constructing geometric installations out of reconditioned wooden pallets, to repurpose the material as vessels to contain healing sound frequencies. I am interested in how this and the intention of wellbeing can affect the human condition. Part of the preporatory process includes transporting the works to sacred sites in Hampshire, and performing rituals which give the objects power and material agency.

My research includes a two year self-directed international residency in Kartong, The Gambia, where I performed as a tradition village Djembe player, exploring a physical, emotional and spiritual connection to rhythmic vibration. Whilst there, I participated in intangible animistic rituals, which are used by village elders to give blessings to people for their wellbeing through sacred sounds.

On my return to England I studied as a sound therapist and shamanic practitioner with the College of Sound Healing, incorporating transformative sound into my art practice.

My working preference is to collaborate with other artists, to socially engage with people and connect with artists across an international platform.

Based at the Arches Studios, Southampton: http://aspacearts.org.uk/studios/arches-studios

An Associate Artist at Chapel Arts Studios: http://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/tony-spencer/

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Email: tonyspencerarts@gmail.com

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Website; tony-spencer.com

Visual Artist based at Arches Studios, Southampton

Lives in Eastleigh, Hampshire

Associate Artist at CAS: http://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/tony-spencer/

Employment

2018 to present - Exhibitions Programme Manager at 'a space' arts, Southampton

2015 to 2018 - Exhibitions & Gallery Manager - Aspex, Portsmouth

Education

2005   MA Gallery Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

2001   BA (HONS) Fine Art Sculpture, Northumbria University Newcastle

1998   Diploma Art & Design, Church View Art College, Doncaster

Works & Projects

2019   Flesh and Blood - Spudworks, Hampshire

2019   Church of David Hockney– Arches Studio,  Southampton

2019   The Cube – BEAF2019

2017   Music Box - The Point, Eastleigh

2017   Spearman – with Kye Wilson at Journeys Festival, UK

2017   Spearman - with Kye Wilson at Kartong Festival, The Gambia

2014   Space-in-space - 360 Degrees Sculpture Residential, The Gamba

2001   138 Degrees 11 Minutes - Northumbria University Newcastle, UK

Awards

2019   BEAF commission

2017 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Residencies

2018   Murmuration - Glenshee, Scotland

Curation

2019   #Flaunt It - Arches Studios, Southampton

2018   ArtVaults: Live, Rara Avis, Canutes Palace, Southampton

2017   Countless by Maya Ramsay, Aspex, Portsmouth

2016   Double Dutch works by the late Ben Cove, Aspex, Portsmouth

2014   360 Degrees Sculpture Residential, The Gambia

Essays / Reviews

Technology and Tradition_Kate Davey

Spearman Review By Kerry McPhail