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/
Mobile: 07517 729034
Visual Artist based at Arches Studios, Southampton
Lives in Eastleigh, Hampshire
Associate Artist at CAS: http://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/tony-spencer/
2018 to present - Exhibitions Programme Manager at 'a space' arts, Southampton
2015 to 2018 - Exhibitions & Gallery Manager - Aspex, Portsmouth
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
2019 BEAF commission
2017 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts
2018 Murmuration - Glenshee, Scotland
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
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