My art practice currently explores the relationship between sound, sculpture and installation, investigating the function of art through wellbeing and sacredness. This includes constructing geometric installations from reconditioned wooden pallets, creating vessels to contain therapeutic sound frequencies. I am interested in how the mechanics of sound propagates and penetrates matter through friction, vibrating at a related resonance to sculptural geometry. This in turn can support the wellbeing of a person who engages with the work by encouraging cells in the body to vibrate at their own optimal frequency. My research into how this works includes studying as a sound therapist with the College of Sound Healing.

There is also an element of live-art and participatory ritual within my practice exploring metaphysics and spirituality. This was influenced by a two year self-directed international residency in Kartong, The Gambia, where I performed as a tradition village Djembe (drum) player, exploring a physical, emotional and spiritual connection to rhythmic vibration. Whilst there, I participated in animistic rituals at sacred sites, performed by village elders who use their voice to chant and offer blessings for the improvement of participants health and wellbeing.

My working preference is to collaborate with other artists, to socially engage with marginalised 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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Curriculum Vitai

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Email: tonyspencerarts@gmail.com

Mobile: 07517 729034

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  Sermon – On the seventh beatitude – The Arches, Southampton

2019   Flesh and Blood - Spudworks, Hampshire

2019   Church of David Hockney – The Arches, 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 commissioned artist

2017 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

Residencies

2018   Murmuration - Glenshee, Scotland

Curation

2019   #Flaunt It - The Arches, 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