Nothing ‘is’ immediate Exhibition at Artspace Portsmouth

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After a six month postponement due to Covid-19, the first of three exhi­bi­tions from the project Nothing ‘is’ Immediate opened at Artspace Portsmouth.

The two person show, a collaboration between myself and Kate Street explores the relationship between the elements of Fire and Water. Responding to the tangible and sacred geometric aspects of these elements, we devised a synergetic installation, with therapeutic sound activated by the movement of the viewer within the space.

A soft Opening took place on Friday 23 October 2020, and was greatly appreciated by attendees from the community of Portsmouth and beyond, including artists and arts professionals who had not been to a Galley since Lockdown was introduced back in March 2020.

On Sunday 25 October, myself and Samantha Britton from Sirenity Sound for the Soul, delivered an online Sound Bath, streamed live from the Gallery space, to audiences across the UK via the zoom platform.

Audience feedback from the Sound Bath:

Jacqui: Thank so much Tony and Sam was lovely and feel very peaceful x

Janet: Wonderful deep mysterious sounds

DhalThank you both, really enjoyed it this evening. x

Just fab -)

The show is open to the public on Sat 24, Sun 25, Fri 30, Sat 31 Oct, Sun 1 Nov 11am – 4pm

Address: 27 Brougham Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 4PA

Phone: 02392 874523 Email: info@artspace.co.uk

@tonyspencerarts @kate_street_studio

#nothingisimmediate

Nothing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Nothing ‘is’ Immediate at Artspace Portsmouth

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After a six month postponement due to Covid-19, the first of three exhibitions from the project Nothing ‘is’ Immediate opened at Artspace Portsmouth.

The two person show, a collaboration between myself and Kate Street explores the relationship between the elements of Fire and Water. Our response is a synergetic installation grounded by sculptural forms of two of the five platonic solids, the Tetrahedron and Icosahedron. The tangible and sacred geometric aspects of these elements were entwined on iconic imagery, colour and reflection, with therapeutic sounds omitting from each sculpture, activated by the movement of the viewer within the space.

A soft Opening on Friday 23 October 2020, was greatly appreciated by attendees from the community of Portsmouth, including artists and arts professionals who had not attended a Galley since Lockdown was introduced back in March 2020.

A sample of audience feedback from the comments book:

Sarah: "Great Show, really thought provoking"

Molly: "Really worth seeing, loved the combination of imagery, sculpture and sound. Thank you"

Karolin: "Wonderful space, I'll be back next weekend to appreciate the sound piece"

Vera: "Brilliant exhibition. The experience of the sound was amazing. Thouraly enjoyed it and didn't want to leave. Stunning photographs and overall installation. Beautiful, Congratulations!"

On Sunday 25 October, myself and Samantha Britton, a Sound Therapist colleague, delivered an online Sound Bath event to audiences streamed live from within the Gallery space.

A sample of the audience feedback from the chat:

Jacqui: "Thank so much Tony and Sam was lovely and feel very peaceful x"

Janet: "Wonderful deep mysterious sounds"

Dhal: "Thank you both, really enjoyed it this evening. x"

Bev: "Just fab -)"

The show is open to the public on Sat 24, Sun 25, Fri 30, Sat 31 Oct, Sun 1 Nov 11am – 4pm

Address: 27 Brougham Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 4PA

Nothing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

5 Ways Nothing ‘is’ Immediate can support Wellbeing

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  1. The sculptures omit sounds, rich in harmonics and musical intervals. Listening to the sounds produces a response in the brain’s neuro oscillation. The sounds slow the rhythmic activity down from gamma to alpha, benefiting you by relaxing the nervous system. A further reaction is then produced as the body’s circulation system response by decreasing your pulse rate and blood pressure.
  2. The forms of classic geometry and fractal geometry correspond to the mathematics in nature. They are seen in the shape of an Octahedron and Tetrahedron, and within the repeating patters of reflection and wood and the images of fire and water. Science has shown that the same areas of the brain that respond in a positive way to resonating sound and sound intervals, also light up when you look at geometry and fractals.
  3. The stimulation of your brain when explore the aesthetics within the exhibition releases serotonin, a chemical in the body which contributes to wellbeing and happiness.
  4. An experiment conducted showed that when people are shown images of water their MRI scan indicated a decrease in cortisol (the stress hormone) production. The activity in the pituitary gland in the brain moves away from a feeling of flight or fight towards a sense of rest and relaxation.
  5. When you experience something aesthetically pleasing, beautiful in colour, texture etc, you release dopamine, one of the neuro transmitters that lifts our mood and can have a positive change to our mental health.

Press Release – Andover Advertiser

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3rd October
Neurodivergent art exhibition coming to Chapel Arts Studios
By James Ashworth @JamesAshworth98 Reporter

An art exhibition designed for neurodivergent people is coming to Andover’s Chapel Arts Studios in November.

Neurodivergence is a term used to describe the variation in how the human brain functions, and is often associated with conditions such as autism and ADHD. The exhibition, Nothing ‘is’ Immediate, was designed to appeal to individuals with such conditions by artist and sound therapist Tony Spencer, who himself has dyslexia.

He was awarded funding by Arts Council England, and has used that to produce sculptures from reclaimed pallet wood based on geometric shapes and the classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Aether.

He will be joined by fellow artists Maija Liepins, Christine Dodd, Kate Street and Terence Noble, who will create new work “in response to the tangible and sacred aspects of the theme.” A series of streamed events, therapeutic sound baths, performances and poetry are planned, which aim to help viewers to engage through sensorial visual and audio elements.

Tony said: “I want to provide a multi-sensory experience for people who may not usually connect with art or a gallery. Geometry is accessible, it’s universal to all life on this planet. I’ve incorporated therapeutic sounds into each work, that are activated by movement in the gallery. This changes the function of a space, offering the visitor a positive feeling of wellbeing.”

Phil Gibby, area director for the south west at Arts Council England, said: “We are thrilled to support Nothing ‘is’ Immediate through our National Lottery Project Grants funding programme. At the Arts Council we believe that arts and culture has a positive impact on wellbeing, and this project achieves that through a unique combination of sculpture and sound. Through his innovative approach to inclusivity, artist Tony Spencer will enable more people to experience the great benefits that cultural activity can bring.”

Nothing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

It will be on display at Chapel Arts Studios from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 5.

 

Nothing ‘is’ Immediate – ACE Grant Award

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I’m extremely excited to share the news! I've been awarded an Arts Council England Project Grant to present: No Thing is Immediate Geometric Sculptural Installations.

I will build a set of geometric sculptures based on the 5 platonic solids to inspire participatory live-art events during this project and future ones. Each sculpture, 90cm in diameter, will incorporate sound frequencies mathematically connected to its geometry. They’ll have accessible interior spaces that manipulate light and create visual illusions (finite darkness, infinite reflection, colour etc). A series of 4 exhibitions across 12 months, with events for neurodiverse and disabled people, will challenge perceptions of what art is by using the words sacred, wellbeing, and function.

The title Nothing 'is' Immediate can be broken down into Nothing and Being are the same and equate to Becoming. Jean-Paul Sartre contends that nothingness relates to free consciousness and spontaneity. The ‘is’ relates to the limit and Immediate is now, the present.

Therefore, the translation is Free consciousness and spontaneity happens in the present moment.

No Thing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Wonderland Exhibition

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I'm currently exhibiting in a group show titled Wonderland, a collective presentation of work by four Solent based contemporary artists myself (Tony Spencer), Terence Noble, Julien Masson and David Mcdiarmid, who are responding to the theme of nature.

Date: Sat 11th January - Sat 22nd February 2020.

Venue: Gallery space, Eastleigh Museum, 25 High St, Eastleigh SO50 5LF

Opening times are Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm and Sat 10am - 2pm

The title Wonderland refers to to Lewis Carol's  timeless classic Alice in Wonderland. Carol's inspiration for the book came from Alice Pleasance Liddell (1852 – 1934), a little girl who lived for most of her life in and around Lyndhurst in the New Forest.

The work I am presenting is titled 'Dawn Chorus', an extract of located bird sounds I recorded at day break without the acoustic interruption from road traffic and other sounds generated from our urban environment. An interesting fact I was told is that we lose or naturally filter out 50% of our hearing by the age of 5 years and a further 8% at around the age of 20 years, otherwise the world would just be too loud! 'Dawn Chorus' is installed within a sculptural form of a Dodecahedron, one of the five platonic solids that make up the building blocks of nature. It is presented with reference to a bird box, and the sounds are triggered when a person moves in the room.

I would like to thank Terence Noble for the opportunity to exhibit, Eastleigh Museum and Hampshire Cultural Trust for their support.

Peace is just a state of mind

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I’ve just completed the online Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator, which was inspired by watching Robert Holden's five week online training course Coaching Success.

What was interesting about the results were they exactly matched what I expressed in my latest work Sermon – On the seventh beatitude, an investigation of my inner feelings and a message of inter peace.

My first personality was Type nine The Peacemaker, which exemplifies the desire for wholeness, peace, and harmony in our world. My joint first was Type five The Investigator, which exemplifies the human desire to understand, to look beneath the surface of things, and to arrive at deeper insights about reality.

This is exactly what my recent work Sermon the seventh beatitude and Flesh & Blood are about; a shift into an alignment with philosophy and wisdom, to unearth the truth about an authentic way of living in harmony with myself and the world. To achieve this I had to let go of surviving only with an ego, to accept the shadows and authentic shame. To bring people into my life who teach us to listen to ourselves and find the inner wisdom to channel the divine spirit.

#Flaunt-It 2 Exhibition

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The second #Flaunt-It exhibition takes place from 6pm on Friday 22nd November 2019 at Arch 4, Captains Place, Southampton SO14 3FE.

It features myself Tony Spencer, Peter McGinnis and Jilly Evans, presenting a visual comment on current society, disability, humanity, ritual, and positive phycology.

I will be presenting a new sculptural sound installation titled The seventh beatitude, that explores the function of art as a conduit for initiation, to self-reflect and contemplate the psyche.

#Flaunt-It is a project conceived by Tony Spencer and Peter McGinnis to create a platform, which brings artists together to foster collaboration, an exhibiting opportunity and enhance the grass-roots art scene in Southampton, Hampshire.

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