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.

 

Air; Emerging

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Maija Liepins with component parts of Tony Spencer’s Octahedron sculpture

 

On 2 August 2020, Tony Spencer gathered three of his collaborators to examine and respond to his work-in-progress Octahedron, part of a five part geometric sculpture series. On the tips of four pyramids he placed a single octahedron into which I, Maija, placed an iphone set to record. The cavities on either side of the resultant pyramid somehow invited one to stick ones head in. An experimental vocal soundscape emerged.

Click here to listen. 

At times it sounds like we are under water, or in four different caves, singing under ground. What does it sound like to you?

As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. 

CAS Associate Artists Christine Dodd and Maija Liepins are exhibiting their work in Nothing Is Immediate with Tony Spencer at Chapel Arts Studios Andover this November. You can follow their process on this blog throughout 2020.

Maija Liepins
Instagram: @maijaliepins
Website: www.thedreamforest.maija.co.uk

Christine Dodd
Instagram: @christinedoddartist
Website: www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/christine-dodd

Tony Spencer
Instagram: @tonyspencerarts
Facebook: @TonySpencerSoundTherapy

Samantha Britton
Instagram: @serenitysoundforthesoul

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This blog was written by Maija Liepins for #NothingIsImmediate

Emergence; Fire

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Photograph by Christine Dodd, coloured by Maija Liepins (pictured with the Tetrahedron)

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As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. You can follow our process on this blog throughout 2020.

Maija Liepins Instagram: @maijaliepins Website: www.thedreamforest.maija.co.uk

Christine Dodd Instagram: @christinedoddartist Website: www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/christine-dodd

Kate Street Instagram: @kate_street_studio

Tony Spencer Instagram: @tonyspencerarts

Sacral Chakra

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Christine Dodd writes: “Nurture… working with clay to gather understanding of an unbalanced energy flow within the sacral chakra enables me to bring it back into balance in the moment of its creation. The finished piece is a reminder of that process and the insights 🙏”

 

Christine Dodd is a contributing artist in Nothing ‘Is’ Immediate, responding to the geometric sculpture Icosahedron, which corresponds with the element ‘Water’. As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids.

“Energy flows through me, its vibration affected by thoughts that relate to each chakra and over time the vibration of those thoughts create an echo that settles in my bones…my thoughts while working on my personal sacral chakra energy at this time 🙏”

Sacralina

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Christine Dodd is a contributing artist in Nothing ‘Is’ Immediate, she writes…

‘Sacralina’ 2020, Christine Dodd (wip)

 

Through the process of connecting with #nothingisimmediate and the icosahedron, one of the starting points in February was ‘Sacralina.’ I needed to ‘see’ something that depicted elements of the subject from my perspective: water, flow, sacral chakra, crocodiles, orange, streams, copper, sound 417hz, feminine energy, just needed to connect in someway and make a start. Even as I painted I knew that this was not the ultimate direction but a stepping stone to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process and what I was actually trying to convey. The ideas have taken unexpected twists and turns since then working in a variety of different materials and as always doing the inner work along side the creations, so I thank ‘Sacralina’ for her guidance and all the insights and reflection that the painting hours gave. She’s not completely finished and may never be but who knows 🙏

 

 

 

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Christine Dodd is responding to Tony Spencer’s geometric Icosahedron sculpture, corresponding with the element of water. Christine is exhibiting alongside Tony Spencer and Maija Liepins at CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) in winter 2020 as part of their ongoing exploration into sound therapy and artistic practices as processes of self-healing and self-knowing.

Saturated Space

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Instruments for a sound bath laid out on the floor in front of the altar at Sandham Memorial Chapel, 11 March 2020

 

Tony Spencer with the Icosahedron at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Geometric shape number two, the Icosahedron, made it’s first appearance at National Trust property Sandham Memorial Chapel this March, in, a group exhibition of contemporary art by CAS Artists called Saturated Space. Tony Spencer says, “the sacred geometry of the Icosahedron represents water, and it is visiting Sandham has a tribute to the paintings of Stanely Spencer and the solace he found in a safe space lying between two bath tubs.”

Visitors at the opening night on 11 March were able to experience an live performance by sound artists Tony Spencer and Samantha Britton (both trained sound healers) while the orange-gowned bodies of artists’ Maija Liepins and Christine Dodd weaved and crawled, and flowed around one another and through the space, providing a unique site-specific experience.

After the show in the chapel, the sculpture was installed in the adjacent exhibition complete with a pre-recorded soundscape. Tony Spencer’s sound-installation ‘Nothing Will Disturb Me’ responded to the Chapel’s function as a place for experiencing healing. Within the work there is a contemplative space.

The geometric structure, made from reclaimed pallet wood is the second in a 5 part series of sacred geometric shapes which will be revealed at shows taking place throughout Hampshire as part of Tony’s collaborative research and development project Nothing ‘Is’ Immediate, funded by Arts Council England Project Grants. As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. You can follow our process on this blog throughout 2020.

 

 

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This blog was written by Maija Liepins for #NothingIsImmediate

 

Emergence; water

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Christine Dodd (left) and Maija Liepins (right), Photograph by Kate Street, at The Arches, Southampton 2020

Tonight, Christine Dodd and I are at Sandham Memorial Chapel responding with embodied sound and movement to Tony’s Icosahedron. This will be part of a public sound performance with Tony Spencer and Samantha Britton at the preview of Saturated Space, an exhibition which is on show 11 – 29 March.

As photography is not permitted inside the chapel housing Stanley Spencer’s paintings, we are lucky to have these photographs taken at The Arches by artist Kate Street in February. As each of Tony’s sound sculptures are completed, we have the privilege of gathering for an artist collaboration session that will culminate in a public performance at the following exhibition. First up, the Icosahedron makes its debut as part of ‘Saturated Space’

‘Nothing Will Disturb Me’ Tony Spencer has created a sound-installation which responds to the Chapel’s function as a place for experiencing healing. The form of his sculpture, a geometric Icosahedron, is made from reclaimed pallet wood. Within the work there is a contemplative space where the viewer will not be disturbed. Visit Sandham Memorial Chapel to see it this March.

 

Improvised response, photography by Kate Street

As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. You can follow our process on this blog throughout 2020.

Maija Liepins
Instagram: @maijaliepins
Website: www.thedreamforest.maija.co.uk

Christine Dodd
Instagram: @christinedoddartist
Website: www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/christine-dodd

Kate Street
Instagram: @kate_street_studio

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This blog was written by Maija Liepins for #NothingIsImmediate

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.

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