Artist Talks

Art House Open Lecture Series – Watermark Exhibition Artists

Meadow Arts, in partnership with the University of Worcester’s Fine Art department, presents a series of talks from the contemporary artists who will be taking part ‘Watermark’, a city-wide project that takes place in various venues across Worcester, including the Hive.

  • Tuesday 7th February 5:00pm-6:30pm

Hilary Jack – Book here

  • Tuesday 21st February 5:00pm-6:30pm

 Emma Critchley – Book here

  • Tuesday 14th March – 5:00pm-6:30pm

Daniel Pryde-Jarman – Book here

The talks involve some of the most exciting contemporary artists currently making work in the UK, who talk about their artwork, ideas and the processes they use.

This event is both online (Zoom) and in-person at The Hive. A Zoom code will be sent to all bookers shortly before the talks. There will be opportunity for questions at the end of the event.   See below for further details on each of the featured artists.

Hilary Jack

Hilary Jack works across media in research-based projects, site referential artworks, sculptural installations and interventions. Her work has an activist element which comments on the politics of place, socio- political and environmental issues. Found objects are important elements within her practice often triggering ideas for new work exploring recurring environmental themes.

Hilary has exhibited across the UK and Internationally and her work is in public and private collections. Her work has recently been acquired by The Government Art Collection, Alnoba Sculpture Park USA and Manchester Art Gallery where it is on long term display in the main atrium.

Along with Lucy Harvey, Hilary is co-founder and director of Paradise Works. Between 2003 and 2008 with artist Paul Harfleet, she co-founded and directed Apartment an artist-led space in a one-bedroom flat on the sixth floor of Lamport Court a council tower block in central Manchester.

For Watermark, Hilary will be showing a specially commissioned piece, Deluge, on Story Tower at The Hive.

Emma Critchley

Emma Critchley is an artist who uses a combination of photography, film, sound and installation to continually explore the human relationship with the underwater environment as a political, philosophical and environmental space. She is Royal College of Art alumni and has developed works funded by organisations including The National Media Museum, Arts Council England, British Council, Singapore International Foundation, British Academy and the European Regional Development Fund. Her work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally in galleries and institutions including The Australian Centre of Photography, the ICA Singapore, The National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Tate St Ives.

In 2019 she completed a short film funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation called ‘Common Heritage’, about the imminent threat of deep-sea mining for rare earth minerals. For this she worked with experts in deep sea ecology and law at the National Oceanography Centre and Universities of Plymouth & Southampton. ­

In collaboration with artist Lee Berwick, Emma has developed a large-scale public soundscape about underwater acoustic pollution, working with a number of organisations including the British Antarctic Survey, the Californian Ocean Alliance and the National Maritime Museum. This had its initial installation in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at the beginning of 2020 and they're now looking to tour.

In 2019, Emma was the winner of the EARTH WATER SKY residency programme with Science Gallery Venice, where she has been working with the Ice Memory Project. The resulting film installation launched in the official Italian pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 and went on to be exhibited in partnership with Science Gallery Venice in September.

Emma has work at St Swithun’s and Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum as part of Watermark.

Daniel Pryde-Jarman

Daniel Pryde-Jarman is an artist and curator whose research interests include institutional critique, the politics of display, and forms of self-organised artist-led culture. 

Pryde-Jarman has been involved in setting up several artist-run spaces, including Grey Area in Brighton (2006 - 2012), and is currently Director of Meter Room project space & studios, an arts charity based in Coventry that provides affordable studio space to recent art graduates. Pryde-Jarman trained at the University of Brighton and Chelsea College of Art and completed his practice-based PhD in Curatorial Practice at Coventry University. 

Daniel’s Artworks as part of Watermark:

Potemkin -

Artwork credit: Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Potemkin, 2021. Wood, plywood, paint, render, scrim, varnish, wax.

Images of work installed at Sidney Nolan Trust: 

Flood - 

Artwork credit: Daniel Pryde-Jarman, Flood, 2021. Charred wood, wax.

Images of work installed at Sidney Nolan Trust: