select connect

‘select connect’ is a NEW forum bringing talks, discussion, film and networking opportunities to Stroud with inspiring, innovative speakers bringing a variety of experience Presented by SIT select with Nicola Grellier

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Please note there is an admin handling fee of 50p on tickets.

We are offering a discount to any student – full or part-time – to any of our talks for a greatly reduced fee of £3.00. You must book a place by e mailing and produce your Student Membership Card upon entry but numbers are limited so first come first served.

Talks / Workshops

anita taylor
anita taylor
Julie Leech

 ‘The Insistence of Drawing’
Saturday February 2nd 
Illustrated talk with Anita Taylor
Venue: Centre for Science & Art Lansdown Stroud GL5 1BB

Tickets: £8 (£6.50 members) book online
Doors open at 2 pm talk starts at 2.30 pm

Practicing artist Anita Taylor is a Professor and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, founder of Drawing Projects UK and founding Director (since 1994) of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (formerly Jerwood Drawing Prize), the preeminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, which arose from a need to understand how and what artists were drawing at that time.  Anita Taylor is an elegant and clear speaker on the fundamental discipline of drawing and its importance for contemporary artists working across multiple practices. 

Anita’s large scale charcoal drawings reveal an extraordinary physicality, an investment in mark making and the trace of the human hand. She examines the uncomfortable relationship with the reflected self in her use of mirror, ground and materials making a visual equivalent to the physical experience of looking and feeling. 

Anita will present an illustrated talk about how artists document the world through drawing, and the open dialogue about what drawing can be in communicating a visual language which carries knowledge, understanding and feeling

Tickets:  Non Members £8.00 Members of SIT select and selectnetwork members £6.50 available here online

tabatha andrews

Paul Harper in conversation with Tabatha Andrews
Call and Response
Saturday March 16th
Venue: Centre for Science & Art Lansdown Stroud GL5 1BB
Tickets: Non Members £10, Members of SIT select/selectnetwork £7.50
Book online or Pay On the Door Non Members £11.00 Members £8.50
Doors open at 2 pm talk starts at 2.30 pm

Tabatha Andrews is an artist working in sculpture and installation. She is interested in unsettling the hierarchy of our senses, exploring how materials and sound can embody and trigger memory. For this talk Tabatha  will show images of recent work and discuss her approach to sculpture and its relationship with performative and participatory practice, with a particular focus on the theme of active listening.

Tabatha has just been granted a Kings College London Innovation funding award for Call and Response, a collaboration with the stem cell scientist Andrea Streit researching communication, memory and hearing loss.
Tabatha Andrews studied at Glasgow School of Art, Slade School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Art, Maine. She was Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral in 2002-3 and has made work for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, the Whipple Museum of Science in Cambridge, the Monument to the Fire of London and many other venues.  She is currently an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University and Falmouth School of Art.

Dr. Paul Harper combines writing, teaching, research and consultancy in the visual arts and crafts.
This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Tabatha speak in Stroud, join the inspiring conversation and network

tabatha andrews and paul harper

Tickets: Non Members £10   Members of SIT select/selectnetwork £7.50 available here online
or POD Non Members £11.00 Members £8.50

Refreshments will be served

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constance slaughter

‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention (by a wandering artist)’  
Saturday April 13th  
Illustrated talk with artist Constance Slaughter
Painter, sculptor & installation artist
Venue: Centre for Science & Art Lansdown Stroud GL5 1BB
Tickets: £5 (£4 members) book online or pay on the door £5.50 (£5.00 members)
Doors open at 2 pm talk starts at 2.30 pm

Constance Slaughter will talk about her journey into art from un-cool mother of three small boys to exhibiting artist via art school, good and not-so-good shows. Constance is a painter, sculptor and installation artist. She makes sculptures of child-toy-animal figures with wire and semi-transparent fabric. Her work is both funny and dark, exploring memory and absence through a semi-figurative representation of childhood games, songs and stories. The child-toy-animal-figures also feature in her strangely unsettling paintings.

Constance's talk, with lots of images and a sense of humour, will address what it takes to exist as a working artist, what we define as success and how artists keep going in a tough environment, seeking the right people and making things happen both within and outside the ‘Art World’.

Tickets:  Non members £5.00 Members of SIT select and selectnetwork members £4.00 available here online or POD £5.50/£5.00

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Neville Gabie ‘Experiments in Black and White’
Saturday June 15th
Doors open at 2 pm talk starts at 2.30 pm
Venue: Centre for Science & Art Lansdown Stroud GL5 1BB

More details to follow




trevor h

                smith talk

Saturday September 29th at 2.30 pm
Speaker: Trevor H. Smith is an artist, long distance walker and freelance arts writer.



Jenny Leigh
Jenny Leigh

Saturday October 27th at 2.30pm
Speaker: Jenny Leigh
Artist & Maker using textiles and mixed media to create her work.

Julie Leech
Julie Leech

Saturday November 17th at 2.30 pm
Speaker: Julie Leach
Julie is an artist printmaker documenting the invisible forces of nature

Julie Leech
Julie Leech

Saturday December 15th at 2.30 pm
Illustrated talk with Jill Salmons


Saturday January 26th
Illustrated talk with artist Kerry Phippen

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