July - October 2022

Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins are working with performance artists from the North East in conjunction with The NewBridge Project, to explore comedy and humour in live art practices, presenting a night of comedy at Laurels theatre in Whitley Bay.

Unperforming is a funny live art night showcasing work by a selection of artists, which Louise and Fritha have hosted for ten years, at venues such as Artsadmin and Milton Keynes Art Centre. For this special edition of Unperformimg, participants will be mentored through a number of workshops and online sessions in making their live works, using objects and ideas relating to their practice, from which comic possibilities will emerge for sharing at the event.

More information about this opportunity and to book below ; the 1st workshop is on 12th July. Great for artists and other creatives who use humour, and those looking to shake up their conceptual and material approach! https://thenewbridgeproject.com/events/unperforming-workshopping-a-comedy-night-by-artists/

Louise Ashcroft is an artist who tells funny stories through video, performance, radio, bad watercolours and sculpture. Often, her work involves analysing sociological content (like the Argos catalogue, call centres, tech culture, the reproductive industry or breakfast), contextualised by her own personal experiences. Her TEDx talk Shopping and Subversion is available online, and she has made several 'Boring Talks' for BBC Sounds. Louise has exhibited at Frans Hals Museum (NL), Museum of London Lates, Tate Learning, Wellcome Lates, BQ Berlin, Arebyte, Bobinska Brownlee, Open Space Contemporary, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Artsadmin, Turf Projects, Duckie, Coastal Currents Festival, Supernormal Festival and Latitude Festival. She teaches Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London and cofounded the free peer-led art school AltMFA in 2010.

Fritha Jenkins is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, film and video, music, digital platforms, sound, sculpture, gesture, text, and installation. They’ve performed and exhibited work widely, including at Fringe Film Festival, Frans Hals Museum, ArtHouses, Blenheim Gallery Leeds, Toynbee Studios, Pumphouse Gallery, Art Night London, Chisenhale Dance Space, Modern Art Oxford, Guest Projects, Supernormal Festival. Collaboration in one way or another is integral to their practice. Fritha has facilitated goings ons - alone and with others; in parks, along rivers, in universities, community centres, hospitals, care homes, kitchens, schools and theatres. In 2020 they received an AN bursary and in 2018/19 were a recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Award, Chisenhale Studios. Fritha has an MFA (Distinction) from Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, a BA(Hons) in Fine Art (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and co-founded AltMFA (DIY artist led alternative MA).

Unperforming will be at Laurels, Whitley Bay on 13 October 7pm (TBC)

Check back to here to book tickets on eventbrite soon. There will be a live streaming for people who cannot access the event; Laurels has stairs to the performance space.

Please email arthouseswb@gmail.com if you would like more information about this event.