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Henry VIII's Wives Row Away

Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland

Henry VIII's Wives Studio Jamming Hub Week

Henry VIII's Wives Row Away

Friday 1 August 2014, 5-6pm

We are pleased to announce Henry VIII’s Wives Row Away performance, which is a new addition to the Studio Jamming Events Series and will take place on Friday 1 August from 5.00 - 6.00pm in Cooper Gallery.

Between 28 July – 2 August is Henry VIII’s Wives' Studio Jamming Hub Week, during which time they will index and compile their newly assembled archive into a shipping crate alongside their pipe organ sculpture The Lowest Note of an Organ. Later in the week accompanying the process will be their boat, The Bang Larsen. This homemade rowing skiff will be positioned within and against the backdrop of the specially designed structure by Studio Miessen and become the focus of their newly developed performance Henry VIII’s Wives Row Away.

Henry VIII’s Wives are a collective of artists founded in 1997, and include Rachel Dagnall, Bob Grieve, Sirko Knupfer, Simon Polli, Per Sander and Lucy Skaer. They are based variously in Scotland, Denmark, Norway and Germany, and are all graduates of the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art. Since 2005 the group has focused on their ongoing project Tatlin’s Tower and the World, an attempt to build the famously unbuilt tower in full size in different locations and venues across the world. Henry VIII’s Wives have shown in major venues internationally including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 2014, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009, Kunsthalle Friedericianum, Kassel, 2006, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2004, PS1, New York, 2004, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 1998.

For Studio Jamming, Henry VIII’s Wives present a video installation and undertake a road-trip to the group members’ studios across Europe to gather together their extensive archive of works. Until now this archive has been scattered across Europe in their different members' studios, but for the first time since they formed in 1997, their archive is assembled in public at the Cooper Gallery creating a new body of works.

Please see Henry VIII’s Wives website for further information:

Image Credit: Henry VIII's Wives, The Bang Larson

Henry VIII's Wives Row Away, 2014. Photographs: John Dummett, 2014

Images copyright Henry VIII's Wives

Studio Jamming: Artist's Collaborations in Scotland

Preview (with performance by GANGHUT): 28 June 2014, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Exhibition: 30 June – 2 August 2014

Taking its cue from the live improvised excitement of musical jamming, Cooper Gallery in Dundee presents Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland; the first discursive survey to foreground the grassroots character of artists’ collaboration that has contributed to the remarkable achievements of contemporary art in Scotland.

Adopting a diverse curatorial approach the project is comprised of exhibitions, a dynamic event series and a Group Critical Writing Residency, culminating in a 12-hour Jamming Symposium.

Studio Jamming is set to re-search, annotate, contextualise and celebrate artists’ collaboration as a particular phenomenon of artistic practice in Scotland. The key ingredient for this process is the Studio Jamming Hub, an architectural intervention constructed in and around Cooper Gallery that is to be designed by Studio Miessen led by Markus Miessen, an alumni of GSA and now a leading thinker in Critical Spatial Practice. Developing as a live critical discourse, the Studio Jamming Hub acts as a collaborative ‘site’ where artists, writers, architects, educators, researchers, performers, cultural thinkers and participants present, reflect upon and elaborate the possibilities and histories embedded in artists’ collaborations.

Among the highlights of Studio Jamming is the presentation of new works from artists’ collaborative groups including Graham Eatough & Graham Fagen, Full Eye, Ganghut and Henry VIII’s Wives. The artists’ collaborative groups will occupy the Studio Jamming Hub for a week each to present new works and events between 30 June – 2 August.

Studio Jamming will be annotated and collated through (LIVE) publishing, a series of free publications created, printed and disseminated in situ, edited by Sean Scott and Katie Reid.

Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland is an exhibition as part of GENERATION, this summer's major, nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant art to have emerged from Scotland over a period of 25 years and part of the Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme. The preview and performance by GANGHUT on 28 June is part of the GENERATION Dundee Launch Weekend on 28 & 29 June, celebrating the opening of GENERATION exhibitions in Dundee; a weekend packed full of dunamic art events across the city.

Studio Miessen's contribution to this exhibition is kindly supported by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow. For more information on Goethe-Institut Glasgow please see:

Henry VIII's Wives artist Rachel Dagnall's contribution to this exhibition is kindly supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).

This project is kindly supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.‌

Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland is an associate exhibition of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

GENERATION is a major, nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant art to have emerged from Scotland over a period of 25 years.

GENERATION offer access to world-class art on an unparalleled scale with over 70 venues across Scotland taking part. It's free, its exciting and it's accessible. This is a once in a generation opportunity.

Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland is part of the Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games Time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.