Self Service and Pub Conversations.
In 2006 through to 2008, Self Service initiated a programme of talks taking place at the Lamp Tavern in Birmingham.
Each Self Service member chose an artist or person of influence to their practice who was in turn invited to nominate someone they would like to have a public conversation with. Topics of conversation were held entirely open and reflected the interests and enthusiasms of the artists nominated.
Each conversation was recorded and released as a podcast, however the Pub Conversations website no longer exists so the files are re-posted here by way of an archive. All posts related to the Pub Conversations series can be found at www.npugh.co.uk/tag/pub-conversations/.
Self Service is a constantly evolving group of Birmingham based artists who originally came together in 2004, with the aim of generating projects which would create intimacy and enable the development of dialogue amongst the disparate groups and practitioners in Birmingham who made up a somewhat fragmented visual arts community.
At the time of Pub Conversations, Self Service consisted of Tom Bloor, Jo Capper, Mona Casey, Faye Claridge, Ruth Claxton, Greg Cox, John Hall, Cheryl Jones, Nikki Pugh, Liz Rowe, Charlotte Smith and Matt Westbrook
The talks were supported by Arts Council, UCE and Business Link.
Leo Fitzmaurice & S Mark Gubb, April 2007
Leo Fitzmaurice lives and works in Liverpool. He is currently showing work in Birmingham as part of The Event (see www.the-event.org for details).
Solo Projects in 2007 include Detourist at MOT international London; curating Stuff Happens as part of Parade, Angel Row, Nottingham; Sometimes The Things You Touch Comes True, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
He will feature in the following group exhibitions; Good Riddance, MOT international London; K3 Express, K3 Project Space, Zurich; Golden Fluffer, Transition, London; Ill Be Your Mirror, Promo Alfonso, London; Drawn Apart, Contemporary Art Projects; Day and Faber, London; Play Urbis Manchester; Blickachsen 7, Blickachsen, Germany; Drawing 200, Drawing Room, London; Shrinking Cities, Van Alen Institute and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY.
Fitzmaurice also has work in the following collections: Arts Council, Hiscox, Manchester Art Gallery, Harewood House and many private collections.
His guest, S Mark Gubb lives and works in Nottingham. Recent residencies include the Arts Council of Englands International Fellowship at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland and the Wheatley Fellowship at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include His Life is Full of Miracles, Site Gallery, Sheffield, Sideshow in Nottingham, Come With Me, Dont Ask Me Where Cos I Dont Know, VIVID, Birmingham and Things We Lost in the Fire, Transition Gallery, London.
Mark is currently co-ordinating a nine month series of residencies and exhibitions at Epic Skatepark in Birmingham, working on a project for Grizedale Arts in Egremont (Cumbria), working towards a touring solo show at City Gallery (Leicester) in 2008, a two person show at Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), late 2007, a solo project with the ICA (London) and curating a large scale touring project rooted in the relationships between art and skateboarding, being partnered by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Milton Keynes Art Gallery, the ICA, Chapter (Cardiff) and City Gallery (Leicester).
Mark also lectures in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, and is a freelance journalist for a-n Magazine.