ArtBloc have been busy with their recent event, Arts Birthday (Jan 2010), and also supporting and participating in The Sixth National Whippit Night (Feb 2010), our website is undergoing some changes and getting updated much more regularly.

Upcoming Events

“Art, as communication, is the contact between good-for-nothing in one and the good-for-nothing in the others.”

Robert Filliou

Dates: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 January 2010.
Times: 16 January, 10am onwards. 17 January, 2pm onwards.
Venue: Project Space, ESA Patrick Studios, St. Mary’s Lane, Leeds. LS9 7EH.

Young Guys, Young Girls, Old Boys, Grandmothers, Ladies, Gentlemen, Artists, Families, Artist Families, Audiences and Participants wanted, needed and requested for Birthday extravaganza!

On 17 January 1963, artist Robert Filliou proclaimed Art was 1,000,000 years old, proposing ‘a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives’. So according to this, Art will be 1,000,047 years old on 17 January 2010!

To commemorate this event, you are invited to join ESA and Art Bloc, York’s contemporary arts collective for activities and discussions connecting West and North Yorkshire to international celebrations!

Art’s Birthday at ESA Patrick Studios will be a two-day networking meeting in the spirit of Fluxus:

Saturday 16 January 2010
10am onwards
Situation for Performance: Workshop for Permanent Creation
Led by Roddy Hunter.

The workshop is free admission but places are limited so please RSVP to if you want to take part!

The workshop will use the Fluxus Performance Workbook as its starting point and will explore issues of composition and questions of practice in the art of action as inspired by Robert Filliou’s conception of ‘permanent creation’ and the broader Fluxus conception of ‘event score’.

The workshop is free – to apply please send a short statement about your practice and the reasons for your application by 5pm Wednesday 13 January to Upon receiving your application you will receive detailed information about the schedule of the day and the necessary preparations.

7.30pm – 10pm
‘Potluck’ Dinner / Information and Idea Exchange
Project Space, Patrick Studios
Artists’ network meeting and open opportunity to show and discuss practice, ideas and projects. Bring any documentation of your work and some food and drinks to share!

Sunday 17 January 2010
Art’s 1,000,047th Birthday!

PLEASE BRING OR SEND YOUR WRAPPED PRESENT TO ART! Postal address: East Street Art’s, Patrick Studios, Leeds. LS9 7EH.

2pm onwards:

ART’S BIRTHDAY CAKE NON-BAKING afternoon led by Catherine Scriven. Come and help preparing the birthday cakes that do not need baking!

MAKING MAIL ART AND SENDING IT An open workshop where participants will make reproducible paper and drawing based items to send through postal and fax systems to friends, collaborators, artists and other art’s birthday party-ists. The participants will also map the network and works made on walls of the space. Led by Nathan Walker.

CRAFT CORNER with Happycat. Happycat is a collective of likeminded people, Mel and Jade so far, who believe that art should be accessible and affordable to everyone. They say “We make zines and drawings and music and things … lots of things. Happycat are joining the Art’s Birthday celebration because they like art and party hats.” They also think Filliou was probably a really nice man to be friends with….

RECREATIONAL CREATION Games collected by Art Bloc, York. Amongst others we will attempt to reconstruct ‘Leeds: A New Card Game’ following Filliou’s instructions.

ART ‘N’ FLUX QUIZ featuring a special Birthday Bonus round by Contents May Vary, Manchester.

CQ GAME with Benedict Phillips. cq was developed as a strategic learning tool designed to highlight the complexities of urban planning and development. Luckily its also a three in one fun board game!

FIELD STUDY Artist book works and artifacts by Benedict Phillips in Studio no 5. Field Study is a collaborative initiative by Phillips and David Dellafiora in the spirit of Fluxus “created as a means of exchanging artworks, developing correspondences and establishing meetings that result in performances and group shows. At present Field Study have over 300 participants in Europe, USA, South America and Asia.”

THREE SIDED TABLE TENNIS designed by Jon Wakeman.

VIDEO SCREENING from the Bodor Hunter Studio Archive and other sources.


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