BACK LANE WEST is hosting a series of informal lunch-time ALIAS Hub events through 2014. An opportunity for artists and those interested in contemporary art to discuss, share knowledge, information and ideas, access advice and make links, over a bowl of homemade soup. All welcome.

Artists' Hubs - an Alias initiative

Alias aims to nurture artist led activity by providing a critical context, resources and advice to artists through an advisory service, and by fostering the creation of an organic community where cooperative and collaborative projects can thrive.

2nd Alias Hub
saturday 8th march 2014 11.00am


Guests speakers/contributors:

Sara Bowler, Administrative Directer of Alias, will give an introduction to ALIAS, its projects and it's developmental plans, and will be there to answer any questions.

Oliver Raymond-Barker - BLW resident artist for March - will also be talking briefly about his collaborative project with ESI researcher Dr Chris Bryan - Natural Alchemy - and about the ESI/RANE CREATIVE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, of which this project is a part. This programme offers opportunities for collaboration between ESI researchers and creative practitioners who engage with issues of environment and sustainability in their work. There will be information about the programme, and the ESI's rolling call for proposals.


1st Alias Hub
saturday 7th december 12.30pm

BACK LANE WEST gave a short talk and invited discussion on The Art Party Conference and Fringe: Art Party

BACK LANE WEST was invited by ARTQUEST to be part of Fringe: Art Party; an ARTQUEST initiative to bring artists together from across the country to generate discussion points and collaborations around and in response to: The Art Party Conference.

It was a great weekend, but what a train journey, don't ever try it!!!

AN NEWS report
BBC News article link

The Art Party Conference 2013 is the first of its kind, initiated by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith in the name of The Art Party, and follows on from his 2011 artwork LETTER TO MICHAEL GOVE MP SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION:


"The Art Party Conference 2013 will be an antidote to all other conferences and will act as a forum for debating the future of the arts in today’s climate of spending cuts and changes to the education system. The Art Party, which is not aligned to any political party, hopes to influence decision makers to listen and to think again."