HER MIT Projects came into existence following a performance piece at Tate Modern where I read silently from Sally O’Reilly’s Crude in various rooms of the public collection for 6hrs, as part of the Tate Exchange programme. By the end I was exhausted, dehydrated and had a thudding headache. I had experienced endless streams of people walking past on their way to the café or out the door having checked culture off their to-do list. I was struck by how little time visitors had been spent looking at the works on display and how much more time we spend looking closely at objects on the shelves, walls and window sills of our friends’ houses, and how we are able to speak openly about them.
HER MIT Projects focuses on the experiments and ideas associated with studio practice. It aims to provide a safe space for growing ideas and questioning the possibilities of how work is produced, shown and shared. It is a space for trial and error learning, mistake making and list writing.
HER MIT Projects is nomadic but most often utilizes spaces in my house, which is in a small town on the periphery of Bristol, itself a periphery to London. The intimate audiences that attend HER MIT Projects openings give vital feedback and support so that work can develop and evolve, or be understood as ready. I strive for HER MIT Projects to open up what art can be and the depths that an individual practice can be explored.
Curator and Organiser